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

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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 […]

Shanghai Shenhua 2013 in review: Zhu Jun wanted Shenhua relegated

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With 2013 coming to a close, its time for the annual round-up of how Shanghai Shenhua performed. Correspondent Cameron Wilson gets out the enigma machine to try to make sense of the CSL’s soap opera club and comes to a rather disturbing conclusion… After a traumatic and truly bizarre 2012, Shanghai Shenhua started this season […]

The Mads Davidsen Column: Analyzing CSL 2013’s winners and losers

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The Chinese Super League 2013 is now over after an interesting season with Guangzhou Evergrande, as expected, the champions, while Shanghai East Asia were the surprise package of the year as the promoted team lifted the CSL’s quality of football. The usual suspects Head coach Marcello Lippi and Evergrande were outstanding this season with a […]

Guangzhou R&F win controversial end of season thriller against Shenhua

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Guangzhou R&F 4 – 2 Shanghai Shenhua China Super League Round 30 Yakubu 27’ (pen), Rafael Coelho 68’, Davi 85’ (pen), Zhang Shuo 89’ ; Firas Al-Khatib 63’, Xiong Fei 77’ Guangzhou R&F won an action packed and at times controversial game to end their season on a high note. Most of the action came […]

Ian Walker: Wang Dalei can play in the Premiership one day

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One of the success stories of the Chinese Super League season this year so far has been the stunning performances of Shanghai Shenhua keeper Wang Dalei, which have seem him elevated to the national team. Despite having made his debut over six years ago for Shenhua and seemingly having been on the CSL scene for […]

Shanghai Shenhua player ratings 2012 – Wang Dalei the standout performer

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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 […]