Chinese debate Wu Lei’s future after Espanyol relegation

XI’AN, July 9 (Xinhua) — Chinese international Wu Lei’s Espanyol lost to F.C Barcelona 1-0 on Wednesday night, condemning them to relegation to Spain’s second division next season, and prompting fans across China to engage in heated debated about what Wu’s next move should be.

A multiple winner of the Chinese Super League’s Golden Boot award during a 12-year spell with Shanghai SIPG, Wu has scored eight goals for Espanyol so far in the 2019-20 season, leading some to suggest the Nanjing-born forward should consider moving on to pastures new.

“Wu Lei scored goals in all the competitions his team participated in this season, including La Liga, the Europa League and the Copa del Rey. Their relegation didn’t lie with him. What’s more, it’s hard for a 28-year-old to improve when playing in the second division, so he should leave in the summer transfer window,” said a fan named “Liverpool legend Virgil” on China’s All Football app.

In a survey featuring 25,000 fans discussing Wu’s future, 67.5 percent wanted Wu to leave Espanyol. Only 14.3 percent hoped the Chinese forward would stay at the Barcelona-based club, although Wu said in a recent interview that he had no plans to depart Espanyol and would stay with the club as long as it needs him.

“Wu Lei’s choice to stay on is the most appropriate option. If he quits the style of the Spanish league and environment to which he has adapted, and moves to another league, he would have to once again adapt to a new environment and a new club. That route is a bit adventurous,” said a netizen named “Hubert-zhu” in China’s Hupu forum.

Wu had been linked to a move to English Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers, who are owned by Chinese investment firm Fosun. Although Wu dismissed those rumors, some Chinese football fans are expecting to see him in the Premier League soon.

“Wu Lei is waving the flag for Chinese football, just like Son Heung-min has done for South Korea, so he should have a go in the EPL. His outstanding speed and the skill at breaking the offside trap may help him establish in the league,” said a Chinese internet user named “Nanshan Kid” on the TikTok platform.

However, China’s well-known football commentator Huang Jianxiang isn’t so sure how well Wu would adapt to English football. “The Premier League is not suitable for Wu Lei. In my opinion, the league needs footballers who are physically strong, and few Asians are able to adapt to these tough games,” Huang said.

In addition to England’s top division, some fans asked Wu to consider playing in other major leagues in Europe, such as Germany’s Bundesliga and the Italian Serie A.

“I think Serie A suits Wu Lei well. Italian teams attach more importance to tactics and the counterattack would be more suitable for him,” said Hupu forum user “komalai”.

“Chinese players Yang Chen and Shao Jiayi spent good times in the Bundesliga, and the league may be more friendly to the Asian players, I’d like Wu Lei to continue his career abroad in Germany,” said “Chen Xiaoyang” on Sina Weibo.

Additionally, with the postponed 2020 Chinese Super League season not set to start until July 25, some fans advised Wu to come home and chase the CSL trophy once again, which would also allow him to prepare better for China’s crucial upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers.

China’s football team ‘more united’ under coronavirus

China national team goalkeeper Yan Junling

The novel coronavirus has indefinitely postponed the Chinese Super League season but it has given the national team time to bond under coach Li Tie, the side’s goalkeeper Yan Junling said on Monday.

China is approaching the end of a two-week training camp in Shanghai and on Tuesday will face CSL side Shanghai Greenland Shenhua behind closed doors, having defeated former champion Shanghai SIPG 4-1 in another warm-up match.

The CSL is on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic but the national side has been together on and off for several weeks this year, both at home and abroad.

“I think actually for our team, because of the epidemic, we’ve had a longer time to train together and become more familiar with each other,” said Shanghai SIPG stopper Yan.

“We can also get to fully understand what the coach wants and in fact the team has become more united.”

China’s World Cup hopes hang in the balance.

It is second in its qualifying group, with only the top team guaranteed to reach the next stage on the road to Qatar 2022.

China’s next qualifier, against the Maldives, has been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic but could now take place this autumn.

The players emerged from their team bus wearing face masks on Monday before former Everton midfielder Li put them through their paces in humid conditions — minus masks.

Yan said that Li, who took over from Marcello Lippi when the Italian World Cup-winning coach quit following defeat to Syria in November, has made clear that the friendlies against SIPG and Shenhua are essential to the team’s preparations.

