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Guangzhou Evergrande suspend player for breaking opponent's leg in China Cup

Wei Shihao, China
Wei Shihao (right) chases the ball during China's clash with Uzbekistan in the China Cup.

Chinese Super League club Guangzhou Evergrande have suspended winger Wei Shihao for a month after a leg-breaking tackle made while on international duty -- and could still terminate his contract.

The 23-year-old, in action in the second game of the China Cup, tackled Uzbekistan's Otabek Shukurov from behind, fracturing the midfielder's tibia.

"The club has decided to give Wei Shihao a one-month suspension and the player should report to the club's human resources department to have a deep self-examination,"...

Fabio Cannavaro in no hurry to decide his role as China crisis deepens

Guangzhou Evergrande coach Fabio Cannavaro
Fabio Cannavaro's mixed coaching record has amplified concerns over his suitability for the China job.

With just six months until the start of their qualifying campaign for the 2022 World Cup, two defeats in five days under Fabio Cannavaro have only deepened the long-standing pessimism surrounding China's national team.

Back-to-back 1-0 reversals in Nanning against Asian opposition -- Thailand last Thursday and Uzbekistan on Monday -- underlined the difficulties China face in their quest to end their long absence from the World Cup.

The next World Cup in Qatar will mark the 20th anniversary of the...

Cannavaro appointed China manager for China Cup tournament

Fabio Cannavaro, Guangzhou Evergrande
Fabio Cannavaro will be hoping to lead China to success in the China Cup tournament.

World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro has been named head coach of the China national team for next week's China Cup tournament, the country's football association announced on Friday evening.

The Italian, who is the coach of Chinese Super League (CSL) side Guangzhou Evergrande, will take charge of the squad for the four-nation competition, which kicks off on March 21 with China facing Thailand in the semifinals.

Uruguay and Uzbekistan are also participating in the event, which will be held in Nanning,...

Wu Lei's first Espanyol goal draws an estimated 25 million fans in China

Wu Lei
Wu Lei became the first Chinese player to ever score in La Liga on Sunday, and the first in over a decade to score in a big European league.

More than 25 million fans in China were estimated to have watched online as Wu Lei become the first Chinese player to score a goal in one of the big five European leagues for 3,731 days on Saturday.

Wu joined Espanyol from Shanghai SIPG in January, and the international star grabbed the third as Los Periquitos defeated Real Valladolid 3-1 to move into 11th in La Liga.

A source at PPTV, the official broadcaster of La Liga in China, told ESPN that the ratings had grown since the forward's debut against...

Shangai SIPG coy on star scorer Wu Lei's links to La Liga side Espanyol

Shanghai SIPG have refused to comment on reports in Spain that star player Wu Lei is set to sign for Espanyol.

Wu is the biggest name in Chinese football after finishing the 2018 Chinese Super League season as top scorer to help Shanghai win a first ever championship. He also shone in the 2019 Asian Cup earlier in January, helping the national team to the quarterfinal stage.

After being linked recently with Wolverhampton Wanderers in the English Premier League, Shanghai may have to face up to losing...