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    Yuexiushan: The cradle of Cantonese football, part one

    Guangzhou’s Yuexiushan Stadium has a long and storied history. As the birthplace of Cantonese football, and a venue for large-scale public events outside of sport, it has existed through some of the most tumultuous periods in Chinese history. The first of two articles, this piece looks at Yuexiushan’s early history, and that of the teams […]

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    Cheng: “Perfect” loss to Korea needs to lead to win over Iran

    For over an hour on Thursday, it looked like China was headed for yet another embarrassing defeat, creating few chances and being dominated by Korea, but two late goals changed all the story lines. With a large contingent of Chinese fans in the stands and a ton of buildup going into the match, fans could […]

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    Yanbian’s Gambian sensation: “No-one back home wanted me to come to China, but they are all CSL fans now”

    Astronomical transfer fees on big names has seen the Chinese Super League dominate world football headlines this year but one of the biggest impacts made by a foreign player in China has come from a complete unknown. Last year, Bubacarr Trawally was just 20 when he joined one of China’s footballing outposts – Yanbian Funde, an […]

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    Cheng: National team’s extra time leads to extra pressure

    While almost every league in the world played last weekend, the CFA decided it was best to start the CSL’s international break a week earlier. The end result is that while the team gets more time to practice, the bubble of pressure is built up even more. This is the first time China has gotten […]

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    Shenhua or SIPG? Choose one

    From following the English Premier League to the Chinese Super League. This is a first hand account of one expat football fan’s experience following Shanghai SIPG. It all started when I heard about a Shanghai SIPG supporters club that was offering season tickets for just 500 RMB, I couldn’t believe what great value it was […]

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North Terrace News: Flying Shenhua out for cup revenge against Jiangsu

Fresh from yet another big home win, Shenhua keep up their fight on league and cup fronts this week, with all eyes Wednesday on whether the home side can finally banish their cup demons against Jiangsu, before welcoming Liaoning on Saturday for a more straightforward CSL assignment. Fortress Hongkou Shanghai International Port Group; Jiangsu Suning; Hebei China Fortune; […]

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North Terrace News: Shenhua’s run-in begins with visit of champions-elect

Guangzhou Taobao Evergrande roll into town on Saturday night as Shanghai Shenhua begin their league and cup run-in with the toughest fixture remaining. Can the hosts extend their Hongkou winning form to get a first-ever home win against Evergrande, or will they lose early ground in the race for third? The beginning of the end Following […]

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Xihu Insider: Farcical red card floors Greentown, as unknown youth player signed by Porto

With Henan Jianye up next for Greentown, can they bounce back from a ludicrous red card and defeat in Beijing to secure more crucial points in the battle against relegation? Loss at Gongti does little to dampen Greentown’s optimism Without a win in the capital since 2012, Hangzhou Greentown’s hopes of securing a crucial (yet […]

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League One mid(ish)-season review – part 3: A satisfied Meizhou joined by disappointing Zhejiang, Wuhan and Hohhot in the bottom half of the table

WEF’s League One mid-season (now 2/3rds season) review returns for a third installment to look at how the clubs placed between 9th and 12th in the table are getting on. Obviously, it’s self-evident from their positions that none of Zhejiang Yiteng, Meizhou Hakka, Wuhan Zall or Hohhot Zhongyou are doing that well, but some sides […]

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North Terrace News: Can Shenhua stay top dog over local rivals?

Last Saturday’s marquee fixture saw Shanghai Shenhua seal a rousing and deserved victory over Jiangsu, hot on the heels of sending Shanghai International Port Group home from Hongkou with tails wagging between legs. Sitting in third spot coming into the home stretch, NTN uses the upcoming break to reflect on Shenhua’s hopes of qualifying for the Asian Champions League. […]

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Pub Talk: CFA Cup mysteries, Manchester United’s no-show and this weekend’s action

It’s hot hot hot outside the pub! You’re dynamic pair use the hot weather as an excuse to cool off with some nice beer. Quite a few topics covered this week, just dive right in and join the fray! BCheng: Welcome back to the pub, Shanghai Ultra, in the weeks we’ve been away, there’s been […]