Britain's Harry Redknapp (R), new manager of the Jordan national team, attends their training session at Amman International Stadium, Amman, Jordan, March 22, 2016. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed
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China's spending power has taken football by storm but the national team is facing more World Cup heartache heading into a qualifying showdown Thursday.China host Maldives Thursday and Qatar Tuesday, needing to win both games to leapfrog Hong Kong into second place in Group C.Even then, China have five countries ahead of them in the race to progress as one of the four best-performing second-placed teams, along with the eight group winners.The matches double as qualifiers for the next Asian Cup, meaning China are likely to have to go through a separate round of games to reach the 2019 tournament in the UAE.
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