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Tuesday, May 28, 2002, updated at 09:11(GMT+8)

China's First Tour to World Cup
China Team Under Training
Su's Hat-trick Gives China 3-1 Win over Thailand

A late hat-trick by striker Su Maozhen gave China a hard-fought 3-1 win over underdogs Thailand in a World Cup warm-up in Kunming on Saturday.

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Media Ashamed at China's 2-0 Loss to Uruguay
Local media have toned down their expectations on China's World Cup debut following the Chinese eleven's 2-0 loss to Uruguay in the northeast city Shenyang on Friday.

Milutinovic to Name 23-Man Squad After Eindhoven Game
China's head coach Bora Milutinovic will announce the 23-man squad for the South Korea-Japan World Cup finals. The Yugoslavian coach had named a provisional 25-man squad one month ago.

Chinese Favored for Asian Soccer Awards
Chinese defender Fan Zhiyi and midfielder Li Tie are tipped as favorites to be named as Asia's soccer player of the year.

Nigeria Cancel World Cup Warm-up Against China
Nigeria cancelled its World Cup warm-up match against China on May 11 in honor of sports minister Ishaya Mark Aku who was killed in a plane crash at the weekend.

Turkish Coach Cautious on China-South Korea Warm-up Play
"The Chinese looked a bit hesitant. But everything will be different in the finals. We will be on our guard", said Turkish national football team coach Senol Gunes after watching the China-South Korea warmup in South Korean city of Inchun on Saturday.

South Korea, Japan, China to Fight World Cup Ticket Forgery
Police from South Korea, Japan and China agreed Tuesday to cooperate in fighting possible ticket forgery, terrorism and hooliganism during this summer's World Cup soccer.

China to Announce Squad for World Cup Finals on May 20
China will announce a 23-member squad for the 2002 World Cup finals on May 20. Zhu Heyuan, director of national team bureau of the Chinese Football Association, said the Chinese team will start training on April 15 in Kunming camp of Yunnan province. The final squad will be decided among players in the training camp.

China Hands Out World Cup Lottery for First Time
China, who qualified for the 2002 World Cup finals, handed out its first-ever World Cup lottery in 28 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions around the country.

Chinese Midfielder Plans to Play Abroad after World Cup
Chinese international Li Tie, who just returned from one-week trial training in England, said that he would not consider his move to European league until the 2002 World Cup finals ends.

China Seize Fake World Cup Trophies
Chinese success in qualifying for first ever World Cup finals has fuelled soccer craze across the country as well as attempts to profiteer from the high-profile tournament.

Chinese Girl Makes Clay Sculpture for Milutinovic
A Chinese girl, Wang Meihui, made a clay sculpture for her soccer idol Yugoslavian Bora Miludinovic, head coach of the Chinese men's national soccer team.

China Seeks Spillover from Neighors' World Cup
Chinese football aims to do its best in the World Cup finals to be co-hosted South Korea and Japan, so does the Chinese tourism. It is unbeatable temptation for Chinese tourism operators as more than 3.5 million fans are expected to flood into neighboring Japan and South Korea for the premier soccer tournament starting on May 31.

ROK to Retrieve Tickets from Koreans for Chinese Fans
ROK Organizing Committee of the 2002 World Cup Finals Monday said that ROK will retrieve the tickets for the games by China National Football Team from Koreans and provide these tickets to the Chinese fans so as to meet their demands.
Besides, Korea has prepared more than 700 resident families to provide lodgings to the Chinese fans during the games.

China's State TV Buys Rights to Broadcast World Cup in 2002 and 2006
State-owned China Central Television (CCTV) has bought the exclusive rights to broadcast the 2002 and 2006 football World Cups to the country's hundreds of millions of viewers, reports said Saturday.

China's Fans Prepare for Debut
Wang Zhanjun does not just eat, drink and think football, he lives and breathes the game. As he sits under a giant inflatable soccer ball in his "Soccer Fan" restaurant, he dreams of only one thing -- cheering China to victory on their debut in the World Cup finals.

Milutinovic Has New Dream for World Cup
Having led China to its first World Cup finals, head coach Bora Milutinovic is dreaming of the next big thing--

China to Start World Cup Warm-up in HK Again
The Chinese soccer team will kick off its World Cup warm-up series in Hong Kong in February by joining a four-team tournament.

Brazil to Deploy "Spies" to Costa Rica Prior to Korea-Japan 2002
Brazilian soccer officials will deploy "spies" for the friendly match between Costa Rica and Cameroon set for January 11 in San Jose, it was reported Wednesday in San Jose.

China Has its Own Advantages in World Cup Games: Milutinovic
China to reach the World Cup Finals is the biggest success in its soccer history, and it has its own advantages in the 2002 World Cup even without super stars to present, said Bora Milutinovic, China's head coach, during an interview with the journalist of "Soccer" (magazine) on January 2.

5-8 Years Needed for China's Soccer to Strike a Leap Forward
China's football team may need 5-8 years to have a tremendous change and a leap forward, China's world cup success does not mean that China's football has made qualitative changes, said Yan Shiduo, executive vice-chairman of Chinese Football Association .

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