• Hulk joins SIPG – An incredible boost for the CSL or an incredible waste of money?

    Brazil international Hulk is set to join Shanghai SIPG in the coming days in a deal valued at €55 million from Zenit St. Petersburg. The versatile forward, 29, scored 56 goals in 97 Russian Premier League games for his former side following a similarly successful spell with FC Porto and has also represented his country […]

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    Pub Talk: Does the China derby matter? Can Jiangsu get back in the groove against Evergrande?

    Shanghai Ultra and Bcheng hide out in the pub as the political sparks fly on the other side of Eurasia… As always, it’s just about the football… Pull up and hide with us. Shanghai Ultra: Hello there B, the weather is heating up, but the pub is just the place to seek cooling. BCcheng: Yes, […]

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    Chinese FA mulls rule change to cut number of foreign players in CSL

    In a policy adjustment which could have significant ramifications for the CSL, the Chinese FA is considering reducing the number of foreigner player clubs can register, in time for the 2018 season. The news emerged at CFA meeting in Guizhou province yesterday. According to a Tencent Sports report, no final decision on the policy has […]

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    Pub Talk: Can Guangzhou Evergrande ever be stopped?

    The week the pubsters are back after roundly defeating evil hackers. Pull up a pue and join in the chant. SU: Pub time again B, it’s been a while BC: It certainly has, this is a crazy month with two major international tournaments going on and lots of CSL action, let’s get to it! SU: […]

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    Hong Kong Round-up: Pegasus Win Cup Double While South China Progress in AFC Cup

    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. The Hong Kong football season has been one of the most memorable in recent times with historic moments in an action packed year. The national team’s memorable games against […]

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Pub Talk: Two wounded beasts duel – Beijing Guoan, Guangzhou Evergrande and the new money teams.

The weather is never far from the pub agenda, this week spring is springing which means the CSL is getting into full swing. Evergrande and Guoan who face off and your pair discuss this big game – can both teams get over their disappointing starts to far? The pub pundits ponder. The Asian Champions League […]

Urawa put Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao on brink of ACL elimination

Urawa Red Diamonds beat Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao 1-0 to give a slim chance of the reigning Asian champions moving on from the group stage. AFC CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP H Urawa Red Diamonds 1 Yuki Muto 52′ Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao FC 0 Attendance: 30,282 The two sides last met on March 16 in Guangzhou whenUrawa were […]

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Changchun Yatai 4-4 Tianjin Teda: just like watching (two) Brazil(s)

A ridiculously entertaining 4-4 draw between Changchun Yatai and Tianjin Teda could well be one of the most enthralling matches seen in Chinese football since the introduction of the professional game. This match was a classic, in the truest sense of the term. Both teams have something to build-on: Changchun have the firepower of their […]

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Xihu Insider: Greentown in impressive victory over Shandong

Following a tough away defeat to Shijiazhuang in round two and an international break, Friday saw Hangzhou Greentown welcome Shandong Luneng to the Huang Long Stadium. Having suffered a 1-4 ACL home defeat to Seoul in their previous fixture and with both teams sitting in mid-table following a win and a draw from their opening […]

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North Terrace News: Shenhua aim to jump-start 2016 against Shijiazhuang

Shanghai Shenhua return to action after the two-week international break with the visit to Hongkou of last year’s surprise package Shijiazhuang Ever Bright. Can Gregorio Manzano lead his side to victory at the third time of asking and belatedly get 2016 up and running for the blues? False starts Early-season international breaks always rankle – […]

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Pub Talk: China’s world cup qualifying success – celebrate or castigate?

This week its all positivity and love in the pub as your dynamic pair reflect on a job well done by China getting to the final stage of World Cup qualifying – jump straight in and order a pint!   Shanghai Ultra: Greetings B, spring is in the air, doesn’t the pub look lovely? Bcheng: […]