Beijing finds new way to disappoint against Tianjin


Beijing Guoan 2-2 Tianjin Teda Chinese Super League Round 10 Kanoute 35′, 59′; Cao Yang 51′, Valencia 90’+2 Attendance: 41,273 The Jing-Jin derby is always a tough match and this year’s first edition was no different, ending up with both sides splitting the points as Tianjin scored a late equalizer. Beijing put out one of […]

Thou shalt not win: Beijing’s ceaseless Hongkou punishment continues

shenhua drog beat beijing

On a wet and steamy summer’s evening, the gods overlooking Hongkou Stadium threw down a cruel and unusual punishment on Beijing Guoan as a badly under-strength Shanghai Shenhua side grabbed a 3-1 victory in the China Derby, despite their opponents controlling much of the game. Goals from Song Boxuan, Cao Yunding and Moises gave the […]

Another sad night for Guoan at Hongkou

piao cheng shenhua

The Hongkou curse reared its ugly head once again on Saturday night as Beijing Guoan looked the better side for much of the match, but in the end fell to Shanghai Shenhua 3-1. There was a lot of good the visitors can take from the match, despite the scoreline, but in the end all that […]

Guoan 3-0 Shenhua: Summer blues begin


The following match report gives a Shenhua fan’s perspective on the China Derby. To get the view from the North of this huge game, check out Bcheng’s account. “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it sure does rhyme” once said Mark Twain. Shenhua fans would certainly agree with that famous quote this season. Just last weekend […]

View from the North: Beijing 3 – 0 Shanghai

a sad Wang Dalei with the Guoan players celebrating in the background

I hate midweek matches. I love midweek matches. The upside is that with work all day, I barely have time to think about the game, especially a big match like this one, so I just go to the stadium excited instead of nervous. The downside is that work can get in the way, and it […]

Shandong on Championship brink

The Chinese Super League resumed last weekend after yet another break, this time for the Chinese national day holiday week, and another round of international fixtures. China put in a decent performance against Syria on October 8 to win 2-1. Your correspondent took in most of the game on China’s state sports channel, CCTV 5. […]

Shenhua press self-destruct button in action-packed China Derby

Shanghai Shenhua’s slender championship hopes were laid to rest in last night’s China Derby, as defensive botch-ups handed bitter rivals Beijing Guoan an easy 4-1 victory at the Workers Stadium. Second-placed Shenhua needed a win to try to cut the nine-point gap with leaders Shandong Luneng, who scored yet another late goal to draw 1-1 […]

“No surrender” to Beijing, say injury-ravaged Shenhua

It’s that time again – the Jing-Hu Dazhan (京沪大战), or “China Derby” between Beijing Guoan and Shanghai Shenhua. Both teams go into this match in less than ideal circumstances – under-performing Guoan fired head coach Hong Yuanshuo during the week, whilst Shenhua have not, one, not two, but three star foreign players unable to play.

Hongkou goes berserk as Shenhua beat bitter rivals Beijing 3-2

Shanghai Shenhua and Beijing Guoan conjured up an absolutely fantastic game of football on Saturday night, stirring Hongkou stadium into frenzied cauldron of passion, which spilled out into the streets at the final whistle.

The big one: Shanghai Shenhua v Beijing Guoan

China’s biggest grudge match is even spicier than usual today. For the first time ever, Beijing Guoan come to Shanghai as defending Chinese Super League champions in the most eagerly-awaited fixture on the Chinese football calendar – the Jing-Hu Dazhan (京沪大战)