League One mid(ish)-season review – part 3: A satisfied Meizhou joined by disappointing Zhejiang, Wuhan and Hohhot in the bottom half of the table

WEF’s League One mid-season (now 2/3rds season) review returns for a third installment to look at how the clubs placed between 9th and 12th in the table are getting on. Obviously, it’s self-evident from their positions that none of Zhejiang Yiteng, Meizhou Hakka, Wuhan Zall or Hohhot Zhongyou are doing that well, but some sides […]

League One mid(ish)-season review – part 2: Beijing teams struggle but signs of revival in Shenzhen

After looking at the top 4 in our last League One mid-season review, we now take a look at the fortunes of the teams placed between 5th and 8th over the first 18 rounds of the season. This includes two capital city clubs who are falling short of expectations, a Shenzhen side on the road […]

League One mid(ish)-season review – Part 1: A fairytale brewing in Guizhou and only half of the “Big 4” show up

After a long hiatus, WEF’s regular League One round-up returns to bring you all the goings-on in China’s second tier. As fans of this column will know, there’s a lot to catch up on, but both of you can relax as we’re going to bring you mid-season reviews (3/5th-season reviews doesn’t have the same ring […]

Hulk joins SIPG – An incredible boost for the CSL or an incredible waste of money?

Brazil international Hulk is set to join Shanghai SIPG in the coming days in a deal valued at €55 million from Zenit St. Petersburg. The versatile forward, 29, scored 56 goals in 97 Russian Premier League games for his former side following a similarly successful spell with FC Porto and has also represented his country […]

“The CSL Standard is Much Higher” – Interview with Jack Sealy of Changchun Yatai and Hong Kong

The Chinese Super League and the Hong Kong Premier League have co-existed side by side for several years now as two separate entities. Both leagues have revamped their image and both have the collective goal of raising the standard of play of their respective national teams. Despite the close proximity of the two leagues, very […]