WEF Exclusive Interview: Ian Walker

Ian Walker Coaching

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.

The Whistles: A (somewhat) fictional story of a night on the road

guoan away fans

What follows is meant as a semi-fictional account of one awayday. Any similarities to certain incidents is coincidental and all the names have been changed to protect the (not so) innocent.

Exclusive: “The CFA tried to make me cut my long hair” – 1996 foreign pioneer speaks out


In an absolutely remarkable exclusive interview with one of the first Western footballers to play in the Chinese Football League, pioneering Swedish midfielder Pelle Blohm tells WEF all about  his amazing adventure with Dalian Wanda (now Shide) in the 1996 Jia-A season.

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

A lot to answer for - Anelka

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.

WEF Special: The bizarre downfall of Jean Tigana

tigana out press conf (Small)

International media  interest in Shanghai Shenhua is peaking once again, this time over the Jean Tigana saga. WEF gives the definitive word on the affair in a must-read feature article for all Shenhua fans.…

Looking At the Parallel Problems in Chinese Football and Basketball

Anelka v beijing

A self-made owner, crazy about sports (some would say just plain crazy), likes to meddle in team management and decisions, and decides to bring in a big-name manager and a star player from the world’s top league.…

Grassroots Pioneer Tom Byer Talks Soccer in China

Tom with Takeshi Okada, current manager of Hangzhou Greentown.Can the two leave a legacy of development and success in Chinese football?

Tom Byer is arguably the greatest pioneer of grassroots football this century. Situated at the heart of Japanese football’s rise Tomsan has become an icon in the Japanese youth soccer world, appearing in over 2,000 development soccer events and Tomsan’s Soccer techniques, the longest running Corner (over 13 years) inside the Ohasuta Program, showing each weekday morning on national television.…

Ten Reasons to Follow Your Local CSL Club

shanghai shenhua fans

Editor’s note: While there have been a ton of posts on this site, there are few that are as important as this one, written by Kenneth last year. 

Being a Disabled Supporter in China


A football stadium reflects society, you have supporters of all different age groups and economic backgrounds that attend matches each week.  

Shanghai Shenhua – Beijing Guoan: 18 years of loathing

jing-hu rivalry

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.