WEF Exclusive Interview: Manager Patrick Aussems leaves Chengdu Blades

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Chengdu Blades have a turbulent history which has been covered before for Wild East Football. This year the club found themselves in a nail-biting relegation scrap, with the Sichuan side surviving relegation by virtue of a superior head-to-head record over local rivals Chongqing. Despite keeping Chengdu in the CL1, Belgian head coach Patrick Aussems exclusively […]

WEF Exclusive: Ex-Chengdu Blades coach Don O’Riordan talks Beckham and grassroots

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There are few better placed in China to evaluate the football scene than Don O’Riordan. Following a long career in English football, the 55-year-old from Dublin started coaching in the UK then after returning home he managed two clubs and moved onto Sheffield United where he worked with Neil Warnock. United’s ties to China with […]

Street fighting Chongqing style

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The people of Chongqing are known for loving spicy food and having spicy personalities. For the second time this year, this quick tempered spiciness led to violence when a local rival came to town. This time it was Chongqing FC facing off against Chengdu Blades, a clash with no significant meaning on any China League […]

China League One Extra! Picking the best games in Round 24 (Make-Up Matches)

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Saturday, September 8th. Harbin Yiteng (6th) – Wuhan Zull (2nd)  Having achieved the improbable last week by beating Hunan Xiangtao in Changsha, now Wuhan Zull must continue to defy the odds by travelling to Harbin to take on a Yiteng side that can beat any CL1 team on its day. Wuhan have put their supporters […]

Chengdu Blades – The Failed Experiment

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Chengdu Blades were met with huge fan fare when visiting Sheffield in 2007, they became the first foreign-owned Chinese side with the Chengdu Sports Centre becoming home to the familiar red and white stripes and crossed swords logo. Sheffield United boast links to Hungarian side Ferencváros, Estudiantes in Argentina, São Paulo in Brazil, Norway, Belgium, […]

Late flurry seals the deal for East Asia in critical home victory


Deft managing at a crucial point in the game was the difference in a nervy and often controversial match between Shanghai East Asia and the visiting Tianjin Sonjiang which the home side won 3-0. Cheered on by the relatively large crowd that were in attendance – including at least a hundred Shenhua fans standing side […]

China League One: Picking the best games of Round 23

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Shanghai East Asia (1st) – Tianjin Songjiang (2nd) Uh-oh. Could this finally be the week that East Asia’s luck runs out? Still four points ahead of their rivals, Shanghai East Asia might struggle to keep things that way with the visit of Tianjin Songjiang, currently second in the table but desperately needing a win themselves […]

China League One: Halfway Point Review

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It’s not just Bcheng who gets to run the rule over a patch of Chinese football. Whilst our man in the north can look forward to breaking down the fortunes of the relatively high-flying Guoan squad, I’m handing down judgement to the various teams trying their hardest to get out of (or stay in) the […]

China League One: Picking the best games in Round 15

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Shenzhen Ruby (5th) – Hunan Xiangtao (2nd) Another week, another must-win game for Shenzhen Ruby. The inaugural winners of the Chinese Super League lost to Yanbian Tigers last week in a surprise 1-0 defeat and in doing so, shot themselves in the foot as they try to get closer to the promotion spots. Shenzhen have […]

Gritty East Asia Outlast Chengdu To Stay Top

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Shanghai East Asia remain the team to beat in China League One after a hard-fought away victory against Chengdu Blades at the Chengdu Sports Centre. The visitors retained their five-point lead in the standings after Columbian striker Luis Carlos Cabezas scored his second goal in as many games whilst the hosts, who were playing in […]