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    Coaching in “hard mode” in China’s second division – Gary White’s Shanghai Shenxin turnaround

    STOP PRESS: Shortly after this interview was completed, Gary White’s contract with Shanghai Shenxin was not renewed, despite an impressive record at the second tier club. What follows is the interview as conducted just before the Chinese football management merry-go-round spun once more. —- Gary White took over a free-falling Shanghai Shenxin back in May […]

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    China 0-0 Qatar: Disappointing result overshadows greatly improved performance in Lippi’s debut

    A disappointing result has overshadowed what was otherwise a very bright beginning to the Marcello Lippi era, as China failed to make their superiority pay in Kunming. Roared on by a boisterous crowd, Lippi’s men had the best of the play from start to finish but couldn’t make it count, meaning they remain bottom of […]

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    Cheng: Lippi the best, only choice for China

    Marcello Lippi will lead China for the first time tonight as the team faces off against Qatar in a World Cup Qualifying match in Qatar. While qualifying for 2018 is close to an impossibility, after Gao Hongbo’s resignation, Lippi was the only possible choice. Granted, it was less than seven months ago I declared that […]

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    China vs Qatar WC Qualifying Preview: Debuting Lippi won’t have it easy in must-win Kunming clash

     Marcello Lippi’s China host Qatar in Kunming on Tuesday night needing a win to have any hope of reviving a seriously wounded World Cup qualifying campaign. There are reasons to be optimistic about the appointment of the veteran Italian, but Qatar arrive in China with ambitions of their own and will not be pushovers under […]

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    Yuexiushan: The cradle of Cantonese football, part two

    Guangzhou’s Yuexiushan Stadium has a long and storied history. As the birthplace of Cantonese football, and a venue for large-scale public events outside of sport, it has existed through some of the most tumultuous periods in Chinese history. The second of two articles, this piece looks at Yuexiushan’s more recent history, and that of the teams and […]

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Hong Kong Round-up: Pegasus Win Cup Double While South China Progress in AFC Cup

Hong Kong correspondent Christopher KL Lau brings his regular round-up of all the very latest news, developments and other footballing points of interest from the SAR. The Hong Kong football season has been one of the most memorable in recent times with historic moments in an action packed year. The national team’s memorable games against […]

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Xihu Insider: Hong Myung-Bo staying calm but Greentown on course for a hiding ahead of Guangzhou’s trip to Huanglong

Ahead of Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao rolling into town, the Greentown boss faced the media following another defeat and we look ahead to a huge game against the defending champions.  Spirited performance ends in familiar outcome against Henan It may have taken the best part of 70 minutes, but the Hangzhou Greentown of the early rounds of […]

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Hebei win seven goal thriller

Hebei China Fortune beat Henan Jiaye on Friday night in a thrilling match that saw seven goals. The 4-3 score line was a good representation of an entertaining night with each side giving their all until the final whistle. Chinese Super League Round 8 Hebei China Fortune 4 Dong Xuesheng 23, 31 Gervinho 34 Gael […]

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Pub Talk: Evergrande and “Fighting Suning” knocked out, how far can Chinese teams go in Asia?

This week in the pub the “games of interest” continue rolling in and the Asian Champions League really humiliating and shocking third place finishes of certain teams are discussed. So just join in and go with the beer flow. Alright? BC: We’re back in the pub after a week off due to early celebrations of […]

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North Terrace News: Shenhua aim to extend Liaoning’s winless home run

From the deep south to the far north – Shanghai Shenhua head from last weekend’s defeat down in Guangzhou up to Shenyang this weekend to take on the most ironically named club in the league – Liaoning Whowin. Great goals, shame about the game It was something of an odd contest at a soaking-wet Tianhe […]

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Xihu Insider: ‘Generation 93’ glad to see the back of April after dismal run of results

Xihu Insider looks back on a month to forget for Greentown who having failed to capitalise on the promise of their early season form. Dubbed ‘Generation 93’, the youthful squad will no doubt be glad to see the back of April in which they slid down the CSL table. Yilmaz blitz sees off Greentown The […]