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Alan Banned as the Fists Fly: The Chinese Football Podcast

Fight! Fight! Fight! There’s plenty of fisticuffs for the pod to reflect on this week as we discuss an eight-game ban for Alan throwing a punch – does this leave the defending champ on the ropes? We also look back at a brawl in League One and a teammate-on-teammate reserve game punchup for Evergrande, with the panel going toe-to-toe on what this means for punishment bingo and the CFA’s consistency.

Moving to more footballing matters, the experts discuss the new manager bounce for Cosmin Olaroiu at Jiangsu, strikerless Shenhua’s surprising run of form, and whether Dalian are doomed now that Zhou Jun has moved north from Shanghai. In light of recent coaching changes across Asia, we discuss whether China should go native when the time comes for Marcelo Lippi to step aside, and what kind of qualities the CFA should be looking for in a manager – and the Manzano for China bandwagon surprisingly starts picking up some momentum.

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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