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Chinese football continues to struggle with the corona virus

All Chinese professional football system tournaments will be postponed indefinitely as the China Football Association (CFA) is concerned about the possibility of corona virus infection.

In the latest statement released by CFA on January 29, the professional football system of Chinese football will be suspended indefinitely to prevent the risk of corona virus infection.

The Chinese Super League and other tournaments are scheduled to start from February 22. However, with this announcement, tournaments in the world’s most populous country will be suspended indefinitely.

Not only domestic tournaments, but also international tournaments held in China are also affected. While the World Indoor Games in Nanjing was postponed the following year, the 2020 Tokyo Olympic women’s football qualifier held in Wuhan was also relocated to Australia.

In the focused composition of the Chinese women’s team this time, there was no presence of any players from Wuhan. However, teachers and coach Bruno Bini will be isolated in a separate hotel in Brisbane until February 5.

Fear of corona virus, many stars want to leave China

Before the situation of coronary pneumonia outbreak in China, the million dollar foreign soldiers like Marko Arnautovic, Paulinho, Marouane Fellaini began to feel insecure.

Players are expected to consider leaving China before the transfer window closes on January 31. If this happens, it will be a huge loss to the quality of the Chinese Super League, where the clubs are having many stars like Arnautovic, Paulinho, Dembele, Fellaini, Odion Ighalo, Salomon Rondon and Oscar.

Changchun Yatai striker Richairo Zivkovic is also about to flee China, preparing to move to Sheffield United. Former Ajax spearhead has been playing in Asia since February 2019. This striker left many impressions, scoring 16 goals and having 3 assists.

China is one of the countries that attracts many European and American names to compete here. By paying high salaries to foreign soldiers, they easily recruited stars who used to play for the Premier League, La Liga.

Before the outbreak of coronary pneumonia in China, many foreign soldiers had admitted they did not want to return to Europe to compete because the salary in the Chinese Super League was too attractive. But things can now turn around.

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South Korea reached U23 Asian finals

Korea won tickets for the 2020 Olympic Games, after beating Australia 2-0 in the second semi-final of the Asian U23 tournament on January 22.

Goals scored: Dae-won 56 ‘, Dong-gyeong 76’.

Dominating Australia for 90 minutes, South Korea deserved to win the second ticket to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The students Kim Hak Bum finished 21 times the whole match and did not let the opponent hit the goal. The ball went three times to the Australian post, before Dae-won and Dong-gyeong scored goals in the blank posture, helping Korea to win 2-0.

Australia only played on par with opponents in the first 20 minutes. When South Korea gave up the exploration game, opportunities began to come to Korea’s side more. The most dangerous situation in the first half came from Oh Se Hun’s long-range shot in the 24th minute. The 1m93 striker turned around with his left foot, brought the ball to the post.

Korea’s strong point in the tournament is the long shot. This match, almost half of the red-shirt finishes came outside the box. Along with Se Hun, Dae-won is the most aggressive player to shoot. At the end of the first half and the beginning of the second half, the midfielder No. 14 created waves in the direction of goalkeeper Glover.

The huge pressure at the beginning of the second half was concretized by Korea in the 56th minute. Defender Lee You-hyeon broke the post from the right, the ball went to Dae-won and the number 14 player did not miss the opportunity. Kick back into the empty goal.

Australia needs to score in the rest, but is helpless. South Korea has shown it to be healthier, faster, and more skilled in tactics. The students Kim Hak Bum put the ball for two players to be replaced, Dong-jun and Dong-gyeong. The duo constantly rushed past the Australian defenders in the last 20 minutes of the match. In such a situation, Dong-gyeong scored the winner at 76 minutes after finishing on the near corner.

The outstanding performance against Australia showed why South Korea is the only team to win the tournament so far. In the final, they will meet Saudi Arabia – the team has conceded only one goal from the beginning of the tournament. Australia will face Uzbekistan in the third place match, which is also the final match for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

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5 highlights when Thailand stopped in the quarter-finals of Asian U23

Siam Sport appreciates the depth of the Thai squad and expresses regret when Nishino’s teachers and students lost because of a decision from VAR.

Team depth is considered an important factor throughout Thailand’s U23 Asia 2020 journey. In the final match against Iraq, coach Akira Nishino replaced seven positions in the starting line-up. In the match against Saudi Arabia, the pillars of the previous rest are back.

