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World Cup on local TV and Chinese Players Overseas: The Chinese Football Podcast

The pundits are surviving the late-night World Cup broadcast schedule to share their experience of the World Cup so far – and to share which sides (some more surprising than others) are the hot trends in China with perennial fan favourites Argentina and Germany getting off to a sluggish start.

The World Cup gives us a great chance to reflect on the experience of watching football on TV in China – how do the subscriptions, broadcast packages and commentators hold up – and the classic story of PPTV’s former Shenhua commentator and a Jiangsu team line-up gets an airing.

We look at a fairly quiet transfer window so far, with Dalian making the biggest waves in Zhou Jun’s attempt to recreate his former Shenhua transfer policy – and Zhang Yuning’s latest laon move to ADO den Haag gives the pod a chance to share their hopes for Zhang’s next season in Europe, and share our thoughts on the best Europe-based careers for Chinese players of previous generations.

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.

Stream the cast using the player above, subscribe on itunes, listen on Stitcher, download or check out other subscription options.

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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