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Rivalries resume with the countdown to 2019 Chinese Super League season: The Chinese Football Podcast s3e9

The best of the rest, the worst of the rest, and everything in between – it’s a bumper preview this week as the pod runs the rule over the challenging pack, mid-table mediocrities and relegation dog-fighters ahead of the 2019 season kick-off.

Are Jiangsu Suning or Hebei best set to challenge last season’s breakaway top four? What do the pod make of the many ins and outs at Dalian – and could Marek Hamsik be the biggest star of them all this year? And who should be looking over their shoulders with the return of Wuhan and Shenzhen to the CSL?

There’s time to go in-depth on the off-field drama surrounding Tianjin Tianhai, WEF’s Donald Ross calls in to talk Guangzhou R&F and their disregard for defending, and we cast a quick backwards glance at the Super Cup too. We wrap up with a discussion of a belting first weekend of fixtures – Shenhua and Odion Ighalo look to avenge recent derby dismay against a Wu-Lei-less rival, and rivalry grows on the pod with Wuhan and Guo’an facing off once again.

Host Steve Crooks is joined by a full house with Chinese football experts Jamie McIlroy celebrating the top-flight return of Wuhan along with Cameron Wilson in Shanghai and Brandon Chemers in Beijing 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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