How China’s Footballers Can Learn From Retiring Tennis Star Li Na


China’s most successful tennis player Li Na announced her retirement on social media on Friday morning, confirming recent reports that repeated knee injuries would see her call time on her professional career.…

AFC Cup preview special: South China’s 2009 brush with continental glory


Hong Kong football stands on the cusp of one of its greatest achievements – Kitchee are just 90 minutes away from the AFC cup final following an away 1-1 draw to Iraq’s Erbil this week.

Why the Shanghai derby is back with a vengeance

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Following an unexpectedly intense derby between Shanghai Shenhua and Shanghai East Asia, WEF’s Cameron Wilson takes an in-depth look at the big changes in the Shanghai football landscape this year and how the fixture’s influence may spread beyond the city itself.

Guangzhou R&F’s Moroccan hitman sets sights on MLS, not Europe

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Guangzhou R&F’s Abderrazak Hamdallah dreams not of a move to a big European club, but of playing in the MLS to be reunited with his brother in the USA, the Moroccan revealed on his club’s website.…

Attending a Guangdong Sunray Cave Match: A First Time Visitor’s Guide

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Can’t get tickets to watch CSL and ACL champions Guangzhou Evergrande? Not interested in Guangzhou R&F’s attempt to qualify for the ACL for the first time? 

WEF interview: European dreams and Chinese reality for Zhang Linpeng


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


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


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.