Into the third tier: A day out at Fujian Broncos

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A few weeks ago I was offered the chance to go and watch Fujian Chaoyue (Fujian Broncos) play at home in this their first voyage into Chinese association football.

An Ode to Lang Zheng (or why there are all kinds of heroes)


Lang Zheng is the Chinese football equivalent of Gus Triandos. If you don’t know who that is, you either don’t go very deep in knowledge of 1970s Baltimore Orioles players (very forgivable) and/or you’re not a fan of the HBO television series “The Wire” (somewhat unforgivable).…

Going to Gongti: A view from the away end

R&F at Gongti

Your WEF correspondent travelled to Beijing to watch Guoan host Guangzhou R&F and here relates what fans in the away end at Gongti can expect as well as some experiences more unique to following R&F.

Shanghai Shenhua fans’ Xi Jinping protest banner confiscated amid ruckus

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A banner quoting Chinese president Xi Jingping on the importance of tradition and culture, brandished by Shanghai Shenhua fans protesting their club’s name change, was confiscated by police amid angry scenes at Hongkou Stadium on Saturday night.…

Names change, the game stays the same


Commerce and football – never the best of companions, particularly in leagues still struggling to establish themselves in a nation’s hearts.…

Join in the chant: A rough guide to the songs of Shanghai Shenhua

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WEF delves deep into Chinese football culture to bring you the full repertoire of one of its best-known and most respected fan groups, Shanghai Shenhua’s Blue Devils (Lanmo) and its assorted sub-groups.

On the buses – a Guangdong Hong Kong cup expedition

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A fans eye view of a trip with the Guangzhou R&F faithful to support their Provincial team

Guangzhou R&F fans hit the road

Guangzhou R&F fans hit the road

There has been a lot of transfer activity in recent weeks but there has been little on-pitch action for Chinese football fans to get excited about since the end of Guangzhou Evergrande’s participation in the Club World Cup.…

Guangzhou R&F focus on their fans

R&F open training session

The Chinese Super League is currently taking a summer break due to the East Asia Cup but the fun hasn’t stopped for fans of Cantonese side Guangzhou R&F as the club have organised a series of activities to strengthen links between the fans, the club and the players.

Pub Talk: Chinese fan culture special


With not much happening during the international break for China except friendly internationals, the lads do something a bit different today, and focus on fan culture in Chinese footy.

Guide to terrace tunes in Beijing

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During the next few weeks that the Chinese Super League is on break, we’ll take a deeper look at supporter culture in China.