Shanghai Shenhua

‘Chinese Players Are Not Naturally Skilled’ – Carlos Tevez Continues His Charm Offensive At Shanghai Shenhua

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Carlos Tevez has continued on his charm offensive in the Chinese Super League, a week or so after he was declared too podgy to play by his Shanghai Shenhua coach.

Having replaced Gus Poyet in the hotseat earlier in the month, new Shanghai boss Wu Jingui was alarmed to discover that Tevez and fellow vastly expensive international marquee signing Fredy Guarin were unfit, out of shape and therefore not viable for selection.

Shanghai East Asia FC: A new young hope for football in China

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These are exciting times for Shanghainese football. Not just because of Shanghai Shenhua's brash, noisy acquisitions of Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba but because lower down a division, another team from the city, Shanghai East Asia are within touching distance of promotion to the Chinese Super League.

Letters from Shanghai: Drogba and Moreno outshining Anelka apathy

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By Andrew Crawford, writing from Shanghai

If only to make a sweltering Chinese summer that little bit more overwhelming, the ongoing saga at Shanghai Shenhua continues to roll on and the soap opera that is the city's biggest football club found a new plotline to explore, namely a recent game with local rivals, Jiangsu Sainty.

Shambles in Shanghai: Tigana, Tantrums and Anelka as manager

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by Andrew Crawford

The Chinese Super League (CSL) is once again watching its most noisy tenant, Shanghai Shenhua, soak up all the attention. Its big name manager, Jean Tigana is gone, replaced, or rather deposed, in headline-grabbing style by Nicolas Anelka, who will now try to rescue the club from its plunge into the bottom half of the league.

Anelka, Drogba and the Shenhua Revolution

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by Andrew Crawford

Having even the remotest interest in Shanghai Shenhua should probably come with a health warning. When I die a decade prematurely, blame it on the side from the Hongkou stadium for weakening my heart and badly damaging my sanity. Shenhua is a dangerous interest to have. Believe me, its lots of fun but if you can, enjoy it in moderation.

2012: Rise of the Chinese Football Empire?

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Following the arrival of Nicolas Anelka and Jean Tigana at Shanghai Shenhua, the Chinese Super League (CSL) has received more attention in a month than it has previously done in almost a decade.

The CSL itself is coming up to its ninth year as China's top league since it superseded the Jia-A League in 2003.

Letters From Shanghai: Two presents. Anelka and Tigana.

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By Andrew Crawford, writing from Shanghai. Andrew has written for The Independent and When Saturday Comes, while also maintaining Wild East Football the only English site covering Chinese football, and he'll be featuring "Letters from Shanghai" on AFR to help track the growth of the league, as well as the stars playing there.

Toronto FC

LETTERS FROM CAMP: Whitecaps steal kids’ prize at Disney World

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Hungry, forceful teens
This was what the whole Total Football revolution was all about. Just over a year since Aron Winter and Co. took over Toronto FC, the club is in the finals of a prestigious rodent-based tournament. So excited for tonight's final against Vancouver are Toronto FC that they packed up 99% of the first team squad and came home to Hogtown yesterday.

Your Canadian Soccer League Update

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Self-consciously similar to the CFL Logo

Yes, among Canada's oldest professional league competitions, it's the Canadian Soccer League. Toronto FC fans will know it for providing TFC a simulacrum of youth development (TFC Academy), and the rest of us know it from stumbling onto it late on a Sunday evening on cable access television.

youth soccer club

Real International FC claim 2011 CSL Championship

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photo courtesy of Tom Leiss Sunday brought an end to the Fall 2011 Commonwealth Soccer League season with the league's semifinals and championship being held at Patriot Park in Spotsylvania, Va.

CSL is the Fredericksburg area's only sanctioned adult soccer league.The day also included action involving teams from the Fredericksburg-based youth soccer club FSCI Phoenix as part of Commonwealth SoccerFest.

Commonwealth SoccerFest closes out Fall 2011 season

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The Commonwealth Soccer League Fall 2011 season will come to an end this Sunday, November 13th, at Patriot Park in Spotsylvania, Va., during the Commonwealth SoccerFest. CSL, the Fredericksburg area's only sanctioned adult soccer league, and the youth soccer club FSCI Phoenix will be working together for a day of soccer and fundraising to close out the Fall 2011 season.

Major League Soccer

Martin Vasquez: A Youth Soccer Coach?

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Martin Vasquez was Klinsmann's right hand man at Bayern Munich

So we've all heard about climbing the career ladder. And yes, sometimes we hear about demotions or taking a step back.

But how about going from CEO to a line worker?

Yes my friends, it looks like former Bayern Munich assistant and this season's Chivas USA coach, Martin Vasquez, will become a U10 coach for Southern California club, Celtic!

