Ninety minutes from glory: China’s 1982 World Cup qualifying campaign

China entered the qualifying rounds for Spain’82 as something of an unknown quantity having not participated in the competition since 1958. They ended it having fallen just one win short of qualification. After withdrawing from both FIFA and the IOC in the late 1950s over the ‘Taiwan question’, China were deprived of officially sanctioned competitive […]

China’s historic 1977 tour to the USA remembered

In October 1977, Jimmy Carter was in the White House, the New York Yankees were on their way to another World Series win and the Chinese national team was in America to play three friendlies against the USA, and on their ground-breaking first tour to the capitalist West, the Chinese would also play five games in […]

Future unknown: Shanghai Shenhua 2013 mid-season review

With the season just over the half-way point, it’s time to look at CSL’s soap opera club Shanghai Shenhua and the surprising season the Hongkou side have had so far. Despite being shorn of world-class talent in the shape of Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka, the club find themselves making much more progress on the […]