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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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Tientsin Post: A painful loss in Guangzhou but better news off the field

Jacob Miles Davis brings his regular round-up of all the goings-on at CSL club Tianjin TEDA. Guangzhou R&F 3-2 Tianjin TEDA The 3-2 loss in Guangzhou was a bitter pill to swallow as Israeli international Eran Zahavi’s rebounded effort sailed past Yang Qipeng in the 89th minute to secure the win for R&F. It was […]

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League One mid(ish)-season review – part 2: Beijing teams struggle but signs of revival in Shenzhen

After looking at the top 4 in our last League One mid-season review, we now take a look at the fortunes of the teams placed between 5th and 8th over the first 18 rounds of the season. This includes two capital city clubs who are falling short of expectations, a Shenzhen side on the road […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]