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 Guoan and Jiangsu Sainty supporters, however after Saturday night’s match, it appears this relationship, thankfully, is on its last legs.…

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, WEF’s Cameron Wilson takes an in-depth look at the big changes in the Shanghai football landscape this year and how the fixture’s influence may spread beyond the city itself.

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 something of a resonance to this Shanghai derby, as, on Sunday evening, Shenhua and East Asia again provided an encounter charged with something more than your average CSL fixture.…

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)

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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

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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

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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

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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.…