05 Sep Chinese football: final 23 roster announced for asian cup 2011
The Chinese Football Association has officially announced the final 23 players that will compete in the Asian Cup 2011. This roster has only one oversea player and the average age of the squad is 24 year-old.
The squad is as follows:
GOALKEEPERS: Yang Zhi (Beijing), Zeng Cheng (Henan), Guan Zhen (Jiangsu)
DEFENDERS: Du Wei (Hangzhou), Zhao Peng (Henan), Zhang Linpeng (Guangzhou), Rong Hao (Hangzhou), Wang Qiang (Changsha), Li Xuepeng (Dalian), Li Jianbin (Chengdu)
MIDFIELDERS: Yang Hao (Beijing), Huang Bowen (Beijing), Yu Tao (Shanghai), Zhao Xuri (Shaanxi), Zhou Haibin (Shandong), Qu Bo (Shaanxi), Hao Junmin (Schalke 04, GERMANY), Yu Hai (Shaanxi), Yu Hanchao (Liaoning), Deng Zhuoxiang (Shandong), Wang Song (Hangzhou)
FORWARDS (2): Gao Lin (Guangzhou), Yang Xu (Liaoning)
Some of the notable absentees are Feng Xiaoting and Feng Renliang. This selection of roster indicates the end of old players such as Zheng Zhi, Li Weifeng, and Sun Xiang.
China has never won the Asian Cup title before and they achieved runner-ups in 1984 and 2004.