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 […]

Guizhou Zhicheng vs. Liaoning FC: Five things we learned from the CSL opener

Friday evening saw Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng (henceforth, Guizhou) take on Liaoning FC in the Guiyang Olympic Sports Centre, with the opening match of the 2017 Chinese Super League finishing in a 1-1 draw. With a penalty given at either end, converted by James Chamanga and Nikica Jelavic respectively, and a red card for Liaoning goalkeeper […]

Hulk joins SIPG – An incredible boost for the CSL or an incredible waste of money?

Brazil international Hulk is set to join Shanghai SIPG in the coming days in a deal valued at €55 million from Zenit St. Petersburg. The versatile forward, 29, scored 56 goals in 97 Russian Premier League games for his former side following a similarly successful spell with FC Porto and has also represented his country […]

Straight Outta Canton: “King of Tianti” Dario Conca returns an Evergrande rival

Football fans can be notoriously complex to understand. Fiercely loyal one minute, fickle the next. There is not always underlying logic to their likes and dislikes, while often support can be divided. And so, this weekend’s top of the table Chinese Super League clash between Guangzhou Evergrande and current leaders Shanghai SIPG is particularly intriguing. […]

Hong Kong Round Up: New York Cosmos Shine Bright in Hong Kong

One of the trendiest and recognisable football teams in the world returned to Hong Kong in trumphiant fashion with a win over local powerhouses, South China. This was the legendary Cosmos first trip to Hong Kong since 1979 and they proved to be excellent ambassadors on and off the pitch as they sought to win […]