“One of the requirements that the head coach has been saying is that we have to take this training and these two games as getting in rhythm for the World Cup qualifiers,” said the 29-year-old Yan.

“There is no way out for us — we must win these two games.”

Li has named three naturalized players in his squad, the first time that has happened in Chinese football history.

They are London-born midfielder Nico Yennaris and Brazil-born strikers Elkeson and Aloisio.

China hopes they can boost a team that has reached the World Cup only once, in 2002, and sits 76th in the FIFA rankings, sandwiched between Bolivia and Uganda.


Crewe United Football Club close premises for deep clean

The Glenavy side said a visitor to the club’s bar area at the weekend tested positive for Covid-19

Crewe United have closed their facilities for a deep clean after a visitor to the club’s bar tested positive for Covid-19.

The Mid Ulster League outfit posted a statement on their social media channels to offer guidance to anyone who may have visited the club at the weekend.

“Since the re-opening of the club post-lockdown, we have taken extensive steps to protect all our members and those visiting our club,” Crewe said in a statement.

“At no point has any of our members tested positive for Covid-19 and this remains the case.

“However, we have been made aware that a person who was visiting within the bar area of the club last weekend has tested positive for Covid-19. At the time of his visit to the club, we understand he had no symptoms of the virus.

“As a result, we have instructed a professional deep clean of the entire building at the club. The club has been closed with immediate effect and will remain so until this has been completed.”

Crewe advised that anyone who may have been at the club over the weekend follow the following guidance:

  • Please re-familiarise yourself with the symptoms of the virus and be vigilant in this regard;
  • If you do believe you may have symptoms, please book in for a Covid-19 test;
  • If you have symptoms, please self isolate until such times your test is completed.

The club also said it has postponed all senior team training and matches.

Shrewsbury Town confirm signing of Irish League winger Josh Daniels on two year deal

Shrewsbury Town boss Sam Rickets believes he has signed a player of “huge ability and potential” in flying Irish League winger Josh Daniels.

The Glenavon midfielder had been linked with summer transfer moves to Glentoran and Larne following a number of impressive seasons at Mourneview Park.

It is understood the 24-year-old was close to joining the Glens and he also spoke to Larne, before Shrewsbury made a late swoop for his signature on Friday.

A two-year deal, with the option of a further year, was confirmed by the League One club this afternoon.

Salop boss Ricketts said: “Josh is stepping up from part-time football, but he has a brilliant desire and attitude to want to succeed.

“He has done everything he can to get this opportunity and will now do all he can to make it work.

“He is a fantastic athlete who’s very skilful and he can go past people with his left and right foot.

“He’s got a huge amount of potential and ability, so I’m really looking forward to working with him and easing him into full-time football.”

Daniels, one of the most dangerous wingers in the Irish League, was one game shy of hitting a century of appearances for Glenavon, scoring 16 goals in 99 appearances.

Lurgan Blues boss Gary Hamilton revealed the player’s ambition was always to play in full-time football.

He told the Glenavon website: “Josh’s ambition has always been to go across the water, so much so that when we were negotiating his last contract he wouldn’t sign it unless he had a buy-out clause.

“He’s had a drive in him to get there and to be fair, when we spoke to him in the summer, Josh told me that no matter what he was leaving next season.

“That was due to the fact that he wanted to be a full-time footballer.

“We sat down with the chairman and we said that if something came up we would be better to do something because he’s going to leave next year anyway.

“It was better for us to have players who are going to be here long-term and we can’t provide the full-time facility for him because we don’t have the budget.


IPL 2020 likely to be held from September 26 to November 8

New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Board of Cricket for Control in India has come up with a tentative schedule for the 13th edition of Indian Premier League. The cricket body is likely to conduct the event from September 26 to November 7. It is also planning to shift the venue of the tournament to United Arab Emirates. However, the fate of the tournament is linked to the ICC T20 World Cup, scheduled between October 18 and November 15.

A final call on the T20 world cup is expected to be taken at the online ICC Board meeting on Monday. BCCI is keenly awaiting ICCs decision, to be announced by 4 pm today. In case of postponement, BCCI is expected to set the ball rolling for IPL. Hosts Cricket Australia (CA) Chairman Earl Eddings has already termed the idea of hosting T20 World Cup amid the COVID-19 pandemic as “unrealistic”.

