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International breaks longer than the season so far: The Chinese Football Podcast s3e11

Two rounds in with the season picking up momentum – what better time could there be for an extended break to accommodate the China Cup in Nanning? With no squad announced yet and a lack of official confirmation on the rumours surrounding Fabio Cannavaro’s rumored job-share between Guangzhou Evergrande and the national side, the panel do their best to cut through the swirling rumours – and the reaction to the alleged new boss is lukewarm at best.

With only two games played, does the table already reflect the season to come – and which sides will be enjoying this chance to catch their breath more than others?

We include a domestic fan’s perspective on the national side with WEF contributor Zhao Xiao’ou making his pod debut – and have plenty of time for listener questions in a wide-ranging discussion taking on government interference, which CFA rules we’d like to export internationally, how well (or badly) nicknames translate between Chinese and English, and how this stop-start schedule might impact Chinese sides’ ACL campaigns.

There’s time to let a couple of pod favourites rear their heads too – stadium renovations get a shout-out, as does the Manzano-for-China bandwagon and a return for a lesser-spotted chainsmoking playmaker.

Host Steve Crooks is joined by Chinese football experts 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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