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New year, more focus on those U-23s: The Chinese Football Podcast

The pod is back for 2018, and the pundits get stuck straight into the questions everyone has been asking – just how do the Chinese FA’s new rules on foreign players and U-23 quotas work, and what impact might they have on the upcoming CSL season?

The regulations already look to be having an impact on a slowed-down transfer market, with the confirmed moves so far focusing on youth – the panel are impressed with Beijing Guoan capturing Wei Shihao and some of Evergrande’s young signings, although there’s some caution to be flagged given the inexperience of these players.

Rounding out the U-23 focused discussion we reflect on another disappointment for the national team, getting eliminated from the group stage of the AFC U-23 Championships on home ground – are there any green shoots of hope to take away from these games?

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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