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“While it hasn’t been formally called off this year, or postponed, trying to get 16 countries into Australia in the current world, where most countries are still going through COVID spiking, I think it’s unrealistic, or it’s going to be very, very difficult,” Eddings told reporters.

With India’s caseload also exceeding the 10 lakh mark, including more than 26,000 deaths, the Indian cricket body hopes to get a green-signal from the government of India to move the IPL outside India.

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“As of now, nothing has been decided.We are watching the situation very closely and keeping track as far as hosting of the IPL is concerned. We are exploring all options and some countries have offered to hold the IPL, UAE also. But we are going to wait and watch and will speak to the government. We will do whatever is in the best interest of the country and cricket, will discuss in IPL GC (governing council),” new agency ANI reported quoted BCCI official.

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Riverside Rugby League World Cup Fixture Revealed

Tonga v Cook Islands to be staged at the Riverside Stadium…

The Rugby League World Cup 2021 tournament organisers have today revealed the much-anticipated fixture schedule for what promises to be the biggest and best World Cup in the history of the sport, as the men’s, women’s and wheelchair teams all compete at the same time in a major sporting first.

Tees Valley will be hosting a men’s RLWC2021 fixture, when Tonga take on Cook Islands at the Riverside Stadium. The match will take place on Sunday November 7 at 2.30pm.

In June, it was revealed that Tees Valley will be the team training base for Cook Islands men’s team.

Jon Dutton, RLWC2021 Chief Executive, said: “This is a huge moment for the tournament and for fans in our host cities and towns as we reveal the full fixture schedule.

“The tournament has been gaining momentum over recent months and fans can now look forward to being part of this unique global event. With match dates and locations confirmed, the excitement will only intensify.

“RLWC2021 will bring together the very best that the sport has to offer, and you can see from the schedule that there is no end of world class, not-to-be-missed matches, across all three tournaments.

“It Is an exciting day for all our Rugby League fans and communities across England who will be proud and brilliant hosts to the travelling nations as together we deliver the biggest and best Rugby League World Cup to date.”

Middlesbrough FC Chief Financial Officer David Joyes said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming Tonga and the Cook Islands to the Riverside Stadium. It’s the final game of the group stage and there is a real Polynesian rivalry between the two countries so it should be a cracking occasion.

“Being able to bring the Rugby League World Cup 2021 to Teesside is something we are incredibly proud of and we’re sure the people of the region will really get behind such a prestigious sporting event.”

With 61 fixtures over a six-week period the tournament will showcase a festival of world class sporting action. The dates, venues and kick-off times* for each of the three tournaments is now confirmed and available to view at

Please visit for more information, for details on how to sign up to receive ticket alerts and all the latest news first.

Long Time No See

On the 19th June @ 20:00

For the 1st round of eighth-final of ACL League Group Tournament in the season of 2019

Shanghai SIPG will compete against Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC in Shanghai Stadium

Long Time No See

History records between two teams

2016-09-13    Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC 5:0 Shanghai SIPG ( ACL)

2016-08-23    Shanghai SIPG 0:0 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC ( ACL)

Previous five tournament result for Shanghai SIPG

2019-06-14    Shanghai SIPG 0:2 Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao ( CSL)

2019-06-02    Dalian Yifang 1:2 Shanghai SIPG ( CSL)

2019-05-29    Shanghai SIPG 4:0 BJFC ( CFA Cup)

2019-05-26    Shanghai SIPG 2:1 Beijing Guoan ( CSL)

2019-05-21    Shanghai SIPG 5:0 Ulsan Hyundai ( ACL)

Previous five tournament result for Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC

2019-06-15    IUFC 0:1 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC ( K League)

2019-06-02    Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC 2:0 Sangju Sangmu Phoenix ( K League)

2019-05-29    Gangwon FC 2:3 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC ( K League)

2019-05-26    Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC 4:1 Gyeongnam FC ( K League)

2019-05-21    Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC 0:0 Buriram United ( ACL)

Jürgen Klopp: We want to be the spot for everybody with a Scouse soul

Jürgen Klopp wants Liverpool to be the destination for ‘Scouse souls’ as he reinforced the importance of providing a pathway for Academy players.

Curtis Jones was on the scoresheet in Liverpool’s Premier League outing with Aston Villa on Sunday just a day after signing a new long-term contract, while 17-year-old Harvey Elliott penned his first professional deal with the club at the start of the week.

