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Brazilian striker changes name after China call-up

Brazilian-born striker Elkeson has changed his name as he prepares to help China qualify for the 2022 World Cup.

The 30-year-old, who has played in the Chinese Super League since 2013, became a naturalised citizen earlier in August and was named on Wednesday in China's squad for their opening 2022 World Cup qualifier at The Maldives on Sept. 10.

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Now known in China as Ai Kesen, the former Botafogo star told...


By ESPN Staff

Former FIFA POY Sun appointed China soccer VP

BEIJING -- Former FIFA female player of the year Sun Wen has been elected a vice president of the Chinese Football Association as China seeks to revamp its lagging national program.

Sun, who became captain of the Chinese team in 2000, is currently director of the women's youth training department at the CFA.

Sun scored 16 goals over two Olympic and four World Cup tournaments, including the 1999 edition in which China was runner-up to the United States. She also played two seasons with the Atlanta...

China call up first-ever non-Chinese player

Elkeson, Guangzhou Evergrande
Brazilian-born Elkeson has been called up by China.

Brazilian-born striker Elkeson is the first player of non-Chinese heritage to have been included in the China squad, after he was called up for their 2022 World Cup qualifier against Maldives on Sept. 10.

The decision follows weeks of speculation the Guangzhou Evergrande forward had been awarded citizenship in the country after playing in the Chinese Super League since 2013, thereby meeting FIFA's five-year residency requirements.

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The inclusion of...

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...