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New China coach faces tough Germany debut

EUROPEAN giant Germany will face a lackluster China squad at Shanghai Stadium tonight in a daunting debut for China's newly appointed coach Gao Hongbo.

The lopsided matchup threatens to again expose how far China, ranked 97th in the world, has fallen behind the world's top teams since reaching the 2002 World Cup.

China has already been knocked out of contention for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa after failing to qualify among the top-ten Asian teams, and the new coach has set his sights on 2014.

Germany, ranked No. 2 in the world, will be fielding a squad stripped of many regulars and heavy on newcomers hoping to prove themselves ahead of South Africa 2010.

Those include VfB Stuttgart's Brazilian-born striker Cacau, as well as goalkeeper Manuel Neuer of Schalke, defender Christian Traesch of Stuttgart and midfielder Christian Gentner of VfL Wolfsburg.

China too will field several players making their international debut, alongside veterans such as Charlton Athletic's Zheng Zhi, Zhou Haibin, recently signed by PSV Eindhoven, and Feng Xiaoting, who plays in the South Korean league.

China next faces Iran on Monday in the northern port city of Qinhuangdao and takes on Saudi Arabia three days later in nearby Tianjin Municipality.


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