Thailand played with four attacks including Suphanat Mueanta, Supachai Jaided, Supachok Sarachat and Anon Amornlerdsak. Despite many players, Thailand still played smoothly and joined well in the first 20 minutes of the match.

Compared to the 4-2-3-1 scheme that Nishino usually applies to the Thai team, the U23 team came out with a 4-4-2 diagram on January 18, with the intention of beating the opponent.

Suphanat and Anon are constantly moving in the inner corridor (the area between the border and the middle), and Supachok and Supachai actively move back, supporting the ball from the downline. This style of play clearly shows Nishino’s understanding of the opponent, while giving Thailand an impressive first half, despite being underestimated.

In the second half, when physical strength went down, Thailand had to retreat to play counterattack. In the 78th minute, striker Abdullah Al-Hamdan fell in the penalty area of ​​Thailand.

Initially, referee Ahmed Al-Kaf gave Saudi Arabia a free kick on the edge of the penalty area because Soorawit pulled Al-Hamdan shirt from outside the round of 16m50. But after consulting VAR, the Oman referee gave the West Asian team a penalty, despite the fierce reaction of Nishino’s teachers and students when he thought that Soorawit’s ball was not on Al-Hamdan’s foot.

Siam Sport considered this a VAR incident, because the technology did not require the referee Al-Kaf to review the video. In addition, the layout of the arbitration also made the Thai newspaper questioned because all four control arbitrators were from West Asia.

Although there was not much time to find a equalizer, Thailand was not dismayed. Nishino coach immediately put Worachit and Ben Davis on the pitch to strengthen the attack. However, “War Elephants” can not penetrate the tight defense of Saudi Arabia.

Failure in the quarterfinals but Thailand brought many optimistic signals. In addition to the first round of the Asian U23 group, Nishino teachers and students have specific and effective plans to face the top continental teams such as Australia, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Young Thai players dare to play football, and stay cool even when faced with adverse decisions. They really won the hearts of Thai fans.

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U23 Thailand lost to Australia because of Nishino’s over-confidence

In the press conference room after the match, coach Nishino admitted he kept the starting line up against Bahrain because “all 11 players understood the system and were too familiar with each other”.

Mr. Nishino said no mistake. It is no coincidence that Thailand U23 crush Bahrain to 5-0 in the first round and sometimes overwhelms Australia.

But also by keeping the 11-person system that made Thailand suffer a bitter defeat at Rajamangala.

The mobility of star players from Buriram United such as Supachok, Supachai and Suphanat helped U23 Thailand completely overwhelm Australia. There are even times when the visitors only take the match after receiving continuous punches from Thailand’s diverse and diversified attack.

Highlights in this way of kicking Thailand are two full-backs Thitathorn and Marhasaranukun rising very high when attacking. The Thai system was then 2-4-4 instead of 4-2-3-1 as usual. The overwhelming number of troops when attacking gives Thailand many options to deploy.

With just a few simple combinations, No. 3 Thitathorn has the opportunity to finish. This is also the situation that created a goal for Thailand.

Besides, the ability to move synchronously and intelligently of players like Supachok or Suphanat makes the Thai side pieces especially dangerous. From such a arrangement, U23 Thailand had an opening goal.

At this point, the downside of keeping the starting lineup unchanged is obvious. Supachai and Suphanat after 2 games running at full capacity in just 3 days, they were tense and had to leave the field. This type of injury is not too harmful in the long run but when the player is involved, he will definitely have to leave the field.

Trauma and replacement are not the worst hurdles. The rest of Thailand’s players also after two games of full capacity were exhausted in the rest. They were constantly cramping, shaking their heads and demanding replacement. The substitution is limited, so U23 Thailand almost fell into a handicap situation in the second half of the second half.

The table conceded thus came in an inevitable way with Thailand. They can only walk and so much effort is not enough before Australia is particularly prolific.

U23 Thailand has times overwhelming Australia, can even be considered as overwhelming opponents with technology, the ability to coordinate methodically and efforts of individual stars.

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South Korea U23 is waiting for the European football star

South Korea only announced 22 out of 23 players for the U23 Asian Finals 2020. They still left a position to wait for more stars from Europe to return.

Coach Kim Hak-bum said he would try to negotiate with European clubs until the deadline to register for the tournament in Thailand (December 29).

