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Guo’an Cup Champions and Wrapping-up Our CSL Review: The Chinese Football Podcast

The domestic season is finally at an end, with the high drama of a two-legged cup final a fitting crown to the season – we discuss how much the trophy means to Beijing Guo’an and their fans, and speculate on the curious trend of yet another away team walking away as cup winners. There’s a lot of love for the importance of the cup in domestic football, and some discussion about potential rule-changes to make things even better.

We change pace to finish wading through the mid-table CSL marshes: have Hebei and Jiangsu stalled just short of the ACL glass ceiling, are there shoots of recovery from Shenhua, and just how will WEF’s Donald Ross rebut Brandon’s previous criticism of his side?

A bonus-length podcast then wraps up with a review of the sides at the top in the title race – where did it go right for the champions this year, and are we seeing a real power shift and start of a new dynasty – or is it too early to write off deposed champions Guangzhou Evergrande just yet? We tackle the complex question of Evergrande’s legacy – how have they changed Chinese football over the years, and has their influence been for the better or worse? All this – and the chance to vote for phenomenon of the year – in this week’s Chinese Football Podcast.

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. WEF’s Guangzhou R&F correspondent Donald Ross is on the line this week also.

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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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