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CFA Cup draw released

With excitement at a high for the Chinese Super League’s opening this season, the CFA Cup has stepped in, briefly, to detract our attention with the cup draw today. The opening round of the tournament is to take place on March 31st, with the CSL sides not featuring until Round 3. The below listing takes you up to the quarterfinals. This year, like last year, the CFA Cup is single elimination through the quarterfinals, while the semifinals and finals will be played over two legs, home and away. If the below is too confusing for you, the table (in Chinese, click on it for a bigger view) is featured at the bottom of this post. What do you think of your side’s draw?

Bracket 1
Round 1
Match 1: Mei County Kejia vs. Qingdao Lipeng
Match 2: Hebei Zhongji vs. Dalian Longjuanfeng

Round 2
Match 3: Match 1 vs. Chongqing FC
Match 4: Tianjing Songjiang vs. Guizhou Zhicheng
Match 5: Shijiazhuang Smart Hero vs. Match 2

Round 3
Match 6: Guangzhou R&F vs. Match 3
Match 7: Dalian Aerbin vs. Match 4
Match 8: Shandong Luneng vs. Match 5

Round 4
Match 9: Jiangsu Sainty vs. Match 6
Match 10: Match 7 vs. Match 8

Bracket 2
Round 1
Match 11: Shaanxi Youth vs. Zibo Sunday
Match 12: Qinghai Senke vs. Shenyang Hefeng

Round 2
Match 13: Henan Construction vs. Match 11
Match 14: Shenyang Shenbei vs. Beijing Baxy
Match 15: Shenzhen Ruby vs. Match 12

Round 3
Match 16: Changchun Yatai vs. Match 13
Match 17: Liaoning Whowin vs. Match 14
Match 18: Tianjin Teda vs. Match 15

Round 4
Match 19: Guizhou Renhe vs. Match 16
Match 20: Match 17 vs. Match 18

Bracket 3
Round 1
Match 21: Dali Ruicheng vs. Suzhou Jinfu
Match 22: Shenzhen Fengpeng vs. Wuahn Hongxing

Round 2
Match 23: Chengdu Blades vs. Match 21
Match 24: Hunan Billows vs. Beijing Institute of Technology
Match 25: Yanbian FC vs. Match 22

Round 3
Match 26: Shanghai Shenhua vs. Match 23
Match 27: Shanghai Shenxin vs. Match 24
Match 28: Hangzhou Greentown vs. Match 25

Round 4
Match 29: Guangzhou Evergrande vs. Match 25
Match 30: Match 27 vs. Match 28

Bracket 4
Round 1
Match 31: Shenyang Dongjin vs. Tongji University
Match 32: Xinjiang Youth vs. Zhaojiu Anji

Round 2
Match 33: Guangdong Sunray Cave vs. Match 31
Match 34: Haerbin Yiteng vs. Hubei Huakaier
Match 35: Chongqing Lifan vs. Match 32

Round 3
Match 36: Wuhan Zall vs. Match 33
Match 37: Qingdao Jonoon vs. Match 34
Match 38: Shanghai East Asia vs. Match 35

Round 4
Match 39: Beijing Guoan vs. Match 36
Match 40: Match 37 vs. Match 38

cfa cup table

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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