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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Adiós Wu Lei? China’s greatest footballer on verge of leaving SIPG for Spain – Football Article

This is your WEF home for all things SIPG. This week, Jeff Beresford-Howe looks at the end of an era in Shanghai. It’s been a typical off-season in Chinese football: teams dissolved, ownership jailed, all manner of chicanery when it comes to player moves, and of course arbitrary and unexplained rule changes. But for the most stable club in the CSL, the champions SIPG, a thunderbolt struck on Sunday. Wu Lei, who’s been on the pitch for the Red Eagles…

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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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