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So much for that title race: The Chinese Football Podcast s3e29

The pod is back from a brief mid-season break and jumps straight into business by asking whether Guangzhou Evergrande have the title sewn up already after some prolonged patchy form from their nearest challengers. There’s some grudging praise for Fabio Cannavaro and a lot of credit given to the players and performances on the pitch – Evergrande being Evergrande, there are plenty of rumours and allegations swirling in the background, though.

There’s some spirited debate on Beijing Guoan’s sacking of Roger Schmidt – it’s a decision met with derision and confusion from outside the capital, but is there a case to be made for the warning signs having been there for some time – and can it be the right decision to part with a coach even if you follow it up with the wrong decision on his replacement?

Moving on from the rhetorical and hypothetical, we look forward to the CFA cup once again prolonging interest in the domestic season with some tasty semi-final ties coming up – and we take some listener questions and suggestions on board for both this week’s return episode and some upcoming deep-dives to keep us all sane through the international breaks.

Host Steve Crooks is joined by the regular panel of Chinese football experts Cameron Wilson in Shanghai and Brandon Chemers in Beijing.

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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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