View from the North: CFA Cup – Meh…

guoan players celebrate a goal

Guoan kicked off it’s CFA Cup experience at Gongti Wednesday night in what was a boring match from start to finish with few interesting points to discuss, nevertheless, I press on. I was surprised by Pacheco’s approach in this one, I was expecting more of a complete overhaul of the lineup, but he only made […]

View from the North: (Brief) Preview of Tonight’s FA Cup Match

Chinese FA Cup

We’ve talked about the weirdness of the competition, but now its time to forget about that and focus on what matters most, the actual matches.  The Men in Green will face off against a club from Shanghai (9-1, 9-1! no, not that side) as a part of a full slate of FA Cup matches tonight. […]

Chinese FA cup first round sees four shocks

fa cup table

The recently relaunched Chinese FA Cup threw up a few unexpected results when Chengdu, Qingdao, Shenzhen and Jiangsu were all knocked out by lower league opposition from the China League One (CL1). Wikipedia has a great page explaining this year’s competition format, but it doesn’t explain the bizarre scheduling highlighted before. The second round takes […]

The FA Cup’s Back…And It’s Stranger Than Ever!

fa cup table

The last time China held its version of the FA Cup was in 2006, it then disappeared for the next 2 years, supposedly due to the Olympics.  The CFA started discussing bringing it back in 2009, but like many things in China, these discussions went slowly, so slowly that it took 2 years to finally […]

Inter-city soccer rivalry

Shanghai Shenhua crashed out of the China FA cup on Wednesday night despite fighting back from two goals down against their great northern rivals, Beijing Hyundai, eventually losing 3-2 on aggregate. Trailing the capital side 2-0 after the first leg in Beijing, Shenhua came out fighting and sent their fans into raptures with two well […]