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Saudi Shambles for China U23 as Renhe Do It Again: The Chinese Football Podcast

Beijing Renhe are in the pod’s sights once again after putting an off-colour Shenhua to the sword – but there’s more action at both ends of the CSL table to keep the pundits focused on the football this week.

There are three or four genuine contenders at the top and the bottom – the pundits aren’t writing Shandong off just yet despite an impressive Evergrande dismantling them in Jinan, and despite their off-field chaos Chongqing fight back to stay in striking distance of Dalian and Henan at the bottom.

China’s elimination from the Asian Games football tournament leads us into a listener mailbag looking at international competition and the impact of squad regulations – the early impact of the U23 rules is discussed, along with the pressure the CFA heaped upon itself and its young squad by taking the Asian Games with more short-term importance than many of their rivals.

We wrap up with a review of the CFA cup semi-finals and the imploding form of Guangzhou R&F – has Dragan Stojkovic started to lose his mojo?

The Chinese Football Podcast is hosted by Wild East Football’s Steve Crooks, joined by Chinese football experts Brandon Chemers in Beijing Cameron Wilson in Shanghai.

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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 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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