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 […]

Ramires propels Jiangsu to verge of knockouts with Osaka win

Jiangsu maintained a perfect record in the ACL and look imperious at the top of Group H following a resilient but oftentimes precarious 1-0 win over Gamba Osaka. While the home side energized proceedings by nobly harrying for a second half equalizer, in truth, it was a wet and unconvincing game of football that will […]

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 […]

Another point for Guizhou & another match marred by controversy for Guoan

Despite Guizhou Zhicheng widely being tipped as a side going down, the team has earned its second Chinese Super League draw, taking a point from giants Beijing Guoan. For the Beijingers, it will leave them with a lot to think about as we go into the extended international break. This was Guizhou’s first true home […]