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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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Pub Talk: Evergrande and “Fighting Suning” knocked out, how far can Chinese teams go in Asia?

This week in the pub the “games of interest” continue rolling in and the Asian Champions League really humiliating and shocking third place finishes of certain teams are discussed. So just join in and go with the beer flow. Alright? BC: We’re back in the pub after a week off due to early celebrations of […]

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North Terrace News: Shenhua aim to extend Liaoning’s winless home run

From the deep south to the far north – Shanghai Shenhua head from last weekend’s defeat down in Guangzhou up to Shenyang this weekend to take on the most ironically named club in the league – Liaoning Whowin. Great goals, shame about the game It was something of an odd contest at a soaking-wet Tianhe […]

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Xihu Insider: ‘Generation 93’ glad to see the back of April after dismal run of results

Xihu Insider looks back on a month to forget for Greentown who having failed to capitalise on the promise of their early season form. Dubbed ‘Generation 93’, the youthful squad will no doubt be glad to see the back of April in which they slid down the CSL table. Yilmaz blitz sees off Greentown The […]

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Hong Kong Round-Up: Chan Yuen Ting Makes History and Eastern Win Premier League

History was made in Hong Kong on April 22nd 2016 as Eastern clinched their first league title since 1995 and Chan Yuen Ting became the first female manager to lead a male team to a top tier football league title for the first time in history anywhere in the world. More remarkable still is that […]

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North Terrace News: Evergrande a tough mayday assignment for Shenhua

Shanghai Shenhua get the holiday weekend underway with the tough trip to Tianhe. Can they take the momentum of last weekend’s rebound victory over Hebei with them, or will the wounded beast of the home side continue their domestic dominance? Hebei win difficult to evaluate Was last Sunday’s much-needed home win a routine victory over […]

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Dongbei focus: More of the same in the Super League; Yifang move up to second while Transcendence drop

Once again, the three Super League sides disappointed with just Whowin managing to pick up a point this week. The Dalian sides pulled further apart from each other in League One after Yifang moved up to second and Transcendence dropped to second from bottom.  Beijing Guoan 0-0 Liaoning Whowin Another underwhelming performance from Whowin saw them […]