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Daily Briefs Humpday: Aussie takeover continues

takes a look at all the big Chinese sports news stories so you don’t have to. Yes, I’m still alive despite the (literally) choking pollution in Beijing the past few days, the air is better, my mood is better, and  I’m once again sharing the many stories from Chinese football with you. Hat tip from Roon, a Roar fan for part of our opening story, this can indeed be interactive folks, so feel free to share any great stories you have with us and I’ll try to get them in the briefs!

Lots of foreigners are coming and they are from the Australia. Brisbane midfielder Erik Paartalu has signed a two-year deal with Tianjin Teda. Michael Marrone, Melbourne Heart defender, appears to be very close to signing with Shanghai Shenxin (though some in the media are wrongly reporting he’s going to Shenhua). Jonas Salley, a Gold Coast midfielder who spent 2012 with Shenxin, has signed with Guizhou Renhe. With a number of other teams still missing Asian players, expect more Aussies to make the trip north.

Surprise! Dalian Shide has registered with the CSL for the 2013 season. Just when you thought it was all over, well, it ain’t. Here’s a decent story from Chinese media (gasp!) about the situation. Also, expect to hear more from soon.

Guangzhou R&F fans rejoice! The “other” Cantonese side’s returning to Yuexiushan this season. I’m not a Fuli fan but I’m certainly happy about it, look forward to that away trip.

Preseason action all over the place: Evergrande beat local Guangdong third division side 5-0 with Elkeson scoring in the match, Shandong Luneng beat Hangzhou Greentown 2-0, Beijing Guoan won handily (4-0) over Chongqing Lifan, while Wuhan Zall lost 0-1 to Henan Construction.  However, in this match Henan captain Lu Feng went down with a very bad injury. The Shanghai teams are staying away from the other CSL sides who are congregating in Kunming, with East Asia going to Spain (and showing up at Barcelona) and Shenhua’s in Argentina (where they played River Plate).

The Chinese national team and U22s are both in Spain as well, though having varying degrees of luck there. The national team took on a Spanish Segunda Division B club (the Spanish third division) and proceeded to lose 2-0 to that side. Que up media reports and fan attacks. The next day, the U22’s tried to save face by playing a Spanish fourth division club‘s U18 side, trouncing them 9-0, leading to even more guffaws among the weibo-ratti.

Guangzhou Evergrande season tickets went on sale Friday, with fans lining up days before. Lines wrapped around Tianhe Stadium for the tickets, which ranged from RMB600-1300 for the 20,000+ that were put on sale. If you missed out, you’ll get a second chance on February 2nd as 2,000 more will be sold, just make sure to line up early!

Speaking of Evergrande, their recent “cooperation” with R&F may continue. Rumours are that R&F is doing their darndest to become Evergrande lite and sign yet another red, Zhao Xuri, though word is Lippi doesn’t want to part with this player.

Beijing Guoan is reported to be chasing Rapid Bucharest defender Vladimir Bozovic.  That said, Francois Senne is back in camp and it looks like Guoan will be giving him another chance. Also, if you believe the rumors that were flying around in Kunming, there were scouts who liked the cut of youngster Xu Wu’s gib.

The Chinese women’s team beat Korea today. It was their first win of the four team tournament, also including Canada and Norway, currently taking place in China.

Brandon Chemers aka B. Cheng aka A Modern Lei Feng – is a name which may be familiar to many in the Chinese blogosphere. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for Wild East Football and is one of the lonely souls writing about Chinese football in English for the last 10 years. Chemers' credentials are second to none – his former blog focused not only on the fortunes of his beloved Beijing Guoan FC, but a multitude of other aspects of Beijing life. He’s deservedly built a reputation in the Chinese blogosphere as an insightful observer of not only Chinese football, but also the wider picture of life in modern China and its many layers. For WEF, beyond writing about Guoan, he often focuses on fan culture and the business of Chinese football.



  1. Yiddo Huayi

    16/01/2013 at 19:33

    20,000 memberships on sale for Evergrande and queues for them. That surely has to be a feel good story for Chinese football.

    Now if you can take most of the rest of the A-league Aussies then my team might avoid the wooden spoon this season. (And I do mean “might”).

    • bcheng

      16/01/2013 at 19:49

      Guoan and Evergrande could sell considerably more. Guoan holds an online draw for tickets, there were over 32,000 applications for 23,000 tickets.

      However, these two are exceptions to the rule.

  2. Roon

    17/01/2013 at 14:48

    Jeez, check out that photo of the Roar 2010-11 Premiership/Championship Double-winning team: 2 guys now in China; 2 guys now in Korea; 2 left in Brisbane!

    Make us an offer?

  3. Roon

    22/01/2013 at 11:35

    Former Tianjin Defender Milan Susak, now with Sepahan, tweets that another Aussie player is off to China – former Brisbane Roar back-to-back Championship skipper: ‏”Matt mckay has signed for changchun yatai in china, same club he was on loan to couple of years back. good luck to him”

    Yet another one (#15) from this photo!

    • bcheng

      22/01/2013 at 20:33

      Depressing for me too, after this only Guoan and Qingdao have yet to make a signing.

      • Roon

        23/01/2013 at 15:58

        Is Reinaldo still on the Guoan roster?

        Meanwhile, in other news to further depress fans of Brisbane, Melbourne & Beijingers alike, Joel Griffiths had a field day in his first game for his hometown Sydney FC, playing in front of Alessandro Del Piero, in a 7-1 rout of cellar-dwellers Wellington Phoenix. Griffiths scored the opener from an ADP assist and contributed well for his new club, coming off after 65 minutes.

        Sydney’s star-studded attack now seems complete, with ADP supported by Griffiths, Socceroos Brett Emerton and Jason Culina, recently returned from serious injury.

  4. Roon

    23/01/2013 at 16:00

    Matt McKay with the President of Changchun Yatai

  5. Roon

    25/02/2013 at 22:13

    Might be another one on the plane soon? Ryan Griffiths is not travelling with the Newcastle Jets squad to Wellington, NZ, because he’s coming back to China. No confirmation on final destination…

    • bcheng

      25/02/2013 at 22:43

      Word is he was joining Beijing’s lower division side, but he’s denied that so far, we’ll have to see…

  6. Roon

    26/02/2013 at 06:32

    Hmmm, was it a categorical denial or something stronger, Sir Humphrey?

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