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Goals Galore as Oscar Kickstarts CSL 2018: The Chinese Football Podcast

33 goals, four hat-tricks, a couple of blowout victories for title contenders and a topsy-turvy nine-goal thriller in the Guangzhou derby – the 2018 Chinese Super League season began with a bang, and the WEF experts are on hand to dissect the action from each of the opening round games. Has Evergrande’s aura gone, or can Fabio Cannavaro write that 5-4 game off to the madness of local derbies? Just how impressed should we be by Shanghai International Port Group and Tianjin Quanjian swatting aside relegation-threatened sides? And what was the more bizarre decision – Dalian’s Ma Lin deciding to field a series of new signings who’d only met the day before, or Beijing Guoan’s Roger Schmidt benching most of his big buys and rearranging last season’s team out-of-position?

We tackle these questions and more – including several hot-take questions and impressions shared by our listeners – and find the time to discuss how the new U23 rules have impacted the first weekend of league football, before looking ahead to some big games next time out – there’s the small matter of a Shanghai derby at Hongkou stadium, along with Fabio Capello’s impressive-looking Jiangsu Suning looking to add to Guoan’s early woes.

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 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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