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Gao Lin fires China into quarters, but Iran await: The Chinese Football Podcast s3e5 - Wild East Football
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Gao Lin fires China into quarters, but Iran await: The Chinese Football Podcast s3e5

The pod is back to give some credit to a newly resilient China – coming from behind once again against Thailand to win their first tournament knockout game since 2004. Yes, Zheng Zhi was playing back then too. There’s some credit for more of the veterans – grudging backhand compliments for Gao Lin and Marcello Lippi’s tactical masterclass of putting it in the mixer for the big man off the bench. Are the panel worried about China’s penchant for slow starts, or impressed by their resilience – and has their thinking on the ongoing Wu Lei fitness scare changed?

Optimism is thin on the ground looking ahead to Iran in the quarter finals however – we run through our fears and concerns from a tactical and personnel viewpoint before digging into the history and fan view of the China-Iran fixture. The pod wraps up with some egg-on-face predictions and the hope that we’ll be back to preview at least one more game next week – tune into the game Thursday evening before your regular does of Chinese Football Podcast returns the following week.

It’s a full-strength pod line-up with host Steve Crooks joined by Chinese football experts Cameron Wilson in Shanghai, Brandon Chemers in Beijing, and Jamie McIlroy in Wuhan.

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We are also very pleased to be hosted and broadcast on Football Nation Radio.

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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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