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Title Races, Relegation Dogfights, and the Spectre of Match-Fixing: The Chinese Football Podcast

The CSL takes a two-week international break after getting through ten rounds in seven weeks – we survey the battlefield at the top and the bottom, with Shandong dropping out of the title race and Henan getting dragged down into the relegation scrap – could an out-of-sorts Shenhua yet join them?

A varied mailbag of listener questions has the pundits wading through the mid-table mire from Guangzhou R&F in sixth through to a resurgent Dalian Yifang and their future prospects – and there’s also a brief foray into continental action as we assess the damage done in Quanjian’s 2-0 reverse in Japan,

Recent alleged goings-on in League One see us touch on a less savoury topic, too – just why is corruption and match-fixing a particularly sensitive issue for Chinese football, and how much progress has been made in recent years – and how much further is there still to go?

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 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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