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WEF’s top ten posts of 2012

No prizes for guessing which stories gathered the most attention on this year. For Chinese football, 2012 was all about big names and big money, however there was still room for a few other very worthy topics to squeeze in which shows the diverse range of topics on offer. Here’s what our readership voted for with their mouse clicks as the most read stories on in 2012.

1. Shanghai shocker: Drogba and Anelka may have played their last games for Shenhua

2. Shanghai Shenhua 2012 season preview: A return to grace

3. Exclusive: Drogba to join Shenhua next week on two-year deal worth 14 million pounds

4. Guangzhou Evergrande sign Dortmund’s Lucas Barrios for 8.5 million Euro transfer fee

5. Tom Byer on grassroots soccer in China

6. Exclusive: Drogba smashes furniture in changing room outburst

7. Incredible scenes as Drogba arrives at Shanghai Pudong Airport

8. CSL releases some revenue and salary statistics

9. Hangzhou Greentown to become Hainan Airlines

10. Two upcoming EPL talents for Camacho to ponder

 

Author: Cameron Wilson

UK trained journalist and long-time Chinese football observer Cameron Wilson has been writing about Chinese football since 2005 for various International and China-based news outlets such as Agence France-Presse, Goal.com, Shanghaiist, China Sports Review, That’s Shanghai, Time out Shanghai and City Weekend. In August 2010 he decided to launch a website dedicated to Chinese football as a central despository for all of his writings ont he subject.

He’s traveled all over China following Shanghai Shenhua as a fully paid-up member of its infamous Blue Devil’s supporters group.

His association with China stretches back over a decade, having first arrived in August 2000 to teach English for a year in a rural town a few hours northwest of Shanghai. He took in his first Chinese football match during this time – a 2-1 victory for Shanghai Shenhua against Dalian Shide. He went home to the UK in July 2001 but returned to China to live in Shanghai in 2005. Since then he’s been a Shanghai Shenhua season ticket holder and a member of the Blue Devil’s supporters’ club. The views expressed by him on Wild East Football may suffer from a slight bias to this effect.

He is also however, still very much a fan of his hometown team, Dunfermline Athletic. A “Par from afar”, as it were.

A passionate believer in the power of the beautiful game to build bridges between diverse peoples and cultures, he was the first foreign fan to travel with the Blue Devil fans’ club to an away match – a tremendous 3-2 victory for Shenhua over Beijng Guoan in September 2007.

Cameron speaks decent mandarin and can crack jokes in Shanghainese.

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