Podcast Ep. #18: Soccer in Chengdu

In this episode of the Chengdu Living podcast, we sit down with veteran Chengdu expat Andy McAuley who has, along with several other foreigners, had a huge impact on the soccer scene in Chengdu. This podcast touches upon a variety of topics, including Chinese nationalism in sports, the Chengdu International Football League, sports education, memorable moments from the various soccer leagues that have existed in Chengdu, and hooliganism.

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Topics Discussed

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 01:50 Why Andy came to Chengdu
  • 02:45 Playing football in Taiwan
  • 03:25 A note on terminology (pardon us, but we’ll be calling it both soccer and football)
  • 04:30 The Wanderers and expat soccer in 2007
  • 07:20 Soccer as a social scene
  • 09:00 The Chengdu City League
  • 10:20 Relations between foreigners and the City League administration
  • 15:15 Nationalism and soccer
  • 17:30 The trials and tribulations of organizing a sports league in Chengdu
  • 20:15 Conflicts with the Jinniu soccer team
  • 25:10 The Babi fight
  • 29:10 The beginning of the Chengdu International Football League (CIFL)
  • 34:00 The social dynamic of CIFL
  • 36:25 Eli and Andy strike a bet
  • 40:50 The logistical challenges of running CIFL
  • 42:20 How does CIFL find referees
  • 48:20 Close competition and heightened emotions
  • 49:40 Changes coming to CIFL
  • 55:30 Eli’s dramatic match reports
  • 57:10 High quality Chinese teams
  • 59:45 Plans for expanding ADI
  • 60:45 Xi Jinping’s drive to improve Chinese national soccer
  • 62:40 Changes in parental and educational mindset
  • 67:20 BBC teachers exchange program
  • 70:00 The role foreigners’ play and have played in popularizing soccer in America and China

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