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SOCCER

China names young squad

China coach Alain Perrin put his faith in the nation’s youngsters when he named his 23-man squad for next month’s Asian Cup campaign yesterday. The Frenchman’s only selection aged over 30 was captain and Asian Football Confederation Player of the Year last year Zheng Zie. The Guangzhou Evergrande midfielder is joined by six of his club teammates in the squad for the Jan. 9 to Jan. 31 tournament, where China have been drawn in Group B alongside Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan and North Korea.

FORMULA ONE

Red Bull retain Buemi

Switzerland’s Sebastien Buemi is to start his fifth year as Red Bull’s reserve driver next season, the Formula One team said on Tuesday. Former Toro Rosso racer Buemi won the world endurance championship for Toyota this season, with Britain’s Anthony Davidson, and has also raced in the new Formula E electric series. “He’s been closely associated with the team for some years now, we value his skills very highly and we have a great working relationship with him,” team principal Christian Horner said in a statement confirming Buemi’s continuation.

SOCCER

Saints sign Elia on loan

Southampton have agreed to sign Werder Bremen’s winger Eljero Elia on loan until the end of the season. Ronald Koeman’s side are short of attacking options with Jay Rodriguez’s recovery from a cruciate ligament injury taking longer than expected and Senegal’s Sadio Mane due to leave for the Africa Cup of Nations next month. Elia, who has played 28 times for the Netherlands, is seen as the perfect man to bolster Koeman’s front three. The 27-year-old is to initially join Saints on loan when the transfer window opens next month, with the option of then making his switch from the Bundesliga outfit permanent at the end of the current campaign.

SOCCER

Ibrahimovic slams rating

Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has dismissed his second-place finish on a list of Sweden’s all-time sporting greats behind tennis master Bjorn Borg. “Thank you, but to finish second is like finishing last,” he told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper through his brand manager Mika Lepisto. The 33-year-old Paris Saint-Germain striker was second in the list of 150 Swedish sportspeople, created by the newspaper as part of their 150th-anniversary celebrations. Asked where he would have put himself in the rankings, Ibra said: “On that list I would have been No. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, with due respect to the others.”

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