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China manager says World Cup draw "worst ever"
uusjio | November 26, 2007 at 03:38 amby
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"Nothing could be worse... now we only have ourselves to rely on," he was quoted as saying in the Beijing Times newspaper.
The 20 Asian teams were drawn in five qualifying groups, with China joining Australia, Asian champions Iraq and Asian Games winners Qatar in group one, the so-called "group of death." Only group winners and runners-up go through to final qualifying stage.
Wei said that the tough grouping would motivate China to work even harder to qualify for the finals for only the second time in the country`s history.
"I don`t accept the idea of a `group of death` -- one can only say the China team is facing a lot of difficulties," he said.