China

What’s fueling China’s massive investment in soccer

The People’s Republic of China is on a mission to become a global soccer powerhouse, pursuing its goal with the dead-eyed determination only an authoritarian behemoth can muster by Matthew Moir | illustration by Noah MacMillan It’s a soft, humid morning in a southeastern suburb of Beijing, and a stern-faced gym teacher clad in a tracksuit …

Oscar is a piano player in a Shanghai mall now

The unfathomable greed of modern footballers goes too far (Oscar/Twitter) Remember Oscar, the former Chelsea player who recently moved to Shanghai SIPG for £400,000 a week? Well, now he has apparently taken up a side job as a piano player in a mall, showing just has deep his unquenchable thirst for money runs. Oscar posted a …

The oral history of Carlos Tevez’s homesickness

Shanghai Shenhua should have done some more Googling (Shanghai Shenhua) Carlos Tevez, Argentina’s lovable scamp of a striker, is officially headed off to Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua, where he will apparently become the highest paid player in the world. This, it must be noted, is a rather strange development for a player who turns …

Flood waters fill Chinese stadium like a swimming pool

(@cctvnews) Devastating floods have killed more than 180 people in China, according to the BBC, causing widespread damage in the Guizhou and Hubei provinces. Mingtang Stadium in the city of Ezhou was affected in surreal fashion as the torrential rains filled the football ground like a giant above-ground swimming pool. Given the seriousness of the …

Paulinho scores ridiculous free kick from distance to taunt Spurs

https://www.youtube.com/embed/muAMvdXrPe0 Paulinho didn’t score once in 15 Premier League appearances for Tottenham last season, but eight weeks after joining Guangzhou Evergrande, he did this. One of two things is happening here. Either he developed an intense hatred for Spurs during his two unsuccessful seasons there and is now fueled by that, or China has weaponized …

DTotD: Demba Ba kicks opponent in the head, only gets yellow card

The referees in the Chinese Super League are apparently rather lenient as Demba Ba was only shown a yellow card for kicking an opponent in the head. https://vine.co/v/epJ5ZYnWTwE/embed/simple Ba was presumably allowed to stay on since his victim’s head remained attached to his body. Ba’s Shanghai Shenhua were facing Phil Scolari’s Guangzhou Evergrande in a …