Because U23 Asia is not a FIFA tournament, European clubs have no obligation to release people. The Korea Football Association (KFA) and Coach Kim have been constantly impacted but could not make Darmstadt 98 and especially Valencia change their mind.

Kim said Korea will continue to convince the two European teams. They left a position in the squad waiting for Lee or Paik to return. The list of 23 Korean players for the Asian tournament will only be finalized on December 29.

Koreans are determined by the U23 Asian finals and the 2020 Tokyo Olympic qualifier. They need the strongest force to compete for the Olympics.

The Asian U23 tournament is not part of FIFA’s competition system, so clubs are not obliged to return players to the teams. Kim and the Korean Football Federation are actively negotiating with Valencia (Spain) club about the case of midfielder Lee Kang-in, and with SV Darmstadt 98 club midfielder Paik Seung-ho.

Lee Kang-in, 18, and Paik Seung-ho, 20, each played for the Korean national team. Lee was also the star of the 2019 U20 World Championship, where he and his teammates reached the final and won the Golden Ball of the tournament.

In the list of 22 players announced by coach Kim Hak-bum, notably Song Bum-keun, goalkeeper of the three-time national champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, Lee Dong-jun, the best player in the league. Two Korean or midfielder Jeong Woo-yeong, who returned from SC Freiburg (Germany).

U23 Asia takes place in Thailand from January 8 to January 26, 2020. South Korea is in Group C along with Uzbekistan, China and Iran. There are three other tables. The teams in the group will compete in a round-robin to select the two teams leading into the quarterfinals.

The top three teams are awarded tickets to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Since Japan is the host, if they make it to the semi-finals, the remaining three teams will automatically have tickets.

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Japan called the Real Madrid star for 2022 World Cup qualifier

Japan will have a very strong squad in their next 2 matches in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in Asia.

In preparation for two matches against Mongolia and Tajikistan in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in Asia, recently coach Hajime Moriyasu has announced the official list of 23 selected players.

In this summons, Japan still impressed with a picture that can be said to be super strong, when up to 20/23 players are playing football in Europe, for leading football platforms like England and West. Spain and Germany.

There are too many high-class players in the Japanese squad, including defenders Hiroki Sakai (Olympique Marseille), Maya Yoshida (Southampton), midfielder Ritsu Doan (PSV), Takumi Minamino (Red Bull Salzburg) ) and especially Takefusa Kubo, the star being loaned out by Real Madrid in Mallorca.

The only three players in Japan currently playing in the country are defender Shinnosuke Hatanaka currently playing for Yokohama, midfielder Kento Hashimoto of FC Tokyo and striker Kensuke Nagai (FC Tokyo).

As can be seen, Japan Tel is extremely focused on the World Cup qualifying campaign in 2022, although their two rivals here are Mongolia and Tajikistan, the teams are much lower level.

In the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in Asia, Japan Tel is in Group F, where in addition they also have the presence of four other teams, Tajikistan, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan and Myanmar. Japan will welcome Mongolia at home on 10/10. Five days later, the army of Coach Hajime Moriyasu guest before Tajikistan.

List of 23 Japanese players summoned for the 2022 World Cup qualifier.

Goalkeepers

Eiji Kawashima (RC Strasbourg), Shuichi Gonda (Portimonense), Daniel Schmidt (Sint-Truidense).

Defenders

Hiroki Sakai (Olympique Marseille), Takehiro Tomiyasu (Bologna FC), Maya Yoshida (Southampton), Naomichi Ueda (Cercle Brugge), Shinnosuke Hatanaka (Yokohama), Koki Anzai (Portimonense), Yuto Nagatomo (Galatasaray).

Midfielders

Gaku Shibasaki (Deportivo La Coruna), Genki Haraguchi (Hannover 96), Wataru Endo (VfB Stuttgart), Kento Hashimoto (FC Tokyo), Ko Itakura (Groningen), Ritsu Doan (PSV), Shoya Nakajima (FC Porto) , Junya Ito (KRC Genk), Takumi Minamino (Red Bull Salzburg), Takefusa Kubo (RCD Mallorca).

Forwards

Kensuke Nagai (FC Tokyo), Takuma Asano (Partizan), Daichi Kamada (Eintracht Frankfurt).