WEF interview: European dreams and Chinese reality for Zhang Linpeng

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Ambition can be a cruel beast at times. It can be all too easy to possess an intense burning desire to achieve more and take the crucial next step in one’s life or career but, when the time comes, discover there is no viable exit route to pursue.…

Tobias Hysén: Xu Genbao is defacto head coach at Shanghai East Asia

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With half of the Chinese Super League season remaining, Shanghai East Asia find themselves having performed above the expectations of many observers, leaving them in a promising position to challenge for an Asian Champions League spot.

Into the third tier: A day out at Fujian Broncos

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A few weeks ago I was offered the chance to go and watch Fujian Chaoyue (Fujian Broncos) play at home in this their first voyage into Chinese association football.

“The War made me a football coach” – Changchun Yatai’s Dragan Okuka

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Dragan Okuka made waves two seasons ago by leading unfashionable Jiangsu Sainty to runners-up spot in the CSL, pushing powerhouse club Guangzhou Evergrande all the way.

Hong Kong FA chief: We want to enter Chinese FA Cup

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In a wide-ranging exclusive interview, Hong Kong FA Mark Sutcliffe reveals his belief that  entering a team from the SAR into the Chinese FA would be an ideal first step towards some integration with the Mainland Chinese football system.

Attending a Guangzhou R&F Match: A First Time Visitor’s Guide

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Chinese domestic football had an early summer break for the World Cup but the third round of the CFA cup takes place midweek before the Chinese Super League matches resume at the weekend.…

Sven – I wanted to coach Chinese national side, but CFA offered Olympic role instead

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Sven-Goran Eriksson, currently coach of high-flying Guangzhou R&F, makes an amazing revelation in an interview originally published in his club’s match day program.

China-based players at the World Cup – who’s going and who is not?

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China may have yet again failed to qualify for the World Cup, but the Chinese Super League looks set to be represented with a record number of players this summer on football’s biggest stage.

Going to Gongti: A view from the away end

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Your WEF correspondent travelled to Beijing to watch Guoan host Guangzhou R&F and here relates what fans in the away end at Gongti can expect as well as some experiences more unique to following R&F.

Exclusive Interview: Michael Campion of Sun Pegasus FC and Hong Kong

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Michael Campion of Sun Pegasus and Hong Kong is not your ordinary footballer but then how many investment bankers turned wine merchants turned full-time footballers are active in the professional game?…