Domestic football takes centre stage again following the World Cup – and the CSL (and CFA Cup) have swung back into action at a frantic pace. Trying to keep on top of the fixture congestion, the pod run the rule over the new signings, new managers, and early post-break fixtures to see who is shaping up best.
There’s also time to dive into some of the off-field stories surrounding Chinese football – just who has been on the baijiu and thinks putting the national side in the CSL is a good idea? Is Chongqing sacking Paulo Bento straight after a win just the usual short-sighted club owner madness? And what does the stance taken by Beijing Guo’an on the new Nike kit deal mean for the league – and should we be congratulating them?
We wrap up with a China derby special feature – with Shenhua coasting in upper-mid table and Guo’an gunning for a title chase, just what does the looming fixture at Hongkou mean for both of these sides? The panel also share some fan’s-eye perspectives on the importance of this game and some key derby-day dramas of the past.
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