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Stick or Twist for Lippi as China Face Korea in Group Decider: The Chinese Football Podcast s3e3

The pod is back to celebrate an all-too-rare routine win for the national team, with some feelgood vibes spreading as the Chinese team pick up confidence following a professional 3-0 victory against the Philippines which guarantees a place in the knock-out rounds.

Chinese football experts Cameron Wilson in Shanghai, Brandon Chemers in Beijing, and Jamie McIlroy in Wuhan join host Steve Crooks to admire a couple of lovely strikes from Wu Lei along with Yu Dabao’s latest super-sub turn. There’s more optimism around the team selection this time, but continued concern over Gao Lin’s starting role.

The discussion moves to the final group game against Korea – we look at the history of this somewhat one-sided rivalry, and start to debate the merits of rotation and rest versus maintaining momentum and going for the group win. The possible path through the knock-out rounds is murky right now, but the pod will be back once the draw is clearer to look ahead to China’s next game.

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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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