Nicolas Anelka

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Walker with girlfriend Samantha Thurman and their son, Jaxson, in Spain earlier this year. Photo: Red Door News, Hong Kong

Former England footballer Ian Walker, one of a number of international players to join big-spending Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua, talks to Simon Parry about tackling life in the East.

Monday, 27 August, 2012, 12:09am

Five-game ban for Nicolas Anelka over 'quenelle' gesture

Nicolas Anelka's gesture was found to be racist and abusive, even if he was not being intentionally anti-Semitic. Photo: AFP

Nicolas Anelka was banned for five games by the English Football Association on Thursday and immediately suspended by West Bromwich Albion for a racially aggravated goal celebration.

The French striker performed the gesture, which is known in his homeland as a “quenelle” and has been described as an “inverted Nazi salute,” during a Premier League match in December.

28 Feb 2014 - 11:26am

Sport Digest, February 3, 2013

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Pakistan crashed to their lowest test cricket total when they were bowled out for 49 by a South African pace barrage on the second day of the first test at the Wanderers Stadium yesterday. 

3 Feb 2013 - 4:00am

Sports Digest, January 28, 2013

Tom Slagter celebrates on the podium in Adelaide. Photo: EPA

Juventus have signed striker Nicolas Anelka from Shanghai Shenhua on a five-month rolling contract.

28 Jan 2013 - 4:36am

Juventus nabs Nicolas Anelka from Shanghai on five-month deal

According to reports from France, Nicolas Anelka was bored in the Chinese top flight. Photo: AFP

Juventus have signed French striker Nicolas Anelka from Shanghai Shenhua on a five-month rolling contract, according to club president Beppe Moratta.

27 Jan 2013 - 11:22am

Striker Nicolas Anelka may be playing for QPR in January

Nicolas Anelka

Former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka is in talks to terminate his contract with his mainland side Shanghai Shenhua, the club said yesterday, amid reports he may sign for Queens Park Rangers.

"The discussion is between the club and himself, I don't know about the specific details," Shanghai Shenhua spokesman Ma Yue said. "But so far we haven't got the final result."

18 Dec 2012 - 2:16am

Frank Lampard hints at move to China

Chelsea's midfielder Frank Lampard, center, warms up during a training session for the FIFA Club World Cup soccer tournament in Yokohama.

Chelsea star Frank Lampard has indicated this season may be his last for the English giants, in comments likely to fuel speculation about a possible move to China.

The England international midfielder, who has been at Chelsea since 2001, has been linked since March with a move to the Chinese Super League and last month Guizhou Renhe confirmed they were in talks with him.

15 Dec 2012 - 3:21am

Pay threat to Anelka and Drogba in Shanghai Shenhua shareholders' row

Nicolas Anelka (left) and Didier Drogba training in Shanghai - they are reported to be earning more than US$300,000 a week. Photo: AFP

Shanghai Shenhua have been rocked by a row over investment that could threaten the futures of star signings Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba.

Sources say chairman Zhu Jun may stop paying the former Chelsea players' salaries, said to be more than US$300,000 a week, if funds are not committed by the five other state-owned shareholders.

29 Aug 2012 - 2:40am

Political goals may be behind Zhu Jun's big-money signings

The piles of money being offered to European-based soccer stars by Chinese football clubs is old news, but there is more at play than what happens on the pitch.

30 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

This matter is perhaps caused by problems in some aspects of communication. I will stay with the club

Nicolas Anelka denies threatening to quit Shanghai Shenghua

This is an absurd lawsuit that has been filed by a disgruntled ex-employee who is obviously looking to get money any way she can

25 May 2012 - 12:00am

So, has Anelka the appetite for life in China?

Paul Gascoigne lasted four months, Shane Smeltz went home after just five days. So how much of Nicolas Anelka's two-year contract with Shanghai Shenhua will the former France international actually serve?

The Chelsea striker will become the Chinese Super League's biggest signing when he joins the club next month, earning a reported US$300,000 a week.

17 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Allardyce making the most of his down time

Big Sam enjoying new role as TV analyst

Sam Allardyce has had a lot of time for reflection these past few months. Ever since Newcastle United thought his services were no longer required in January, he's had to find other ways of occupying himself.

12 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

You Bet

Selling your best striker can be a costly business, as Bolton have discovered in the wake of Nicolas Anelka's move to Chelsea. Bolton pocketed #15 million (HK$235 million) from the deal in January, but the goals have dried up for them since then and in May they could pay a hefty penalty by losing their battle against relegation.

29 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Funny Old Game

Aston Villa chairman Doug Ellis was famous in England for getting rid of managers but he's got nothing on the board at Brazil's Fluminense, who are on to their fifth coach - this year. Fluminense's players were introduced to their latest boss, Antonio Lopes, when he took charge of his first training session on Thursday.

26 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Out-of-favour trio just a striking bunch of cads

It was not a good week for Benito Carbone, Paolo di Canio and Nicolas Anelka, alias 'The Strikers From Hell'.

Italian stallions Carbone and Di Canio were accused by Sheffield Wednesday chairman Dave Richards of 'killing' the club while Anelka, the French show pony with a stud value of US$33 million but precious little staying power, looks destined for the knacker's yard.

27 Sep 1999 - 12:00am