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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: Are Jiangsu and Hebei the real deal? Why are Evergrande out of Asia already? And other pontification

An off-pitch WEF Pub expansion took place this week. What other oblique happenings have happened? Evergrande are the only Chinese team out of the ACL so far, your duo muse that. Shanghai Ultra is unamused by Shenhua’s latest failure in Nanjing, whilst it’s happiness and light in Beijing as Bcheng celebrates his team’s first goals. […]

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North Terrace News: Stumbling Shenhua welcome Hebei

Yet another sobering lesson from Jiangsu Sainty Suning casts Shenhua’s early-season fumbles in an unflattering light. Sunday evening sees the CSL’s other big-spending, undefeated side roll into town – will Hebei continue the Hongkou side’s woes? Same old Jiangsu, always winning It was the same old story once again in the Nanjing Olympic Stadium last […]

Guangzhou stay alive in AFC Champions League

Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao FC beat 2-0 Pohang Steelers Tuesday night to keep their AFC Champions League hopes alive. Before the match Pohang coach Choi Jin-cheul said his side would come out looking for a win. Pohang had a better chance of qualifying for the knockout stage before the match with Guangzhou looking all, but eliminated. […]

Dongbei Focus: Super league sides disappoint again, Yifang continue good form

Another disappointing week in the Super League for the north-eastern sides with only two of the teams managing to pick up a point in this round of matches. League One saw Yifang continue their good form while Transcendence faced a tough match against the nouveau riche league leaders.  Super League Liaoning Whowin 2-2 Tianjin Teda Liaoning […]

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Pub Talk: Does Chinese football care more about TV than fans? SIPG bizarre kickoff time examined

We are heading to the real pub. So no time for any witty preamble. Dive in! BC: B Cheng and Shanghai Ultra back in the pub and I’m still crying in my beer, its not fun up north, but I hope things are going better in the south…. CW: The season continues it’s interesting start, […]

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North Terrace News: Early revenge for Shenhua at table-topping Jiangsu?

Two of the three teams still undefeated at this early juncture come together at Nanjing Olympic Stadium on Saturday evening. Big-spending Jiangsu Sainty Suning have continued making headlines by topping the early table – can Gregorio Manzano’s work-in-progress Shenhua side trip up their local rivals and begin making amends for last season’s cup debacle? No way through for Shenhua […]