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Tough start for new China coach Gao

New China national team coach Gao Hongbo will have a baptism of fire in his first three matches in charge.

The Chinese Football Association have announced matches against Iran and Saudi Arabia after the clash with Germany on May 29.

Gao took over from Serb Vladimir Petrovic in April and is the youngest coach in China's national team history.

One of his biggest tests will be early on as his team face a triple-header that would test even the best teams in the world.

China takes on Germany in Shanghai on May 29, followed by Iran in Qinhuangdao on June 1 and then Saudi Arabia in Tianjin three days later.

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