Saturday, December 03, 2005

2006 comings and goings in China Super League

Wang Baosheng has been appointed the new head coach of the China Super League club, Shenzhen, for the 2006 season. "The club chose me because it has faith in me. I am also confident that we can have good performances in next year's China Super League matches," Wang said. He told media he had a realistic goal: to make sure the team was not relegated.

He said he had a better understanding of the team after a match against a Bayern Munich development side (29 Nov). "My task will be to rebuild the team and my overhaul will start from the rear guards," he said. "The team hasn't been engaged in a systematic training for too long a time. The winter training session will be very crucial," he said.

China Broadcast reported that Wang is the fifth head coach of the Shenzhen team this year, following Zhu Guanghu, Chi Shangbin, Guo Ruilong and Xie Feng.

Shanghai Shenhua SVA captain Sun Xiang wants to help his club win the domestic championship in the new season, effectively shutting out any possible move to English Premiership side Wigan Athletics FC during the winter transfer window. Sun went to Wigan for a weeklong trial and looked like securing a deal with the Premier League side, Zhou Zuyi reported in the Shaghai Daily.

"My priority is to do my bit for Shenhua in the new season next year," he said."The trip to Britain was a pleasant one but a transfer is now out of question." The Shanghai native took over the captaincy midway through last season after Du Wei headed for Celtic.

Shenhua, as well as its new coach Wu Jingui, is apparently reluctant to release its captain as it reportedly courts Shenzhen Jianlibao captain Li Weifeng and a handful of other Chinese internationals, including goalkeeper Li Leilei.

The club finished second in the 2005 Chinese Super League and will represent China in the 2006 Asian Football Confederation Champions League.

Sun said his decision to stay back for another season does not mean that he was forsaking his long-term dream of playing in some of the world's best soccer leagues. "I will stay for the next season but I haven't thought about anything beyond that," he told Soccer newspaper. "The days in Wigan, short as it was, has convinced me that my future lies in Europe," he said.

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