Recording on the eve of the big World Cup kick-off in Russia, the panel discuss how big an event the tournament is going to be in China – regardless of the national side’s non-participation. From commercial tie-ins and some dubious advertising campaigns through to which international sides Chinese fans are likely to root for (and against), the team share their experience of several World Cups watched from a party atmosphere in Shanghai, Beijing, and the grasslands of Inner Mongolia. There’s even a story of a highland jig involved…
Before turning our attention to international matters, there’s plenty of domestic news to discuss too – just what is Chris Coleman walking into at Hebei, and did anyone see this coming? Is the Anderson Talisca signing an indication that Evergrande are back to their old swaggering ways, and which foreigners might miss out to make room for the new man? And who will be feeling more confident for the second leg after a dramatic 2-1 first-leg win for Beijing Guoan over Shanghai International Port Group in the CFA Cup quarters?
There’s also a chat about the CFA’s latest punishment bingo headline – with Wang Shenchao banned from national side duty for a year for jewelry infractions, would the CFA have come down so heavily on a more important player? And where does this stand in the pantheon of bizarre bans – our Twitter poll this week sees the panel make a case for three previous disproportionate bans.
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