CFA independence, transfer and salary caps – are they possible?

Every transfer window, the Chinese Super League becomes the object of attention from football-watchers all over the world, primed for news of another record-breaking transfer or a big pay day for a star snatched up from the European leagues. In recent weeks, consternation has a People’s Daily interview with an official from the General Administration […]

Chinese FA over-ruled by goverment as foreign player limit abruptly cut to three

In a shocking and abrupt development, Chinese Super League (CSL) clubs will now only be able to field three foreign players after a new rule was imposed on the Chinese Football Association “from above” according to local media reports.

Worker’s Stadium Revue: It could have been worse – Beijing Guoan 2016 ratings

After the discombobulated start to the 2016 season and fears about how bad it would get, Beijing Guoan ended up finishing fifth and only five points away from a spot in Asia. All things considered, it wasn’t THAT bad, but the level of mediocrity seen on the pitch made it difficult for fans to accept and yet another year with no trophies and no continental football makes it a long winter in the capital.

Ramires, Choi Yong-soo and disappearing Jo – Jiangsu Suning look forward to 2017 after upbeat 2016

The 2016 season arrived with a new name, a quintet of shiny foreign players, and a topped-up bundle of expectations. The club is certainly far cry from the relegation tickling that went on 2013-2015 and though only the cheekiest of fans could have demanded immediate success, the pre-season game of transfer record smashing did its […]

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.