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Debating China’s Naturalized Player Big Brother Scheme: The Chinese Football Podcast s3e14

There’s plenty of off-the-pitch goings-on for the pod to debate this week – whether it’s enjoying Wuhan’s Rafael da Silva’s school-style apology letter or arguing the merits of checking how patriotic newly-naturalized players are, there’s plenty of stranger-than-fiction tales for our April Fool’s recording.

There are some tight wins for the teams at the top to reflect on, and we take a moment to salute Gio Moreno as the #10 becomes Shanghai Shenhua’s all-time top scorer – a made-in-Colombia special winner aside, what’s the fallout from a dreadful game in Henan?

Staying with on-field action we review an encouraging debut from Nico Yennaris and a less promising start for Alex N’Dombou, and look forward to some tasty fixtures coming up – including a fan’s-eye preview of the Guangzhou derby from local-based fan Matt Parker. There’s time as always for a phenomenon of the week nomination and some listener questions delving into the mysteries of China League One.

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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