Hong Kong champions, Eastern, will embark their first ever Asian Champions league group stage match this coming Wednesday without any of their supporters to cheer them on despite the game taking place less than 130km away in Guangzhou. The ACL debutants take on the seasoned Asian Champions League veterans in the imposing surrounding of Tianhe Stadium, […]
“China flexes her football muscles” and “Chinese aim for place in the World Cup”: two headlines that could’ve been written in 2017 but were in fact in a Celtic match programme from 8th August 1979. That summer a squad of 17 Chinese players travelled to Europe for a long forgotten two month tour of France, […]
The 2017 Chinese Super League season starts with a bang on the weekend of March 3 as champions Guangzhou Evergrande welcome rivals Beijing Guoan in an exciting opening day card which also features a Yangzte Delta derby. Following on from last year, a fixture computer was again used to formulate the timing of this season’s […]
Wednesday night sees Shanghai Shenhua welcome continental competition back after six barren years. Can a new-look Shenhua side catch Brisbane Roar cold, or will the Carlos Tevez era backfire before the season has really begun? Heightened anxiety Ah, playoffs. Especially in such a low-scoring sport as football, nothing else can quite ratchet the already-high tension up to 11 quite […]
In October 1977, Jimmy Carter was in the White House, the New York Yankees were on their way to another World Series win and the Chinese national team was in America to play three friendlies against the USA, and on their ground-breaking first tour to the capitalist West, the Chinese would also play five games in […]
The tropical island of Hainan is a Spring Festival favorite for Chinese tourists keen to swap chouku (leggings) for bathing suits and noxious AQI levels for seaside vitamin D.
The true mark of successful person is often not the image they portray to the watching world; it is often the struggles and obstacles they have overcome with persistence to reach their desired destination. When faced with challenges, a person can either be cynical or world-weary or friendly and full of positivity. Luckily, Nikola Komazec, is […]
The inaugural China Cup came to an end on Sunday when Chile defeated Iceland 1-0 in the final. However, the trophy will mean little to a nation that has just won consecutive Copa Americas and the main purpose of the tournament was player development. China lost their semi-final match 2-0 to Iceland, before securing third […]
At a chilly and windswept Hong Kong stadium, high fliers Kitchee overcame their main adversaries Eastern 2-1 to claim the first major title of the Hong Kong season. The deserved win was a major psychological boost for Kitchee as they currently lead Eastern in the Premier League by one point with the latter having one […]
In a shocking and abrupt development, Chinese Super League (CSL) clubs will now only be able to field three foreign players after a new rule was imposed on the Chinese Football Association “from above” according to local media reports.
The 2016 season arrived with a new name, a quintet of shiny foreign players, and a topped-up bundle of expectations. The club is certainly far cry from the relegation tickling that went on 2013-2015 and though only the cheekiest of fans could have demanded immediate success, the pre-season game of transfer record smashing did its […]