Cheng: “Perfect” loss to Korea needs to lead to win over Iran

For over an hour on Thursday, it looked like China was headed for yet another embarrassing defeat, creating few chances and being dominated by Korea, but two late goals changed all the story lines. With a large contingent of Chinese fans in the stands and a ton of buildup going into the match, fans could […]

Cheng: National team’s extra time leads to extra pressure

While almost every league in the world played last weekend, the CFA decided it was best to start the CSL’s international break a week earlier. The end result is that while the team gets more time to practice, the bubble of pressure is built up even more. This is the first time China has gotten […]

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. […]

Cheng: Gao guided China into next round, time for CFA to trust in him

It wasn’t quite mission impossible for China last night, but it was pretty close. China needed to beat group leaders Qatar and have a number of other results go there way. Much like when they “fell ass backwards into the Asian Cup” things worked out for them on the night. Even before kick-off in Xi’an, […]

China scrape into final round of World Cup qualifying with 2-0 win over Qatar

China have edged in to the final round of Asian World Cup qualification thanks to a 2-0 win over Qatar. Second half goals from Huang Bowen and Wu Lei were enough to topple the Qataris and put China through as one of the best runners-up as results elsewhere went their way. Qatar arrived in Xi’an […]