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Pub Talk: Podcast Debut! One night in Beijing

Today we present a very special Pub Talk – our first ever podcast. Originally recorded last Friday night after Shanghai Ultra made an impromptu appearance in Beijing, due to technical reasons and time restraints we only got around to releasing it today. Thankfully nothing much covered in the talk has changed since then thanks to the international break, with the exception of Tianjin drawing 1-1 with Dalian Shide, Shanghai Shenxin 2-2 with Changchun and Henan beating Shandong 2-1 over the weekend. Regardless, the pair quench their thirst at Bcheng’s most hated Beijing spot, Houhai,  as out-of-towner Ultra’s innate ability to poke fun at his drinking partner strikes again. Topics covered – the latest Shenhua saga – even Ultra is getting fed of reading about his club’s dramas in the news.  The latest international friendlies are covered – do they matter? Yes and no is the conclusive answer. Refereeing is again on the agenda, not surprisingly. Guangzhou R&F and Yakabu’s names feature in the pub, and Evergrande are also uttered as the champions from the south fight on four fronts what with their 7-player international call up. All that, and more, in this rambling and incoherent special edition of Pub Talk. As always, your comments please, at the bottom of the post.

A leading international commentator on Chinese football frequently quoted by the world's top media. Offers piercing and resolutely honest insights into the bustling crossroads where football, society, economics and politics meet in contemporary China. Based in Shanghai since 2005, observer of the Chinese game since 2000.

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