The radical, contrary Chinese football fans who support Japanese opponents

Chinese fans are expected to be patriotic when their clubs face Japanese opposition but a Shanghai Shenhua fangroup has defied that convention

By Cameron Wilson for Wild East Football, part of the Guardian Sport Network

Japanese club Urawa Reds face Shanghai SIPG today in an Asian Champions League tie that brings together two groups of fans who have a remarkable attitude to Sino-Japanese relations. Hostility and bitterness towards Japan remains common in China many decades after the horrors of Japanese occupation in the second world war, with nationalistic sentiments against “little Japan” easy to find in the country.

Films about the war of resistance against Japan are shown almost every evening on Chinese TV. News stations never miss an opportunity to castigate Japanese politicians for any perceived slights against China. Various monuments and museums, such as the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall, serve as physical reminders of wounds that are yet to heal. It’s no surprise that emotions boil over from time to time, as they did in 2012, when riots broke out in major Chinese cities about an ongoing territorial dispute over the the Diaoyu Islands, which are claimed by both countries.

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