Future unknown: Shanghai Shenhua 2013 mid-season review


With the season just over the half-way point, it’s time to look at CSL’s soap opera club Shanghai Shenhua and the surprising season the Hongkou side have had so far. Despite being shorn of world-class talent in the shape of Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka, the club find themselves making much more progress on the […]

Shanghai Shenhua player ratings 2012 – Wang Dalei the standout performer

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With another dreadful season behind them, Shanghai Shenhua are left lying in the dirt licking their wounds yet again as the dust from CSL 2012 settles. Shenhua correspondents Steve Crooks and Cameron Wilson, both north terrace season ticket holders, get together to rate each squad member’s contribution, or lack of, this season. This review doesn’t […]

Super sub Cao wins it for Shenhua yet again

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For the fifth time this season, local hero Cao Yunding came off the bench to score a result-changing goal as Shanghai Shenhua beat a stubborn Henan Construction 2-1 on Friday night. The pint-sized creative midfielder came on in the second half to stab the ball home after a scrappy move in the Henan box to […]

Drogba era finally begins for Shenhua in battling away draw

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Didier Drogba wasted no time in making his presence at Shanghai Shenhua felt, coming off the bench to set up his new side’s equalizer and grab a 1-1 draw  in a tough game away to Guangzhou Fuli. The legendary Ivory Coast striker started the game on the bench, having been back in training for barely […]

Thou shalt not win: Beijing’s ceaseless Hongkou punishment continues

shenhua drog beat beijing

On a wet and steamy summer’s evening, the gods overlooking Hongkou Stadium threw down a cruel and unusual punishment on Beijing Guoan as a badly under-strength Shanghai Shenhua side grabbed a 3-1 victory in the China Derby, despite their opponents controlling much of the game. Goals from Song Boxuan, Cao Yunding and Moises gave the […]

Another sad night for Guoan at Hongkou

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The Hongkou curse reared its ugly head once again on Saturday night as Beijing Guoan looked the better side for much of the match, but in the end fell to Shanghai Shenhua 3-1. There was a lot of good the visitors can take from the match, despite the scoreline, but in the end all that […]

Anelka-less Shenhua grab first win in five games

The Shanghainese Maradona - Cao Yunding

A goal from substitute Cao Yunding midway through the second half was enough to give Shanghai Shenhua a deserved victory against Guizhou Renhe last night. In something of a departure from previous games in which they avoided defeat, Shenhua outplayed their opponents and were fully deserving of victory, despite fielding a makeshift team. This week’s […]

Attending a Shanghai East Asia Match: A First Time Visitor’s Guide

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The best part of being a sports fan is that you never have to be completely faithful to your team. Polygamy should be the flavor of the day in Shanghai, especially when Shenhua is out of town. With that in mind, when your weekend doesn’t have a trip to the Hongkou penciled into the calendar, […]

Shanghai Shenhua 1-0 Guangzhou R&F: First win for Tigana

cao yunding goal fuli

A lovely late goal by Shanghainese playmaker Cao Yunding was enough to give Jean Tigana his first victory as Shenhua manager on Saturday night as his side laboured to a 1-0 win over high-flying Guangzhou Fuli. The result was celebrated lustily by Shenhua fans, many of whom were not expecting a victory, having watched their […]

Shanghai Shenhua 0:0 Shanghai East Asia: Flickers Of Magic But No Goals

anelka v east asia (Small)

Facing local neighbours Shanghai East Asia, Shanghai Shenhua played out an occasionally eventful 0-0 pre-season friendly that saw manager, Jean Tigana, experiment with a 4-5-1 formation that had Nicolas Anelka as the lone striker for the first sixty minutes. As friendly games go, this was a nice way of introducing many of the new arrivals to the […]