China is planning an all-night Olympic-size party to celebrate an expected soccer victory over Oman on Sunday that would enable it to qualify for the World Cup for the first time. A victory over Oman, the weakest team in the qualifying group, would see China compete in the World Cup finals in Japan and South Korea next year. China has chosen to play at Wulihe Stadium, in the northeast city of Shenyang, where fans are particularly boisterous and the temperature will be many degrees lower than in the Middle East. In the event of a victory, China Central and Liaoning television stations, which plan to broadcast the match live, were planning an hour-long extravaganza in the stadium as grand as that which followed Beijing's successful bid for the 2008 Olympics, the Beijing Youth Daily reported yesterday. More than 100 well-known singers have agreed to perform free of charge straight after the match. The theme of the night will be the national team's song, Waiting for that Day, an apt summary of the sentiments of millions of Chinese fans who have waited years for its soccer team to match the success of its competitors in other sports. After the stadium performance, the crowd will go to different squares around the city to celebrate until the early hours. Hotels and restaurants in the city are stocking up on refreshments. The Football News reported that on Monday night, the Governor of Liaoning, Bo Xilai, went to the camp where the national team is training and told them of the planned celebrations. But coach Bora Milutinovic, from Yugoslavia, told his players they should treat the game like any other and not think of the celebrations. One player, Yang Chen, arrived in Shenyang yesterday after travelling 20,000km during the past two weeks. He had to fly from Shenyang to Frankfurt, in Germany, where he plays for the Eintracht team, and then to the United Arab Emirates for a game with the national team, back to Frankfurt and finally back to Shenyang. 'This is good experience,' Yang said. 'Many European and Latin American stars have to do this. They get off the plane, walk on to the pitch and play very well. It is a sign of their high level of professionalism.' Players who compete in the domestic league have had it easier, with the league suspended on July 15 until after the qualifiers to allow players to concentrate on those matches.