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.

Call it the “Cleo Rule”: CFA announces new rules on foreign players

evergrande's foreigners

Guangzhou Evergrande’s proposal to add  two foreign player roster spots came before a full CFA committee today and passed receiving the necessary 2/3rds majority.…

Evergrande unveils Barrios as they push proposal to add foreigners

barrios evergrande unveiling

Lucas Barrios was unveiled by Guangzhou Evergrande at a press conference yesterday. Barrios, the club’s new $10 million man, signed a four year contract with the club a few months ago but with the transfer window re-opening on Monday, June 18, the 27 year old South American finally made the trip to China.…

As new wave of corruption trials begin, fans left wondering what they mean for the future

former players in court

The Chinese football corruption trials have restarted in Liaoning province and there’s a lot to report out of those trials.…

Beijing Guoan 20 Years, 20 Moments #3: Black whistles come out in Shenyang

zhou incident xu yunlong shenyang

Beijing Guoan is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and we’re here to celebrate 20 of the most important moments over the past 20 years.

Looking At the Parallel Problems in Chinese Football and Basketball

Anelka v beijing

A self-made owner, crazy about sports (some would say just plain crazy), likes to meddle in team management and decisions, and decides to bring in a big-name manager and a star player from the world’s top league.…

The (Seemingly) Neverending Saga of Yang Zhi

yang zhi injury

Today was the last day to submit final rosters to the AFC for this year’s Asian Champions League squads and in a surprise, Beijing Guoan’s squad didn’t include Yang Zhi.…

Only in the CSL: Champions League’s A-Changin’

Were they celebrating too soon in Shenyang?

This post actually should be “Only in the AFC” as for once the Chinese Super League walks away without blame and instead a whole heap of blame falls on the shoulders of the AFC.…

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 Modernleifeng.com 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.  Unfortunately, my optimism about the Gao era at the time was ruined by the young side’s performance at the Asian Cup this year and then crushed when he was fired.  Now with Camacho in charge, I’d like to be optimistic about the future of the game, but it will take some major changes in the Spaniard’s philosophy.  Having just officially been eliminated from 2014 World Cup qualifying, China needs to return to the drawing board.  I’m posting this as-is and later in the week will post some potential solutions to the problems that afflict the national team.

Only in the CSL: Ending the Season with a Weekday Afternoon Match

csllogo (Small)

Though I should be in the office right now, I’m not. Instead I’m sitting in a hotel room and as I look otu the window, I can see Hongkou Stadium through the rain.…