A former China youth international football player has been sentenced to death with two years' reprieve for killing a man over gambling debts, local media reported on Thursday.
Jon Carter on the troubles surrounding domestic and national team football in China.
China's Serbian national team coaches were given a hard time by local media on Monday after the team's 3-2 loss to South Korea in the East Asian Championships in Chongqing.
China is poised to appoint former Yugoslavia international Vladimir Petrovic to guide its national team through qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup finals, local media reported on Tuesday.
China has begun the search for a new national team coach after their disappointing Asian Cup campaign, local media reported on Wednesday.
Contrasting fortunes for China's senior and Olympic sides over the last 10 days have increased media pressure on Zhu Guanghu to step down as coach of the national team in favour of Ratomir Dujkovic.
China's state television service CCTV is expecting an audience of 10 billion for their World Cup coverage, even though most of the matches will take place in the middle of the night and the national team failed to qualify.