Attending a Shanghai Shenhua Match: A First Time Visitor’s Guide

You’re aboard elevated metro line 3. The train climbs away from ground level at Shanghai Railway station and snakes through the northern districts of the city proper, affording a impressive view of the supertall skyscrapers accross the Huangpu river in Lujiazui. Minutes later, the line ascends even higher and Hongkou Football Stadium sweeps majestically into […]

Following Asian Cup performance, football in China faces reforms

The Chinese national team put in a surprise performance at the 2015 Asian Cup in Australia, losing 2-0 to hosts and eventual victors Australia after an impressive victory over Saudi Arabia, a 2-1 comeback win against Uzbekistan and another 2-1 triumph over North Korea. These results may not seem like much, but the Chinese national […]

Cheng: Moving matches to the Bird’s Nest would be big mistake

Beijing Guoan is considering playing some of it’s 2015 matches, perhaps including the Asian Champions League matches, at the empty, soulless edifice in northern Beijing called the Bird’s Nest. Doing so would be the ultimate in outrages. As a disclaimer, my walk to Worker’s Stadium on matchdays is no more than 10 minutes and I’m […]

Cheng: Zhou Liang scandal shows line always moving when it comes to regionalism in China

PPTV commentator Zhou Liang had to issue a public apology and was removed from his position after using the deragatory term “subei gou” (northern Jiangsu dogs) when going through Jiangsu’s lineup before the Chinese FA Cup semifinal last week (here’s the full incident). The term is commonly used by Shanghai fans (and has been picked […]

Cheng: Was Saturday the end of the Beijing-Jiangsu special relationship?

There are many oddities involved in Chinese football, one such example is the “special relationship” that exists between Beijing Guoan and Jiangsu Sainty supporters, however after Saturday night’s match, it appears this relationship, thankfully, is on its last legs. Nobody can really explain the roots of the relationship, but most speculation focuses on Jiangsu’s historic […]