Boomtown China

By KevinIMitton

Takashi Rakuyama - Shenzhen F. C.

Takashi Rakuyama is a midfield player and plays football for Shenzhen F C.

Yes, Shenzhen has a football team. Currently called Shenzhen Ruby Football Club which play in the Chinese Super League. Their home colours are blue shorts with a blue and white striped shirt. SZFC was founded 1994 and their home ground, Baoan Stadium, Shenzhen has a capacity of 30,000.

Rakuyama, previously played for the Russian first division team Khimiki and he also played with Leicester City's Yuki Abe for 5 years in Japan. According to BBC Sport Abe has just left because he's apart from his family.

In August, I went to watch Shenzhen against Beijing. A surprisingly entertaining match. As the game wore some Shenzhen fans started attacking the Beijing away fans cups flying, umbrellas flying and of course fists flying. When the match was over there was also a very large standoff between the police and Shenzhen fans. The fans anger was directed at the police and the powers that be in China.

Final score:
Shenzhen 0 : Beijing 3

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