Speaking at a press conference previewing Wednesday’s clash with Brighton and Hove Albion, Klopp explained the ‘door is really wide open’ for talented and hungry young footballers.

Read below for the boss’ thoughts…

On how the future looks for Liverpool…

Good. But it depends on how you see the future. What is the future? In my life, there was never a period where I knew less about my future. I pretty often didn’t know how it would be. But the future of all of us, I think it’s the first time that no one knows exactly how it will be. We cannot cut that off the general situation. The general situation is that we’re all waiting for a vaccine against this awful disease. That’s the future of all of us. As a football club, we are not worried about the future: we have a good team and we have a good age group. The future is already prepared with a few really, really good footballers around us and I’m really happy that the boys see it the same way. I’ve said a lot of times, for young players, the biggest plus they have is time. But in the moment when they lose patience, things can go not exactly like they should go.

Our boys want to play and be involved, see every day in training that they are really close, but are not losing patience for it not working out tomorrow and playing 90 minutes every three days. We try to help them as much as we can to become the best player they can be. We do that with all the players, but with the younger ones, the responsibility on our side is obviously even bigger. I really like that these boys are committed 100 per cent to that way, and it’s a wonderful sign for all of us. How I said, the next few [players] are already lined up, if you want. Our Academy is producing a lot of good players in the last few years and we are really happy that the boys want to be part of that process, even when it’s then the first time in their life they don’t play week in, week out. But they have a lot to learn and we give them the time to do so.

On always having a local player in a Premier League squad…

I don’t know if that will always be possible, to be honest. I think it’s a bit easier for the London clubs. I’m not sure if they have to come from Chelsea directly to be a local lad, or if it’s allowed that you’re from another part of London and it’s local. We try and we want to be the spot for everybody with a Scouse soul. It’s not a competition with Everton, but if you love football, you’re talented and ready to work hard, then we want you to be here. For that, we need to show the boys that there is a way through. We have to show perspective, that’s our responsibility. It’s really nice that the boys are now so close to it; Trent made it and the three others are really close to getting through. That’s an important sign for all the other kids around: this is a club where you can have pretty much everything. You can play together with world-class players; you can train with them and you can make sure that you improve as much as you can. Then, the club is ready to give you a chance. If that will always be the case, depends on the boys. We cannot create a football player if the football player is not ready for it. If you’re a talented boy and have the desire to improve, the door is really wide open.

On the possibility of more game-time in the Premier League next season for Jones, Elliott and Neco Williams…

That’s always the plan. One is about education and the other is then showing that education works, training works and that they’re ready. We don’t only have the boys here because they are nice, humble, good-looking or whatever. They are here because, in the moment, they mainly get the benefit from what we do but that’s a fair deal because, in the end, we get the benefit from what they’re doing. That’s how it is and that’s how you deal with your kids. What pleases me the most about it is that the boys are so humble and hard-working in that age group. The perfect scenario is that we have role-model professionals around, these slightly elder guys, who just show how you have to be if you want to make your way. If the boys follow this path, with the talent they have, it’s pretty likely that they will have a proper career. That’s good news.

You need luck injury-wise and stuff like this but, here, we will always try to use them as often as possible. The dream is to have all boys but it will not happen now in the next five years, but maybe in 10 years it would be great if we could have a team full of Scousers, why not? That’s not a bad thing to be a Scouser, it’s a good thing because they are hard-working and it’s clear that they will fight like crazy. A few things are really nice already in the characteristics of a Scouser. Good. But the door is open for all the other boys who want to play football, good football. Liverpool is a very open-minded club.

On Neco Williams becoming Trent Alexander-Arnold’s understudy…

There’s always a picture now. Neco made exactly the same steps like Harvey and Curtis, for example. Neco is a bit lucky now with the full-back situation: we have actually two plus Neco, three plus Millie [Milner] and Joe [Gomez] who we can. It’s a little bit easier to have minutes in a very intense time than it is, for example, Harvey. But that doesn’t mean Harvey does not make big steps. It’s unbelievable, he’s still 17. It’s unbelievable how good he is. Timing is always important in life and whatever you can create by yourself, whatever you can create by yourself, whatever we can produce together and by ourselves, the better it is. It saves money, of course. But on the other side, these boys need time. But we will use them as often as possible, that’s the plan with them. Whatever we can save out there, in the crazy world of the transfer market, is good of course. But the boys have to commit.

