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Bad referees, Qin Sheng, Shandong Surprise and SIPG flying high – The Chinese Football Podcast

Controversy reigns this week as the latest action and happenings in the Chinese Super League are discussed.

On the agenda is Qin Sheng’s cruel and unusual punishment, surprising Shandong, Super SIPG and bad referees.

With host Christopher Atkins and resident panelists Cameron Wilson and Brandon Chemers

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  1. jrbh

    15/03/2017 at 14:17

    Nothing has surprised me more as an American watching a lot of Chinese soccer than the scrums around referees after controversial decisions. Watching big, strong professional athletes literally get in the face of these referees, backing them around the pitch, is not an edifying spectacle.

    Not to be all nativist or anything, but I think American sports have this right: if you confront a referee or umpire, and he tells you to back off, and you don’t, you’re out of the game. If, while confronting a referee or umpire, you physically contact him, even accidentally, you’re out of the game and a whole bunch of games after that. As a result, you just don’t see this kind of behavior in American sports, and trust me, it’s not because players in the NFL, to pick one example, have better impulse control than Chinese soccer players.

    I am not sold on Guangzhou Evergrande this year. I’ve managed to catch three of their games on TV. If you throw out the farcical Eastern SC match, they looked good for only a half against Beijing and for only a few minutes in the first half against Kawasaki. Their second half against Kawasaki was godawful.

    It is, indeed, early days, but this is my prediction: Shanghai SIPG will go into Guangzhou on April 1 and beat them and go on to win the league.

  2. Cameron Wilson

    17/03/2017 at 00:01

    Good point about Evergrande. I hadn’t thought about it that way. Shanghai International Port Group look strong it has to be said. So far anyway.

  3. jrbh

    03/04/2017 at 09:25

    Well, I was wrong. Execrable, terrible, no good, super bad, awful defensive lapses — three times! — cost Shanghai SIPG what should have been a win. I still like their chances better than Guangzhou Evergrande for the whole season, but geez, they have to tighten up the back line.

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