It's a good laugh and all, going to the pub to watch the Euros, but nothing beats the sheer adrenaline rush of seeing, feeling, and smelling real-life, honest-to-balls, local football in Shangahai's footballing pantheons in Xujiahui and Hongkou.
Here's a recap of last month plus a preview of June, including two home games on this weekend.
Last-gasp jollies were the order of the day in Shanghai football just a couple of weeks back. Chinese international striker Wu Lei scored a late goal to send Shanghai SIPG through to the quarter-finals of the Asian Champions League.
SIPG were playing FC Tokyo in a juicy China-Japan clash. They lost the first leg 2-1 away from home, but scored with the last kick of the ball to win 1-0 at Shanghai Stadium.
That meant the overall score was 2-2, but SIPG made it thanks to the rule that away goals count double if the scores are still tied over the two games.
It was a spectacular end to the match (if you have vpn you can watch here) and Xujiahui was fairly rocking afterwards by all accounts. SIPG now face either Shandong, FC Seoul or Jeonbuk in the next round in August.
Up on the Northside, Shenhua continue their topsy-turvy season. They spanked Guangzhou R&F 5-1 last month, but could only draw with a mediocre Tianjin team 2-2.
Shenhua aren’t in the Asian Champions League this year, so to amuse themselves they’ve been passing around a cruel and heartless WeChat post mocking the wife of SIPG’s star player, Argentine Dario Conca.
So, this month's football action is as follows:
Saturday June 11, at 3pm: Shanghai Women's FC v Dalian @ Hongkou Stadium
Saturday June 11, at 5.30pm: Shanghai SIPG v Jiangsu Suning R&F @ Shanghai
Sunday June 19, at 7.35pm: Shanghai Shenhua v Hangzhou @Hongkou Stadium
Saturday June 25, at 7.35pm: Shanghai SIPG v Tianjin Teda @Shanghai
Tuesday June 28, at 7.35pm: Shanghai Shenhua v Shandong Luneng (CFA Cup) @Hongkou Stadium
As always, your best bet is to go down to either stadium a few days before the match and grab tickets from the ticket offices. Cheapest tickets start at around 80rmb. If there's no tickets there will be scalpers hanging around. Buy at your own risk, but usually its fine.
Stay tuned for more from The Soccer Desk. For more about this year, check our season preview.
Cameron Wilson, a.k.a. Shanghai_Ultra, is China's number one soccer fan. He blogs about the subject regularly on his site Wild East Football and spins proper techno (and house) with the V/O/I/D crew at The Shelter.