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Zhang Chengdong signs for Eintracht Braunschweig

Eintracht Braunschweig has announced that it acquired Chinese striker Zhang Chengdong, on loan for one year, from C.D Mafra.

Last season, Zhang was loaned to Beira-Mar in the Portuguese Superliga where he scored six goals in 26 matches. His agility and heading ability have been praised by the Portuguese media. Beira-Mar tried to purchase Zhang Chengdong on a permanent basis; however, Zhang wanted a new challenge and decided to ply his trade elsewhere.

Zhang mentioned to the media that there were many Spanish La Liga clubs that went for him, though they demanded he have his own commercial sponsor. Zhang said he’d rather use his ability than spending money to enter the Spanish league.

Zhang also mentioned that there was a Ukrainian football club and several Chinese clubs that tried to go for him, and they were offering high wage too. At the end, Zhang decides to stay in Germany because Shao Jiayi, who formerly played in Germany, told him “if you want to improve your football, go for Germany; if you want to get rich, go for China.”

Having stayed in Germany for few days, Zhang is enjoying the atmosphere at Eintracht Braunschweig. He mentioned “Eintracht Braunschweig is a club that is rich in football history, and the stadium is always full on matchday.”

“I wish to play in Bundesliga 1 someday, and I understand there are many Chinese footballers returning to China. I will stay in Europe for my football dream”.

Ever since witnessing Yang Chen’s near goal opportunity in the game of China vs. Turkey in World Cup 2002 from his bed at 3am, Smari has developed an avid interest in following the Chinese national team. He had seen how the Chinese team was worshiped as gods during the World Cup 2002 and Asian Cup 2004, and how they are treated like shit since the failure to qualify for the World Cup 2006. Smari joined Wild East Football as a contributor because he realized there is a need for the world to know about Chinese football. There is an almost bare minimum amount of English language forums or websites that strictly talk about Chinese football, the Chinese Super League, the Chinese national team, etc. The world needs to know that Chinese football is not about Shaolin football, corruption, diving, and cheating; we are about playing with our heart to bring smiles to our already embarrassed fans. Smari hopes he would be able to witness the improvement of Chinese football and spend all his life savings to watch Guojiadui’s second World Cup appearance at whatever venue, even a warzone. Apart from writing/translating Chinese football news, Smari loves playing mahjang, imitating how Samri Nasri dribbles in the Emirates pitch, watching how Adam Johnson terrorizes his rivals, learning bar tending to make up his reason for consistent drunkenness, being artistically weird by shooting abstract photos, and defeating boringism in his mundane life. He also loves traveling, and he hopes to have his own apartment that is filled with national team jerseys from every country he visited. Smari often attributes his depression to the current dire state of Chinese football, let’s hope he won’t turn insane soon.

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