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Top Chinese Super League transfers: Oscar, Hulk, Teixeira; Rooney next?

The FC crew discuss the latest big-money offers coming out of China and react to Uli Hoeness' comments on CSL spending.
Alison Bender and Gab Marcotti discuss whether moving to the Chinese Super League would be the right move for Diego Costa.
FC's Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts delve into Oscar's comments saying the CSL will one day be as great as the Premier League.

The most eventful transfer window in the history of the Chinese Super League (CSL) closes at midnight CST on Tuesday, ahead of the new season's start this weekend, bringing to an end two months of big-name signings, mega-money deals and the wildest of speculation.

But while the majority of headlines were generated by the signing of Oscar and Carlos Tevez, as well as speculation over Wayne Rooney's possible move, China's football authorities confused an already muddled picture by drawing up new regulations...

Philippe Aw starts Hougang United coaching stint with win vs. Geylang

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ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and Fazrul Nawaz breakdown the next iteration of the S. League and who may challenge Albirex Niigata.
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A new-look Hougang United opened their 2017 S.League campaign with a win over Geylang International on Monday night.

The Hougang United reign of coach Philippe Aw got off to the best possible start with a 2-0 victory over Geylang International in the S.League at Hougang Stadium on Monday night.

Japanese playmaker Fumiya Kogure scored midway through the first half, before substitute Iqbal Hussain sealed the three points with a late goal.

Geylang started off brightly, with midfielder Shahfiq Ghani unleashing a fierce free kick from a tight angle on 10 minutes which forced Hougang goalkeeper Khairulhin Khalid to...

Germany to play China friendly by 2019 as part of partnership deal

Will winning the World Cup inspire Mario Gotze to fresh heights in 2014-15?
World Cup winners Germany are being lined up to play in China.

The general secretary of the German FA (DFB) has said he wants to send 2014 World Cup winners Germany to play a friendly in China by 2019 at the latest.

Late last year, China and Germany signed a "comprehensive agreement at government level" to boost the development of football, with agreements also struck between the DFB, the German Football League (DFL), the Chinese Ministry of Education and the Chinese Soccer Association.

Speaking to kicker, Friedrich Curtius said: "Our goal is to make it [a...

Beijing Guoan complete signing of Red Bull Salzburg's Jonathan Soriano

Jonathan Soriano is reported to have signed a three-year deal.

Chinese Super League club Beijing Guoan have announced the signing of Spanish striker Jonathan Soriano from Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg.

Soriano, the Europa League's top scorer in the 2013-14 season, has finished top of the goal-scoring charts in Austria for each of the last three seasons.

Reports said the 31-year-old, who previously played for Espanyol, had signed a three-year contract with Beijing.

He joins compatriot Jose Gonzalez, named as successor to former head coach Alberto Zaccheroni,...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Faiz Subri honored by Sultan of Kedah after winning FIFA Puskas Award

FC's Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts discuss Faiz Subri's homecoming after his amazing free kick earned him FIFA's Puskas award.
Faiz Subri celebrates Penang goal at Kedah 2017
Faiz Subri, second from right, scored his first Penang goal of 2017 against Kedah on Saturday.

Despite Penang's miserable start to the season, FIFA Puskas winner Faiz Subri has picked another major honour.

The 29-year-old winger received the Ahli Cermerlang Semangat Jeri Kedah honorary medal from the Sultan of Kedah on Monday.

This was after Faiz's remarkable free kick defeated the likes of Neymar and Lionel Messi to win the best goal of 2016 at January's world football awards in Switzerland.

According to the New Straits Times, Faiz was among 164 recipients conferred with honorary titles...

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Adisak strikes for Muang Thong ahead of ACL clash with Kashima Antlers

Jason Dasey and Stanely Bernard discuss Thailand's future after winning their record fifth AFF Cup.
Muangthong striker Adisak Kraisorn
Thailand international striker Adisak Kraisorn hadn't scored at club level since August of last year.

Muang Thong United striker Adisak Kraisorn grabbed the winning goal to end six months of injury hell as the jet-lagged champions warmed up for Tuesday's AFC Champions League (ACL) clash at home to Kashima Antlers with a 1-0 victory at BEC Tero Sasana in the Thai League (T1).

Adisak had not scored since netting the winner in a 1-0 victory at Suphanburi on Aug. 14 last year. The Thai international found himself sidelined for the domestic run-in, and World Cup qualifiers against the likes of Japan...