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 […]

Malawi’s national stadium to be opened by … Guangzhou R&F

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Jiangsu shirk spotlight for Hainan hard graft

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A trumpet-playing panda and half-time ice cream: West Brom’s 1978 tour of China

In May 1978 West Bromwich Albion made history by becoming the first English professional football team to tour China, playing in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou as well as the then British colony of Hong Kong. WEF looks back at this little known tour that was significant on both sporting and political levels.