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?
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