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 […]

Straight Outta Canton: “King of Tianti” Dario Conca returns an Evergrande rival

Football fans can be notoriously complex to understand. Fiercely loyal one minute, fickle the next. There is not always underlying logic to their likes and dislikes, while often support can be divided. And so, this weekend’s top of the table Chinese Super League clash between Guangzhou Evergrande and current leaders Shanghai SIPG is particularly intriguing. […]

Guangzhou Evergrande 2013 Squad – Ranking the Players

After the second leg of the CFA final last Saturday, which saw Guizhou Renhe deny Guangzhou Evergrande the treble, four Evergrande supporters and sometime contributers to (Damian, Piers, Fee, and GZBiffo) gathered to discuss which players had been most vital to their team’s incredible dominance of 2013. Each fan (and another who couldn’t attend) had […]

Fu Bo names China squad for Indonesia qualifier

China interim coach Fu Bo has named his squad for the country’s Asian Cup qualifier with Indonesia on October 15, with several former regulars handed recalls to the international scene. Among those to be handed recalls are the Guangzhou Evergrande duo of Sun Xiang and Gao Lin, who were rested for recent friendly wins over […]

Dutch courage not enough for Sun Xiang

Despite being the first Chinese player to appear the UEFA Champions League, one half of China’s most famous footballing double act looks set to return to Shanghai Shenhua. Sun Xiang, twin brother of Shenhua team-mate Sun Ji, joined leading Dutch club PSV Eindhoven on a six-month loan in January — but the Eredivisie side cannot […]