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Why Real Madrid need to cash in on Luka Modric this summer
09:00 Thursday 2nd May 2019

That Luka Modric played some of the best football of his career last year is not in doubt. He starred in a Croatian team that took the world by surprise in reaching the World Cup final in Russia. He played a key role in Real Madrid’s…

Premier League
West Ham United are right to demand more for Marko Arnautovic
17:00 Friday 11th January 2019

When West Ham United paid £24million to sign Mark Arnautovic from Stoke in 2017, more than one eyebrow was raised, accompanied by a snigger. Paying an exorbitant fee for the Austrian attacker was not only a sign of how ridiculous modern…

Chinese Super League
Wu Lei breaking more records in China
12:00 Saturday 27th October 2018

On hearing the Chinese Super League, most football fans would think foreign imports. Players who travelled from either Europe or South America to earn big money. However, one thing the CSL continues to produce is homegrown talent. A prime example…

Chinese Super League
Breaking Down the Great Wall of Chinese Football
10:00 Tuesday 17th July 2018

The Chinese Super League is the Orient’s answer to high-spending sports. Teams have invested heavily. It's past time for spectators to see a return. Until this season, Guangzhou Evergrande were the only team to bask in…

Chinese Super League
Wu Lei fast reaching Chinese Super League legend status at Shanghai SIPG
09:00 Monday 4th June 2018

The Chinese Super League is becoming well known around the globe. Although its popularity is gained mainly due to imported talent, China's top division aims to improve homegrown players. A prime example is Shanghai SIPG's Wu Lei. …

Adios, Andres Iniesta: Maestro to leave Barcelona
18:00 Saturday 28th April 2018

A badly kept secret was confirmed on Friday when Andres Iniesta announced this will be his final season at Barcelona. The midfielder didn't divulge his next destination, but he is expected to join a Chinese club.      …

Chinese Super League
Shanghai SIPG produce strong start to season in China
19:00 Friday 13th April 2018

The Chinese Super League is a fast-growing competition, now generating more worldwide attention than ever before. The current season is still in its infancy, yet one side looks set to dominate. What makes Shanghai SIPG better than the rest?…

Cedric Bakambu becomes latest star to arrive in China
21:00 Friday 2nd March 2018

In modern football we see superstars from Europe lured into the rising cult in China. The Chinese Super League has grown financially at a fast growth rate which has enticed superstars from around the globe. The latest addition to the list is…

Chinese Super League
What went wrong for Carlos Tevez in China?
17:00 Tuesday 19th December 2017

Underwhelming, disastrous and appalling. No words better recapitulate Carlos Tevez's maiden season in China. Expected to move mountains, provide dynamism and spark in attack, Shenhua Shanghai lightened its wallet for the Argentine. But…

EAFF E-1 Matchday 2 Review
03:00 Saturday 16th December 2017

North Korea vs. South Korea The early kick-off was the surreal encounter between North and South Korea. The seventh meeting in as many years was guaranteed to produce a proud game, with both nations determined to take bragging rights. South…

What exactly is the East Asian Championship?
02:30 Saturday 9th December 2017

The cultural, sometimes political hotbed of East Asia is a fascinating place. I should know; I live here now. As I found out, Asia is pretty darn big. The AFC has a difficult job governing the area’s football, especially considering that…

What we learned from Chelsea's 3-0 pummeling of Arsenal
17:34 Sunday 23rd July 2017

There was a London derby between two of the Premier League's biggest clubs; only this time, the derby didn't take place in London; but far away from the Queen's country. At the Bird's nest stadium in China, Chelsea swallowed Arsenal whole in…

Premier League
Football's opium war: how Chinese money has unnerved the British football public
17:45 Thursday 9th February 2017

And so, it's over. Jim White can pop into his local Orange branch and get his minutes pared back to peacetime level, Saido Berahino can rediscover what it's like to be a real-life sportsman again, and the rest of us can look back and assess.…

Premier League
The absurd case of Costa, cards and China
13:18 Thursday 19th January 2017

Diego Costa has reportedly refused to play for Chelsea amid a hefty offer from China. His absurd case indicates how Premier League clubs may be affected in the future.

Yaya Toure rejects an increased offer from CSL club Jiangsu Suning
12:40 Wednesday 18th January 2017

It's reported that Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure was subject to a £430,000 a week contract offer from Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning last summer. He rejected the offer back then but the BBC are now reporting that an improved…