Guo'an claims China soccer title
October 31, 2009 | Posted by Chris
Beijing's Guo'an soccer club today beat Hangzhou Greentown 4-0 to clinch the Chinese Super League title, the Shanghai Daily reports. It's the first-ever title for the Beijing club since the league was established in 1994, and the game was won rather handily in a 4-0 shutout with a hat trick from Honduran midfielder Emil Martinez and a converted penalty kick from defender Zhou Ting. The game was played in Beijing's Worker's Stadium -- 工体 or gōngtǐ in Chinese -- a site popular with Beijing residents for its upscale restaurants and night clubs. The game today drew a sell-out crowd of 60,000, and it is not unusual for events at the Worker's Stadium to temporarily shut down businesses and street traffic. For Beijing Guo'an and its fans, it has all been worth the trouble -- midfielder Tao Wei said after the game, "I'm really ecstatic. This day has taken Guo'an more than a decade to achieve."