• China League One: Ferrara Out at Wuhan, Hebei Derby and Experience Counts at Yifang – 8 Talking Points from Round 2

    With the CSL off for the international break last weekend, the action continued with another eventful round of League One action. Here, is a slightly belated review of a weekend that saw China’s first managerial casualty of the season, a Hebei derby, experience paying off at Yifang and some struggles for China’s newest international prospect. […]

  • China Earn World Cup Lifeline With Historic 1-0 Win Over South Korea

    The Chinese national football team earned a historic win on Thursday evening when they defeated South Korea 1-0 at the Helong Stadium in Changsha. The game’s solitary goal came in the first half when Yu Dabao headed home a cleverly planned corner to give China their first ever competitive win over South Korea. The result […]

  • Ninety minutes from glory: China’s 1982 World Cup qualifying campaign

    China entered the qualifying rounds for Spain’82 as something of an unknown quantity having not participated in the competition since 1958. They ended it having fallen just one win short of qualification. After withdrawing from both FIFA and the IOC in the late 1950s over the ‘Taiwan question’, China were deprived of officially sanctioned competitive […]

  • China Korea, CSL Expansion and do long international breaks work? – The Chinese Football Podcast

    China – Korea tensions in World Cup qualification, possible CSL expansion and the effectiveness, or otherwise, of extended international breaks are on the agenda this week. With host Christopher Atkins, plus resident panelists Cameron Wilson and Brandon Chemers Stream the cast using the player below, subscribe on itunes, listen on stitcher, download or check out other subscription options. Each week we […]

  • China vs South Korea World Cup Qualifying Preview – Q&A Special

    China’s World Cup qualifying campaign resumes this Thursday when South Korea take on Marcelo Lippi’s men in Changsha and WEF has collaborated with Korean football website www.taegukwarriors.com to bring you a special preview of the match. We’re teaming up with Tim Lee, who has kindly answered six questions on the Koreans, with our very own Jamie Mcilroy returning the […]

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Ramires, Choi Yong-soo and disappearing Jo – Jiangsu Suning look forward to 2017 after upbeat 2016

The 2016 season arrived with a new name, a quintet of shiny foreign players, and a topped-up bundle of expectations. The club is certainly far cry from the relegation tickling that went on 2013-2015 and though only the cheekiest of fans could have demanded immediate success, the pre-season game of transfer record smashing did its […]

China Cup Preview: Development more important than results as Chile, Croatia and Iceland come to Guangxi

Tuesday sees the kick-off of the first ever China Cup when the Chinese national team hosts Iceland in Guangxi. Despite speculation to the contrary, the four team tournament, also featuring Croatia and Chile, is being used for developmental purposes as each team prepares to field significantly weakened sides. Here we take a look at what the competition actually is, what to expect from China’s opponents and many of the new face which have made Marcello Lippi’s squad.

League One 2016 Review – Part 4: Hunan & Jonoon down after awful seasons; Yiteng have 2016 to forget & Dalian Transcend relegation

Hunan Billows and Qingdao Jonoon’s League One stints bit the dust after terrible seasons and Zhejiang Yiteng survived, but had a difficult 2016 in their new home.

League One 2016 Review – Part 3: Shenzhen take a dose of Sven to recover from Seedorf hangover; Shenxin, Xinjiang and Meizhou also in focus

2017 is now upon us, but we all know that 2016 is a year we won’t quickly forget. Of course, by now we’re all tired of reading about sizable geopolitical shifts and a slew of beloved celebrities passing on, so it’s time to focus on what really matters and that’s the second tier of Chinese […]

League One 2016 Review – Part 2: Yifang and BG fall short but Wuhan and Hohhot finish strong

WEF continues its review of the 2016 League One season with a closer look at the sides who finished between fifth and eighth this year. While Dalian Yifang and Beijing BG will be disappointed to have finished among this batch of teams, rather than in the top four we previewed last week, Wuhan Zall and […]

CFA one step closer to cutting foreign player quota for Chinese Super League clubs in 2017

Following changes first mooted earlier this year, the Chinese FA has today issued a specific proposal to a cut the number of foreign players Chinese Super League clubs can name in their match day squads from 4+1 to 3+1, from the start of next season. In recent years, clubs could name five players in their match […]