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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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North Terrace News: Shenhua head south looking to keep run-in momentum

The return of the CSL for the home stretch sees Shanghai Shenhua visit Guangzhou R&F for Sunday evening’s big game. Can the Hongkou side come out of their toughest remaining fixture and consolidate their position in the race for Asian Champions League qualification? How can I disappoint you? Let me count the ways… Although it feels a long […]

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Yanbian’s Gambian sensation: “No-one back home wanted me to come to China, but they are all CSL fans now”

Astronomical transfer fees on big names has seen the Chinese Super League dominate world football headlines this year but one of the biggest impacts made by a foreign player in China has come from a complete unknown. Last year, Bubacarr Trawally was just 20 when he joined one of China’s footballing outposts – Yanbian Funde, an […]

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Hong Kong Round-Up: High scoreline flatters home side against Cambodia

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. Hong Kong Power Past Cambodia The national team have kept up their recent good form with a relatively comprehensive win over Cambodia in an international friendly match on September […]

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North Terrace News: Flying Shenhua out for cup revenge against Jiangsu

Fresh from yet another big home win, Shenhua keep up their fight on league and cup fronts this week, with all eyes Wednesday on whether the home side can finally banish their cup demons against Jiangsu, before welcoming Liaoning on Saturday for a more straightforward CSL assignment. Fortress Hongkou Shanghai International Port Group; Jiangsu Suning; Hebei China Fortune; […]

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North Terrace News: Shenhua’s run-in begins with visit of champions-elect

Guangzhou Taobao Evergrande roll into town on Saturday night as Shanghai Shenhua begin their league and cup run-in with the toughest fixture remaining. Can the hosts extend their Hongkou winning form to get a first-ever home win against Evergrande, or will they lose early ground in the race for third? The beginning of the end Following […]

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Xihu Insider: Farcical red card floors Greentown, as unknown youth player signed by Porto

With Henan Jianye up next for Greentown, can they bounce back from a ludicrous red card and defeat in Beijing to secure more crucial points in the battle against relegation? Loss at Gongti does little to dampen Greentown’s optimism Without a win in the capital since 2012, Hangzhou Greentown’s hopes of securing a crucial (yet […]