Tonight: Shenhua v Tianjin

martinez%20and%20scott.jpgFollowing their solid opening-day win over Shenzhen last week, (video highlights here) Shanghai Shenhua welcome Tianjin to Hongkou Football Stadium tonight for their second fixture of the 2008 Chinese Super League season.

The start of the football season in China has seen the usual very modest flurry of stories across the English-language media, has an interview with Shenhua coach Wu Jinggui by John Duerden, who also wrote a similar piece for The Guardian after attending last week’s opening game in Shanghai and has some interesting comments from a Shenhua fan. Shanghaiist isn’t going to fall into the usual bloggers’ habit of shooting down pieces written by out-of-town journos about things on our doorstep — both are solid pieces and worth a read.

Tonight’s game kicks off at 7.45pm — tickets cheap and plentiful as usual.

Pictured: Shenhua’s new signings Emil Martinez and Erick Scott.

This post was originally published on Shanghaiist.

Author: Cameron Wilson

UK trained journalist and long-time Chinese football observer Cameron Wilson has been writing about Chinese football since 2005 for various International and China-based news outlets such as Agence France-Presse,, Shanghaiist, China Sports Review, That’s Shanghai, Time out Shanghai and City Weekend. In August 2010 he decided to launch a website dedicated to Chinese football as a central despository for all of his writings ont he subject.

He’s traveled all over China following Shanghai Shenhua as a fully paid-up member of its infamous Blue Devil’s supporters group.

His association with China stretches back over a decade, having first arrived in August 2000 to teach English for a year in a rural town a few hours northwest of Shanghai. He took in his first Chinese football match during this time – a 2-1 victory for Shanghai Shenhua against Dalian Shide. He went home to the UK in July 2001 but returned to China to live in Shanghai in 2005. Since then he’s been a Shanghai Shenhua season ticket holder and a member of the Blue Devil’s supporters’ club. The views expressed by him on Wild East Football may suffer from a slight bias to this effect.

He is also however, still very much a fan of his hometown team, Dunfermline Athletic. A “Par from afar”, as it were.

A passionate believer in the power of the beautiful game to build bridges between diverse peoples and cultures, he was the first foreign fan to travel with the Blue Devil fans’ club to an away match – a tremendous 3-2 victory for Shenhua over Beijng Guoan in September 2007.

Cameron speaks decent mandarin and can crack jokes in Shanghainese.

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