Asia's Biggest Rivalries: Shanghai Shenhua vs Shanghai SIPG, China
April 28, 2013: Shanghai Shenhua 2 Shanghai SIPG 1
Biggest achievement: Finishing second eight times in the space of 12 seasons and then having their sole league title – won in 2003 – removed from the history books after match-fixing crimes. It is something only Shanghai Shenhua could do.
Giovanni Moreno: Forget Carlos Tevez, fellow South American Moreno is the beating heart of the team and has been for five years. The Colombian playmaker is one of the most successful and popular imports in the history of the Chinese Super League.
Didier Drogba: It’s not his fault, but Drogba's arrival in 2012, along with Nicolas Anelka, represented that disappointing period in the club’s history. What should have been a triumph ended in disaster as both swiftly departed amid claims of not receiving their salaries – classic Shenhua.
Biggest achievement: Runner-up in 2015. Under Sven Goran Eriksson, SIPG pushed Guangzhou Evergande all the way and had they won at home to the all-conquering champions with just a few weeks remaining in the season, would surely have lifted the title. Instead they finished two points short.
Dario Conca: The Argentine was the first world-class import to head to China in 2011, helping Guangzhou win titles in China and Asia. The playmaker then surprisingly turned up in Shanghai in 2015 and, in the words of one coach, “just made everything better: games, training, the other players – everything”. He only stayed for two seasons, but his impact was lasting.
Hulk: Expensive – US$60 million (S$83.6 million) last summer seemed a lot – but explosive. He has already shown a goalscoring touch and a high work ethic and he could make the difference in 2017.