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China Cup

Blue Lou
Joined: 21 Jan 2009, 04:52

23 Nov 2016, 16:43 #1

China's answer to the Kirin Cup will take place for the first time in January.
China will take part as hosts, the three invited teams are Chile,Croatia, and Iceland.
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nfm24
Joined: 07 Apr 2007, 16:28

23 Nov 2016, 21:15 #2

China did have some similar tournaments e.g. Great Wall Cup back in the 1970s-80s, but then seem to have gone off the idea.
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TheRoonBa
Joined: 31 Oct 2006, 22:16

24 Nov 2016, 21:41 #3

Croatia and Chile should find this quite easy if they take their best players (which they might not).
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nfm24
Joined: 07 Apr 2007, 16:28

24 Nov 2016, 22:04 #4

I predict none of the best players will be involved for the 3 visitors.
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Gotzalgoren
Joined: 31 May 2014, 17:38

18 Jan 2017, 05:58 #5

HELLO, why did they consider that the NT of Croatia in the China Cup, was not A teams?
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TheRoonBa
Joined: 31 Oct 2006, 22:16

18 Jan 2017, 23:42 #6

Who is "they"?

FIFA considered it an A team.
Croatia FA considered it an A team.
I did not consider it an A team.

The simple reason for me - Croatia did not send their A team. Almost all of the players had zero previous appearances for Croatia. The same for China. Chile and Iceland sent a few more A team players, so I counted their match as an A match.
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nfm24
Joined: 07 Apr 2007, 16:28

19 Jan 2017, 00:36 #7

"A match" and "A team" are different. According to FIFA at least.
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pieter
Joined: 03 Nov 2006, 16:49

19 Jan 2017, 07:33 #8

FIFA has to consider it a A team as Croatia FA does...
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nfm24
Joined: 07 Apr 2007, 16:28

19 Jan 2017, 22:03 #9

Well, FIFA's logic on these matters is about as secure as a central defensive pairing of Rafa Márquez and David Luiz.
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nfm24
Joined: 07 Apr 2007, 16:28

19 Jan 2017, 22:12 #10

Speaking of which, I would like to see the following lineup take the field:
-----------------Bravo-----------------
Lahm R.Márquez D.Luiz Bale-------------Pirlo---Xavi--------------
O.Abdulrahman Valdivia Riquelme
-----------------Zlatan-----------------

With Maradona as manager.

With such a lineup, whichever side has the ball will almost certainly score. Hence football becomes like basketball, or handball.
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mattsanger92
Joined: 04 Jul 2011, 10:46

20 Jan 2017, 20:43 #11

On football games where a World All-Star team is an option, my tactics and the limited number of defensive players in those game-created squads end up making me shift Bale to left-back purely for being the most known quantity in that position.
Not sure why you have Lahm in there though, pretty reliable player. How about Ashley Young?
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nfm24
Joined: 07 Apr 2007, 16:28

21 Jan 2017, 12:24 #12

I can't believe the selection of Lahm was the first problem you found in that lineup :-)
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mattsanger92
Joined: 04 Jul 2011, 10:46

18 Oct 2017, 14:16 #13

The sequel, China Cup 2[018]: Dragon Buddies, is currently in development. Hopefully Bhutan get invited too...
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nfm24
Joined: 07 Apr 2007, 16:28

23 Oct 2017, 10:15 #14

Surely Wales don't want to jeopardise their high ranking by playing friendlies?
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mattsanger92
Joined: 04 Jul 2011, 10:46

23 Oct 2017, 19:05 #15

The next time the FIFA Rankings are going to be needed for Wales is at least 2020. Besides, friendlies were played in the build-up to Euro 2016 (none of them won), that approach seems to be a matter of timing.

Also, depending on how the new Nations League matches are counted (that is, if they're all classed as friendlies by FIFA), 'gaming the system' could be relatively nullified for everyone in Europe...
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