The Whistles: A (somewhat) fictional story of a night on the road

What follows is meant as a semi-fictional account of one awayday. Any similarities to certain incidents is coincidental and all the names have been changed to protect the (not so) innocent. I’ve loved the idea of awaydays for awhile, but the reality is far different from the idea. It’s not for everyone, but for those […]

Awayday lessons

Lately, there’s been an uptick in the number of Guoan fans (including sone foreigners) who travel to away games. Many of them are going for the first time and don’t have a complete grasp of what an awayday is like, leading to some recent problems in Shanghai and Tianjin. ‘s here to provide all you […]

Love Football Hate Business: Fans from Shanghai and Beijing come together to make statement

There was a lot of excitement in Beijing and Shanghai this week about the arrival of Bayern Munich and Manchester United, respectively. Both matches were “away” games for the Chinese Super League sides that hosted them, with fans of the European clubs they were playing coming out in large numbers from all over China to […]

Fights break out before the Chongqing derby

Chinese authorities tend to do a good job when it comes to keeping fans, especially visiting fans, safe. However what they’ve yet to figure out how to deal with is local derbies. Having followed Chinese football for many years, this reporter saw the worst violence he’s ever witnessed after a Shanghai derby many years ago. […]

China Derby from a neutral perspective: Caught in the Crossfire

One match, four goals, and hundreds of thousands of “Shabis!” later a sizable contingent of contributors gathered to have a real ‘pub talk’ following an exhausting roller coaster ride of football. Now that you’ve already read the fantastically fan-perspective reporting from heavyweights B-Cheng (Beijing Guoan Report) and Shanghai Ultra (Shanghai Shenhua Report), here’s a glimpse […]