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Lessons Chinese Football Can Learn From the World Cup: The Chinese Football Podcast

With Asian sides exiting Russia having salvaged some pride, the pundits discuss which of the AFC contingent impressed them most – and how might the Chinese national side have fared if they’d managed to squeak through qualification this time around?

We put the Chinese game in context by evaluating the national side’s ambitions for next year’s Asian Cup and discussing what a realistic short-term or medium-term goal for the country’s aim to become a footballing power might be – along with a debate on just how much progress has been made in the past decade and whether the league and national side are on an upward tangent.

We tackle the U23 rules once again – are they working, will they impact ACL competitiveness, and just what does successful implementation look like – along with taking in a couple of listener questions and nominating this week’s topical poll – which country or system should China look to for inspiration in getting to the next World Cup?

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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