Snoop Dogg, NYE in Iran, dodgy haircuts – welcome to the CSL twittersphere!

‘In the Country of the Blind the One-Eyed Man is King’ as the saying goes and to tamper with it slightly, ‘In the Middle Kingdom, Weibo is King’. Long has China’s internet control been discussed as global favorites Facebook and Twitter are blocked in order for their Chinese counterparts Ren Ren and Weibo to thrive. […]

Shanghai Shenhua – 2012 in review: A Major Malfunction

With the year drawing to an end its time to look back on just how remarkable 2012 was for Shanghai Shenhua. ‘s Cameron, a Shenhua season ticket holder for the last seven years, tries to make sense of a baffling and bizarre 12 months at a club which became a household name in the football […]

WEF Exclusive Interview: Ian Walker

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 […]

Shanghai shocker: Drogba and Anelka may have played their last games for Shenhua

Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka’s short Shanghai Shenhua careers may already be over due to an imminent financial crisis at the club, according to an alarming story in today’s Oriental Sports Daily. The Shanghai-based newspaper today alleges that due to a shareholder dispute, Zhu Jun is set to pull his investment out of the club […]

Thai referee spoils classic Shandong – Shenhua contest

Shandong Luneng and ten-man Shanghai Shenhua played out a pulsating 3-3 draw in Jinan on Saturday night in a match marred by a very poor refereeing performance. Shenhua players and management both spoke out after the match which featured some very odd decisions from the officials, including one clearly bogus penalty, and another extremely questionable […]

Anelka the architect, Drogba the destroyer as Shenhua hammer Hangzhou

Nicolas Anelka put in a scintillating performance and Didier Drogba opened his Chinese Super League account as Shanghai Shenhua annihilated Hangzhou Greentown 5-1 at Hongkou Stadium last night. The much-maligned French striker finally showed why Shenhua are paying him around 175,000 UK pounds a week by setting up two goals and putting in a man-of-the […]

The CSL’s Top 15 Salaries

Sohu, one of the main Chinese Internet portals, recently released a list of the top 15 highest salaries in the Chinese Super League. A lot of what you see is to be expected, Guangzhou Evergrande and Shanghai Shenhua are well represented. The list includes coaches and players and so it’s interesting to see four managers […]

Drogba matters most for what he can achieve off the pitch in China

On Monday of last week, Africans were protesting on the streets of Guangzhou after one of their own was killed after being taken into police custody. A day later, Didier Drogba, international footballing superstar and a hero across Africa, announced that he’d be joining Shanghai Shenhua in July. At the end of his statement, in […]

Anelka: “Shenhua doesn’t trust me” – exclusive translation

Yesterday Shenhua were in the international news headlines yet again, when Anelka threatened to leave Shenhua, ostensibly over the imminent arrival of former Argentina manager Sergio Batista. News outlets quoted a Xinmin Evening News report published on Monday May 21, in which Anelka complained of a lack of support from the club, and of “games” […]

Anelka: I already know Drogba’s decision

Nicolas Anelka knows Didier Drogba’s next move and strongly suggested in a press conference today that the Chelsea star will not be joining him at Shanghai Shenhua during the summer transfer window. Drogba’s next move has been the subject of intense speculation over the past couple of months, with Shenhua amongst the front-runners for his […]