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Christmas Wish-Lists, Managerial Merry-Go-Round and Revisiting Our Predictions: The Chinese Football Podcast

The domestic season may be over, but there’s plenty to discuss in this seasonal episode. The pod takes a look at the managerial merry-go-round – Vitor Pereira and Paolo Bento keep up the CSL’s Portuguese contingent as AVB continues his 2017 by heading off the tracks, and Shandong look to Li Xiaopeng in a rare opportunity for young domestic managers at a big side.

There’s also some cautious optimism from the pundits for Marcelo Lippi’s experimental side putting up a couple of fighting performances in the EAFF East Asia Cup, and a discussion of who might be the next cab off the rank for international call-ups – perhaps Tang Miao?

The end of the year gives us a chance to indulge in some holiday season classics – we look back at the pods’ pre-season predictions (yes, one of the panel did pick Tevez as signing of the season), give our nominations for phenomenon of the year, and share our own seasonal wishes and Christmas gift lists for some of our favourite CSL clubs and figures – including some of the best nominations shared by the listeners too.

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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