History of the Ft Lauderdale Strikers Part IV NASL is gone what's next?

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The original 'History of the Ft Lauderdale Strikers Part IV' NASL is gone what's next? was published on www.miamisoccerfan.com date: August 29, 2009.

Part IV: NASL is Gone, What's Next?
By Robert Scorca - The Fort Lauderdale Strikers moved to Minnesota because there was no suitable indoor facility here.

THE STARTING 11: Unlikely stories in 2010

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Well 2010 is upon us. It's the future ya know?! Another year without jetpacks, flying cars and Roy Scheider isn't any closer to Jupiter, God rest his soul. Oh well, at least football still exists... until the robot uprising of course. Then it will all be Chelsea Robotics and their rich Robo-Owner "AbramoBot" buying all the best robots from around the world.

Everyone's Hopped Up on Goofballs

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...and I like it!

Following my weird and wacky vision for a new kind of MLS, which garnered some suprisingly positive reactions, the Canadian Stretford End is pushing the idea for an interim Canadian Soccer League (no, not that CSL) now that Vancouver and Montreal, the two USL-1 finalists, are homeless.

Canadian Photo Series I: Les Jones

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Now that the European scene has died down substantially, and we can look forward to reading about the Cristiano Ronaldo saga in the paper for the next three months, it is time for me to shift my focus on to the Canadian game and the MLS.

I'd like to jump start with a series of photos taken by Les Jones, he is chairman of the Canadian Soccer Hall of fame.

Let the Figo Bidding Commence

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With his Inter contract about to expire, Figo will - in his own words - "no longer play at a high level." Figo is 36 years old and just finished his Inter career with another scudetto, which is a decent enough way to bow out. But that doesn't mean he's done altogether. There are plenty of [...]

North American Soccer League

Scorca Chronicles: Part four: NASL is gone, What's next?

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Robert Scorca is our in-residence South Florida historian. He is a regular contributor to our site as well as to publications such as Miami Soccer Fan.

The Fort Lauderdale Strikers moved to Minnesota because there was no suitable indoor facility here.

USL - TOA = Yet Another North American Soccer Acronym

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I am a pretentious soccer writer, and a lazy one at that, which means I like my football news monumental and easily digestible.

In Europe, for example, things are easy; Big Four team cheats, post. Club has really stupid, flamboyantly dressed owner, post. Accusations of bungs, massively indebted teams, bouts of hilarity as Old Europe slouches toward American-style marketing techniques (crappyproduct.

The Rest

Arsenal forward won’t rule out China move

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Olivier Giroud has said that he wouldn't move out a move to the riches of the...

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Beckham plays dirty to beat 10 year olds

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David Beckham may be a family man, but when it comes to winning it seems he will go to any lengths necessary to beat the opposition. Even if they are a bunch of 10-year-olds. Beckham was recently in China to promote football and improve its image after the game was rocked by match fixing scandals. [.

Mmmmm, Tasty Attendance Graphs

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Yeah, my power's been out. Curse you, October blizzard.

Remember when I said attendance was good this year? I was wrong. It was great. Record shattering, in fact. Enough to surpass the NBA and NHL, in fact. Seriously. After sixteen years, we have beaten not only our own record set in 1996, but those of other leagues against whom we're compared.

Parent asks USSF to relent on camp policy

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Below is an outstanding article by Bela Dziengeliewski about the challenges that the US Soccer Development Academy is presenting to their participants, which limits their opportunities to be recruited by college soccer programs.

Big time beckons Hariss but he frets about school!

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SINGAPORE - Standing on the touchline of the National Stadium pitch on the night of June 24, 2007, Hariss Harun's heart was pounding in his shirt as Lions midfielder Shahril Ishak approached him. The teenager was about to rewrite the history books.

At just 16 years and 217 days, Hariss became the youngest player to don the Lions jersey after substituting Shahril in the friendly match with North Korea.

It's all about the shirt

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Some poor Chinese club was punished to high hell for an egregious crime: wearing the wrong uniform.

I guess both teams brought white kits and it's the home team's responsibility to change in such a conflict.

The team was deducted three points, fined 100,000 yuan and been banned from participating in the league's FairPlay Award:
A Chinese FA statement said: "The incident not only violated disciplinary rules but also distracted from the orderliness, damaged the football environment and undermined the CSL's image.

Arie Haan suspended for flashing the cash at official

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Dutch legend Arie Haan has been banned from the sidelines for three Chinese Super League (CSL) matches after complaining about a penalty decision by offering the fourth official a wad of cash last weekend.

Haan apparently said to the official "Do you want money?" whilst waving a handful of 100 yuan ($14.