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Wu Lei to Espanyol and where next for China's national team: The Chinese Football Podcast s3e6 - Wild East Football
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Wu Lei to Espanyol and where next for China’s national team: The Chinese Football Podcast s3e6

There’s only one story to start with this week, with the pod running the rule over Wu Lei’s move to La Liga – despite concerns over the step up in level, Wu’s injury and adapting to a new country, the panel are broadly positive about the move. We run through the footballing benefit for both the club and player, and hopes that Wu can prove a long-term success to give Chinese football’s reputation a welcome shot in the arm both at home and internationally.

We then take the time to look back over China’s Asian cup exit and the campaign as a whole – while few predicted anything but an Iran win, did China make things too easy? The campaign overall gets something of a par score from the panel, which is indicative of Lippi’s time as a whole. With a lack of younger alternatives coming through, will things get worse before they get better for the national side – and how would we like to see the CFA go about setting expectations, managing long-term development, and getting the right manager in place? There are deeper-rooted issues than the choice of a coach, and the pod finds it hard to be too optimistic about the next World Cup cycle.

Host Steve Crooks is joined by Chinese football experts Cameron Wilson in Shanghai and Brandon Chemers for this week’s episode.

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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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