CSL announces the squad for All-Star Game
By now, we’ve all come to realize that football’s a little different in China and, as if you need yet another example, the league holds an All-Star Game following the end of the season, typically featuring the league champions (Guangzhou Evergrande) against a team of the league’s top players. This year it’s hard to expect much from the match, which is to be played in Guangzhou tomorrow afternoon, as Evergrande will be far more focused on their weekend CFA Cup match in Guiyang.
Here’s this seasons 18-man All-Star roster:
Goalkeeper – Zeng Cheng (Henan), Deng Xiaofei (Jiangsu)
Defenders – Du Wei (Shandong), Wu Xi (Shenhua) Zheng Zheng (Shandong), Tang Miao (R&F), Dubic (Guizhou), Liu Jianye (Jiangsu)
Midfielders – Yu Dabao (Aerbin), Keita (Aerbin), Yu Hanchao (Liaoning), Lu Bofei (Jiangsu), Xu Liang (Beijing), Hao Junmin (Shandong)
Strikers – Danalache (Jiangsu), Yang Xu (Liaoning), Utaka (Aerbin), Yakubu (R&F)
WEF is greatly honoured to have aboard B. Cheng aka A Modern Lei Feng – a name which may be familiar to many in the Chinese bloggersphere.
Cheng has been the other lonely soul blogging in English about Chinese football over the last few years. With both Cheng and WEF’s editor linking back and forth to each others’ sites on a regular basis, it was probably inevitable that they would eventually join forces to try to illuminate and decipher the curious world of Chinese football, with their combined musings.
Cheng’s credentials are second to none – his blog focuses not only on the fortunes of his beloved Beijing Guoan FC, but a multitude of other aspects of Beijing life. He’s deservedly built a reputation in the Chinese bloggersphere as an insightful observer of not only Chinese football, but also the wider picture of life in modern China and its many layers. Cheng very generously decided to climb aboard and give WEF his views on the issue of the Chinese footballing day.