In good news for Chinese football, China will have four clubs compete in next season’s AFC Champions League, Asia’s premier continental club competition. The four include champions Guangzhou Evergrande, Beijing Guoan, and debutants Jiangsu Sainty and Guizhou Renhe. Guangzhou did well in this season’s Champions League, reaching the quarters before falling to Saudi powerhouse Al-Ittihad.
Also, look out for this documentary on Chinese football that will come out mid-2013. Wild East Football has an interview with the director and a sneak peek. It looks like it will be heavily focused on Shanghai which raises mixed feelings, since that’s where several of the biggest names (Drogba, Anelka) play but it’s also not the biggest football-mad city in China. Hopefully there’ll be scenes done in Beijing and Guangzhou, home of the 2-time and current champions Evergrande.