Good news in Chinese football surprisingly as Guangzhou mauled Korean champions Jeonbuk 5-1 in their opening Asian Champions League clash on Wednesday. Guangzhou Evergrande, the defending Chinese champions, are expected to do well given a (relatively) star-studded side featuring pricy and skilled Brazilians and Argentinians and veteran Chinese national team players like Zheng Zhi and Gao Lin. Even still, the rampant scoring that occurred, on Korean soil no less, was a pleasant shock and hopefully will be a definite sign of things to come for Guangzhou. The other sides flying the flag for China in Asian, Beijing Guoan and Tianjin Teda, lost and drew respectively against Korean and Australian opposition. For now, Guangzhou leads the way for China.
China’s top league also started this past weekend. Beijing Guoan followed up their Champions League disappointment with another loss to newly promoted Guangzhou Fuli, the second Guangzhou club, while Shanghai Shenhua battled it out with Jiangsu (based in Nanjing) 1-1. Nicholas Anelka, the man whose joining Shenhua earlier this year made big news around the world, was out with an injury. Guangzhou Evergrande start off their season on March 16th against city rivals, the aforementioned Fuli.