No need to focus on China’s loss to Brazil

neymar goals

China experienced a crushing defeat to Brazil yesterday. I don’t want to talk about it too much, the Seleção played brilliantly while a beat up, tired Chinese side limped through it. The loss is the worst ever for the national team. While it was a horrible performance, we at don’t want to overreact and instead feel its […]

Call it the “Cleo Rule”: CFA announces new rules on foreign players

evergrande's foreigners

Guangzhou Evergrande’s proposal to add  two foreign player roster spots came before a full CFA committee today and passed receiving the necessary 2/3rds majority. Of the 64 possible votes, there were 61 representatives and the proposal received 43 “yes” votes, 16 “no” votes, and two abstentions. The rule will go into effect immediately, allowing teams […]

Evergrande unveils Barrios as they push proposal to add foreigners

barrios evergrande unveiling

Lucas Barrios was unveiled by Guangzhou Evergrande at a press conference yesterday. Barrios, the club’s new $10 million man, signed a four year contract with the club a few months ago but with the transfer window re-opening on Monday, June 18, the 27 year old South American finally made the trip to China. The Paraguayan […]

As new wave of corruption trials begin, fans left wondering what they mean for the future

former players in court

The Chinese football corruption trials have restarted in Liaoning province and there’s a lot to report out of those trials. It is an embarrassing, interesting, and crazy situation that hopefully will bring about the close of a period that Chinese football hopes is completely in the past. We at haven’t really touched the corruption issue, […]

Beijing Guoan 20 Years, 20 Moments #3: Black whistles come out in Shenyang

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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. I said not all would be positive, this is just one […]

Looking At the Parallel Problems in Chinese Football and Basketball

Anelka v beijing

A self-made owner, crazy about sports (some would say just plain crazy), likes to meddle in team management and decisions, and decides to bring in a big-name manager and a star player from the world’s top league. Cross-cultural comedy ensues as the team fights for victory even as the owner bumblingly does everything he can […]

The (Seemingly) Neverending Saga of Yang Zhi

yang zhi injury

Today was the last day to submit final rosters to the AFC for this year’s Asian Champions League squads and in a surprise, Beijing Guoan’s squad didn’t include Yang Zhi.  Yang, ‘s Chinese Player of the Year, played in every one of Guoan’s matches last season, in fact the number of matches he hasn’t played […]

Only in the CSL: Champions League’s A-Changin’

Were they celebrating too soon in Shenyang?

This post actually should be “Only in the AFC” as for once the Chinese Super League walks away without blame and instead a whole heap of blame falls on the shoulders of the AFC.  The Asian Football Confederation (“AFC”), who is in charge of the Asian Champions League (“ACL”), met last week to decide a […]

Repost from the Past: Whither Chinese Soccer?

A pickup game of footie in Beijing, a rare sight

Editor’s Note:  This post was originally published on in July 2010.  At that point, days before the World Cup final between Spain and Holland, there was a lot of discussion in Chinese media and online about the sorry state of Chinese soccer and why they continued to fail when it came to international competitions.  […]

Only in the CSL: Ending the Season with a Weekday Afternoon Match

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Though I should be in the office right now, I’m not. Instead I’m sitting in a hotel room and as I look otu the window, I can see Hongkou Stadium through the rain. I took two days off from work and made the trip south along with 300+ fellow Beijing fans to watch the last […]