Yanbian’s Gambian sensation: “No-one back home wanted me to come to China, but they are all CSL fans now”

Steve in RDB6

Astronomical transfer fees on big names has seen the Chinese Super League dominate world football headlines this year but one of the biggest impacts made by a foreign player in China has come from a complete unknown. Last year, Bubacarr Trawally was just 20 when he joined one of China’s footballing outposts – Yanbian Funde, an […]

Zhu Jun: “Drogba is going nowhere” + Shenhua close season roundup

Drogba the Destroyer

Didier Drogba will continue to play for Shanghai Shenhua this coming season, says erratic club owner Zhu Jun, following a close season absolutely bursting with speculation over the Ivorian’s future. With Shenhua’s boardroom shares dispute yet to be resolved, Drogba has been touted to return to Europe, with the Italian media insisting for weeks that […]

Shanghai Shenhua player ratings 2012 – Wang Dalei the standout performer

Leaky defence

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 […]

“Where’s the championship?” Shenhua fans protest after win over Qingdao

shenhua fan protest (Small)

Shanghai Shenhua 3-0 Qingdao Joonon CSL Round 30 Drogba 74, Song Boxuan 81, Griffiths 83 A surprisingly good end-of-season match at Hongkou Stadium saw Shanghai Shenhua run out 3-0 winners over Qingdao in a one-sided affair notable for a very public protest from the home fans. At the end of the match, members of the […]



All games of the second-last round of the 2012 season kicked off on Saturday at 3.30 pm. While Guangzhou Evergrande used home advantage to secure a second championship title in a row, Henan Jianye  finally got relegated to China League 1 for the next season. Guangzhou Evergrande – Liaoning Whowin 1:0 (0:0) Attendance: 39,989 After […]

CSL Round 28: Attendance, highlights, and all the goals


The two saturday afternoon kick-offs at 3.30 pm provided action for teams at both ends of the table. Qingdao Jonoon – Beijing Guo’an 0:2 (0:2) Attendance: 12,816   Matters at Qingdao’s Tiantai Stadium were settled virtually by the half-hour mark, courtesy due to a solid Guo’an performance. Beijing’s direct and pacy attacking play and pressure […]

CSL Round 27: Attendance, highlights, and all the goals


The two kick-offs opening Round 27 of the CSL at 3.30 pm on Saturday had implications for the race to secure ACL football next season, and they also provided plenty of goals. Guizhou Renhe FC – Shanghai Shenhua 4:2 (2:0) Attendance: 25,813     Guizhou Renhe run out as deserving 4:2 winners with a convincing […]

Sad Shenhua’s 11 game unbeaten run smashed by Guizhou

guizhou beat shenhua scuffle

Guizhou Renhe 4 Shanghai Shenhua 2 CSL Round 27 Rafa Jordá 16,  Đulbić 38,  Zhang Chenglin 57, Shen Tianfeng 78′ Griffiths 63, Drogba 89 An unbeaten run stretching back over three months came to an abrupt halt for Shenhua as they crashed 4-2 away to Guizhou Renhe on Saturday afternoon. The match was Dider Drogba’s […]

WEF Exclusive Interview: Ian Walker

Ian Walker Coaching

Shanghai Shenhua have been CSL news central this year, from the high publicity signings of Drogba, Anelka and Giovanni Moreno, to the managerial merry-go-round with Jean Tigana, Anelka and Sergio Batista, and the odd world of the Shenhua chairman himself –  Hongkou stadium and its inhabitants have been a media dream  in 2012. But newswise […]

WEF Exclusive: Drogba smashes furniture in changing room outburst

drogba pissed (Small)

Didier Drogba was so infuriated with his team-mates lack-luster display in Shenhua’s 1-1 derby draw with Shanghai Shenxin on Saturday that he smashed a wooden locker in frustration, according to local media reports. The match, saw Shenhua take on a local rival badly lacking the same kind of investment in the playing squad which the […]