China League One: Ferrara Out at Wuhan, Hebei Derby and Experience Counts at Yifang – 8 Talking Points from Round 2

With the CSL off for the international break last weekend, the action continued with another eventful round of League One action. Here, is a slightly belated review of a weekend that saw China’s first managerial casualty of the season, a Hebei derby, experience paying off at Yifang and some struggles for China’s newest international prospect. […]

China vs South Korea World Cup Qualifying Preview – Q&A Special

China’s World Cup qualifying campaign resumes this Thursday when South Korea take on Marcelo Lippi’s men in Changsha and WEF has collaborated with Korean football website www.taegukwarriors.com to bring you a special preview of the match. We’re teaming up with Tim Lee, who has kindly answered six questions on the Koreans, with our very own Jamie Mcilroy returning the […]

Urawa – Shenhua alliance shows football has no borders

Japanese club Urawa Reds face Shanghai SIPG today in an Asian Champions League tie that brings together two groups of fans who have a remarkable attitude to Sino-Japanese relations. Hostility and bitterness towards Japan remains common in China many decades after the horrors of Japanese occupation in the second world war, with nationalistic sentiments against […]

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 […]

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 […]