Comparing the CSL and the Premiership: Could China’s new u23 rule work in England?

Sudden new rules introduced just before the season kicked off now require CSL clubs to have at least one u23 player in the starting 11 and one on the bench. So how did this actually work out on the pitch last weekend, and what might happen if such a rule was applied to the EPL? […]

From the Qing dynasty, to collapsing roofs and the CSL: a history of Guangzhou R&F’s temporary home

Military parade ground, site of the first Provincial Games in China, political rallying point, Japanese military depot, home of the Guangdong-Hong Kong Cup, host of the Women’s World Cup, and finally a CSL venue. The Guangdong Provincial People’s Stadium has certainly witnessed a lot since it hosted the first Provincial Games in the dying days […]

The Chinese Football Podcast: Ominous Evergrande, Shenhua shock and u-23 loopholes

This week your hosts discuss the CSL’s intriguing start – Evergrande edge Beijing in the big match of the opening weekend, and Shanghai Shenhua shock much-fancied Jiangsu. The u-23 rules are on the agenda – as is certain clubs’ efforts to circumvent them. What can be done about this? Host Christopher Atkins with resident commentators Brandon Chemers and Cameron […]

Worker’s Stadium Revue: What we learned from loss at Evergrande

Last night’s clash at Tianhe was a classic Guoan-Evergrande match, excellent football, lots of passion, and plenty of excitement, unfortunately a late Paulinho goal was the difference (go here for the match report).  Opening away at the six time champions is never an easy task and supporters surely won’t rue this defeat very long, but […]

Atkins: Evergrande-Guoan remains the CSL’s prize attraction

As a neutral supporter of the Chinese Super League, it is always the first game I scan the fixture list for—Guangzhou Evergrande against Beijing Guoan. Whatever the season in recent years, it is this game which has continually stood out. On this very website, clashes between the pair were named “match of the year” on […]