Atkins: Felipão arrives in China with much to prove as Evergrande roll the dice

The wind of change swept across Guangzhou on Thursday evening as dramatically as any of the city’s regular and dramatic storms thus far this summer. No sooner had the four-time Chinese Super League champions secured a 2-2 draw with Tianjin Teda than the announcement came—Fabio Cannavaro’s brief tenure as manager was over. In his place, […]

Worker’s Stadium Ramblings: No more next year

As a Chicagoan, I’m naturally disposed to the optimism of “wait ’till next year”. One of the local baseball teams, the Chicago Cubs, last won the title in 1908, that’s over 100 years ago (though I’m not a Cubs fan, South Side, baby! The White Sox last won it 10 years ago). I’ve heard it all […]

Straight Outta Canton: “King of Tianti” Dario Conca returns an Evergrande rival

Football fans can be notoriously complex to understand. Fiercely loyal one minute, fickle the next. There is not always underlying logic to their likes and dislikes, while often support can be divided. And so, this weekend’s top of the table Chinese Super League clash between Guangzhou Evergrande and current leaders Shanghai SIPG is particularly intriguing. […]

Wilson: “Government football” and pitch chaos added to rich lore of Shanghai Derby

It’s surely extremely rare for such an eagerly anticipated match to have such a wildly unpredicted outcome. Last Saturday’s Shanghai Derby was billed as the biggest game in the city for over a decade, yet it must be said that often clashes which are particularly looked forward to end up being unremarkable. However, the derby […]

Shanghai SIPG v Shanghai Shenhua: More than just a derby

This weekend’s Chinese Super League action sees the return of the Shanghai Derby. At last, once more, we appear to have once more settled upon a deserving rivalry for such a title—the Shanghai International Port Group against Greenland-backed Shanghai Shenhua. Both sides possess the ambition, money and, encouragingly, increasing core support to be real forces […]