Who needs the Manchester Derby when you have the Shanghai Derby?

The last minute cancellation of the Manchester Derby tells us an awful lot about where Chinese football is at right now on several fronts. From millions spent on top foreign players but nothing on basics like playing surfaces, to European clubs’ true attitude towards China, to what is a real derby anyway, these are all […]

Cheng: Gao guided China into next round, time for CFA to trust in him

It wasn’t quite mission impossible for China last night, but it was pretty close. China needed to beat group leaders Qatar and have a number of other results go there way. Much like when they “fell ass backwards into the Asian Cup” things worked out for them on the night. Even before kick-off in Xi’an, […]

Suning’s early woes to be expected but team needs to right the ship

Jiangsu Suning shocked the football world with their spending this winter making a major statement of intent as they build a powerful contender in the CSL. However despite the expected schadenfreude from the media and fans, expectations of the side getting off to a slow start were confirmed with a disappointing debut on their return […]

Wilson: Simple changes needed to make CFA Cup a truly great competition

Sunday evening’s CFA cup final was not a great game of football but it still generated great entertainment for all present despite the competition’s numerous organizational flaws. Shanghai Shenhua fans are  bitterly disappointed following their club’s extra-time 1-0 defeat to Jiangsu Sainty. However, those in blue will not forget that on the way the cup generated a truly […]

Cheng: Perrin will have a lot to answer for if China fail to win tonight

I don’t like Gao Lin. Any casual reader of this site won’t be surprised by that statement, in fact, many would consider it an extreme understatement. So perhaps everyone will be surprised when I say that I am shocked that Alain Perrin didn’t pick Gao for the national team’s critical clash against Qatar that takes […]