No need to focus on China’s loss to Brazil

neymar goals

China experienced a crushing defeat to Brazil yesterday. I don’t want to talk about it too much, the Seleção played brilliantly while a beat up, tired Chinese side limped through it. The loss is the worst ever for the national team. While it was a horrible performance, we at don’t want to overreact and instead feel its […]

Pub Talk: China’s Failure, the CFA Cup Final, and Sven


Your two intrepid correspondents are back this week and talking about the Chinese national team’s failure, amazingly the name Ma Chongchong comes up.  There’s also discussion of the CFA Cup (11/19, 16:00 kick off) between Shandong and Tianjin.  BCheng and Shanghai Ultra both agree Shandong will be victorious, which almost guarantees Tianjin will win.  Finally, […]

Repost from the Past: Whither Chinese Soccer?

A pickup game of footie in Beijing, a rare sight

Editor’s Note:  This post was originally published on in July 2010.  At that point, days before the World Cup final between Spain and Holland, there was a lot of discussion in Chinese media and online about the sorry state of Chinese soccer and why they continued to fail when it came to international competitions.  […]

World Cup Qualifier 5: Singapore 0 – 4 China

Zheng Zheng, the man so nice they named him twice, is your Man of the Match

Editor’s Note: We woke up to the news that Iraq defeated Jordan 3-1 and so that last remaining bit of hope that for China has now been crushed and they are officially eliminated from qualifying. It’s too little too late from China.  They finally cruised past a team, finding their scoring shoes, but only after […]

Camacho, the players or the board: who is to blame for another failed Chinese World Cup Campaign?


This commentary was first posted at Chinese fans are used to disappointment, but things were looking up in 2011 thanks to some good performances from the national team and a lucky draw that gave China one of the easier qualifying groups in third round World Cup qualifying through the Asian Football Confederation. The appointment […]

World Cup Qualifier 4: Iraq 1 – 0 China

We've seen it all before...

Yet another painful night in “west Asia” for Chinese football fans.  The team didn’t play bad, they created chances, but in the end it wasn’t enough.  It’s like deja vu all over again, it’s something those who have watched team China over the years have felt far too many times.  The side was average, decently […]

Chinese Football News and Notes

This. is. scary.  I don't want to know...

Chinese football is in the news lately, for some reason it seems foreign media can’t get enough of it this week, so here’s some of the better stories we’ve seen in the foreign (and domestic) English language media.  Plus, reports on transfer rumors and the expected starting lineup against Iraq. We have a good idea […]

An Underwhelming New Design for an Underwhelming Team

new kits

It has been a very badly kept secret that the national team would be getting new kits in line with their new logo, we first showed you a picture of the potential logo in June and since then there’s been a lot of talk about this happening. Back then, we thought it was only a […]

World Cup Qualifier 3: China 0 – 1 Iraq

"It's the same old song...."

I feel like a broken record at this point, but there’s probably a reason why.  Every time China gives its fans a bit of hope, it very quickly finds a way to crush that hope in new and ever more devastating ways.  On paper, China looked like the better team and, at home, getting three […]

China Celebrates Own Impotence

Bora takes a lap with some of the Chinese players

For some nations, making it to the World Cup is an expectation, a requirement, that fans view as their birthright and anything less is considered unacceptable.  However, international soccer is getting more and more competitive, most nations cannot take for granted a World Cup appearance and qualifying for the big show is a major accomplishment. […]