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Drama or Mediocrity - Reflections on a Congested CSL: The Chinese Football Podcast - Wild East Football
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Drama or Mediocrity – Reflections on a Congested CSL: The Chinese Football Podcast

Five points covering the top half of the table, and five teams within one win of top spot: the CSL has never known such a congested table at this stage of the season. Should we embrace the drama and unpredictability the squad and transfer rules seem to be bringing to the table, or mourn the lack of top-quality sides and consistent winners? The panel take a balanced view on this discussion, before getting stuck into the debate on Zhang Yuning’s lack of gametime in Germany and what career advice the pod would give.

There’s also time for a reflection on the finely-poised AFC Champions League ties involving Chinese sides, and a discussion of a few financial matters – namely rumours of an incoming CSL salary cap, and reflections on the new league-wide Nike shirt deal. There are also shoutouts for encroaching state surveillance, listener questions, and an unexpected Madame Butterfly reference – it could only be the Chinese Football Podcast.

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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The Chinese Football Podcast is pleased to be sponsored by Football Shirt Memory – the number one CSL shirt retailer in the West. Check out their wares here.

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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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