Shanghai Shenhua F.C.

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

Shanghai Shenhua could sell Drogba, Anelka

Didier Drogba plays for Shanghai Shenhua FC against Hangzhou Greentown in Hongkou Stadium, Shanghai. Photo: AFP

Former Chelsea strikers Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka could be sold by China’s Shanghai Shenhua due to an escalating equity stake row among shareholders, local media reported.

Chairman Zhu Jun, who holds a 28.5 per cent stake, would only pay his share of the club’s daily costs if his demands for greater control were not met, according to the China Daily.

28 Aug 2012 - 3:21pm

Goal oriented

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.

27 Aug 2012 - 12:09am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Protesting pupils call on education chief

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

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

Guangzhou reach AFC quarters

Marcello Lippi survived his first major test as Guangzhou Evergrande coach last night, with the impact of the World Cup winner plain to see as the Super League champions edged out Japan's FC Tokyo 1-0 to become the first Chinese side to reach the quarter-finals of the AFC Champions League in six years.

31 May 2012 - 12:00am

Former soccer No 2 weeps at bribes hearing

One of the highest-ranking mainland soccer officials charged with corruption, former Chinese Football Association (CFA) vice-chairman Yang Yimin, stood accused yesterday on the third day of trials of top soccer officials, club bosses and referees.

22 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Hong Kong defender Ng snubs Caroliners to stay in China

Centre-half Ng Wai-chiu, Hong Kong's sole player in the Chinese Super League, has turned down an offer from South China.

'I am very happy that a big club like South China are keen on me, but my future is with the Chinese Super League, at least for now,' said Ng, who is in town to train with the Hong Kong national team after finishing the season with Shanghai Shenhua.

10 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Tai Po striker Lee earns first Hong Kong call-up

Striker Lee Wai-lim earned his first call-up when the Hong Kong Football Association named a 25-man squad to prepare for next year's Asian Cup qualifiers yesterday.

30 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Caroliners prove no match for classy Shenhua

Shanghai Shenhua never had to get out of first gear last night at Hong Kong Stadium, as they cruised to a 2-1 victory over South China to clinch the annual inter-port title.

Despite playing their first match in months and still in their pre-season, the visitors were by far the better side, especially in the second half when they upped the tempo.

25 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Shenhua star Ng looking forward to home comforts on HK return

Hong Kong defender Ng Wai-chiu is hoping for a happy homecoming when he takes the field for Shanghai Shenhua's match against South China in the annual Interport tournament at Hong Kong Stadium tonight.

24 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Beer firm signs cut-price deal to sponsor CSL

A domestic brewer came to the rescue of the financially troubled Chinese Super League with a last-minute title sponsorship deal on the eve of yesterday's season kick-off.

4 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Chance in a billion

Tycoon Zhu's takeover of Shenhua changes CSL landscape

A soccer-mad Chinese billionaire has thrown down the gauntlet to Asia's soccer giants after gaining control of one of the country's most prominent teams in a record buy-out deal.

3 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Shenhua fed up with Jancker

Former Germany international Carsten Jancker has been told to shape up if he wants any kind of future in the Chinese Super League after another lacklustre display yesterday, which saw the 32-year-old Shanghai Shenhua star sent off in a match against visiting Shenyang Ginde.

21 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Lack of fitness shows as Jancker makes shanghai debut

Carsten Jancker made his Chinese Super League debut last night for Shanghai Shenhua but team manager Wu Jingui said the former Germany international needed to work on his fitness. Though Shanghai beat Liaoning 3-0, Jancker, who came on as a substitute in the 60th minute, struggled to make an impression.

26 May 2006 - 12:00am