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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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    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 […]

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    Who needs the Manchester Derby when you have the Shanghai Derby?

    The last minute cancellation of the Manchester Derby tells us an awful lot about where Chinese football is at right now on several fronts. From millions spent on top foreign players but nothing on basics like playing surfaces, to European clubs’ true attitude towards China, to what is a real derby anyway, these are all […]

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    Pub Talk: Up for the two-legged cup? And is Li Tie’s mid-week national team outburst inharmonious?

    There’s a lot to talk about this week and no time to indulge in small-minded ridicule. Without further ado, order a pint and please join in the discussion at the bottom of the page. SU: Good evening B, how’s it going? BC: Everything’s made better when I’m here in the pub with a brew and […]

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    Igloo Talk: Hulk, the cup, Shandong’s woes and can slippery Sven survive at Shanghai SIPG?

    It’s hot outside, so Shanghai Ultra is keen to escape into the cold confines of the Igloo Pub. Bcheng joins him with Bjork playing on the radio and a selection of traditional pub eats imported from a budget UK frozen foods store. Hulk is on the agenda this week – is he worth the money […]

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Eastern Out Of Asian Champions League Before a Ball is Kicked

Hong Kong correspondent Christopher KL Lau brings his regular round-up of all the very latest news, developments and other footballing points of interest from the SAR. Hong Kong champions Eastern have turned from ‘princes’ to sudden ‘paupers’ as abrupt and acute financial woes have forced them to withdraw from the Asian Champions League before a […]

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North Terrace News: Bittersweet Shenhua head north having won derby but lost Demba

Another pulsating Shanghai derby unfortunately made international headlines for all the wrong reasons, with talismanic forward Demba Ba suffering a sickening leg-break. Having rallied to put their noisy neighbours firmly back in their place, can Shenhua keep their siege mentality going and record a couple of away results to remain in touch with the ACL […]

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Tientsin post: Reality sets in after an uninspiring purple patch, are these signs of struggles to come?

It seems as though the summer was a short one for Tianjin TEDA this year. After a nervy start to the season it seemed as though Tianjin’s only super league side (for now) had found their stride. Six games undefeated is quite the feat for a side tipped as potential relegation candidates especially with wins […]

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Xihu Insider: Cahill departs but can Greentown make it four wins from four in relegation dogfight?

All but written off by some and with all but the die hard fans beginning to stay at home, Hangzhou Greentown looked primed to finally succumb to years of circling the CSL drain. However, a run of three consecutive wins has seen them head into round 17 four points clear of the danger zone. Can they make it […]

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North Terrace News: Shenhua return to home comforts for biggest week of season

Returning from the long trip to Yanbian with tails between their legs, Shanghai Shenhua need to regroup quickly with two season-defining games at Hongkou: a CFA Cup quarter final first leg and the Shanghai Derby. Punishment in the north-east The season’s longest trip came at a tricky time for Shenhua and their packed July schedule […]

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Xihu Insider: G20 conference forces Greentown out of Hangzhou

Hangzhou look a team reborn as victory over Yanbian sees them secure a second shock league win in as many games. With the relegation battle heating up, their fellow CSL teams splashing the cash and a temporary change of home on the horizon, can Greentown keep it going as they stay in the north east […]