Shenhua or SIPG? Choose one

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From following the English Premier League to the Chinese Super League. This is a first hand account of one expat football fan’s experience following Shanghai SIPG. It all started when I heard about a Shanghai SIPG supporters club that was offering season tickets for just 500 RMB, I couldn’t believe what great value it was […]

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 best home sides in the CSL, what I didn’t realize was the incredible, active home support the side received. It blew me away at what they’ve created in such a short time, but there are also […]

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 Shenhua. If you are looking to grab a piece of the action, here’s how. Basics The game kicks off at 19.45 this Saturday, May 9 and is taking place at Shanghai Stadium in Xujiahui. This is […]

Away days: Shanghai Shenhua fans’ debaucherous Beijing adventure

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A tale of football, defeat, alcohol, bird-chasing and general sordidness. Just another weekend for the infamous sino-foreign Shenhua fans group, the SEC, except it was an away trip in Beijing. The names have been changed to protect the guilty… This eagerly-awaited expedition was the Shenhua Element Crew’s first bona fide long-range away trip since the […]

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 through the northern districts of the city proper, affording a impressive view of the supertall skyscrapers accross the Huangpu river in Lujiazui. Minutes later, the line ascends even higher and Hongkou Football Stadium sweeps majestically into […]

Following Asian Cup performance, football in China faces reforms

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The Chinese national team put in a surprise performance at the 2015 Asian Cup in Australia, losing 2-0 to hosts and eventual victors Australia after an impressive victory over Saudi Arabia, a 2-1 comeback win against Uzbekistan and another 2-1 triumph over North Korea. These results may not seem like much, but the Chinese national […]

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 empty, soulless edifice in northern Beijing called the Bird’s Nest. Doing so would be the ultimate in outrages. As a disclaimer, my walk to Worker’s Stadium on matchdays is no more than 10 minutes and I’m […]

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 deragatory term “subei gou” (northern Jiangsu dogs) when going through Jiangsu’s lineup before the Chinese FA Cup semifinal last week (here’s the full incident). The term is commonly used by Shanghai fans (and has been picked […]

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. Nobody can really explain the roots of the relationship, but most speculation focuses on Jiangsu’s historic […]

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 at the big changes in the Shanghai football landscape this year and how the fixture’s influence may spread beyond the city itself. For about a decade now Shanghai football has had little to shout about. Shenhua’s […]