The Chinese Football Podcast

China’s naturalization experiment and the battle of the giants: The Chinese Football Podcast s3e7 – Football Article

The pod rings in the new lunar year with a return to matters club football. We double down on the big news stories which have been developing during our recent focus on the Asian Cup – the first wave of naturalized players coming to the CSL, and the headline transfers of recent weeks. We start with a quick summary of the overseas players being naturalized and joining Beijing Guoan and Guangzhou Evergrande – how high are expectations for these players,…

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Wu Lei to Espanyol and where next for China’s national team: The Chinese Football Podcast s3e6 – Football Article

There’s only one story to start with this week, with the pod running the rule over Wu Lei’s move to La Liga – despite concerns over the step up in level, Wu’s injury and adapting to a new country, the panel are broadly positive about the move. We run through the footballing benefit for both the club and player, and hopes that Wu can prove a long-term success to give Chinese football’s reputation a welcome shot in the arm both…

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Thailand Awaits After Korean Reality Check for China: The Chinese Football Podcast s3e4 – Football Article

We’re looking back on a grounding experience for Marcelo Lippi’s somewhat-experimental China side against a full-strength South Korea finally hitting their stride – was this an opportunity missed by China, or a relatively low-risk chance to try out some changes in a game they could afford to lose? Just like Lippi, the pod rotates the starting line-up this week with host Steve Crooks joined by Brandon Chemers in Beijing, and Jamie McIlroy in Wuhan to share some perspective and avoid…

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