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Half-Season Champions and Demba Ba in the Centre of Racism Storm: The Chinese Football Podcast

The Chinese Super League has thrown up some high-scoring, high-drama fixtures this week with implications at the top and bottom of the table – there’s the Guangzhou derby, a top-of-the-table clash at Gongti and a big upset in Dalian to pore over, along with more big games coming up, including the perfect tonic for Shanghai International Port Group – can the panel see anything other than a patched-up Shenhua taking a beating next week?

The pod also share the latest facts on the racism accusations reported by Shenhua and Demba Ba regarding Changchun’s Zhang Li – and put this controversy into context by looking at how the CFA has dealt with past incidents. What do we know and what do we expect to happen next?

The halfway point in the league season gives us the opportunity to run the rule over who has most impressed or disappointed us so far based on pre-season predictions: it’s happy listening for Guo’an and Shandong fans, but time for Guizhou and Hebei to look away.

The pod wraps up by taking on some listener questions on topics ranging from the ever-growing size of Beijing through to China’s best goalkeeper and the price of water in Shandong.

Wild East Football’s Steve Crooks is the host, joined by experts Brandon Chemers from Beijing and Jamie McIlroy from Wuhan.

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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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