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 […]

Xihu Insider: Chen Po-Liang to the rescue against Hohhot but can Hangzhou Greentown make it two from two against Xinjiang?

After Hong Myung-Bo’ substitutes turn the tide against opening weekend opponents Hohhot Zhongyou, this week Xihu Insider looks at what Matthew Spiranovic’s untimely injury means for Greentown and previews the arrival of round two’s opponents Xinjiang Tianshan Snow Leopards. Greentown secure an unconvincing three points The 61st minute introduction of Chen Po-Liang spurred Hangzhou Greentown […]

Ramires propels Jiangsu to verge of knockouts with Osaka win

Jiangsu maintained a perfect record in the ACL and look imperious at the top of Group H following a resilient but oftentimes precarious 1-0 win over Gamba Osaka. While the home side energized proceedings by nobly harrying for a second half equalizer, in truth, it was a wet and unconvincing game of football that will […]

Suwon Bluewings overcome Under-Strength Eastern 1-0 in Asian Champions League

Match day three of Asian Champions league Group G saw a severely weakened Eastern team fall 1-0 to the K League giants, Suwon Samsung Bluewings.  Eastern were without Manuel Bleda, Diego Eli and also reliable mainstays Xu Deshaui and Ju Yingzhi so they faced an uphill task against the Bluewings. Yet, Eastern again took advantage […]

League One Review: Eight Talking Points from Round 1

League One completed its opening round this past weekend and we look at eight talking points from what was, as always, an eventful set of matches. How has the U23 rule effected League One? Are Shenzhen as good as they seem? Who is an excellent manager? Find out below. U23 Rule Not Such A Big […]