The Asian Women's U-19 Championship witnessed shocking scenes in Wuhan tonight as the Australia team were pelted with bottles by a highly-charged crowd following a mass brawl at the end of China's match against the Young Matildas.
Iran coach Afshin Ghotbi has called on Chinese officials to be impartial in their next 2010 World Cup qualifier, saying poor officiating led to a 1-0 upset loss to hosts China.
Midfielders Zheng Zhi and Zhou Haibin are among a handful of more experienced players in an otherwise youthful China squad for next week's international friendly against Germany.
Gao Hongbo was named as China's new coach on Thursday and the youngest man to take the helm in 30 years will need to show experience beyond his age to arrest a slump in form that has led to the sacking of his predecessors.
Four Chinese coaches are being given a three-day grilling to see which one of them will be handed the dubious honour of taking charge of the national team.
China midfielder Zhou Haibin looks set to join PSV Eindhoven in a move that challenges the right of Chinese clubs to retain the registration of out-of-contract players.
China will not submit bids to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup finals, local media reports said on Monday.
Chinese fans and media greeted the national team's thumping 6-1 win over Vietnam with a mixture of joy and relief on Thursday, as embattled caretaker coach Yin Tiesheng quit after a rocky six weeks in charge.
China will aim to start the new year afresh with victory in their opening Asian Cup Group D qualifier with Syria on Wednesday.
Chinese media and soccer fans savaged the national team on Thursday after new coach Yin Tiesheng took the injury-depleted side to a demoralising 3-1 loss in a friendly against Oman.