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FCFC October Break Season Update

We made sure that this season started with the traditional FCFC bang as we welcomed new members during our Season Opening Party @ longstanding FCFC watering hole Lugas in Sanlitun. Throughout the night, we discovered that Fran wasn’t lying when he said he can’t drink, acknowledged FCFC’s biggest dick and watched some great videos from FCFC stars of the past (Ivan). New guys such as Christoph and Pedro stepped up to remind us that despite the demolitions currently taking place in Sanlitun, FCFC can still bring the party…

So far this year has seen some quality football in the IFFC Premier League from Forbidden City. Four games, four wins, with 16 goals scored. Despite initial fitness issues causing problems for City in the second half of some games, we are now top by two points – long may it continue!

Ollie is currently leading the scoring charts for the club with six goals, whilst newbie Pedro and old timer Mehmet have three and two goals respectively. With tough matches against French L’Equipe in the Cup and Beijing Celtic in the league coming up, if you are not playing come and support City and cheer the lads on as they continue their quest for what could be a memorable league and cup double if the football Gods continue to favour us!

Despite a tough start to the 2017/18 season for Summer Palace in the IFFC First Division, the team has been gaining momentum with each game, culminating in a 5-0 thrashing of Chaoyang Park Rangers and some quite exquisite football against Too Sexy in the final match before the October break. Despite not managing to get over the line and win that game, further performances like that should see Palace make a strong push towards the league’s summit once a long string of pre-Christmas games resume on October 21st against Celtic Beijing. With the league wide open, it is all to play for for the mighty Palace!

On a less positive note, we have already said goodbye to FCFC lothario, Denis, who was top-scorer for Palace this season so far (both on and off the pitch) before deciding to make the switch to Shanghai, ensuring the FCFC tradition of meiyou mingtian continues to spread…

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Rowan talking Chinese football in bed with Maradona

China craves sporting recognition and has a huge passion for football, but development of the domestic game has been blighted by corruption and general apathy. Rowan Simons refuses to allow Chinese football to wallow in the gutter. Egan Richardson on an influential figure in Beijing.
Chinese Football Stadium

Chinese Football Stadium

Few British people have as deep an understanding of and passion for China as Rowan Simons, who moved to Beijing in the late 1980s and has lived there ever since. He has enough in his media businesses to keep him busy – the group consists of three companies, and does everything from media production to strategic consulting, from event organising to communications – but one thing has given him a sense of mission.“Football has always been my passion,” says Simons in a phone interview conducted with radio86.com just before he ran out of the door for a training session. “I started playing as soon as I came to China, but I realised very quickly that football in China was very different from football in the UK, and elsewhere. In the mid-90s I was lucky enough to be a co-commentator on English Premier League and FA Cup matches on Bejing TV, so I became very well known to football fans as the English guy who talked about football.” (more…)

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FCFC Training – Wed, 11 August, 10-11.30pm – Lido Pitch

Citizens,Just a quick reminder about training tomorrow night.Time: 11 August, 10-11.30pm (be there at 9.45pm)Location: Lido Pitch, Side Park (map on FCFC website below)Please quickly reply to this email, indicating whether you are coming (YES) or not (NO).See you tomorrow,Jochen

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