Urawa – Shenhua alliance shows football has no borders

Japanese club Urawa Reds face Shanghai SIPG today in an Asian Champions League tie that brings together two groups of fans who have a remarkable attitude to Sino-Japanese relations. Hostility and bitterness towards Japan remains common in China many decades after the horrors of Japanese occupation in the second world war, with nationalistic sentiments against […]

Hong Kong and China set to clash in Asian Champions League for first time

Eastern have finally reached the promised land of the Asian Champions league and Hong Kong will see the highest level of continental club football grace it’s shores for the first time in it’s history. Eastern have been drawn in Group G with Chinese club giants Guangzhou Evergrande (CSL), Suwon Samsung Bluewings (K-League) and the third […]

Zhang Linpeng must work on discipline to fulfil potential

Guangzhou Evergrande defender Zhang Linpeng will turn 24 in two weeks time, and will do so with a world of opportunities at his feet over the next couple of years. Tall, powerful and technically sound, Zhang has perhaps more chance than any of his countrymen of making an impact in European football in the years […]

Urawa Reds 3-2 Guangzhou Evergrande: Lacklustre defeat in Japan

Urawa Reds 3-2 Guangzhou Evergrande AFC Champions League Group Stage Match 5 Koroki 52′, Abe 63′ Marcio (pen) 67′ ; Barrios 37′, Muriqui 87′ Attendance: 19,687 Guangzhou Evergrande fell to their first defeat of the 2013 Asian Champions League, but assured progression to the Last 16 in a 3-2 away loss to Urawa Reds. Having beaten Urawa […]