Cheng: Don’t fight crazy with crazy, rethink these new rules

When my three-year-old is bad sometimes I have to go to the radical step of taking away all his toys. That seems to be the thinking of the General Administration of Sports and the CFA with their new rules released over the weekend. The rules, eliminating the 4+1 rule and only allowing three foreign players […]

Pub Talk: The names change but the Chinese football game remains the same + Shanghai Derby dominates

Like salmon returning from the Atlantic, leaping up whitewater rapids to spawn in a Scottish loch, your wondering pundits are back in the Pub after a long hiatus. The beer is still flowing, but an awful lot has changed since last time. Or has it? Your original Chinese football commentators find themselves in something of […]

Ross: “Eight pointer” on Sunday between Shanghai East Asia and Guangzhou R&F

“The six pointer” is a well-worn football cliché but when Shanghai East Asia and Guangzhou R&F go head-to-head on Sunday night the CSL’s tie-breaker rules effectively make it an “eight point game.” Expect a gripping contest as both sides try to put themselves in prime position to claim the last Asian Champions League spot. Neither […]

Qingdao & Melkam involved in match fixing/unpaid wages row

After having spent eight seasons playing in China, it appears that Gabriel Melkam’s time here has come to an unhappy end, as the Nigerian is involved in a spat with his former club, Qingdao Jonoon. Melkam released a public statement (view the entire statement here) the other day stating that he went down to Guangzhou, […]

China’s most successful club on the brink of death? An in-depth background

Dalian Shide FC, China’s most decorated club with eight championships to its name, is clinging on for dear life despite emotional scenes at the end of last season as players and fans believed the club had played its last ever game. Just days later, local sports media reported that city rivals Dalian Aerbin had purchased […]