Cheng: Was Saturday the end of the Beijing-Jiangsu special relationship?

There are many oddities involved in Chinese football, one such example is the “special relationship” that exists between Beijing Guoan and Jiangsu Sainty supporters, however after Saturday night’s match, it appears this relationship, thankfully, is on its last legs. Nobody can really explain the roots of the relationship, but most speculation focuses on Jiangsu’s historic […]

Ross: “Eight pointer” on Sunday between Shanghai East Asia and Guangzhou R&F

“The six pointer” is a well-worn football cliché but when Shanghai East Asia and Guangzhou R&F go head-to-head on Sunday night the CSL’s tie-breaker rules effectively make it an “eight point game.” Expect a gripping contest as both sides try to put themselves in prime position to claim the last Asian Champions League spot. Neither […]

White: Vibrant Shanghai Derby taking shape

History is not something that can yet be applied to Chinese football in large doses, but there is already something of a resonance to this Shanghai derby, as, on Sunday evening, Shenhua and East Asia again provided an encounter charged with something more than your average CSL fixture. Possibly the largest away following in Hongkou […]

Why PSG & Zlatan’s time in China failed & I’ll never go to another summer tour match (until I go again)

I have been blessed (or cursed?) in living in the two countries where summer tours are most prevelant these days, the United States and China. Each summer like clockwork, big clubs from all of Europe’s big four leagues (and beyond) decide to go on these money grabbing trips and the fans in these countries just […]

Shenhua must start from zero after Beijing smash 20-year China Derby curse

To the outsider, a 0-3 defeat at home to your biggest rivals just looks like another bad result. But unfortunately for Shenhua fans it’s something much more than that. The rivalry between China’s two biggest cities, Beijing and Shanghai, is well-documented and permeates all levels of life in the country. You’ll be hard pressed to […]