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 […]

Shenhua or SIPG? Choose one

From following the English Premier League to the Chinese Super League. This is a first hand account of one expat football fan’s experience following Shanghai SIPG. It all started when I heard about a Shanghai SIPG supporters club that was offering season tickets for just 500 RMB, I couldn’t believe what great value it was […]

Cheng: Unique success in Shijiazhuang needs to be maintained

Going into Saturday night’s match, I’d known that Shijaizhuang Yongchang had impressive attendance figures and was one of the best home sides in the CSL, what I didn’t realize was the incredible, active home support the side received. It blew me away at what they’ve created in such a short time, but there are also […]

The Shanghai Derby: Your guide to the biggest game in town for a decade

This Saturday night sees a real blockbuster – a mouth-watering derby between Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) v Shanghai Shenhua. If you are looking to grab a piece of the action, here’s how. Basics The game kicks off at 19.45 this Saturday, May 9 and is taking place at Shanghai Stadium in Xujiahui. This is […]

Away days: Shanghai Shenhua fans’ debaucherous Beijing adventure

A tale of football, defeat, alcohol, bird-chasing and general sordidness. Just another weekend for the infamous sino-foreign Shenhua fans group, the SEC, except it was an away trip in Beijing. The names have been changed to protect the guilty… This eagerly-awaited expedition was the Shenhua Element Crew’s first bona fide long-range away trip since the […]