2007 East Asian Club Championship announced

The East Asian Club Championship will be held in China’s Jinan City from 7-13 June 2007 the organisers announced through AFCMedia. Two Chinese clubs, Shandong Luneng and Shanghai Shenhua, will compete with Japan’s Urawa Reds and South Korea’s Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma in the fifth edition of the tournament which has been won three times by Korean clubs. Ulsan Hyundai won the title last year in Tokyo.

7 June
18:00 Shanghai Shenhua V Seongnam
20:30 Urawa Reds V Shandong Luneng

10 June
16:00 Seongnam V Urawa
18:30 Shandong Luneng V Shanghai Shenhua

13 June
18:00 Urawa Reds V Shanghai Shenhua
20:30 Shandong Luneng V Seongnam

China skipper Zheng Zhi will return from his loan spell in England to lead Chinese champions Shandong Luneng at the East Asian Champions Cup, China Super League chief Lang Xiaonong told Reuters. Zheng has impressed since his move to English Premier League club Charlton Athletic late last year but their fate will be long decided by the time Japan's Urawa Reds and South Korea's Seongnam visit Jinan. "Zheng Zhi is on loan and his name is still in the Shandong Luneng squad. He'll be back to play then," Lang said.