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League One mid(ish)-season review – Part 1: A fairytale brewing in Guizhou and only half of the “Big 4” show up

After a long hiatus, WEF’s regular League One round-up returns to bring you all the goings-on in China’s second tier. As fans of this column will know, there’s a lot to catch up on, but both of you can relax as we’re going to bring you mid-season reviews (3/5th-season reviews doesn’t have the same ring […]


Eastern Out Of Asian Champions League Before a Ball is Kicked

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 champions Eastern have turned from ‘princes’ to sudden ‘paupers’ as abrupt and acute financial woes have forced them to withdraw from the Asian Champions League before a […]


North Terrace News: Bittersweet Shenhua head north having won derby but lost Demba

Another pulsating Shanghai derby unfortunately made international headlines for all the wrong reasons, with talismanic forward Demba Ba suffering a sickening leg-break. Having rallied to put their noisy neighbours firmly back in their place, can Shenhua keep their siege mentality going and record a couple of away results to remain in touch with the ACL […]


Tientsin post: Reality sets in after an uninspiring purple patch, are these signs of struggles to come?

It seems as though the summer was a short one for Tianjin TEDA this year. After a nervy start to the season it seemed as though Tianjin’s only super league side (for now) had found their stride. Six games undefeated is quite the feat for a side tipped as potential relegation candidates especially with wins […]


Xihu Insider: Cahill departs but can Greentown make it four wins from four in relegation dogfight?

All but written off by some and with all but the die hard fans beginning to stay at home, Hangzhou Greentown looked primed to finally succumb to years of circling the CSL drain. However, a run of three consecutive wins has seen them head into round 17 four points clear of the danger zone. Can they make it […]


North Terrace News: Shenhua return to home comforts for biggest week of season

Returning from the long trip to Yanbian with tails between their legs, Shanghai Shenhua need to regroup quickly with two season-defining games at Hongkou: a CFA Cup quarter final first leg and the Shanghai Derby. Punishment in the north-east The season’s longest trip came at a tricky time for Shenhua and their packed July schedule […]