Cheng: Despite historic start, Guoan stuck in limbo

A third of the way through the season, Beijing Guoan have only dropped six points in their opening 10 matches and sit in second place, three behind Guangzhou Evergrande. While this is their best start ever, that three points looks like a much deeper gulf to make up than it appears on paper. Let’s take […]

Cheng: Unfair start puts Harbin in deep hole

Harbin Yiteng will play its first ever top flight home match this weekend, facing off against Beijing Guoan. Unfortunately, fans in the Ice City have had to wait far too long for this match, their club starting off the season playing 7 away matches, losing them all. Yiteng’s long away trip was due to temperatures […]

Atkins: Liu Jian, forged contracts and Chinese justice

There has been a lot to celebrate in Chinese football over the past few seasons and, here at Wild East Football, we have been committed to bringing those improvements to the attention of a wider audience. There are, though, still plenty of aspects of football in China that are deserving of criticism both on and […]

Ross: Sven’s selections hurt R&F away at Beijing

Guangzhou R&F succumbed to their first defeat of the season on Monday night when they lost 2-0 away to Beijing Guoan. The Cantonese side improved greatly after two half-time substitutions which indicates that manager Sven Goran Eriksson got his initial line-up wrong.   R&F played a 4-2-3-1 formation with Hamdallah as the lone striker supported […]

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 […]