Hongkou Football Stadium
* Address: Dongjiangwan Road, Shanghai
* Country: China
* Capacity: 33,000
* Opened: 14 March 1999
* Main use: Football
* Tenants: Shanghai Shenhua (football)
Extra stadium info – Hongkou Football Stadium
The stadium hosted the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup final, which was won by Germany after defeating Brazil in front of 31,000 fans. Shanghai Shenhua, the first sports club from Shanghai with 1 million followers on its main social media page, are the tenants of the stadium. In 1995, they won the professional Chinese top-flight football league and they drew an average home attendance of 27,000 during that domestic league season, but they were stripped of the title in 2013 because of a match-fixing scandal.
Shanghai Shenhua club signed Didier Drogba, the world famous striker from the Côte d’Ivoire, in 2012. Earlier that year, he won the UEFA Champions League with Chelsea after scoring twice in the final against Bayern München. In 2016, Shanghai Shenhua signed another world famous player, when Carlos Tévez joined the club. It became the most expensive transfer ever for a football club from Asia. In China, Tévez became one of the highest-paid athletes in the world. Tévez won the FIFA Club World Cup with Manchester United in 2008. He was substituted in the final against Liga Deportiva Universitaria from Ecuador after 51 minutes.