Evergrande update: Cléo departs for Japan

Guangzhou Evergrande chairman Liu Yongzhuo this week declared the club’s planning for the 2013 season “basically complete”, as Brazilian striker Cléo departed for J-League side Kashiwa Reysol on a year long loan deal. Cléo, 27, became the club’s record signing when he joined in February 2011 for €3.2 million and made an instant impact, scoring […]

Wuhan go on early spending spree

Wuhan Zall, newly promoted to the CSL after cruising to second place in the China League, have got off to an early start buying up players in the first few weeks of the off-season. The team’s biggest purchase to date was their first foreigner, Guangzhou Evergrande’s star midfielder Cho Won-Hee. Cho was a regular with […]

Guangzhou Evergrande chairman fury at ‘unprofessional’ Conca

Guangzhou Evergrande chairman Liu Yongzhuo has hit out angrily at “unprofessional” Argentine Dario Conca after the midfielder walked out on the club at the end of the season. Conca, 29, who ranks amongst the best paid players in the world, joined Evergrande in June 2011 for a $10 million fee, signing a contract in China […]

CSL announces the squad for All-Star Game

By now, we’ve all come to realize that football’s a little different in China and, as if you need yet another example, the league holds an All-Star Game following the end of the season, typically featuring the league champions (Guangzhou Evergrande) against a team of the league’s top players. This year it’s hard to expect […]

“We are blue” – Saying goodbye to China’s best fans

It was a Saturday of tears in Dalian as the home side, Dalian Shide, played their last match in front of their loyal fans. As a thank you to their loyal fans, the club that is was known for its titles is no more. Whether Shide merges with Aerbin or another solution is found, there […]

Guoan defeats Evergrande on final kick of the 2012 season

Beijing Guoan 1-0 Guangzhou Evergrande CSL Round 30 Zhang Xizhe 92′ On a miserable, rainy day, Beijing Guoan took on CSL repeat league champions Guangzhou Evergrande to end the 2012 season. Guoan sent the more than 40,000 supporters home happy with a goal on virtually the last kick of the season to win the match […]

Pacheco plays it defensively, gets Guoan into ACL with draw at Jiangsu

In the penultimate match of the 2012 season, Beijing Guoan did just enough to earn a point after a scoreless draw against Jiangsu Sainty and, with the help of the rest of the league, lock up third place.  The atmosphere at Nanjing Olympic Stadium was festive, as if Jiangsu fans realized they weren’t fated to […]

Liaoning puts in weak performance, suffers defeat in Tianjin

Tianjin Teda earned a much needed three points last night, defeating Liaoning Whowin 1-0 off a late penalty.  With the win, their Asian Champions League hopes remain, hough the odds are still against them to once again represent China in Asia. Liaoning, coming off a midweek cup tie loss where the squad played at an […]

Tianjin misses opportunity; Henan and Shenxin keep things tight at the bottom

Tianjin failed to seize their chance to move up the table over the weekend, drawing 1-1 against Dalian Shide. Despite the international break, there were three fixtures over the weekend, this match being the only one that wasn’t a game in hand situation. Early on in the first half, it was Sjoerd Ars setting up […]

CSL Round 22: Attendance, highlights, and all the goals

Changchun Yatai 1 – 2 Guangzhou Evergrande Attendance: 21,365 Jiangsu Sainty 1 – 1 Shanghai Shenxin Attendance: 22,385 Beijing Guoan 1 – 1 Liaoning Whowin Attendance: 33,639 Hangzhou Greentown 1 – 2 Tianjin Teda Attendance: 4,396 Shanghai Shenhua 0 – 0 Dalian Shide Attendance: 22,356 Guangzhou R&F 4 – 2 Shandong Luneng Attendance: 8,558 Dalian […]