Stephen Constantine: From Malawi to Millwall, next stop China?

Stephen Constantine is not a household name in the world of football coaching in the same way as the CSL’s Marcello Lippi or Sven Goran-Erikson is, but he boosts a remarkable CV considerably more diverse than either. In a coaching career that has taken him across four continents to date, he’s been at the helm […]

Lucian Goian on Beijing Baxy’s improvement, Tianjin Teda and playing against his team mates

Beijing Baxy’s story is an unusual one indeed. Sponsored by an Ice Cream maker, the capital side were relegated from the China League One last year, but this year find themselves fighting for promotion to the CSL after being saved by the drop due to the unfortunate disbanding of Dalian Shide. Romanian centre back Lucian […]

Wu Lei: I want to be in Europe, the sooner the better

A few weeks ago I sat down with Wu Lei at the national team’s hotel in Beijing. The young striker didn’t dominate the room when he entered, in fact few in the lobby paid attention to him, nor did he come across as a football star, instead he was your average 21 year old, shy […]

Mick Marrone on his injury, Kieza, Kewell and Shenxin not being relegated

The 2013 season could not have started more positively for the Shanghai Shenxin, with them avoiding relegation from the Chinese Super League thanks to the disbanding of Dalian Shide, while some quality signings brought optimism following the threat of life in China League One. Amid an influx of many Australian players arriving in the Chinese Super League […]

Ian Walker: Wang Dalei can play in the Premiership one day

One of the success stories of the Chinese Super League season this year so far has been the stunning performances of Shanghai Shenhua keeper Wang Dalei, which have seem him elevated to the national team. Despite having made his debut over six years ago for Shenhua and seemingly having been on the CSL scene for […]