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Graziano Pellè Newest Player To Get Stupid Rich By Going To China

International tournaments are prime opportunities for both emerging and established talents to showcase their skills on the biggest stages in hopes of securing a move to a more prestigious team or league, and the raise that usually comes with. Graziano Pellè played well enough at the recently concluded Euro 2016 to …

Shanghai SIPG Just Made Hulk One Of The Highest-Earning Soccer Players In The World

Lest you thought the last winter transfer window—in which a series of Chinese clubs proceeded to obliterate our understanding of and expectations for the international transfer market—was a fluke, here come Shanghai SIPG breaking records once again by dropping an unreal amount of money for Brazilian forward Hulk.

Watch Six Bulldozers Battle Each Other on the Streets of China in the Craziest Fight Ever

This is madness. Like, seriously what in the hell is going on. In northern China, multiple bulldozers apparently got so mad at each other that they started one of the craziest demolition derbies I’ve ever seen on a public road. It’s a legitimate royal rumble between heavy machinery. There are normal cars on the street…

China Has Passed MLS As The Place For Old Stars To Cash Out

Depending on which reports you believe, Chinese Super League clubs are in the tank for Oscar, Arda Turan, Marouane Fellaini, Juan Mata, Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney, and Ronaldo. As the league’s recent hiring spree shows, they have more money than they know what to do with, and when they wave the kinds of massive raises…

Chinese Runners Allegedly Revealed State-Sponsored Doping In 1995, IAAF Suspicious

In 1993, the Chinese women’s track team ran crazy; they set insane world records, times so fast, over such a range of distances with almost no recovery in between that, well, they were widely believed to be dirty. The women themselves admitted doping in 1995, but we’re just seeing the evidence now. The South China…

Chinese Club's Enormous Bid For Oscar Shows China Is Serious About This Shit

If all the mid-tier European-quality players the Chinese Super League has bought this transfer window haven’t hammered home just how serious the league is about getting really good really fast, and if the purchase of potential top-end talents like Jackson Martínez and Alex Teixeira for gobs of money also failed to…

Holy Shit, A Chinese Team Just Bought Jackson Martínez For So Much Money

Look, Chinese teams flexing their newfound financial muscle by snatching up a handful of the best performers from the Brazilian league every season, or even by buying some very good though out of favor European players like Gervinho and Ramires is one thing. But breaking the bank for a striker on one of the best teams…

Don’t Look Now, But China’s Buying Up A Lot Of Good Players

While the stupid money Tianjin Quanjian threw around in hopes of luring Alexandre Pato to China’s second division were shocking enough, they weren’t actually all that much of an outlier. China’s soccer teams have quietly been vacuuming up talent at exorbitant costs for a while now, and with a raft of established,…

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Alexandre Pato Turns Down Crazy Money From Second-Tier Chinese Club, Pissing Off Current Employers

Remember Alexandre Pato? Once one of the most heralded young strikers in the world, the former AC Milan forward has spent the past few years back in his native Brazil, seeking to rekindle some of that old spark and prove to bigger clubs that he’s fit and in form enough to earn another crack at the big leagues.

Abby Wambach Exits To Standing Ovation As USWNT Lose At Home For First Time Since 2004

Abby Wambach left her final United States Women’s National Team game tonight to a thunderous standing ovation, but was unable to score the storybook goal her teammates were so desperately trying to assist. The USWNT’s 1-0 loss to China in New Orleans—coming at the end of their long World Cup victory tour—was their…

The Unlikely True International Story of the Man Called Orange Brother

Li Hongjun did not usually take selfies. But out in the orange grove, he was not in his usual state of mind. It was early February, and the lunar New Year was approaching. It’s considered good luck to set out a bowl of oranges during the Chinese holiday, so Li, figuring he could use some luck, decided to buy some for…