Xihu Insider: Chen Po-Liang to the rescue against Hohhot but can Hangzhou Greentown make it two from two against Xinjiang?

After Hong Myung-Bo’ substitutes turn the tide against opening weekend opponents Hohhot Zhongyou, this week Xihu Insider looks at what Matthew Spiranovic’s untimely injury means for Greentown and previews the arrival of round two’s opponents Xinjiang Tianshan Snow Leopards. Greentown secure an unconvincing three points The 61st minute introduction of Chen Po-Liang spurred Hangzhou Greentown […]

League One Review: Eight Talking Points from Round 1

League One completed its opening round this past weekend and we look at eight talking points from what was, as always, an eventful set of matches. How has the U23 rule effected League One? Are Shenzhen as good as they seem? Who is an excellent manager? Find out below. U23 Rule Not Such A Big […]

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 […]

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.