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Monday Kickoff: Lampard in talks with Chinese club, Ronaldo out, and more

Frank Lampard could soon follow in the footsteps of former teammates Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka, as he is flirting with the possibility of joining a Chinese club in the near future.

Chinese club Guizhou Renhe confirmed Monday they were in talks with the England international over a possible deal that could see him join the Chinese Super League in January. Lampard has been linked with a move to China since March, but this is the first time an actual club has spoken out about acquiring him.

The 34-year-old Lampard has been with Chelsea since 2001, and he has played in nearly 400 league games during that span while scoring 129 goals. Lampard had been rumored to be interested in MLS earlier this year when he stopped by to watch the Los Angeles Galaxy play.

Here are more stories from around the world of soccer:


Cristiano Ronaldo will not be suiting up for Portugal during this international fixture date. Ronaldo pulled out of Portugal’s camp ahead of their Wednesday game with Gabon because of an eye injury suffered in Real Madrid’s 2-1 win over Levante on Sunday. Ronaldo caught an elbow to the face in the third minute of a game he scored in and now he will undergo tests to determine the severity of his eye injury.


Andriy Shevchenko may soon be back on Ukraine’s national team, but not as a player. Not even six months after playing his last game for Ukraine, the retired striker has been offered the head coaching job for his national team by the Ukrainian federation. Ukraine is seeking to qualify for the 2014 World Cup and think the 36-year-old Shevchenko can help them achieve that.


Robin van Persie will not be part of the Netherlands squad that will face Germany on Wednesday, as he has withdrawn from the team due to a thigh injury. Van Persie started and played 90 minutes in Manchester United’s 3-2 win over Aston Villa on Saturday, but he appears to have sustained an injury in that game. Netherlands host Germany in Amsterdam on Wednesday.


Would you prefer to see Lampard join MLS than the Chinese Super League? Are you expecting Ronaldo to miss any significant amount of time because of his eye injury? Think Shevchenko should take the Ukraine job?

Share your thoughts below.


    GOALKEEPERS (3): Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
    DEFENDERS (6): Carlos Bocanegra (Racing Santander), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Nuremberg), Maurice Edu (Stoke City), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim)
    MIDFIELDERS (7): Michael Bradley (Roma), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Joshua Gatt (Molde), Joe Gyau (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim)
    FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (Chivas USA), Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Herculez Gomez (Santos Laguna)

  2. And Lamps saw LA get beaten at home on July 4th by the Union, 2-1. Surely that swayed his decision to play for the Gala-, err sign with MLS. 😉

  3. To answer your question, I probably won’t see be able to see Lampard play if he goes to China. So yes, I would love to see him go to China. I really want him to make tons of money. And when he is in China he can spend it on really cheap copies of luxury items that would cost a fortune back in London.

    That would be really great. Don’t you think?

    • yes, and he has got to be one of the last in the world to submit their rosters! I feel like 21 of the 23 already know and have their travel arranged but he is waiting on 1 or 2 more players.. No way any of them are north american based players if there is only 2 days before the game…


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