WEF Exclusive Interview: Manager Patrick Aussems leaves Chengdu Blades

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

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

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)

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

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, […]