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Wild East Football wishes everyone a happy Year of the Snake

It’s Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) time right now, which means not much of anything is going on in the Chinese football world. For a few days, the transfer talk and team practices take a short hiatus as everyone celebrates the holiday, only to be picked up again a few days later. We at Wild East Football are, like everyone else, observing the holiday, so don’t expect much footy updates over the next week, but we’ll be ready and rearing with lots of news and stories to get you ready for the new season.

Happy Spring Festival from the entire team at !

Below are holiday wishes from a number of CSL sides to get you in the holiday spirit. We start off with our opening picture at the top from manager of double winning Guangzhou Evergrande, Marcello Lippi (click here for to see more Evergrande player photos, I especially like the Gao Lin picture, it’s like looking at brothers in ugly).

Not to be outdone, Guangzhou R&F ‘s new players pass their wishes on to all their fans:


Sun Jihai takes a break from ACL preparations to wish the fans in Guiyang a happy new year:


There may be fears about Shenhua’s chances in the new season, but new boy Xu Liang is always willing to sing a song of joy, this time at Shenhua supporters group Blue Boys holiday party (as well as earning his name (Liang meaning “bright” with that orange coat).


More on the “new players, holiday greetings” front, this time its Shandong’s winter signing, defender Zhao Mingjian, who hopes his arrival in Jinan will bring fans a happy 2013.


Despite a tumultuous 2012, Philippe Troussier is still in Shenzhen and he’ll be gunning for the CSL in the new year.

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Finally, Liaoning Whowin may be fighting for CSL survival in 2013, but nobody does it better than the northeast side who come up with a special logo for the holiday.


Whether today is chu san or just another Tuesday for you, we wish everyone a great Year of the Snake and a very exciting 2013 CSL season!

Brandon Chemers aka B. Cheng aka A Modern Lei Feng – is a name which may be familiar to many in the Chinese blogosphere. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for Wild East Football and is one of the lonely souls writing about Chinese football in English for the last 10 years. Chemers' credentials are second to none – his former blog focused not only on the fortunes of his beloved Beijing Guoan FC, but a multitude of other aspects of Beijing life. He’s deservedly built a reputation in the Chinese blogosphere as an insightful observer of not only Chinese football, but also the wider picture of life in modern China and its many layers. For WEF, beyond writing about Guoan, he often focuses on fan culture and the business of Chinese football.

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