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Late drama in the league, crunch time in the ACL, and the heavy expectations on foreign players: The Chinese Football Podcast s3 e20

This week’s pod opens with a review of Beijing Guoan’s ninth straight win, and more goals for Cedric Bakambu – begging the question of why some fans are still dissatisfied with the striker. With Marek Hamsik coming in for criticism early into his time with Dalian too, the panel reflect on the need for patience with big-name signings despite the great expectations.

There’s also some late drama in Shanghai and Guangzhou, the question of why statistics and analytics aren’t widely available, and more shenanigans circumventing the U23 rule.

We wrap up with a review of the state of play in the ACF Champions League with the final round of the group stage looming – are Shandong better suited to continental football, and how do we fancy the chances of Guoan, Evergrande, and SIPG joining them in the knockout phase?

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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