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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: 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 […]