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Billionaire Zhu Jun takes on state firms by refusing to pay Drogba and Anelka

Shanghai Shenhua's flamboyant boss, Zhu Jun, welcomes former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba at a press conference in July. Photo: Reuters

Former Chelsea strikers Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka are not the only ones coming to grips with the hardnosed and unpredictable style of Shanghai Shenhua boss Zhu Jun .

Friday, 5 October, 2012, 7:01pm 2 comments

How City's billionaire buyer proved a game changer

How City's billionaire buyer proved a game changer

Manchester City, who won the English Premier League last season, are the world's richest football club - or rather, the club with the richest owner, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan; the multibillionaire's oil-rich family rule Abu Dhabi.

Award-winning British journalist David Conn, a City fan as a child, began his book - about the sheikh's takeover and transformation of City, and its effect on English football - before their success.

10 Sep 2012 - 9:41am

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers eyes Michael Owen, Didier Drogba

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits he will be forced to look into signing free agent forwards Michael Owen and Didier Drogba after his club's worst league start for 50 years.

Having allowed Andy Carroll to join West Ham on loan, Rodgers expected the club's hierarchy to complete a move for Fulham forward Clint Dempsey, who had made no secret of his desire to move to Anfield.

4 Sep 2012 - 11:09am

It's time for Fifa to widen the playing field

Ordinarily, apologies to the public are made by politicians or other public figures who have been elevated to a special status and therefore owe the general public a measure of accountability. These days sportsmen, and in particular professional soccer players, seem to be the ones apologising most often.

7 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Getting a kick out of football

Football has attracted a lot of fans all over the world. The sport is so popular that some players earn millions of dollars annually.

This is a special year for the game because the World Cup is going to be held in South Africa in June.

9 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

It's a goal!

Mark is a huge football fan. He eats, sleeps and breathes football. Let him tell you a bit about his favourite sport.

Who does what?

1. a referee

2. a referee's assistant

3. a goalkeeper

4. a centre half

5. a midfielder

6. a captain

7. a substitute

8. a manager

17 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Behind the scenes at the World Cup

World Cup fever is sweeping Hong Kong and Discovery Channel is about to fuel it with the documentary Ultimate Goal.

Ultimate Goal goes behind the scenes to show you everything you wanted to know about how the World Cup is organised - from the tight security measures taken by the host countries to combat football hooligans, to the clean-up after the parties.

14 Jun 2002 - 12:00am

Fans must put football first

I am just as frustrated as the writer of the letter headlined, 'Call for British soccer on network channels' (South China Morning Post, April 15) as a member of the not-reached-by-Cable-yet club.

20 Apr 1996 - 12:00am

South China Morning Post & The Hongkong Telegraph

VOL I No. 17 SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 1945. PRICE M.Y. 10 Give a girl a free hand and she'll reach for her powder puff.

* * * Then there was the officer who was so stupid that even his fellow officers noticed it.

* * * The Bank of England is being purchased by the nation. Master-piece by Montagu Norman.

15 Oct 1995 - 12:00am

FIFA add third sub to World Cup rules

TEAMS will be allowed to use three substitutes in the World Cup finals following changes to the laws of soccer agreed by FIFA and the International Board.

The main stipulation of the new ruling is that one of the substitutes must be a goalkeeper who can only be used to replace the goalkeeper already on the field. Up to now only two substitutes have been allowed.

7 Mar 1994 - 12:00am