• China Earn World Cup Lifeline With Historic 1-0 Win Over South Korea

    The Chinese national football team earned a historic win on Thursday evening when they defeated South Korea 1-0 at the Helong Stadium in Changsha. The game’s solitary goal came in the first half when Yu Dabao headed home a cleverly planned corner to give China their first ever competitive win over South Korea. The result […]

  • Ninety minutes from glory: China’s 1982 World Cup qualifying campaign

    China entered the qualifying rounds for Spain’82 as something of an unknown quantity having not participated in the competition since 1958. They ended it having fallen just one win short of qualification. After withdrawing from both FIFA and the IOC in the late 1950s over the ‘Taiwan question’, China were deprived of officially sanctioned competitive […]

  • China Korea, CSL Expansion and do long international breaks work? – The Chinese Football Podcast

    China – Korea tensions in World Cup qualification, possible CSL expansion and the effectiveness, or otherwise, of extended international breaks are on the agenda this week. With host Christopher Atkins, plus resident panelists Cameron Wilson and Brandon Chemers Stream the cast using the player below, subscribe on itunes, listen on stitcher, download or check out other subscription options. Each week we […]

  • China vs South Korea World Cup Qualifying Preview – Q&A Special

    China’s World Cup qualifying campaign resumes this Thursday when South Korea take on Marcelo Lippi’s men in Changsha and WEF has collaborated with Korean football website www.taegukwarriors.com to bring you a special preview of the match. We’re teaming up with Tim Lee, who has kindly answered six questions on the Koreans, with our very own Jamie Mcilroy returning the […]

  • CSL Referees need greater protection regardless of their decision-making

    It’s not easy being a referee in any league at any level, but in the Chinese Super League (CSL) it appears to be on that fine line between brave and stupid. That’s largely due to the players’ behaviour and lack of support from the Chinese Football Association (CFA). Referees in the CSL are so heavily […]

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Xihu Insider: Doomed to obscurity or leading the way? Could Song Weiping’s faith in youth spell disaster for relegated Hangzhou Greentown?

Despite the arrival and subsequent departure of the biggest player in the club’s history, a ten game winless streak and a temporary exile to Jinhua, for around twelve glorious minutes of CSL 2016’s final round, it seemed like Hangzhou Greentown might just pull off one more great escape. However, as half time approached, events in […]

North Terrace News: Shenhua’s latin swagger welcomes the CSL’s latest nouveau riche

Shanghai Shenhua blew the doors off the opening weekend of the 2017 Chinese Super League season with a barnstorming blowout win over near-neighbors Jiangsu Suning. After sending one of the CSL’s most fancied sides slinking home with tails between legs, can Shenhua see off the league’s latest big-money new entry? Yangtze Delta top dogs You’ve […]

Guangzhou Evergrande owner Xu Jiayin: We have found no Messis in China

Guangzhou Evergrande owner Xu Jiayin has urged continued investment in youth development, insisting that despite his efforts in establishing the world’s biggest football school he is yet to see any ‘Lionel Messis’ coming through. Xu, one of the biggest players in Chinese football over the past decade, was speaking as a delegate at the ongoing […]

Drop in quality but a lot to discuss: How did the CSL cope with the CFA’s new rules?

The CSL kicked off this weekend and, as well as dealing with the weight of expectation, every club had to cope with the controversial new rules introduced by the CFA in January. The number of foreign players allowed to be involved in each game was reduced from four+substitute to three, and each side had to […]

Paulinho stars as Evergrande win feisty clash with Beijing Guoan

Brazil midfielder Paulinho struck twice to help Guangzhou Evergrande to victory in their CSL opener with rivals Beijing Guoan in a match which will be remembered for its ill-tempered nature and woeful refereeing. CHINESE SUPER LEAGUE 2017 Guangzhou Evergrande 2 Paulinho 19′, 87′ Beijing Guoan 1 Yilmaz 38′ (pen) Over the course of 90 minutes, referee […]

Elkeson hits hat-trick as Shanghai SIPG thrash Changchun Yatai

Brazilian star Elkeson was the hero for Shanghai SIPG on Saturday evening, hitting a hat-trick as Shanghai SIPG began their 2017 Chinese Super League campaign with a 5-1 victory over Changchun Yatai. CHINESE SUPER LEAGUE Shanghai SIPG 1 Elkeson 43,51,59 Wu Lei (pen) 90 Changchun Yatai 1 Fan Xiaodong 26 It was Changchun Yatai who […]