Ross: Playing football in China isn’t as easy as some think

The opening of the transfer window has seen the Western media go into overdrive about players moving to the CSL, commonly describing this either as a ‘threat’ to the English Premier league or a ‘joke’. Most of this coverage is disrespectful and ill-informed, pushing the dominant narrative that players who move to Chinese clubs are […]

China Cup Preview: Development more important than results as Chile, Croatia and Iceland come to Guangxi

Tuesday sees the kick-off of the first ever China Cup when the Chinese national team hosts Iceland in Guangxi. Despite speculation to the contrary, the four team tournament, also featuring Croatia and Chile, is being used for developmental purposes as each team prepares to field significantly weakened sides. Here we take a look at what the competition actually is, what to expect from China’s opponents and many of the new face which have made Marcello Lippi’s squad.

League One 2016 Review – Part 4: Hunan & Jonoon down after awful seasons; Yiteng have 2016 to forget & Dalian Transcend relegation

Hunan Billows and Qingdao Jonoon’s League One stints bit the dust after terrible seasons and Zhejiang Yiteng survived, but had a difficult 2016 in their new home.

League One 2016 Review – Part 3: Shenzhen take a dose of Sven to recover from Seedorf hangover; Shenxin, Xinjiang and Meizhou also in focus

2017 is now upon us, but we all know that 2016 is a year we won’t quickly forget. Of course, by now we’re all tired of reading about sizable geopolitical shifts and a slew of beloved celebrities passing on, so it’s time to focus on what really matters and that’s the second tier of Chinese […]

League One 2016 Review – Part 2: Yifang and BG fall short but Wuhan and Hohhot finish strong

WEF continues its review of the 2016 League One season with a closer look at the sides who finished between fifth and eighth this year. While Dalian Yifang and Beijing BG will be disappointed to have finished among this batch of teams, rather than in the top four we previewed last week, Wuhan Zall and […]