Why the Shanghai derby is back with a vengeance

Following an unexpectedly intense derby between Shanghai Shenhua and Shanghai East Asia, ‘s Cameron Wilson takes an in-depth look at the big changes in the Shanghai football landscape this year and how the fixture’s influence may spread beyond the city itself. For about a decade now Shanghai football has had little to shout about. Shenhua’s […]

White: Vibrant Shanghai Derby taking shape

History is not something that can yet be applied to Chinese football in large doses, but there is already something of a resonance to this Shanghai derby, as, on Sunday evening, Shenhua and East Asia again provided an encounter charged with something more than your average CSL fixture. Possibly the largest away following in Hongkou […]

Into the third tier: A day out at Fujian Broncos

A few weeks ago I was offered the chance to go and watch Fujian Chaoyue (Fujian Broncos) play at home in this their first voyage into Chinese association football. Previously I had only watched one Chinese game live and that was Beijing Guoan in the Asian Champions League a few years back, but being a keen […]

An Ode to Lang Zheng (or why there are all kinds of heroes)

Lang Zheng is the Chinese football equivalent of Gus Triandos. If you don’t know who that is, you either don’t go very deep in knowledge of 1970s Baltimore Orioles players (very forgivable) and/or you’re not a fan of the HBO television series “The Wire” (somewhat unforgivable). In any case, watch this short video via youtube, […]

Going to Gongti: A view from the away end

Your correspondent travelled to Beijing to watch Guoan host Guangzhou R&F and here relates what fans in the away end at Gongti can expect as well as some experiences more unique to following R&F. Guizhou Renhe fans have the worst time when it comes to planning a relatively easy and cheap away trip (ie no […]