Xihu Insider: Greentown in impressive victory over Shandong

Following a tough away defeat to Shijiazhuang in round two and an international break, Friday saw Hangzhou Greentown welcome Shandong Luneng to the Huang Long Stadium. Having suffered a 1-4 ACL home defeat to Seoul in their previous fixture and with both teams sitting in mid-table following a win and a draw from their opening […]

Guangzhou R&F suckered by streetwise Shandong

A piece of skill and a lucky deflection gave Shandong Luneng a second minute lead which their defence protected for the remainder of the game thanks to a combination of ruthless counterattacks, more than a little sportsmanship and the luck of the football gods. Two goals and an assist from Cantonese youngster Liu Binbin push […]

Shenhua stun Shandong in night of CSL drama

Luckless Shandong Luneng left Hongkou Stadium empty-handed for the second year in succession after losing 1-0 to Shanghai Shenhua on a night of pure footballing theatre. Off field matters again dominated a Shenhua home fixture, as Hongkou hero Wang Dalei returned to play his first game against his old club since his controversial big-money transfer […]

Samba in Shandong – an awkward dance beckons?

During transfer windows headlines are usually made by marquee signings. In the Chinese Super League that usually means a big name coming over from Europe. This is not always just players though, it can also include managers. Famous names like Marcello Lippi, who this past year won the AFC Champions League with Guangzhou Evergrande, and […]

Outrage in Shanghai as Wang Dalei joins Shandong for 3.6m Euro, Dai Lin folllows

The year 2014 got off to the worst possible start for fans of beleaguered Shanghai Shenhua when Shandong Luneng announced the signing of club stalwarts Wang Dalei and Dai Lin for 3.6m and 1.2m Euro respectively. In what is likely to be the biggest domestic transfer of the season, and the highest fee ever paid […]