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  1. Anonymous

    The CSL’s indoor league is now in progress. I was at the Shanghai game on Saturday, a crowd of spectators in the dozens, a home field on the outskirts of Shanghai proper. Not sure if you’re interested in covering/knowing about it, but here’s more info in Chinese:


    (BTW: Shanghai 4, Beijing 0)

    • WEF Editor

      Thanks for the tip Micah! We’ll be sure to look into that

      • Laoshiforum

        Is Xi’an likely to have a football team then come April? Maybe they should look at Wimbledon and start a grass-roots team from scratch. Better than fly by night teams from Shanghai

      • bcheng

        At this point it seems unlikely, the main candidate was Hangzhou’s side, but they don’t seem to be going anywhere. I think the next step is for the local government to start one, the problem is that they’d probably prefer having an established team in the top flight (or at least a higher flight) rather than working their way up to that.

      • Laoshiforum

        Hi bcheng, thanks for the answer. Its a shame that an historic city like Xi’an can’t establish its own homegrown football team. But I understand what you’re saying about local government wanting an established team. Hopefully they’ll sort something out. Where is the nearest Super League team to Xi’an now? A fair commute I suspect?

      • bcheng

        Zhengzhou is the closest, with the fast trains its a 2+ hour trip, though I suspect that at least for this season, some fans will make it down to Guiyang at least for a couple matches.

  2. Andy Best

    As a Brit I still find this sort of thing incomprehensible. But it’s not without precedent or recent example.

    Wimbledon’s move to ‘MK Dons’ was viewed as an abomination but it went through. I think that people were so dazed and shell-shocked by the offensiveness of it that they forgot their own names and where they lived, let alone to set the country on fire until the decision was over turned (the correct response).

    I wonder though. Lately, a lot of clubs have been getting caught up in the financial insanity and coming right to the brink of collapse. I often think if that might not lead to moves. Then again, where to, everywhere has a team at some level. And the level usually reflects the size of the population and therefor the amount of fans they could possibly get.

    • WEF Editor

      Yeah. MK Dons – a disgrace of a team. Glad AFC Wimbledon got all their honours they won restored to their Borough.

  3. Chris Yang

    Since the death of GuoLi, football in Shaanxi hasn’t recovered completely. Personally i wont feel sorry for the move couse the root of Shaanxi football had already gone .
    All we need is a club based on local community owned by people from Shaanxi and love this place
    Shame on the Bosses

  4. Tom Seungmin Lee

    It is not ONLY in CSL. Already K-League had done this disgusting thing against fans. FC Scum, who has name of the capital is moved from Anyang and Jeju United is from Bucheon too. That’s why the picture of crying Shaanxi fans is not strange to me at all. Shit.

    I feel really sorry for the Shaanxi fans.

  5. Football_Fan

    This trend of relocating the team is an increasing football phenomenon around the world…
    Just as Tom said, even this happen in K-league…
    That’s why i never really felt comfortable with clubs owned by rich businessman or large corporations…these guys alwaz put business profit at the expense of football…

    Yet without their money, it’s really hard to grow and compete in an increasingly brutal competitive world…
    What a crazy dilemma…

    • Boojaman

      Tom Seungimi Lee// Do you know that Anyang LG and Bucheon SK is also relocationed team? This clubs were originally football club based on Seoul. By Decentralization policy in K-League, they moved to Anyang and Bucheon. This is the primary cause.

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