“China flexes her football muscles” – in 1979 – against Celtic, Chelsea, WBA and Middlesbrough

“China flexes her football muscles” and “Chinese aim for place in the World Cup”: two headlines that could’ve been written in 2017 but were in fact in a Celtic match programme from 8th August 1979. That summer a squad of 17 Chinese players travelled to Europe for a long forgotten two month tour of France, […]

Manchester City Win Hong Kong Soccer Sevens Cup

Manchester City have won the Citibank Hong Kong Soccer Sevens 2014 cup final in scorchingly hot and humid conditions. Throughout the three days, City fielded their under-18s team and youthful zest and exuberance won over experience as they defeated Hong Kong champions Kitchee 2-1 with two goals from Brandon Barker after Kitchee had taken the lead […]

Guangzhou Evergrande to debut at HKFC Citibank Soccer Sevens

Think of Hong Kong ‘Sevens’ and the oval shaped sport comes to mind, but things are slowly changing with the HKFC Citibank Soccer Sevens having established themselves as the world’s best seven-a-side soccer tournament. Over recent years, the tournament has grown in prestige and this is reflected by the reputable teams headed to Hong Kong […]

Guangzhou R&F and Chelsea FC open football school

Guangzhou R&F have endured a difficult start to the Chinese Super League this season but have announced a rare piece of good news. Along with Chelsea FC of the English Premier League they are opening a football school in Meizhou. Once completed the school will boast thirteen playing fields as well as other training and […]

Hao Junmin: Another overseas Chinese failure?

If you look up the Chinese National Team on Wikipedia, your eyebrows may raise when you look at the ‘Current squad’ section. Chinese players are virtually extinct in Europe!* Previously Hao Junmin was a national team regular, but this month he left the Bundesliga’s Schalke 04 to join the Chinese Super League’s Shandong Luneng. According […]