Shanghai Shenhua fans’ Xi Jinping protest banner confiscated amid ruckus

A banner quoting Chinese president Xi Jingping on the importance of tradition and culture, brandished by Shanghai Shenhua fans protesting their club’s name change, was confiscated by police amid angry scenes at Hongkou Stadium on Saturday night. At the end of Saturday’s Yangtze Delta Derby against Hangzhou, which resulted in a miserable 3-1 defeat for […]

Names change, the game stays the same

Commerce and football – never the best of companions, particularly in leagues still struggling to establish themselves in a nation’s hearts. New York Red Bulls, anyone? The subject is a live one in Shanghai, as Shenhua’s new owners face an uncertain situation having discarded the name in favour of their own brand, then apparently agreeing […]

Join in the chant: A rough guide to the songs of Shanghai Shenhua

WEF delves deep into Chinese football culture to bring you the full repertoire of one of its best-known and most respected fan groups, Shanghai Shenhua’s Blue Devils (Lanmo) and its assorted sub-groups. Well-known for their use of Shanghainese dialect in some of their songs, we’ve included audio clips to keep you right – those who […]

On the buses – a Guangdong Hong Kong cup expedition

A fans eye view of a trip with the Guangzhou R&F faithful to support their Provincial team There has been a lot of transfer activity in recent weeks but there has been little on-pitch action for Chinese football fans to get excited about since the end of Guangzhou Evergrande’s participation in the Club World Cup. […]

Guangzhou R&F focus on their fans

The Chinese Super League is currently taking a summer break due to the East Asia Cup but the fun hasn’t stopped for fans of Cantonese side Guangzhou R&F as the club have organised a series of activities to strengthen links between the fans, the club and the players. This week there was an open training […]