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Rating and Slating China’s Chances at the AFC Asian Cup: The Chinese Football Podcast s3e1

It’s a feisty start to 2019 as the pod roars back into life with a preview of the imminent AFC Asian Cup – after months of despairing over the national side’s stalling progress, how far do the panel think Marcello Lippi can take China in what will likely be his final tournament in the job? A bumper panel of Cameron Wilson in Shanghai, Brandon Chemers from his travels, and Jamie McIlroy in Wuhan join host Steve Crooks to bring a variety of opinions to the table – will this be more of the dreary same, or are there causes for optimism in some of the newer players to the squad?

We run the rule over China’s group fixtures and potential path through the knockout phases, outline the key men in the squad and where the goals might come from, and take the time to discuss some Asian Cups past and the importance of the tournament for fans, players and the CFA alike. With all eyes in Asian football on the UAE for the next month, the WEF team are here to provide their unique perspective on the tournament from a China perspective.

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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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