WEF Exclusive: Ex-Chengdu Blades coach Don O’Riordan talks Beckham and grassroots

There are few better placed in China to evaluate the football scene than Don O’Riordan. Following a long career in English football, the 55-year-old from Dublin started coaching in the UK then after returning home he managed two clubs and moved onto Sheffield United where he worked with Neil Warnock. United’s ties to China with […]

WEF Exclusive Interview: Rostyn Griffiths

Anticipation for the 2013 China Super League season is high once again and a side in the shadow of the dominant Guangzhou Evergrande may be ready to make the big step into the Asia Champions League picture. Guangzhou R&F, finished the 2012 CSL seventh following promotion in 2011 and hopes are high for 2013 following […]

Exclusive interview with Chinese football documentary maker

The outside world is taking more and more of an interest in Chinese football and its many curious mysteries. is featured regularly in international media trying to make sense of it all and give some answers. But now the fertile jungle which is the game in China has caught the attention of a Dutch film-maker  […]

WEF Exclusive Interview: Leandro Netto

Following their China League One win in 2006, Henan Jianye or Construction settled well in the Chinese Super League and achieved a fantastic third place in 2009 and a respectable eighth in 2010. However, 2012 saw the clubs relegation from the top flight and hope now turns to their impressive squad to immediately bounce back. […]

Tom Byer takes on China as Grassroots Ambassador

This week the Chinese Football Association annouced the appointment of Tom Byer as Head Teachnical Advisor for the Chinese School Football program and Official Grassroots Ambassador for the project. Known as Tomsan in Japan, Byer and his company T3 will extend his mission of developing grassroots football in Asia to China and continue his legacy of […]