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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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Understanding disinformation: The Sun’s scathing attack on Chinese football explained

Wild East Football was originally established way back in 2010 to report the Chinese game in as frank and constructive manner as possible to counter the international media’s sole focus on corruption and other negative elements. During the past six years we have seen many ill-informed and poorly-researched pieces make judgments on Chinese football, but until now we have never responded specifically to […]

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China 0-1 Syria: Home defeat leaves clueless China a long way from Russia

China’s hopes of reaching Russia 2018 took a potentially fatal blow in Xi’an this evening as they were defeated 1-0 by a Syrian side who continue to belie their underdog status. Lightning quick winger Mahmoud Al-Mawas scored the only goal of the game early in the second half when he burned the Chinese defence to […]

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China vs Syria WC Qualifying Preview: Three points expected and needed, but not to be taken for granted

After a one month break filled with dreary old club football, the final round of Asian World Cup qualifying resumes on Thursday when China host Syria in Xi’an before heading down the old Silk Road for a match in Uzbekistan next Tuesday. Having faced a tough start, which saw them pick up just a single […]

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North Terrace News: Shenhua stumble to Tianjin with season in danger of slipping away

After a week which saw them crash out of the cup and throw away a 2-0 lead in a home banker, a listing Shanghai Shenhua need to right themselves immediately as the league run-in resumes. Deja vu all over again In a week which could have come straight out of the script of 2014 or […]

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Inspired South China Hold Cynical Johor Darul Ta’zim to Draw 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. If there was a script for this remarkable game then it was clear that neither Hong Kong giants South China or AFC cup 2015 winners and Malaysian champions, Johor […]

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North Terrace News: Shenhua must avoid holiday banana skin as Chongqing visit

Shenhua are bearing the flag for Shanghai football following a chastening week for their noisy neighbors. With destiny in their own hands, can Shenhua press home the advantage starting Friday evening? A point gained, if not earned A trip to in-form Guangzhou R&F promised to be perhaps the trickiest assignment remaining in the race for […]