Guangdong and Qingdao play out disappointing draw

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Mao Jianqing pounced on a Guangdong defensive error to give Qingdao the lead in a dull first half between two sides who are tipped to be competing for promotion to the CSL. The game livened up in the second half and Petar Jelic equalised with a powerful header to open his scoring account for the […]

Previewing the sides: Beijing Guoan

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We’re just days away from the kickoff of the 2013 Chinese Super League season. As we lead up to the start of the new season, we’ll preview a number of the side, starting off with the capital’s team. The manager: The controversial and excitable Jaime Pacheco is gone after two seasons in which the club […]

Grading Guoan: Handing out grades for 2012

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The 2012  season has come to an end and most Beijing Guoan fans have to be happy with the team’s results, despite struggling in the Asian Champions League and the CFA Cup, the club finished third and will be back in Asia next year. goes down the roster and hands out report cards to the […]

View from the North: Guoan earns first victory in five years over Shandong

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Friday night under the lights of Worker’s Stadium is quickly becoming a special time for Beijing Guoan fans, as their club once again came up victorious against a traditional rival, this time defeating Shandong Luneng 2-1. The win was all the more special as its the first over Shandong since 2007. As expected, the match […]

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 […]

5 Questions Facing Beijing Going Into the 2012 Season


Are you excited?  It’s now just over a week until we first see our Men in Green take the field in the Asian Cup and an extra few days before the 2012 Chinese Super League season kicks off.  We don’t know what will come after the opening match on March 10, but at least we […]

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 […]

The Heated Kang League: An Update On CSL Signings

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Mao Jianqing (Shaanxi Chanba to Beijing Guoan) Beijing Guoan started its winter training in Beijing this week and among the players, there was a new face in green as new signing Mao Jianqing reported to camp.  Mao burst on the scene in 2006 playing for his hometown club, Shanghai Shenhua, and impressed enough to earn […]

Who Cares About Football, It’s CSL Wedding Season!

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As Cristiano Ronaldo found out when Real Madrid came to China this summer, the Chinese media is interested in all details of a star’s life and wants demands full access.  Therefore, this time of year you’ll find two types of stories in the media when you open up a major sports webpage each morning.  One […]