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szdaily -> Sports -> 
China Cup attracts top soccer players
    2018-03-22  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

THE 2018 China Cup, which will be held from today to Monday in Nanning, capital city of South China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, has attracted big names including Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez.

The teams that have confirmed their participation in the second edition of the four-team event include China, Uruguay, Wales and the Czech Republic.

China will play the opening game with Wales today, and Uruguay will meet the Czech side on the next day. There will be a two-day break after that, and the soccer stars from the four teams are expected to interact with local fans and pupils in a series of activities during that time.

The winners of the first two games will progress to the final Monday, and the losing sides will compete for third place on the same day.

The China Cup, launched by the Wanda Group and the Chinese Football Association (CFA), is a grade-A international event acknowledged by the world soccer governing body FIFA.

The games fall within FIFA’s scheduled international window between March 19 and 27.

Wales will be without Aaron Ramsey as the Arsenal midfielder is set to undergo minor surgery. “We’ve been in discussions with Arsenal and Aaron over the last couple of weeks,” Wales manager Ryan Giggs said at a news conference to name his 26-man squad for the competition.

“He’s got a small procedure. It’s the ideal time in the international break to get it done. “

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, however, is in the squad, while Ashley Williams, who has been in the spotlight at Everton after making several high-profile mistakes, has retained the captaincy.

As well as experienced players like Bale, Joe Allen and Ben Davies, Giggs has handed an opportunity to several youngsters. Brentford defender Chris Mepham, Swansea full-back Connor Roberts, Preston forward Billy Bodin and Ipswich goalkeeper Michael Crowe are all called up for the first time.

(SD-Xinhua)

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