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New year, same old confusion over transfer tax and fixtures: The Chinese Football Podcast

To celebrate the Chinese New Year holidays, the pod is back to look over who should be crowing about their transfer business as we leave the year of the rooster, and whether we’re set for a dog of a new year with the CFA prioritising retroactive transfer punishments ahead of releasing fixture lists. We discuss the latest updates on the Cedric Bakumbu situation along with the intrigue surrounding Javier Mascherano’s arrival in Hebei and Nemanja Gudelj switching the Tianjin TEDA bench for champions Guangzhou Evergrande.

Following the anger over fixture confusion in the last pod, the CFA has leaked not only one but two different CSL fixture schedules, along with a bracketed draw for the CFA cup – confusion ahoy for the pundits, and further laments about the plight of the traveling fan in China.

We give some early impressions on Shanghai International Port Group and Tianjin Quanjian’s AFC Champions League exploits and run through a couple of listener questions in anticipation of a bumper season prediction pod to come after the holidays.

The Chinese Football Podcast is hosted by Wild East Football’s Steve Crooks, joined by Chinese football 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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