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CFA Cup Final Preview & The Existential Crisis of Mid-Table: The Chinese Football Podcast

Cup football is brilliant and the CFA Cup has rarely disappointed in recent years – we’re set for another great two-legged final between two recovering giants of the domestic game in Shandong Luneng and Beijing Guo’an. The pod look are expecting a tight one – who will take home that elusive silverware to reinvigorate their trophy cabinet?

We continue our league season review by wading into the mass of mediocrity sitting in mid-table – and find plenty to say about these sides, whether it’s Dalian’s curate’s egg of a season, Quanjian’s car-crash 2018, Guangzhou R&F’s continuing inability to defend, or one of the few teams who manage to unite the entire panel in disapproval – listen on to find out who.

There’s some sympathy for the mid-table sides as we reflect on the limited options they have to strengthen, given the increasing regulations around investing in foreign or domestic players. What can they do – and should we all give up on the national side after yet another flaccid friendly performance?

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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