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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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Xihu Insider: G20 conference forces Greentown out of Hangzhou

Hangzhou look a team reborn as victory over Yanbian sees them secure a second shock league win in as many games. With the relegation battle heating up, their fellow CSL teams splashing the cash and a temporary change of home on the horizon, can Greentown keep it going as they stay in the north east […]

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North Terrace News: Shenhua head to Yanbian for calm before the storm

Shanghai Shenhua made a great start to their fixture-packed July with two big home wins last week; the longest away trip of the season to a struggling Yanbian is a chance to draw breath and maintain form ahead of the biggest week of the season thus far with two more blockbuster Hongkou fixtures coming up. […]

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Pub Talk: Up for the two-legged cup? And is Li Tie’s mid-week national team outburst inharmonious?

There’s a lot to talk about this week and no time to indulge in small-minded ridicule. Without further ado, order a pint and please join in the discussion at the bottom of the page. SU: Good evening B, how’s it going? BC: Everything’s made better when I’m here in the pub with a brew and […]

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Igloo Talk: Hulk, the cup, Shandong’s woes and can slippery Sven survive at Shanghai SIPG?

It’s hot outside, so Shanghai Ultra is keen to escape into the cold confines of the Igloo Pub. Bcheng joins him with Bjork playing on the radio and a selection of traditional pub eats imported from a budget UK frozen foods store. Hulk is on the agenda this week – is he worth the money […]