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Capello Out, Lippi Under Pressure and Tattoos to Blame: The Chinese Football Podcast

The pod looks back on an embarrassing China Cup for the hosts – after losing 10-1 over two games against teams not going to the World Cup, is the pressure growing on the previously unquestionable Marcelo Lippi? The boys debate just how low the national team has sunk – are the Faroe Islands really an apt comparison?

The wisdom of the headline-grabbing tattoo ban gets discussed, along with a brief callout to the new season’s first victim of the CFA’s disciplinary bingo – before the panel get their eyes down to focus on some tasty upcoming fixtures including the CSL’s first ever Beijing derby and a high-stakes clash between Guangzhou Evergrande and Tianjin Quanjian.

Along with a couple of listener questions, we return to the topic of managers under pressure – is Gregorio Manzano feeling the heat after a sluggish start for Guizhou, and where now for Jiangsu Suning and Fabio Capello as the Nanjing side look for a sixth manager in three years?

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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