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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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Xihu Insider: Temporary move brings attendance boost: Greentown buoyant ahead of capital away day

Having not checked in for a while, Xihu Insider discusses the rollercoaster of fixtures that were rounds 17, 18 and 19 of CSL 2016, a silver lining to being forced out of Hangzhou and previews Greentown’s upcoming game with Beijing Guoan. Greentown recover from a hiding in Jinan with impressive win against Tianjin Teda. On […]

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North Terrace News: Shenhua and Jiangsu resume a familiary rivalry with it all to play for

With an up-and-down week on the road ending on a high, Shanghai Shenhua welcome Jiangsu Suning to town with Asian Champions League qualification still a tantalising possibility, and looking to lay down a marker before once again locking horns at the business end of the CFA Cup. Saturday night at Hongkou sees the big match for CSL Round 21. […]

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Worker’s Stadium Revue: Cup glory or bust

It all comes down to these 90 minutes (and possibly penalty kicks). Beijing Guoan faces off against Guangzhou Evergrande tonight at Worker’s Stadium and needs to come up with a result after a 2-1 loss in the opening leg in Guangzhou. While Evergrande has the upper hand, the away goal Guoan scored in that match […]

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Tientsin Post: A painful loss in Guangzhou but better news off the field

Jacob Miles Davis brings his regular round-up of all the goings-on at CSL club Tianjin TEDA. Guangzhou R&F 3-2 Tianjin TEDA The 3-2 loss in Guangzhou was a bitter pill to swallow as Israeli international Eran Zahavi’s rebounded effort sailed past Yang Qipeng in the 89th minute to secure the win for R&F. It was […]

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League One mid(ish)-season review – part 2: Beijing teams struggle but signs of revival in Shenzhen

After looking at the top 4 in our last League One mid-season review, we now take a look at the fortunes of the teams placed between 5th and 8th over the first 18 rounds of the season. This includes two capital city clubs who are falling short of expectations, a Shenzhen side on the road […]

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League One mid(ish)-season review – Part 1: A fairytale brewing in Guizhou and only half of the “Big 4” show up

After a long hiatus, WEF’s regular League One round-up returns to bring you all the goings-on in China’s second tier. As fans of this column will know, there’s a lot to catch up on, but both of you can relax as we’re going to bring you mid-season reviews (3/5th-season reviews doesn’t have the same ring […]