Gao Hongbo Rain

Zheng Zhi out of national team as Gao puts his stamp on the side

Gao Hongbo has once again taken on the tall task of righting the Chinese national team after the firing of a “premier” foreign manager. Facing an uphill battle as China needs victories against both the Maldives and far stronger Qatar if they have any hope of advancing to the next round, Gao’s taken things in […]


League One Round 1 Wrap: Quanjian and Yifang win, Beijing teams held, Transcending in Shanghai

One week after the CSL’s big kick-off, a fashionably late League One has decided to show up for another season of twists and turns. And the opening weekend didn’t disappoint with some promotion favourites picking up key wins, but others struggling to find their feet. There was late drama in Wuhan, a shock in Shanghai, […]

Cahill v SJZ

Xihu Insider: Disappointment for Greentown’s young guns against Shijiazhuang

After securing an opening day victory for the first time since the 2011 season, Hangzhou Greentown headed to Hubei to face Shijiazhuang Ever Bright on Sunday. How would they fare against a team looking to bounce back from a home defeat in round one? Following an encouraging performance against Changchun last week, manager Myung Bo-Hong stuck […]

Ten man Henan scrape by Chongqing for 1-0 win

A scrappy affair that saw six yellow cards and one sending off was won by a defensively solid Henan against Chongqing. Both Henan and Chongqing opened the season to surprise wins against title contenders. Henan’s new Swedish forward Osman Sow scored on his debut and Henan proceeded to sit back defending against Shanghai SIPG for […]


North Terrace News: Shanghai derby to jump-start 2016

It’s the big one. Everyone’s favorite shipping conglomerate welcomes the city’s narcoleptic giant for the first edition of 2016’s Shanghai derby. Expect goals, drama, and more likely than not a red card or two… A fallen champion For years Shenhua were top of the pile – with the city’s traditional power winning all four of […]

Cahill celebrates

Xihu insider: Can Cahill stir a sleeping dragon in Zhejiang?

Tim Cahill, the former Everton, NY Red Bulls and Shanghai Shenhua midfielder arrived at Hangzhou Greentown this summer through unexpected circumstances after being released to make room in the squad for more glamourous and, arguably higher profile stars such as Fredy Guarin and Obafemi Martins. Browsing the comments sections of a few football websites this […]