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Demba Ba Returns as the CSL Sends Stars to World Cup: The Chinese Football Podcast - Wild East Football
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Demba Ba Returns as the CSL Sends Stars to World Cup: The Chinese Football Podcast

The final squad lists for the World Cup have been confirmed and although China didn’t make it there, the CSL is sending a record high of eight players to Russia. The pod discuss whether this means the league is no longer a career graveyard for top players, along with predicting which China-based player will have the biggest impact this summer – cast your votes on our Twitter poll!

We also catch up on the national team’s recent friendly wins against Myanmar and Thailand – can Wu Lei keep up his scoring form for his country, and is it a case of “thank you and goodbye” to 100-cap stalwart Zheng Zhi? There’s plenty of conjecture on the latest tattoo sightings and a reflection on China’s recent U19 tournament triumph too.

There’s plenty of conjecture on club matters too – what should we expect from Demba Ba’s return to Shenhua and the rumoured return of Dan Petrescu – is the Romanian the man to save Guizhou? Chang Woe-Ryong is the latest manager to step off the CSL merry-go-round, arriving at Henan – with the Hebei job still vacant following Manuel Pellegrini’s departure to West Ham, who can turn around the ailing big-spenders from the north? Plenty of questions, and a nod to a middle-aged goalscorer make their way into the pod agenda this week.

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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