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Looking forward to Arnautovic, and back on Women’s World Cup: The Chinese Football Podcast s3e26

The transfer season is in full swing – the pod gets stuck into how Marko Arnautovic will fit into the red quarter of Shanghai, and what to make of El Shaarawy and Kim Shinwook joining Shenhua.

There are some other ins and outs at the bottom end of the table, including the return of a familiar face to attempt to lead Beijing Renhe out of trouble.

Yaya Toure’s move to China League One is met with some bafflement and skepticism from the pundits, who go on to share their insights of the kind of import Chinese clubs should target for success – along with some pertinent listener questions on the Rafalution in Dalian and a curious historical imbalance between Korean and Japanese imports.

With the Women’s World Cup wrapping up in France, Chris Atkins joins us to share some insights from inside the game – how disappointing was China’s goal-shy performance, what factors were behind the negative approach, what does the future hold and how can interested listeners follow the game in China?

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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