• 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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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Xihu Insider: Another last day escape or will Hangzhou Greentown finally say goodbye to the CSL?

With Guangzhou Evergrande having secured a sixth consecutive CSL crown attention turns to the race for third and crucially for Greentown, the relegation battle. After being confirmed as 2016’s first casualty, who will be joining Shijiazhuang Ever Bright in League One football next season? Late Changchun surge means it’s do or die for Greentown heading […]

North Terrace News: Stuttering Shenhua need China Derby win

Shanghai Shenhua may have sealed Asian Champions League preliminary round qualification this week, but their patchy form means they are no longer favorites for third spot and direct entry to the play-off round. Can a win over old rivals help set the Hongkou side up to pip their newer rivals to the qualification post? The […]

Xihu Insider: Relegation battle heading to the wire after Changchun Yatai capitalise on Greentown defeat in Guangzhou

After a crushing away defeat to a brilliantly clinical Guangzhou R&F, Hangzhou Greentown are yet again desperate for points as relegation rivals breath down their necks and Shanghai Shenhua come to town looking to end their Huanglong derby day hoodoo. Zahavi puts Greentown to the sword in Guangdong  Start off with a generous helping of pre-game […]