Drop in quality but a lot to discuss: How did the CSL cope with the CFA’s new rules?

The CSL kicked off this weekend and, as well as dealing with the weight of expectation, every club had to cope with the controversial new rules introduced by the CFA in January. The number of foreign players allowed to be involved in each game was reduced from four+substitute to three, and each side had to […]

Guizhou Zhicheng vs. Liaoning FC: Five things we learned from the CSL opener

Friday evening saw Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng (henceforth, Guizhou) take on Liaoning FC in the Guiyang Olympic Sports Centre, with the opening match of the 2017 Chinese Super League finishing in a 1-1 draw. With a penalty given at either end, converted by James Chamanga and Nikica Jelavic respectively, and a red card for Liaoning goalkeeper […]

2017 Chinese Super League Predictions – Evergrande tipped for seventh heaven

The Chinese Super League has big changes this year. Only three foreign players are allowed  per match, one U-23 player must be in the starting XI and another on the bench. What will be the outcome of these new rules? We ask some of WEF crew to find out. Who will be the 2017 Chinese […]

Chinese Super League fixtures 2017 – Evergrande v Guoan, Shenhua v Jiangsu in bumper opening weekend

The 2017 Chinese Super League season starts with a bang on the weekend of March 3 as champions Guangzhou Evergrande welcome rivals Beijing Guoan in an exciting opening day card which also features a Yangzte Delta derby. Following on from last year, a fixture computer was again used to formulate the timing of this season’s […]

China Cup Preview: Development more important than results as Chile, Croatia and Iceland come to Guangxi

Tuesday sees the kick-off of the first ever China Cup when the Chinese national team hosts Iceland in Guangxi. Despite speculation to the contrary, the four team tournament, also featuring Croatia and Chile, is being used for developmental purposes as each team prepares to field significantly weakened sides. Here we take a look at what the competition actually is, what to expect from China’s opponents and many of the new face which have made Marcello Lippi’s squad.