The 2019 CSL season is finally off the mark, with all of last season’s title contenders avoiding some potential banana-skin openers – we look back on easy wins for last year’s top two and some tight victories for Shandong and Guoan. We discuss the demise of the Shanghai derby as a competitive fixture and a promising start for some key new signings ahead of the first round of Champions League fixtures.
There’s time for a pod discussion on the media hype surrounding Wu Lei’s first goal in Spain – is the media and fan obsession unhealthy and patronizing, or an understandable source of pride? As ever, the answer isn’t black and white for the panel.
There’s a great undercover fanzine name which comes up in the Phenomenon of the Week discussion before we switch gears to explain and lament the CFA’s latest rule-switching confusion around newly-naturalized players and wrap up by looking forward to another tasty weekend of fixtures and the start of the continental campaign.
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