Atkins: Humiliating night for China despite qualification

It is now confirmed. China will attend the 2014 AFC Asian Cup in Australia next January, but will in effect do so as “lucky losers” having claimed the place offered to the best performing third-placed side in qualification. They earned that right ahead of Lebanon by virtue of one solitary goal, with Thailand’s Adisak Kraisorn […]

Samba in Shandong – an awkward dance beckons?

During transfer windows headlines are usually made by marquee signings. In the Chinese Super League that usually means a big name coming over from Europe. This is not always just players though, it can also include managers. Famous names like Marcello Lippi, who this past year won the AFC Champions League with Guangzhou Evergrande, and […]

Shanghai Shenhua 2013 in review: Zhu Jun wanted Shenhua relegated

With 2013 coming to a close, its time for the annual round-up of how Shanghai Shenhua performed. Correspondent Cameron Wilson gets out the enigma machine to try to make sense of the CSL’s soap opera club and comes to a rather disturbing conclusion… After a traumatic and truly bizarre 2012, Shanghai Shenhua started this season […]

Guangzhou Evergrande 2013 Squad – Ranking the Players

After the second leg of the CFA final last Saturday, which saw Guizhou Renhe deny Guangzhou Evergrande the treble, four Evergrande supporters and sometime contributers to (Damian, Piers, Fee, and GZBiffo) gathered to discuss which players had been most vital to their team’s incredible dominance of 2013. Each fan (and another who couldn’t attend) had […]

The Mads Davidsen Column: Analyzing CSL 2013’s winners and losers

The Chinese Super League 2013 is now over after an interesting season with Guangzhou Evergrande, as expected, the champions, while Shanghai East Asia were the surprise package of the year as the promoted team lifted the CSL’s quality of football. The usual suspects Head coach Marcello Lippi and Evergrande were outstanding this season with a […]