From the Qing dynasty, to collapsing roofs and the CSL: a history of Guangzhou R&F’s temporary home

Military parade ground, site of the first Provincial Games in China, political rallying point, Japanese military depot, home of the Guangdong-Hong Kong Cup, host of the Women’s World Cup, and finally a CSL venue. The Guangdong Provincial People’s Stadium has certainly witnessed a lot since it hosted the first Provincial Games in the dying days […]

North Terrace News: Shenhua’s latin swagger welcomes the CSL’s latest nouveau riche

Shanghai Shenhua blew the doors off the opening weekend of the 2017 Chinese Super League season with a barnstorming blowout win over near-neighbors Jiangsu Suning. After sending one of the CSL’s most fancied sides slinking home with tails between legs, can Shenhua see off the league’s latest big-money new entry? Yangtze Delta top dogs You’ve […]

Guangzhou Evergrande owner Xu Jiayin: We have found no Messis in China

Guangzhou Evergrande owner Xu Jiayin has urged continued investment in youth development, insisting that despite his efforts in establishing the world’s biggest football school he is yet to see any ‘Lionel Messis’ coming through. Xu, one of the biggest players in Chinese football over the past decade, was speaking as a delegate at the ongoing […]

Drop in quality but a lot to discuss: How did the CSL cope with the CFA’s new rules?

The CSL kicked off this weekend and, as well as dealing with the weight of expectation, every club had to cope with the controversial new rules introduced by the CFA in January. The number of foreign players allowed to be involved in each game was reduced from four+substitute to three, and each side had to […]

Worker’s Stadium Revue: What we learned from loss at Evergrande

Last night’s clash at Tianhe was a classic Guoan-Evergrande match, excellent football, lots of passion, and plenty of excitement, unfortunately a late Paulinho goal was the difference (go here for the match report).  Opening away at the six time champions is never an easy task and supporters surely won’t rue this defeat very long, but […]