The curious case of Dong Fangzhuo

It was a momentous occasion for Chinese football. Lóngzhī Duì had finally produced a player capable of joining one of the world’s leading teams. What’s more, he was only 18. His career was only beginning. In 2004 the English footballing community first encountered Dong Fangzhuo, a pacey striker plying his trade with Dalian Shide, thanks…

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What China’s money means for the future of Asian football

Chinese football has been grabbing the headlines recently, mainly due to the huge transfer fees that have been paid to entice players to head east. Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao have splashed the cash on Colombian striker Jackson Martínez while Jiangsu Suning have acquired Brazilians Ramires and Alex Teixeira for mouth-watering sums. These transfers have made headlines around…

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The story of Chinese football

ALTHOUGH THE EACT ORIGINS OF FOOTBALL ARE STILL unclear, the Chinese game of Cuju (or Tsu’ Chu) has been recognised by FIFA as the earliest form of the game, dating back to the 3rd century BC. A wildly popular game at the time, according to their own Ministry of Culture, the game’s historic fanaticism in…

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The coaching odyssey of Rudi Gutendorf

NOT MANY COACHES IN THE HISTORY OF FOOTBALL CAN PROVIDE FIRST-HAND ACCOUNTS OF GENOCIDE, tell stories of a close connection to a South American president, or put manager of eighteen different national football teams on their CV. One man, however, who can lay bare such remarkable feats, is the incredible Rudi Gutendorf. In a colourful…

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