Even before he played an official game for Shanghai SIPG, Oscar's £60m move to China was already making waves. The amount of moneys involved set off alarm bells on both ends of the Eurasian continent, with the traditional powers of Europe (especially the Premier League, the previous financial top dogs) suddenly fearing a talent drain and the Chinese government themselves growing concerned with the frivolous spending. New regulations on the Chinese Super League put a brief halt to the madness, but the CSL's plan for global domination is only starting.
As far as Oscar's start to life in Shanghai, it's gone pretty well. After a month-long preseason, SIPG played their first competitive match of the season, a single-elimination qualifying play-off for the AFC Champions League group stage. It was also Andre Villas-Boas's first game in charge, and he rolled with an all-Brazilian attacking trio of Elkeson, Oscar, and Hulk alonside Wu Lei, who's already a club legend at 25.
Oscar didn't have to wait for long to open his account for the club either, getting on the end of a pass in the 34th minute from midfielder Odil Ahmedov, who used to star for Anzhi Makhachkala in the Eto'o-Willian days (i.e. when they were doing their version of ridiculous spending) and supposedly even attracted interest from Arsenal. Certainly not lacking for talent at Shanghai SIPG!
They ended up beating Thai FA Cup champions Sukhothai FC, who have a giant bat on their badge, 3-0, with Elkeson adding a second and an own goal making it three. Eagles versus bats, there was only ever going to be one winner.
Shanghai SIPG will start group play at the end of the month, having been drawn in Group F alongside South Korean champions FC Seoul, J-League runners-up Urawa Red Diamonds, and A-League runners-up Western Sydney Wanderers.