New signing Joel Griffiths mobbed at Shanghai Pudong airport

It’s what no Beijing Guoan fan wanted to see – a club hero heading south to join hated rivals Shanghai Shenhua. But that’s exactly what happened yesterday as Joel Griffiths touched down at Pudong airport to formally join his new club, Shenhua, on a one-year contract. The significance of the move was not lost on […]

Fallen Warrior: In memory of Brother Tufei

“Received terrible news. Brother Tufei (Bandit) suffered a sudden brain hemorrhage very early this morning, despite efforts to save him, he passed away. Let us commemorate this most devoted Shenhua fan, brother Tufei, with this most classic photograph. Bon Voyage. A.C.A.B.” (all cops are bastards).” Taken from Blue Devil YGV5’s weibo post of October 15, […]

Fans bemused by 30-minute half-time break

The wierd and wonderful world of Chinese football threw up another bizarre surprise when an announcement told fans at Shanghai’s Hongkou stadium on Sunday that the half-time period in their game against Qingdao would last 30 minutes long. Many fans stayed in the stadium scratching their heads trying to work out what the reason behind […]

Authorities throw spanner in travelling fans’ works yet again

For the third year running, the Beijing-Shenhua game has been inconveniently-scheduled, making it very difficult for visiting fans, who have a 2,000 km round trip, to get to the game. Shenhua fan group’s plans have been thrown into disarry because train tickets to the capital were sold out to scalpers within minutes of being put […]

True Blue: A night with Shanghai’s football hardcore

Wild scenes of celebration, drunken tomfoolery, and a stampede of autograph hunters scrambling over tables and chairs were highlights of the evening as major stars from the world of Chinese football attended a fans event in the city on Saturday night. Your correspondent was there to witness the rowdy goings-on, after unwittingly finding himself among […]