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FIFA Club World Cup Morocco 2013: The Guangzhou Evergrande Story

FIFA Club World Cup Morocco 2013: The Guangzhou Evergrande Story

The formative years of Guangzhou Evergrande were a mixture of great successes and heartbreaking fiascoes. Debuting as runners up in the inaugural tournament of China’s professional league, the team suffered unspectacular results in the next decade and a half—even going into relegation a few times. Since 2010, however, Southern China Tigers have proven themselves again to be among the fiercest in the country. Transformed and improved, the squad and new online bookie favorites were the first in China’s history to top the tournament as a newly promoted club.

The current year is particularly a massive hit for Guangzhou Evergrande, dominating the battles in both the C-League and the AFC Champions League. Coach Marcello Lippi, an Italian football juggernaut, continues to be the troop’s most important asset. Not only is he skilled in making excellent tactical decisions, but he also has the knack for selecting new players who really have the aptitude to do brilliant in the pitch.

Guangzhou Evergrande have been unbeaten in their last 14 fixtures in all competitions. They currently top the Chinese Super League with total earned points of 77. They are also the very first Chinese team since 1990 to win the AFC Champions League. The squad were, in fact, recently named as the Club of the Year by the Asian Football Confederation.

Prevailing on away goals, Guangzhou Evergrande trounced FC Seoul in the AFC finals with aggregate score of 3-3. The victory then gave the Chinese players the ticket to play in the FIFA Club World Cup Morocco 2013. In addition, Lippi set a personal record, being the first coach to win both the European and Asian Champions League titles.

 

Image source: china.org

 

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