League One Team of the Season – 2016: Choosing the Best XI Players from Another Exciting Year

Yet another compelling and unpredictable League One season is over and it’s time to pick through the remnants in an attempt to make sense of it all. In the first in a series of post-season articles, we present our team of the the season. This team is based on League One foreign quota rules – […]

North Terrace News: A schizophrenic season in numbers – Shanghai Shenhua 2016 ratings

It was the worst of times, it was the best of times, and then it was the worst of times again. 4th place, preliminary AFC Champions League qualification and a decent cup run see the club hit their pre-season targets – but the truly electric mid-season burst of the team, and subsequent collapse to the […]

Yuexiushan: The cradle of Cantonese football, part two

Guangzhou’s Yuexiushan Stadium has a long and storied history. As the birthplace of Cantonese football, and a venue for large-scale public events outside of sport, it has existed through some of the most tumultuous periods in Chinese history. The second of two articles, this piece looks at Yuexiushan’s more recent history, and that of the teams and […]

Is the CSL preventing the national team’s progress?

China isn’t known for lacking goals off the field, but it’s becoming an increasing issue on it. Following the conclusion of another Chinese Super League (CSL) season, WEF focuses on an area the men’s national team appear to be short of and whether the type of players brought in from abroad have anything to do with it. […]

Failure is necessary for greater grassroots focus

The men’s national side’s struggles should see China prioritise its grassroots programme and learn from Iceland’s success. Just prepare for a proportionately longer journey. China’s disappointing attempt to qualify for the 2018 World Cup led to the departure of manager Gao Hongbo (pictured right). During his post-match press conference, the former Shanghai SIPG boss put his […]