Elkeson hits hat-trick as Shanghai SIPG thrash Changchun Yatai

Brazilian star Elkeson was the hero for Shanghai SIPG on Saturday evening, hitting a hat-trick as Shanghai SIPG began their 2017 Chinese Super League campaign with a 5-1 victory over Changchun Yatai. CHINESE SUPER LEAGUE Shanghai SIPG 1 Elkeson 43,51,59 Wu Lei (pen) 90 Changchun Yatai 1 Fan Xiaodong 26 It was Changchun Yatai who […]

Ross: Playing football in China isn’t as easy as some think

The opening of the transfer window has seen the Western media go into overdrive about players moving to the CSL, commonly describing this either as a ‘threat’ to the English Premier league or a ‘joke’. Most of this coverage is disrespectful and ill-informed, pushing the dominant narrative that players who move to Chinese clubs are […]

Straight Outta Canton: Evergrande winning with the handbrake on thanks to Goulart

Guangzhou Evergrande’s season is now five games old—glossing over February’s half-hearted effort at a Super Cup—and the Canton Tigers continue to boast a 100 percent record in 2015. In truth, they have yet to really be tested. Two league outings and a further three in the AFC Champions League have brought wins and goals, but not […]

Straight Outta Canton: What does 2015 hold in store for Guangzhou Evergrande?

Guangzhou Evergrande’s 2015 season began with a whimper in the Chinese Super Cup earlier this month, a competition which the four-time Super League champions have largely treated as a sideshow over recent campaigns. Given the Cantonese side sent out a team bereft of new signings Ricardo Goulart and Alan, it is perhaps fair that the penalty […]

Life after Conca a bumpy road but Evergrande still on top: Mid-Season Review

The double-winning Cantonese side’s 2013 was always going to be a hard act to follow, and the departure of pivotal midfield maestro Dario Conca in the winter hasn’t made it any easier. Performances have been wildly variable over a hectic schedule that saw them play two games most weeks, but despite a number of injuries […]