Huang Bowen’s Beijing adventure

Huang Bowen played his first match at Worker’s Stadium since leaving Beijing Guoan in November 2011, the “homecoming” of sorts was far from warm, instead filled with vitriol and hatred. Huang arrived in Beijing as a 14 year old, where he joined Guoan’s youth side, but he developed quickly and at the age of 16 […]

Seen and Heard: Female football fans in China

One thing that has surprised me about Chinese football has been the large amount of female fans in the stands, chanting just as enthusiastically as their male counterparts. Even though old fashioned attitudes towards women are fading, Chinese society still by and large remains a man’s realm. When I was a teacher at a college […]

Beijing supporters debate the serious issue of…garbage

Worker’s Stadium was awash in green on Friday when over 41,000 fans watched Guoan defeat Shanghai East Asia 4-1. The next day when the reserve sides faced off, the venue was covered in newspapers. Anyone who has lived in Beijing can tell you that when windows are left open for a few hours, a layer […]

Gongti Stories: View from the North Stand

What does it mean to be a Beijing Guoan supporter? What’s on the mind of a fan? Over the next few weeks, I’ll sit down with a couple different supporters and present their viewpoints for you here. Today I  talk with Zhang, who is 28 and a longtime member of the Yulinjun (Royal Army), the […]

Gongti Stories: A view from the East Stand

What does it mean to be a Beijing Guoan supporter? What’s on the mind of a fan? Over the next few weeks, I’ll sit down with a couple different supporters and present their viewpoints for you here. The first fan is Wang, a 26 year old East Stand regular who is a travel agent by […]