Guangzhou Evergrande owner Xu Jiayin: We have found no Messis in China

Guangzhou Evergrande owner Xu Jiayin has urged continued investment in youth development, insisting that despite his efforts in establishing the world’s biggest football school he is yet to see any ‘Lionel Messis’ coming through. Xu, one of the biggest players in Chinese football over the past decade, was speaking as a delegate at the ongoing […]

Atkins: Evergrande-Guoan remains the CSL’s prize attraction

As a neutral supporter of the Chinese Super League, it is always the first game I scan the fixture list for—Guangzhou Evergrande against Beijing Guoan. Whatever the season in recent years, it is this game which has continually stood out. On this very website, clashes between the pair were named “match of the year” on […]

Paulinho stars as Evergrande win feisty clash with Beijing Guoan

Brazil midfielder Paulinho struck twice to help Guangzhou Evergrande to victory in their CSL opener with rivals Beijing Guoan in a match which will be remembered for its ill-tempered nature and woeful refereeing. CHINESE SUPER LEAGUE 2017 Guangzhou Evergrande 2 Paulinho 19′, 87′ Beijing Guoan 1 Yilmaz 38′ (pen) Over the course of 90 minutes, referee […]

Carlos Tevez opens Shenhua account as Jiangsu suffer

Carlos Tevez opened his Shanghai Shenhua account from the penalty spot as Gustavo Poyet’s side beat Jiangsu Suning 4-0 in their first game of the 2017 Chinese Super League. CHINESE SUPER LEAGUE 2017 Shanghai Shenhua 4 Moreno 17′ 86′, Tevez 36′ pen, Mao Jianqing 79′ Jiangsu Sainty 0 Goals from Gio Moreno (2), Carlos Tevez […]

Alexandre Pato the villain as Tianjin Quanjian lose CSL opener to Guangzhou R&F

Fabio Cannavaro’s star-studded Tianjin Quanjian side endured a difficult start to the 2017 Chinese Super League season with a 2-0 defeat away to Guangzhou R&F, with goals from Xiao Jie and Renatinho. R&F, who lost several key figures over the winter, banished any doubt over their ability to resist the likes of Alexandre Pato, Geuvanio […]