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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: Shenhua head to Yanbian for calm before the storm

Shanghai Shenhua made a great start to their fixture-packed July with two big home wins last week; the longest away trip of the season to a struggling Yanbian is a chance to draw breath and maintain form ahead of the biggest week of the season thus far with two more blockbuster Hongkou fixtures coming up. […]

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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 […]

Jiangsu Smash Shanghai Shenxin In Fa Cup Fourth Round

On a rainy night holders Jiangsu Suning beat China League One side Shanghai Shenxin 3-0 in the fourth round of the China FA Cup 2016 China FA Cup Fourth Round Jiangsu Suning 3 Ramires ’47 Jo ’86 Wu Xi ’89 Shanghai Shenxin 0 Jiangsu came out fighting as Ramires just missed connect on to a […]

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Xihu Insider: Greentown secure a long overdue victory ahead of Guoan cup tie and a north east trip

Can Hangzhou Greentown build on an unexpected victory to progress in the cup and finally escape the suffocating clutches of the relegation zone? Tan Yang on hand to resuscitate Greentown’s season As the final whistle sounded around a rain soaked Huanglong, the emotion etched on the faces of the Greentown players was clear for all […]

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North Terrace News: Cup or bust once again for Shenhua following Gongti beating

For the third time in as many years, Shenhua reach the halfway point of the season with little more than pride to play for in the league and the CFA Cup representing their sole hope of glory, silverware and continental qualification. Felix Magath steers an ailing Shandong into town Wednesday night – can Shenhua make […]