北京国安 (Bĕijīng Guó’ān) is Bĕijīng’s premier soccer team. They make the city proud when their green colors fly over the Workers’ Stadium in the eastern part of the city.
Bĕijīng Guó’ān’s arch-rivals are Shànghăi Shēnhuā, and the two teams despise each other, perhaps reflecting the general rivalry between the two cities - and perhaps fuelled by that one time in 1997 when Bĕijīng humiliated Shànghăi with a 9-1 win. Ouch.
The rivalry thrives despite the fact that neither team ever really wins the Chinese Super League, except when Bĕijīng finally reached their potential (or, some would say, got lucky) and won in 2009.
Both teams have recently cast long wistful looks after Guăngzhōu Héngdà, whose 7-year league-winning streak has cemented them as China’s best team. And indeed, Guăngzhōu’s ambitions are not modest, their English slogan being “Be the Best Forever”.
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