China Banking On Aussie Football Squad Altitude Sickness

From AFP:

Struggling will be hoping the mountain air of Kunming can breathe life into their campaign when they face Group 1 favourites at high altitude here on Wednesday.

Desperate for a home win in the “Group of Death” and with his job on the line, China coach Vladimir Petrovic has coralled his players for three weeks of training in this southwestern city 1,900 metres (6,233 feet) above sea-level.

The choice of venue has provoked controversy, with Socceroos coach Pim Verbeek lashing out at playing in “a place nobody has heard of,” a charge echoed in Australian .

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