Category: Leagues: Chinese Super League

ESPN+ acquires Eredivisie, A-League and Chinese Super League rights

Just in time for the new Eredivisie season, ESPN+ has acquired the streaming rights to the Dutch league in the United States. On top of that, ESPN+ has also acquired the rights to the Australian A-League and Chinese Super League. The rights deal comes in the same week that ESPN+ acquired the rights to Serie A. The fact that the Dutch league has finally found a home in the United States is big news. In previous seasons, the Eredivisie has been shown across Fox Soccer Channel, ESPN2, GolTV, ESPN3, NGSN, and Univision Deportes in addition to not being available ... Read more

Chinese flops Jiangsu FC part ways with coach

Shanghai (AFP) – Chinese big-spenders Jiangsu Suning have parted ways with their coach Choi Yong-Soo after a disappointing season was compounded by elimination from the AFC Champions League. Jiangsu — who share owners with Italy’s Inter Milan — announced the South Korean’s departure late Thursday, one day after their Champions League exit at the hands of Shanghai SIPG. Despite splashing out on high-priced imports like Brazilians Ramires and Alex Teixeira, Jiangsu lie 13th in the Chinese Super League with China’s FA Cup their last hope of silverware this season. The club said Choi, who took over last July, had applied ... Read more

Costa should ignore China talk, says Chelsea boss Conte

London (AFP) – Antonio Conte has warned Diego Costa to ignore speculation about a potential move to the lucrative Chinese Super League and focus on firing Chelsea to the Premier League title. Reports this week claimed Tianjin Quanjian had agreed a deal with the Premier League leaders to sign the volatile Spain striker. It is not the first time Costa has been mentioned as a target for the mega-rich Chinese league and he missed Chelsea’s trip to Leicester to January amid claims he wanted to join Tianjin. Blues boss Conte publicly insisted Costa’s absence on that occasion was due to ... Read more

China’s Tianjin deny Diego Costa transfer report

Beijing (AFP) – China Super League club Tianjin Quanjin have denied reports they signed Chelsea striker Diego Costa for a record-breaking 90 million euros ($99 million). In a statement posted to its Weibo social media account late Thursday, the team said “so far we haven’t communicated with Diego Costa about the transfer matter”. The comment followed reports by Spanish newspaper Cadena Ser that the Brazil-born Spanish forward had arranged a 30 million euro annual salary as part of the deal. Coached by Italy’s World Cup champion Fabio Cannavaro,¬†Tianjin has tried to fill its roster with foreign talent in preparation for ... Read more

China football giants Evergrande under fire over ‘British dogs’ banner

Hong Kong (AFP) – Chinese giants Guangzhou Evergrande are facing potential disciplinary action after their fans unfurled an anti-independence banner slamming “British dogs” during a game in Hong Kong. The large banner, which said “Annihilate British dogs, destroy HK independence poison” in Chinese, was held up during Evergrande’s 6-0 AFC Champions League win over Hong Kong’s Eastern late on Tuesday. The Asian Football Confederation said on Wednesday that it was waiting for the match commissioner’s report before making a “full assessment of the facts”. Article 58 of the AFC’s ethics code says clubs will be forced to play at least ... Read more

Scolari’s Evergrande squash historic ‘Beef Ball’ bid

Hong Kong (AFP) – Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Guangzhou Evergrande crushed Hong Kong’s Eastern 6-0 on Tuesday as they ruthlessly ousted the debutants and their trailblazing female coach from the AFC Champions League. Paulinho and Alan both grabbed doubles to bury Eastern, whose coach Chan Yuen-ting, nicknamed ‘Beef Ball’, had become the first woman worldwide to lead a professional men’s team into continental competition. Chan’s Eastern, whose Champions League introduction was a 7-0 hammering away to Evergrande in February, lie bottom of Group G with one point from five games and no chance of reaching the last 16. Evergrande, the two-time ... Read more

Ramires keeps big-spending Jiangsu perfect in Asia

Osaka (Japan) (AFP) – Former Chelsea midfielder Ramires scored the goal that kept China’s big-spending Jiangsu Suning on top of their AFC Champions League group with a 1-0 win at Japan’s Gamba Osaka on Wednesday. The Brazilian midfielder, who cost Jiangsu 28 million euros from the London club in January 2016, struck a gorgeous finish with his left foot from 20 yards six minutes before half-time. Gamba threw everything forward in the second half as they went in search of an equaliser, but it was Jiangsu who went closest to another goal with some lightning counter-attacking led by man-of-the-match Ramires, ... Read more

Last-gasp Kobayashi holds nerve to deny Guangzhou

Guangzhou (AFP) – Kawasaki Frontale captain Yu Kobayashi coolly chipped home a penalty in the fifth minute of stoppage time to grab a richly deserved 1-1 draw at Guangzhou Evergrande on Tuesday in the AFC Champions League. The Japanese side laid siege to the two-time Asian champions’ goalmouth after the prolific Brazilian striker Alan put the home side ahead in the 26th minute with his third goal in three Champions League outings. Frontale were denied time and again after half time by a series of saves using hands, feet and body by goalkeeper Zeng Cheng.¬† And Kobayashi must have thought ... Read more