Lanmo Wudi

An utterly mental away trip. I haven’t been to Beijing since Feb 2005 when I first left on my grand trip from Dunfermline to Shanghai overland, but this visit involved a journey with a Shanghai Shenhua fans club (Blue Devils) who are, well, just like any other bunch of hardcore fans. We took the sleeper […]

Early AFC Champions League exit for Shenhua

Despite chalking up their first point of their 2007 AFC Champions League campaign, Shanghai Shenhua are out of the competition after being held 0-0 by J-League champions Urawa Reds yesterday. On a gloriously sunny Pudong afternoon, both sides failed to impress, with an Urawa header against the crossbar in the second half the nearest either […]

April tomfoolery rules on Shenhua terraces

Off-pitch goings-on again overshadowed play as Shanghai Shenhua notched up their second win of the season, in a fine 3-1 victory against Wuhan. Returning favourite Saul Martinez scored a well-taken effort on his second debut for the club, along with a brace from Uruguayan Sergio Blanco, but the relationship between the fans and the Shenhua […]

True Blue: A night with Shanghai’s football hardcore

Wild scenes of celebration, drunken tomfoolery, and a stampede of autograph hunters scrambling over tables and chairs were highlights of the evening as major stars from the world of Chinese football attended a fans event in the city on Saturday night. Your correspondent was there to witness the rowdy goings-on, after unwittingly finding himself among […]

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 […]