Hong Kong Round-Up: Cheers and Jeers on a Historical Night in Hong Kong


Hong Kong and China Draw Nil All in Epic Encounter  November 17th saw Hong Kong finally face China and it was billed as the “Game of the decade” if not the century. The eagerly awaited Hong Kong versus China match definitely lived up to it’s billing as a night of high drama, intensity and passion […]

China Derby from a neutral perspective: Caught in the Crossfire

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One match, four goals, and hundreds of thousands of “Shabis!” later a sizable contingent of contributors gathered to have a real ‘pub talk’ following an exhausting roller coaster ride of football. Now that you’ve already read the fantastically fan-perspective reporting from heavyweights B-Cheng (Beijing Guoan Report) and Shanghai Ultra (Shanghai Shenhua Report), here’s a glimpse […]

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

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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 […]

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. […]

Beijing Guoan 3-2 Shanghai Shenhua: Theatre of Retribution

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Around 51,000 fans packed into Gongti on Friday night to witness  an evening of dramatic footballing theatre as Beijing Guoan beat Shanghai Shenhua 3-2 in the China Derby. This fixture is the biggest in Chinese domestic sport and needs little introduction, and by default is a very exciting fixture regardless of the formbook or league […]

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 […]

Shanghai Shenhua – Beijing Guoan: 18 years of loathing

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The following is a verbatim translation of a story which appeared on Sina entitled “18 years of loathing” and which detailed a recent TV football programme.  It gives an account of Shanghainese football icon Xie Hui and Chinese football pundit Ji Yuyang’s discussion of why this seasons China Derbies are going to be even more […]

Shenhua 1:0 Guoan: Shanghai Put Beijing To The Sword In Feisty Derby Victory

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Yes. Yes.Yes.Yes.Yes.Yes. Yes. In the final game of the season, Shanghai Shenua pulled out a last gasp win over bitter rivals Beijing Guaon, winning 1-0 thanks to substitute Jiang Kun’s strike in the dying seconds of injury time. The plaudits will go not only to the goal scorer but also Cao Yunding for an an […]

Guoan 3-0 Shenhua: Summer blues begin


The following match report gives a Shenhua fan’s perspective on the China Derby. To get the view from the North of this huge game, check out Bcheng’s account. “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it sure does rhyme” once said Mark Twain. Shenhua fans would certainly agree with that famous quote this season. Just last weekend […]