Tag: china

Aston Villa, Slavia Prague and the curse of Chinese cash

Ten years ago, on 7 November 2008, Aston Villa wrote themselves a small place in the history of Slavia Prague, one of the Czech Republic’s most successful clubs, with four titles to…

A Tale of One City: Shanghai

This feature is part of A Tale of One City The word Shanghai is written with two characters in Chinese: 上 (shang) and 海 (hai). The first one means “above”, while the…

The grassroots issues stopping Asian football from growing

WHEN STEPHEN CONSTANTINE TOOK CHARGE of the Indian national team for the second time, he found out that Indian football’s elite academy recruited players from just two youth tournaments in New Delhi.…

The origins of football: a game born of savagery

Football, in the contemporary sense of the term, can be traced back no further than the mid-19th century, after it became, in 1863 to be precise, a game of clear structure. Though…

Chelsea’s money-spinning tour of the Far East

With the Premier League title safely in their hands, Chelsea can look forward to spending the summer months in a celebratory mood. And what better way to celebrate their league title win…

How China is sneaking its way into English football

CARLOS TEVEZ, CLAD IN A DEEP BLUE KIT, stepped out onto the pitch and soaked in the adulation of thousands of impassioned fans. It’s a scenario that the Argentine has encountered hundreds…

The curious case of Dong Fangzhuo

IT WAS A momentous occasion for Chinese football. Lóngzhī Duì had finally produced a player capable of joining one of the world’s leading teams. What’s more, he was only 18. His career…

Could Rooney be the next on his way to China?

WAYNE ROONEY COULD WELL BE the next world star on his way to China after it emerged that the Manchester United captain is being targeted by a number of clubs in a league…

The story of Chinese football

ALTHOUGH THE EACT ORIGINS OF FOOTBALL ARE STILL unclear, the Chinese game of Cuju (or Tsu’ Chu) has been recognised by FIFA as the earliest form of the game, dating back to…