Neco Williams: I watch and learn from Trent every day at Melwood

That’s why I’m so happy about the two contracts [Harvey and Curtis] as there is always an easier way, if you want. You can either make sure that you are now in the best place and it means playing week in, week out or that you prepare your career. And we are here for preparing careers until the moment is there until the boys can play week in, week out. How I said, as long as the boys are committed to that way, it will be really good for them. We have proven in the past and I proved it probably at Dortmund and now here at Liverpool since we were here, it’s not about how old you are, it’s not about who you are, it’s only about how good you are and then you will play.

On the club’s plan for Rhian Brewster, who is out on loan at Swansea City…

For the plans with Rhian, we talk to Rhian and not here. There’s nothing to say really. Yes, it was unbelievably important and I was really happy that we had the opportunity to do so [go out on loan]. He plays his first proper senior year; he had an awful injury and needed a really long time. That’s why we said when he came back it doesn’t make sense to be a striker sometimes in the squad, sometimes not. It was clear that his situation is different to a lot of other situations from the boys in the club and I was really happy that he could go to his former coach, who he knew from the youth national teams. That helped a lot and they really wanted him and that’s very important for a young striker because you cannot score every week and you should still stay on the pitch. It happened now at Swansea and he has played a good season. Rhian has shown absolutely his talent, that’s clear. In the moment, nearly perfect how it is. But how it will be next year, we will talk about it with him and his representatives.

2019/20 Broadcast Agreement

作为EFL和Sky Sports之间新的创新安排的一部分,广播公司将现场直播45场比赛,所有Sky Bet EFL Championship俱乐部的季票持有者将获得前所未有的观看2019/20赛季结束的机会线上。

冠军赛季将于6月20日在Sky Sports直播现场闭门进行,并且已经进行了工作,以确保季票持有者有机会不错过任何比赛,无论比赛是在家中还是客场进行。



通过联赛与Pitch International的合作伙伴关系,EFL的海外广播公司也可以观看30场Sky直播比赛。其他游戏将在英国以外为EFL俱乐部的支持者提供,既可以作为已购买的季票的一部分(针对各自俱乐部),也可以逐场购买。




  • 星期五–下午6点和晚上8点
  • 星期六–下午12.30、3pm和5.30pm
  • 周日– 12pm


  • 星期二–下午5点,6点和8点
  • 星期三–下午5点,6点和8点

在本赛季停赛之前所做的广播选择现在将不适用,Sky Sports将“从头开始”开始此过程,预计第一批选择将在下周初推出。

EFL主席里克·帕里(Rick Parry)表示:“首先,我要感谢天空体育的团队的耐心和支持,同时我们也解决了由于现场体育无法开展而围绕协议达成的一些复杂问题由于当前的危机。


“我们很高兴达成这样一个令人愉快和明智的安排,以确保对俱乐部的财务影响降到最低,Sky Sports能够凭借多年来最令人期待的冠军争夺战之一来恢复其足球业务,而且重要的是, ,那么在指南阻止他们亲自参加游戏的这段时间内,粉丝可以使用游戏。”

Sky Sports Managing Director Rob Webster said: “The partnership between Sky Sports and the EFL supports clubs and their communities across the country. We are pleased to have reached a solution which works for them; and appreciate the positive and collaborative spirit of the negotiations.

“The availability for existing season ticket holders to stream matches from their club platform will compliment Sky Sports in telling the complete story of the climax to season.”

Quest will also provide extended highlights on both Saturday evenings and midweek, whilst talkSPORT will provide exclusive national radio commentary on some Championship matches.

Championship Season End Date




EFL Statement: Latest COVID-19 Test Results





Following the first round of COVID-19 testing in League One, the EFL can confirm that 135 players and club staff were tested from four League One clubs over the course of Wednesday 3 June, Thursday 4 June, Friday 5 June and Saturday 6 June with zero individuals testing positive.


Following the latest round of COVID-19 testing, the EFL can confirm that 132 players and club staff were tested from four League Two clubs over the course of Wednesday 3 June, Thursday 4 June, Friday 5 June and Saturday 6 June with one individual testing positive.