BREAKING NEWS: Wei Di out at the CFA
Reports are in that CFA head Wei Di was removed from his position this evening. It is currently not clear what has brought about this decision.
The controversial Wei, with his background in aquatic sports, took over the CFA at the beginning of 2010 and looked to usher in a new era and kick corruption out of the Chinese game. Along with his positive efforts on these fronts, he attempted to some very unconventional changes and fired successful national team manager Gao Hongbo, replacing him with the underwhelming Jose Antonio Camacho.
Speculation exists that this could have the imprimatur of the country’s new leader, Xi Jinping, a known football fan. Wei’s replacement is Zhang Jian, not much is known about his resume yet, but he comes to the CFA after having served as the head of the General Administration of Sports’ Policy and Regulations Department. Whether this choice offers hints as to why Wei was fired is purely guesswork. Wei was expected to continue to serve for a number of years and his replacement after only three years comes as a major shock. What is known is that Zhang has declared that his first step will be to “set straight”the internal politics of the CFA and then use a “broad hatchet” to bring about “revolution” in Chinese football.
We at will be sure to provide further updates via our twitter, weibo, and on here as we get them.
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.