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Winning the right to stage the 2023 Asian Cup was the easy bit for China, now the hard part: cobbling together a football team that does not embarrass the hosts.
China have selected England-born Arsenal academy product Nico Yennaris as their first naturalised player.
Marcello Lippi was back as coach of China on Friday, four months after the World Cup winner quit and following a failed stint by fellow Italian Fabio Cannavaro.
South Korea have abandoned their bid to stage football's Asian Cup in 2023, authorities said, leaving the sole other bidders China with a free run to become hosts.
Italian World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro on Sunday said that he was quitting as coach of China after just two matches in charge, both 1-0 home defeats.
Fabio Cannavaro's short reign as China coach could already be over after the hosts were beaten for the second time in five days on Monday and again failed to score.
China lost to Thailand in the first game under Fabio Cannavaro, who was controversially named head coach last week.
Fabio Cannavaro's first task as China coach may be to win over a sceptical public after his appointment was met with criticism and even anger.
Jose Mourinho will not be China's new coach, its football association said on Friday, amid widespread reports that Italian World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro is instead poised to take the job.
Marcello Lippi said China need to learn how to focus for an entire game ahead of their crunch Asian Cup quarter-final with Iran, the biggest -- and possibly last -- game of his tenure.