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The New Boys' debut - Etoile FC 1-0 Beijing Guoan Talent FC

Referee Abdul Malik officiated this historical match between Etoile FC and Beijing Guoan Talent
Referee Abdul Malik officiated this historical match


It was a historical day at the Jalan Besar Stadium, as the season 2010 welcome both Etoile FC and Beijing Guoan into the foray of the S.League. 

For the record, the French-based Etoile is the first European-based club, while the feeder club from the Chinese capital is the fourth Chinese-based club to be featured in our league.  

I was at the pitchside to snap some shots during the first half, before heading to an elevated angle to catch this "live" game of the season after the break. 

In the first half, what I saw was a stout Beijing defence that did a job in holding the French side at the bay, as in what their coach said the post-match press conference "they played according to my instruction", with Etoile striker Frederic Mendy was certainly a lone figure up front with unwanted attention from those green-shirted men.

We hope it's just "first match jittery" for Frederic Mendy (pictured middle above)
It was common to see situations like this that whenever Etoile was on the ball, they were being "closed-up" like what happened to Khaled Kharroubi (no.4).

The play of the game did not alter much when the match resumed in the second half, as I got a clearer picture to see how weak the Chinese frontline was up against the French.

Brave effort by Beijing's skipper-cum-custodian Su Boyang

Brave effort by Beijing's skipper-cum-custodian Su Boyang, (as pictured above as he saved the ball off the feet of his counterpart Matthias Verschave in the first half), but his slip in the second proved costly.

And at the end of the night, a slip by Beijing's 'keeper Su Boyang allowed Flavien Michelini to stab home the winner with five minutes (plus stoppages) to go.

The French connection (L-R): CEO Johan Gouttefangeas, coach Patrick Vallee and assistant coach Nicolas Possetti

(L-R): Etoile CEO Johan Gouttefangeas, coach Patrick Vallee and assistant coach Nicolas Possetti 


Despite the win over their fellow debutant, Etoile coach Patrick Vallee felt the team, being together for just two weeks, still have a lot to work out to tighten up that loose-end.

While CEO Johan Gouttefangeas is confident of a healthy turnout when they play their first home game at Queenstown Stadium, as he has been receiving a number of enquiries over the phone from the 7,000 strong French expatriate community.

Beijing's coach Zheng Xiaotian addressed the media after the match
Beijing's coach Zheng Xiaotian addressed the media after the match

Beijing's coach Zheng Xiaotian promised and assured that the feeder team will enlist some of the club's best strikers in the coming weeks once the contractual issues are sorted out after he singled out attacking being the weakest link in his team.

(P.S: This assurance was made after a question was asked if Beijing would deliver what it promised, after its predecessor Dalian Shide promised BUT FAILED to deliver a big-named player from their CSL team during their time in the league.)


  1. thanks for the feedback and nice photos...

  2. Hi Frank,

    Thanks for your compliment.. to be honest, I doubt I had a very good view of the game on ground level until I switched to an elevated angle to watch the game.

    I think I ought to add this, as much of the entry seems to highlight on Beijing's stout defence (as I was behind the Beijing goalpost during first half), that the French were equally impressive with they new-style of play, instead of having those "kick-and-rush" type and more on the ground play.

    However, I wonder if skeptics out there are ready to embrace these two new teams? Only time will tell.. keep it up

  3. free broadcast of sleague and higher prices of epl and worldcup....a conspiracy perhaps?


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