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Davi shaking hands with Gao Chao

There are a lot of Chinese Super League oddities that take a long time to get used to, one in particular is the transfer window.  Unlike in Europe where news of a friend of a transfer target’s brother attending a certain team’s match is enough to make headlines, in China the news is thin at […]

Greentown forced out of Hangzhou

As is customary, the new season’s Chinese Super League fixture list threw up some interesting anomalies, not least of which was the fact that Hangzhou Greentown will not play any Chinese Super League games in the city which bears its name this year. Instead, it will play its home matches in other Zhejiang province cities, […]

Fans bemused by 30-minute half-time break

The wierd and wonderful world of Chinese football threw up another bizarre surprise when an announcement told fans at Shanghai’s Hongkou stadium on Sunday that the half-time period in their game against Qingdao would last 30 minutes long. Many fans stayed in the stadium scratching their heads trying to work out what the reason behind […]

Shandong clinch championship as club bus attacked after match

Shandong Luneng are the 2010 Chinese Super League champions, after drawing 1-1 away to basement side Nanchang in an oddly-scheduled game  at 3.40pm on a Wednesday afternoon. They take the Chinese Super League title for the third time in five seasons, and are Chinese champions for the fourth time. The anti-social timing wasn’t enough to […]

Maradona to lead Shenhua under bizarre coaching system?

According to a flurry of recent media reports, Shanghai Shenhua’s flamboyant owner Zhu Jun is trying to persuade Diego Maradona to coach his side next season. The news may come as a shock to many Shenhua followers, given the fact that current coach, Miroslav Blažević, has a year to run on his contract and is […]