Eastern fans’ bizarre absence from Guangzhou threatens Asian Champions League integrity

Eastern’s Asian Champions League debut against Guangzhou Evergrande was memorable for many reasons, but the most important one is in danger of being forgotten – the lack of any visiting supporters. It’s an issue which may not look significant to some, but in actual fact it has potentially serious repercussions for Asian football. The stage […]

Last minute drama as Ramires snatches Jiangsu win in South Korea

With less than a minute of regular time remaining inside the bleakly empty Jeju World Cup Stadium, Jiangsu Suning seemed to have collected a credible point against an enterprising and dangerous Jeju United FC side. However, following a probing Zhou Yun free kick from deep, the ball fell to Ramires whose low drive found the […]

Chinese Super League Prevails over HKPL as Evergrande Defeat Eastern in ACL Opener

AFC Champions League Group G Guangzhou Evergrande 7 Eastern 0 Attendance: 38631 Hopes were high for Eastern as they made their Asian Champions league debut in the intimidating surroundings of Tianhe stadium but any glimmer of a gaining an unexpected away result was all but rendered impossible within three minutes of play when the first […]

Scolari looks forward to Eastern FC clash as mysterious issue prevents away fans attending Asian Champion’s League debut

Hong Kong champions, Eastern, will embark their first ever Asian Champions league group stage match this coming Wednesday without any of their supporters to cheer them on despite the game taking place less than 130km away in Guangzhou. The ACL debutants take on the seasoned Asian Champions League veterans in the imposing surrounding of Tianhe Stadium, […]

“China flexes her football muscles” – in 1979 – against Celtic, Chelsea, WBA and Middlesbrough

“China flexes her football muscles” and “Chinese aim for place in the World Cup”: two headlines that could’ve been written in 2017 but were in fact in a Celtic match programme from 8th August 1979. That summer a squad of 17 Chinese players travelled to Europe for a long forgotten two month tour of France, […]