Death of an institution: The Dalian Shide Story

Last week one of the most popular Dalian Shide weibo news accounts made its final ever post, bidding a final farewell to the world, following the tragic demise of the club over the close season. The disappearance of China’s most successful football club in dubious circumstances over the close season generated a large cloud of […]

Chinese sides use bonuses as key to motivate players

Starting with Guangzhou Evergrande’s ascendancy to the Chinese Super League, there’s been a lot of focus on win bonuses. These are common in China (and probably in the rest of the world as well) where a certain amount is divided between the squad, getting a percentage based on if they scored, if they started, or […]

Jiangsu television tries to turn off Sainty over dispute

Jiangsu Sainty have been one of the more interesting sides to watch this season after their overachieving  results last year. This year it’s been up and down, striker Hamdi Salihi made an instant impact in place of injured player Cristian Danalache and youngsters Sun Ke and Ji Xiang are fun to watch, however local fans […]

WEF Exclusive: Ex-Chengdu Blades coach Don O’Riordan talks Beckham and grassroots

There are few better placed in China to evaluate the football scene than Don O’Riordan. Following a long career in English football, the 55-year-old from Dublin started coaching in the UK then after returning home he managed two clubs and moved onto Sheffield United where he worked with Neil Warnock. United’s ties to China with […]

Ticket prices across the CSL

The Chinese Super League opened the season this past weekend with goals galore and a number of exciting matches. While the quality of league matches can’t compare to the European matches available on television each weekend, the match experience at many venues is well worth it. Plus, you can get in for the price of […]