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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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League One mid(ish)-season review – part 3: A satisfied Meizhou joined by disappointing Zhejiang, Wuhan and Hohhot in the bottom half of the table

WEF’s League One mid-season (now 2/3rds season) review returns for a third installment to look at how the clubs placed between 9th and 12th in the table are getting on. Obviously, it’s self-evident from their positions that none of Zhejiang Yiteng, Meizhou Hakka, Wuhan Zall or Hohhot Zhongyou are doing that well, but some sides […]

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North Terrace News: Can Shenhua stay top dog over local rivals?

Last Saturday’s marquee fixture saw Shanghai Shenhua seal a rousing and deserved victory over Jiangsu, hot on the heels of sending Shanghai International Port Group home from Hongkou with tails wagging between legs. Sitting in third spot coming into the home stretch, NTN uses the upcoming break to reflect on Shenhua’s hopes of qualifying for the Asian Champions League. […]

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Pub Talk: CFA Cup mysteries, Manchester United’s no-show and this weekend’s action

It’s hot hot hot outside the pub! You’re dynamic pair use the hot weather as an excuse to cool off with some nice beer. Quite a few topics covered this week, just dive right in and join the fray! BCheng: Welcome back to the pub, Shanghai Ultra, in the weeks we’ve been away, there’s been […]

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Xihu Insider: Temporary move brings attendance boost: Greentown buoyant ahead of capital away day

Having not checked in for a while, Xihu Insider discusses the rollercoaster of fixtures that were rounds 17, 18 and 19 of CSL 2016, a silver lining to being forced out of Hangzhou and previews Greentown’s upcoming game with Beijing Guoan. Greentown recover from a hiding in Jinan with impressive win against Tianjin Teda. On […]

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North Terrace News: Shenhua and Jiangsu resume a familiary rivalry with it all to play for

With an up-and-down week on the road ending on a high, Shanghai Shenhua welcome Jiangsu Suning to town with Asian Champions League qualification still a tantalising possibility, and looking to lay down a marker before once again locking horns at the business end of the CFA Cup. Saturday night at Hongkou sees the big match for CSL Round 21. […]

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Worker’s Stadium Revue: Cup glory or bust

It all comes down to these 90 minutes (and possibly penalty kicks). Beijing Guoan faces off against Guangzhou Evergrande tonight at Worker’s Stadium and needs to come up with a result after a 2-1 loss in the opening leg in Guangzhou. While Evergrande has the upper hand, the away goal Guoan scored in that match […]