Joel Griffiths: A Tale of Two Cities

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Joel Griffiths spent three years in China’s capital as a hero, two of those spent playing alongside his brother making an Aussie power pair who were fan favorites.  This past offseason, he did the unthinkable to many Beijingers, he took his talents to the Bund. It’s not unusual for players to change clubs, but there […]

View From the North: Beijing Guoan 3-2 Shanghai Shenhua

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Gulp! Burp! Argh! @)#(*)@(*$#)(#)IQ$! That’s how I’m feeling right now after a very rough weekend of celebrating and drinking first with Guoan supporters, then with the “Blue Devils” and finally tonight with a few Brisbane supporters, who took it easy on me. That’s why it took so long for this report to finally get posted. […]

Pub Chat: Derby Day Looms Large


You get a different introduction than usual to our pub chat this week as Shanghai Ultra’s running to the train station to catch his ride to Beijing.  Despite the major derby match on the horizon, things are pretty tame in the pub this week as the men preview the big one in the capital and […]

Beijing Guoan 20 Years, 20 Moments #1: 9-1, 9-1, 9-1


Beijing Guoan is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and we’re here to celebrate 20 of the most important moments over the past 20 years.  Not all of these are positive, but all of them shaped the history of the club and the league. Considering who Guoan’s opponent is this week, it’s very easy to […]

Pub Talk: Special Edition On the Upcoming CSL Season


With the season about to start, we decided to give you a special, slightly out of the ordinary, pub talk.  We convened supporters of five of the country’s top clubs and asked some of the questions that are on everybody’s mind before the start of the season.  Don’t worry, we’ll also help you find the […]

Drogba May Be Coming in the Summer, But Shenhua Needs More

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We told you Drogba was not going to Shanghai Shenhua and, like we said, he isn’t — at least not yet. As expected, Chelsea’s not willing to let go of the striker now, but he’ll be free to move in the summer and it seems the lure of Shenhua’s money is going to be too […]

Does Anelka Matter? Yes and No


By now, you’ve all surely heard that Nic Anelka has joined Shanghai Shenhua, by far the biggest signing in the history of Chinese football.  The question of whether this signing matters seems downright stupid, the simple answer is that of course it does, this is massive news for the Chinese Super League, and specifically, Shenhua. […]

Source: Anelka will join Shenhua in the next week

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Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka will sign for Shenhua within the next week, a source close to the club told today. The final details of what is said to be a three-year deal worth  six million UK pounds per annum (9.3 million USD) are yet to be worked out, but the source says Anelka will soon […]

The Heated Kang League: CSL Transfer Rumors 1

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In the United States, the baseball offseason is referred to as the “hot stove league”, calling to mind the fans in the old days sitting around a stove in the winter talking about all the rumors about where players were going.  With a month to go before the Chinese Super League transfer period opens is […]

Shanghai Shenhua 2011 season review: A curious campaign


Season 2011 is now well and truly over with the Chinese Super League concluded, the CFA cup won by Tianjin, and the national team out of the World Cup qualifers. In the first in a series of posts looking back over what was 2011 in Chinese football, assesess how the year went for Shanghai Shenhua. […]