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


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 […]

League One mid(ish)-season review – part 2: Beijing teams struggle but signs of revival in Shenzhen


After looking at the top 4 in our last League One mid-season review, we now take a look at the fortunes of the teams placed between 5th and 8th over the first 18 rounds of the season. This includes two capital city clubs who are falling short of expectations, a Shenzhen side on the road […]

League One mid(ish)-season review – Part 1: A fairytale brewing in Guizhou and only half of the “Big 4” show up

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After a long hiatus, WEF’s regular League One round-up returns to bring you all the goings-on in China’s second tier. As fans of this column will know, there’s a lot to catch up on, but both of you can relax as we’re going to bring you mid-season reviews (3/5th-season reviews doesn’t have the same ring […]

Hulk joins SIPG – An incredible boost for the CSL or an incredible waste of money?

Brazil international Hulk is set to join Shanghai SIPG in the coming days in a deal valued at €55 million from Zenit St. Petersburg. The versatile forward, 29, scored 56 goals in 97 Russian Premier League games for his former side following a similarly successful spell with FC Porto and has also represented his country […]