Cheng: Unique success in Shijiazhuang needs to be maintained

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Going into Saturday night’s match, I’d known that Shijaizhuang Yongchang had impressive attendance figures and was one of the …

The Shanghai Derby: Your guide to the biggest game in town for a decade

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This Saturday night sees a real blockbuster – a mouth-watering derby between Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) v Shanghai

Away days: Shanghai Shenhua fans’ debaucherous Beijing adventure


A tale of football, defeat, alcohol, bird-chasing and general sordidness. Just another weekend for the infamous sino-foreign Shenhua fans

Attending a Shanghai Shenhua Match: A First Time Visitor’s Guide

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You’re aboard elevated metro line 3. The train climbs away from ground level at Shanghai Railway station and snakes

Following Asian Cup performance, football in China faces reforms


The Chinese national team put in a surprise performance at the 2015 Asian Cup in Australia, losing 2-0 to …

Cheng: Moving matches to the Bird’s Nest would be big mistake

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Beijing Guoan is considering playing some of it’s 2015 matches, perhaps including the Asian Champions League matches, at the …

Cheng: Zhou Liang scandal shows line always moving when it comes to regionalism in China

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PPTV commentator Zhou Liang had to issue a public apology and was removed from his position after using the …

Cheng: Was Saturday the end of the Beijing-Jiangsu special relationship?

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There are many oddities involved in Chinese football, one such example is the “special relationship” that exists between Beijing …

Why the Shanghai derby is back with a vengeance

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Following an unexpectedly intense derby between Shanghai Shenhua and Shanghai East Asia, ‘s Cameron Wilson takes an in-depth look

White: Vibrant Shanghai Derby taking shape

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History is not something that can yet be applied to Chinese football in large doses, but there is already …