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A New CSL Winner Emerges From Nine-Goal Title Shootout: The Chinese Football Podcast

The pod looks back at a nine-goal shootout down in Guangzhou which finally sees Evergrande’s seven-year grip on the CSL title end – with a drama-filled conclusion worthy of any league decider in world football, the pundits salute China’s new champions – could this be a new era for the CSL?

It’s all still to play for at the bottom of the league with two rounds crammed into the final week – any number of sides could go down but it’s not looking good for out-of-form Tianjin TEDA. We run through some of the fixtures and permutations, before welcoming Shenzhen back to the top flight and congratulating a couple of promoted teams further down the ladder, with Sichuan Annapurna and Nantong set to join China League One.

We round out a packed pod with reflections on Diego Tardelli’s suspension under punishment bingo’s chilling Clause 104, and start tackling Marcelo Lippi’s thorny legacy with the veteran coach set to stand down after the Asian Cup – who are the leading candidates to replace him and just how poisoned a chalice is the big job?

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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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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