39 minutes | Mar 15th 2019

International breaks longer than the season so far: The Chinese Football Podcast s3e11

  Two rounds in with the season picking up momentum - what better time could there be for an extended break to accommodate the China Cup in Nanning? With no squad announced yet and a lack of official confirmation on the rumours surrounding Fabio Cannavaro's rumored job-share between Guangzhou Evergrande and the national side, the panel do their best to cut through the swirling rumours - and the reaction to the alleged new boss is lukewarm at best.With only two games played, does the table already reflect the season to come - and which sides will be enjoying this chance to catch their breath more than others?We include a domestic fan's perspective on the national side with WEF contributor Zhao Xiao'ou making his pod debut - and have plenty of time for listener questions in a wide-ranging discussion taking on government interference, which CFA rules we'd like to export internationally, how well (or badly) nicknames translate between Chinese and English, and how this stop-start schedule might impact Chinese sides' ACL campaigns.There's time to let a couple of pod favourites rear their heads too - stadium renovations get a shout-out, as does the Manzano-for-China bandwagon and a return for a lesser-spotted chainsmoking playmaker.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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