Jia A old timer’s match shows that old habits die hard

Chinese football once again allowed itself to be the punchline to a joke today when Sichuan players walked off the pitch to protest a referee’s call during a Jia A old timer’s match against Guangzhou. This year a Jia A old timer’s league was set up to play matches over a few weeks at the […]

CSL announces the squad for All-Star Game

By now, we’ve all come to realize that football’s a little different in China and, as if you need yet another example, the league holds an All-Star Game following the end of the season, typically featuring the league champions (Guangzhou Evergrande) against a team of the league’s top players. This year it’s hard to expect […]

Call it the “Cleo Rule”: CFA announces new rules on foreign players

Guangzhou Evergrande’s proposal to add  two foreign player roster spots came before a full CFA committee today and passed receiving the necessary 2/3rds majority. Of the 64 possible votes, there were 61 representatives and the proposal received 43 “yes” votes, 16 “no” votes, and two abstentions. The rule will go into effect immediately, allowing teams […]

Nanchang Hengyuan Moving Back to Shanghai?

For those who are used to European football, the announcement that Shaanxi Renhe was leaving Xian for Guizhou came as a massive shock, well, hold on tight folks, we could be looking at more madness. In a winter of big transfers, it seems the biggest move may actually be clubs that are literally moving cities. […]

The (Seemingly) Neverending Saga of Yang Zhi

Today was the last day to submit final rosters to the AFC for this year’s Asian Champions League squads and in a surprise, Beijing Guoan’s squad didn’t include Yang Zhi.  Yang, ‘s Chinese Player of the Year, played in every one of Guoan’s matches last season, in fact the number of matches he hasn’t played […]