The Mads Davidsen column: Same old Sainty

Shandong squeezed East Asia Radomir Antic’s team is far the best in China when talking of working off the ball and pressuring an opponent in an organized way. This meant Shanghai East Asia’s usual possession game was nullified when they lost 0-1 to Shandong on Friday. One of the main reasons was due to the […]

The Mads Davidsen column: Okada’s dilemma

The worst performance this season for Hangzhou Sunday evening at Shanghai Stadium was a nightmare for the Hangzhou Greentown fans. My ticket gave me a seat among the Hangzhou supporters, so I could really feel and see their desperation during the defeat to Shanghai East Asia. Hangzhou’s Japanese coach Okada seems to have changed his […]

Atkins: Conca ready to bow out on a high?

When Argentine midfielder Dario Conca joined Guangzhou Evergrande in July 2011, his US$10 million transfer fee and astonishing US$14million-per-year wages left the football world aghast. Conca may have been the Brazilian Championship Player of the Year in 2010, but he had remained a relative unknown outside of South America and, now, was earning more money than […]

The Mads Davidsen column: Beijing v Guangzhou – a European standard clash

The CSL returned this week after a break for national games, with Evergrande continuing their dominance, and Jiangsu once more showed how vulnerable a team they are. Ten men against Evergrande is ‘Mission Impossible’ The start of the game between Evergrande and Beijing was fantastic. Some of the best football I have seen in my […]

Atkins: Evergrande defeat exposes Guoan recruitment woes

Beijing Guoan fell to a 3-0 defeat at Guangzhou Evergrande’s Tianhe Stadium on Wednesday night in a game that only served to show the clear gulf in class between the two sides at the present moment. There were brief moments in the early stages where it had looked like the capital side may at least […]