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Chile to compete in inaugural China Cup

Xinhua | Updated: 2016-12-27 08:56
Chile to compete in inaugural China Cup

File photo shows Chile's National Soccer Association (ANFP) President Arturo Salah delivers a speech during the draw of the 2016 Copa Sudamericana tournament in Santiago, Chile July 12, 2016. [Photo/Agencies]

SANTIAGO - Chile's national football team, twice Copa America champion, is set to compete in the first ever China Cup in January.

A friendly tournament that has met with the approval of world soccer body FIFA, the China Cup is being organized by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and Chinese Football Association (AFC).

Chile, Croatia, European Championship dark horse Iceland and host China will be competing in the Jan. 10 to 15 event at the Guangxi Sports Center in the southern Chinese city of Nanning.

"Our goal is to win the first China Cup and demonstrate why our national team is the champion of Copa America," Arturo Salah, president of Chile's National Association of Professional Football, has said.


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