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Debating Scolari’s Legacy as Evergrande Crowned Again: The Chinese Football Podcast

The boys look back at a decisive week in Chinese football, with Guangzhou Evergrande crowned as league champions once again, and Liaoning and Yanbian put out of their misery with relegation confirmed. With Big Phil Scolari looking set to leave at the end of this season, the pod debate his legacy – did he just keep things ticking over after Lippi did the heavy lifting, or is Evergrande’s success in an increasingly competitive environment perhaps a little underappreciated?

Sticking with managers, the panel reflect on AVB’s frustrations as Shanghai International Port Group come up surprisingly flat against a well-prepared Urawa Reds outfit. Is AVB the man to take his side forwards, and are Hulk and Oscar part of the problem or the solution?

We also take in some listener questions and look ahead to the permutations of a nail-biting race for AFC Champions League qualification, and start our 2017 CSL review by combing over the seasons of clubs from the very top and bottom of the table – this week we feature Evergrande, Liaoning, Yanbian and the resurgent Tianjin TEDA.

Wild East Football’s Steve Crooks is the host, joined by our regular experts Brandon Chemers in Beijing and Cameron Wilson in Shanghai.

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Steve hosts the Chinese Football Podcast, having joined the WEF team as correspondent for Shanghai Shenhua, the side he has followed since moving to Shanghai in 2010. Exiled from the Victorian town-centre idyll of Feethams along with his childhood football team, Steve spent many an (un)happy year on Hongkou's North Terrace along with the Shenhua Element Crew and Blue Devils before relocating to Sydney from where he continues to follow the Chinese game from afar.

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