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Shenhua the Winners as Martins Wondergoal sends AVB Packing: The Chinese Football Podcast

Shanghai Shenhua completed an underdog cup-final performance for the ages with a stunning performance at Shanghai Stadium seeing them lift the CFA Cup trophy at the home of Shanghai International Port Group.

The pod look back over a hugely entertaining game featuring everything: a disallowed goal, penalty, red-card, mass scuffle and comedy own goal shenanigans, capped off by a spectacular cup-sealing solo effort from veteran forward Obafemi Martins. The panel dissect the game – and where Shenhua got it right and SIPG got it wrong – from both a neutral and not-quite-neutral perspective.

We finish our club-by-club season round-up, addressing whether the cup win will be anything more than a sticking plaster over the deeper issues undermining Shenhua, and whether AVB and SIPG should reflect on a season of progress or the disappointment of throwing away three possible trophies in quick end-of-season succession – should the shipping magnates be looking for a psychologist to replace their chippy Portuguese manager and get their squad over these continuing big-game bottling issues?

The pod also run the rule over Jiangsu Suning’s surprising dalliance with relegation and question whether the owners now have bigger Serie A fish to fry, and look over Henan’s prospects and the future direction of their young squad.

There’s also a chance to comment on Marcelo Lippi’s China squad for the upcoming East Asia Cup – is it experimental enough, which key names are missing, and does this reflect ongoing issues with a shallow talent pool?

The boys wrap up by taking one final listener question and reflecting on the beauty of the CFA Cup, before looking ahead to some close-season feature podcasts – please do suggest your topics or questions on the website or via twitter.

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 can now be found enjoying/enduring matchdays on Hongkou’s North Terrace along with the rest of the infamous Shenhua Element Crew.

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