Chinese teenager Wang Chengkuai signs with Ajax

Chinese attacking midfielder Wang Chengkuai has signed a two-year contract with Eredivisie giants Ajax it was announced on Wednesday, having been without a club since the collapse of Dalian Shide at the start of the campaign. Wang, 18, becomes the first Chinese player to join the former European champions, but will start in the club’s […]

Interview: Feng Xiaoting discusses his career so far

Guangzhou Evergrande and China national team centre-back Feng Xiaoting has given an interview to Chinese sports website Sohu discussing many aspects of his career thus far. A former star of the China youth team setup, Feng is regarded as one of the country’s finest players of recent years, and spent time in Korea before returning to […]

Death of an institution: The Dalian Shide Story

Last week one of the most popular Dalian Shide weibo news accounts made its final ever post, bidding a final farewell to the world, following the tragic demise of the club over the close season. The disappearance of China’s most successful football club in dubious circumstances over the close season generated a large cloud of […]

China’s most successful club on the brink of death? An in-depth background

Dalian Shide FC, China’s most decorated club with eight championships to its name, is clinging on for dear life despite emotional scenes at the end of last season as players and fans believed the club had played its last ever game. Just days later, local sports media reported that city rivals Dalian Aerbin had purchased […]

The Red Mist In A Blue City: East Asia’s Ambitious Quest To Be Top Dog In Shanghai

Shanghai East Asia are the newest addition to the Chinese Super League and will be bringing a lot of hope, hyperbole and expectation with them as they prepare for their debut season in the big time. Throughout 2012, by playing some swaggering, free-flowing football, East Asia earned praise as a young team with an emphasis […]