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Tight at the Top and Manzano in Trouble? – The Chinese Football Podcast

The pod is back to look at a couple of topsy-turvy gameweeks with drama and upsets galore in both the CSL and CFA Cup. What looked like a two-horse race now sees five teams covered by just three points in the league as we approach the mid-season break – what’s behind Beijing Guoan’s recent upswing in form, and do the struggles at Shanghai International Port Group and Guangzhou Evergrande go deeper than the absence of their key Brazilians?

There’s also a preview of some crunch AFC Champions League round-of-16 games featuring the three Chinese sides left in the competition – all looking for a diversion from some patchy domestic form – and a discussion of some of the scheduling and logistical issues blighting both the continental competition and the domestic cup, with the CFA cup quarter-finals set to kick-off during the World Cup break.

We also take in a couple of listener questions and feature our regular slots on the CFA’s punishment bingo, phenomenon of the week, and which manager might get the sack next.

The Chinese Football Podcast is hosted by Wild East Football’s Steve Crooks,  alongside regular panellist this week Cameron Wilson.

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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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