Wilson: World Cup expansion doesn’t help China – or anyone else

I genuinely hate to appear to stand on the side of the European football establishment (I’ll explain that one further down, there’s a twist!), but a World Cup expanded to 48 teams is overkill and risks devaluing the tournament, making it less desirable to qualify for in the first place.

From dreams to reality: 2016 reform plan dials back expectations amid record spend

It can only be said that 2016 looks to be a banner year for Chinese football. The January transfer window saw the arrival of a cadre of marquee players from the European leagues, including Guangzhou Evergrande’s acquisition of Jackson Martinez from Atletico Madrid and Hebei China Fortune’s purchase of Paris Saint Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi. […]

Pitch Farce Fury as thousands of Fans Miss Biggest Hong Kong Game in History

Wild East Football’s JRP Borthwick assesses the mood before Hong Kong’s most important international game in history – a massive clash against PR China… On Tuesday 17 November Hong Kong will face China in a vital 2018 World Cup qualifying fixture at the city’s Mong Kok Stadium. What is being described in football circles as […]

Hong Kong Round-Up: Hong Kong Stumble Past Bhutan while China World Cup Match Set for tiny Mong Kok Stadium

Hong Kong correspondent Christopher KL Lau brings his regular round-up of all the very latest news, developments and other footballing points of interest from the SAR. Hong Kong Edge Past Bhutan with Goal at the Death Playing an international away game is always a challenge but that is always dependent on the opposition and the […]

Hapless Taiwan squeeze past hopeless Brunei in World Cup preliminary

It may be more than three years until the first ball will be kicked in earnest on Russian soil, but the qualification campaign for the FIFA World Cup 2018 is already underway in the Asian Confederation as the first Preliminary rounds got under way last week. For Taiwan (Chinese Taipei for the purposes of such […]