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There’s plenty of drama for the pod to reflect on from a bruising week in Shanghai for Beijing Guo’an – a dramatic win in the cup followed by an equally dramatic draw at Hongkou as one of the league’s oldest rivalries lived up to its billing. Wei Shihao’s decisive intervention gets a lot of love, along with a review of the action at the top and bottom of the CSL and thoughts on the upcoming CFA Cup semi finals.

There’s plenty of off-the-pitch news to reflect on this week too – the pod share their take on some impractical transfer rumors, discuss the potential return to Europe of Axel Witsel, and spend some time getting into the CFA’s handling of the rules around U23 callups for the upcoming Asian Games- a mess of the governing body’s own making, or are they making the best of a tricky hand?

Wild East Football’s Steve Crooks is the host, joined by experts Cameron Wilson from Shanghai and Jamie McIlroy from Wuhan – with Brandon Chemers sharing an after-action report from the Beijing side of things too.

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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 spent many an (un)happy year on Hongkou's North Terrace along with the Shenhua Element Crew and Blue Devils before relocating to Sydney from where he continues to follow the Chinese game from afar.

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