46 minutes | Apr 2nd 2019

Debating China's Naturalized Player Big Brother Scheme: The Chinese Football Podcast s3e14

There's plenty of off-the-pitch goings-on for the pod to debate this week - whether it's enjoying Wuhan's Rafael da Silva's school-style apology letter or arguing the merits of checking how patriotic newly-naturalized players are, there's plenty of stranger-than-fiction tales for our April Fool's recording.There are some tight wins for the teams at the top to reflect on, and we take a moment to salute Gio Moreno as the #10 becomes Shanghai Shenhua's all-time top scorer - a made-in-Colombia special winner aside, what's the fallout from a dreadful game in Henan?Staying with on-field action we review an encouraging debut from Nico Yennaris and a less promising start for Alex N'Dombou, and look forward to some tasty fixtures coming up - including a fan's-eye preview of the Guangzhou derby from local-based fan Matt Parker. There's time as always for a phenomenon of the week nomination and some listener questions delving into the mysteries of China League One.Host Steve Crooks is joined by Chinese football experts Cameron Wilson in Shanghai and Brandon Chemers in Beijing for this week's episode.
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