“The CSL Standard is Much Higher” – Interview with Jack Sealy of Changchun Yatai and Hong Kong

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The Chinese Super League and the Hong Kong Premier League have co-existed side by side for several years now as two separate entities. Both leagues have revamped their image and both have the collective goal of raising the standard of play of their respective national teams. Despite the close proximity of the two leagues, very […]

From dreams to reality: 2016 reform plan dials back expectations amid record spend

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It can only be said that 2016 looks to be a banner year for Chinese football. The January transfer window saw the arrival of a cadre of marquee players from the European leagues, including Guangzhou Evergrande’s acquisition of Jackson Martinez from Atletico Madrid and Hebei China Fortune’s purchase of Paris Saint Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi. […]

Jaimes McKee Interview – “Having two big Hong Kong teams play in the Chinese Super League would have so much interest”

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Sun Pegasus striker Jaimes Mckee has been a mainstay of the Hong Kong  team for several years now and is known for his hard work and commitment for the national cause.  After Hong Kong’s better than expected run of results in World Cup qualifying , Mckee’s stature in Hong Kong and Asian football has risen […]

Worker’s Stadium Ramblings: Beijing Guoan Season Preview

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2015 was supposed to be a big year for Beijing Guoan, coming hot on the heels of their title challenge the year before. It was assumed Gregorio Manzano had all his pieces in place and had finally figured out how things worked in the CSL and was going to lead the team to victory. Results […]

Xihu insider: Can Cahill stir a sleeping dragon in Zhejiang?

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Tim Cahill, the former Everton, NY Red Bulls and Shanghai Shenhua midfielder arrived at Hangzhou Greentown this summer through unexpected circumstances after being released to make room in the squad for more glamourous and, arguably higher profile stars such as Fredy Guarin and Obafemi Martins. Browsing the comments sections of a few football websites this […]

CSL Season Preview: Can Yanbian keep the dream alive?

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With their opening game less than 24 hour away, WEF takes a closer look at CSL new boys Yanbian Fude and whether we can expect another miraculous year from them in 2016. Believe in Miracles Yanbian’s 2015 was, to put it bluntly, unbelievable. The boys from the Korean Autonomous Prefecture did the unthinkable by cantering to […]

Xujiahui News: SIPG FC season preview

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Following a 2015 CSL season in which SIPG once again raised the bar for themselves by contesting Guangzhou Evergrande for top spot all the way to the final day of the season, the 2016 campaign is one in which a sustained title challenge will be viewed as the minimum expectation for head coach Sven Göran Eriksson’s […]

North Terrace News: Shanghai Shenhua 2016 Season Preview

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We’re back! Following a winter laid low to lick their wounds, can Shanghai’s traditional power reassert themselves in 2016 with the Chinese Super League hotter than ever before following the January transfer window? North Terrace News evaluates the ins and outs, and Shenhua’s chances for the upcoming campaign. Exit 2015: More questions than answers As […]

Computer used for first time as full 2016 Chinese Super League fixture list appears

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Guangzhou R&F will host Ezequiel Lavezzi and Gervinho-totting Hebei China Fortune on the first match of the 2016 season on Friday March 4. The official CSL opening ceremony will take place the following day as Jiangsu Suning host Shandong Luneng. All eyes will be on the match in Nanjing as glamour Brazilian signings Teixeira and Ramires […]

Read Chinese Football’s 50-point reform plan in full – exclusive translation

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Last year saw the release of a comprehensive football reform plan from the Chinese government which gained widespread international attention and brought much discussion of the links between the sport and politics in China. The plan accurately identifies many of the key issues affecting the game in the country, but it will be years before […]