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

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

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

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

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 […]