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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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Xihu Insider: Greentown fail against 10 man Guangzhou R&F + weekend preview

Shocking performance highlights Greentown’s current state of affairs ahead of two tough away games in the space of a week. Nothing good comes out of round 12 Lacklustre, inept, lifeless. The list could go on, but you get the idea. When Guangzhou R&F defender, Jiang Zhipeng was perhaps, harshly dismissed in the 21st minute for […]

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North Terrace News: Hebei and Hangzhou in double gameweek for Shenhua

Stumbling once again into the last-chance saloon, Shanghai Shenhua face off against in-form high-rollers Hebei Wednesday evening before welcoming perennial bogey team Hangzhou Greentown to Hongkou on Sunday. A weakened side can ill afford any more slip-ups – what are their prospects for two tricky fixtures? Groundhog Day Again, Only Worse A disappointing 1-1 draw […]

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North Terrace News: Groundhog day as Shenhua visit Henan in best-of-the-rest six-pointer

Shanghai Shenhua return from the international break right back where they’ve spent the past 18 months – fighting to stay somewhat in sight of the fast-disappearing Champions League sides. Once again Henan Jianye are the unlikely rivals for Shenhua in the race for fifth – is this the footballing equivalent of two bald men fighting over […]

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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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Xihu Insider: Hong Myung-Bo staying calm but Greentown on course for a hiding ahead of Guangzhou’s trip to Huanglong

Ahead of Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao rolling into town, the Greentown boss faced the media following another defeat and we look ahead to a huge game against the defending champions.  Spirited performance ends in familiar outcome against Henan It may have taken the best part of 70 minutes, but the Hangzhou Greentown of the early rounds of […]

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Hebei win seven goal thriller

Hebei China Fortune beat Henan Jiaye on Friday night in a thrilling match that saw seven goals. The 4-3 score line was a good representation of an entertaining night with each side giving their all until the final whistle. Chinese Super League Round 8 Hebei China Fortune 4 Dong Xuesheng 23, 31 Gervinho 34 Gael […]