League One Team of the Season – 2016: Choosing the Best XI Players from Another Exciting Year

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Yet another compelling and unpredictable League One season is over and it’s time to pick through the remnants in an attempt to make sense of it all. In the first in a series of post-season articles, we present our team of the the season. This team is based on League One foreign quota rules – […]

Yuexiushan: The cradle of Cantonese football, part two

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Guangzhou’s Yuexiushan Stadium has a long and storied history. As the birthplace of Cantonese football, and a venue for large-scale public events outside of sport, it has existed through some of the most tumultuous periods in Chinese history. The second of two articles, this piece looks at Yuexiushan’s more recent history, and that of the teams and […]

Is the CSL preventing the national team’s progress?

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China isn’t known for lacking goals off the field, but it’s becoming an increasing issue on it. Following the conclusion of another Chinese Super League (CSL) season, WEF focuses on an area the men’s national team appear to be short of and whether the type of players brought in from abroad have anything to do with it. […]

Failure is necessary for greater grassroots focus

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The men’s national side’s struggles should see China prioritise its grassroots programme and learn from Iceland’s success. Just prepare for a proportionately longer journey. China’s disappointing attempt to qualify for the 2018 World Cup led to the departure of manager Gao Hongbo (pictured right). During his post-match press conference, the former Shanghai SIPG boss put his […]

Understanding disinformation: The Sun’s scathing attack on Chinese football explained

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Wild East Football was originally established way back in 2010 to report the Chinese game in as frank and constructive manner as possible to counter the international media’s sole focus on corruption and other negative elements. During the past six years we have seen many ill-informed and poorly-researched pieces make judgments on Chinese football, but until now we have never responded specifically to […]

Yuexiushan: The cradle of Cantonese football, part one

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Guangzhou’s Yuexiushan Stadium has a long and storied history. As the birthplace of Cantonese football, and a venue for large-scale public events outside of sport, it has existed through some of the most tumultuous periods in Chinese history. The first of two articles, this piece looks at Yuexiushan’s early history, and that of the teams […]

Yanbian’s Gambian sensation: “No-one back home wanted me to come to China, but they are all CSL fans now”

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Astronomical transfer fees on big names has seen the Chinese Super League dominate world football headlines this year but one of the biggest impacts made by a foreign player in China has come from a complete unknown. Last year, Bubacarr Trawally was just 20 when he joined one of China’s footballing outposts – Yanbian Funde, an […]

Shenhua or SIPG? Choose one

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From following the English Premier League to the Chinese Super League. This is a first hand account of one expat football fan’s experience following Shanghai SIPG. It all started when I heard about a Shanghai SIPG supporters club that was offering season tickets for just 500 RMB, I couldn’t believe what great value it was […]

“Hong Kong football is falling behind mainland China” – South China manager Ricardo Rambo

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Current South China manager Ricardo Rambo is a name synonymous with Hong Kong football after nearly 18 years of involvement in the local game as both a player and a manager. Through his own experiences, Rambo has seen both the highs and lows and the transition from the old first division to the current format […]

League One mid(ish)-season review – part 3: A satisfied Meizhou joined by disappointing Zhejiang, Wuhan and Hohhot in the bottom half of the table

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WEF’s League One mid-season (now 2/3rds season) review returns for a third installment to look at how the clubs placed between 9th and 12th in the table are getting on. Obviously, it’s self-evident from their positions that none of Zhejiang Yiteng, Meizhou Hakka, Wuhan Zall or Hohhot Zhongyou are doing that well, but some sides […]