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The Greatest Foreign Players in CSL History (But Not Iniesta): The Chinese Football Podcast

Domestic football is on a break, but the podcast is not – the panel kick off a summer of in-depth discussions on topics away from the week-to-week of league action by taking a look on the role and contributions made by key foreign signings in the history of the league.

With Andres Iniesta opting for the J-League, and Fernando Torres rumoured to be joining him, we ask whether the CFA’s transfer tax has ceded the spotlight for big-name international moves – and lead in to a discussion of what kind of contribution Chinese sides should be expecting from their international signings. We look at which sides are getting the best (and worst) value for money with their overseas players, and nominate three names for a listener poll to determine this week’s Phenomenon of the Week – the most impactful foreign signing in CSL history.

We wrap up by looking ahead to a future discussion on the role of the CSL as a league, and catch up with Guangzhou R&F correspondent Donald Ross for reflections on an topsy-turvy season so far, their newest signing, and hopes and targets for the rest of the season.

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.

Don’t miss the chance to get involved in the discussion on Twitter at #chinafootypod – we love hearing feedback and do our best to field your questions and suggested topics each and every week.

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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  1. Xavier Edwards

    04/06/2018 at 11:38

    That was a very interesting potential discussion about the intentions of the CSL. I believe they have room to appeal to the fans as well as the development of youth. I honestly believe for now they should focus more on the appeal of the league to bring in more fans from around the world. That way more eyes as well as attention is on the product which usually means more money. With more money and appeal teams can get use the extra to significantly build up their youth academies and thus building up an even better domestic scene overall. Just my two cents on the situation currently with Chinese football.

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