Chinese Super League 2016

On EPL territory: Chinese Super League to be shown in UK as three-year deal is announced

Broadcaster Sky Sports obtains rights to show live coverage of the Chinese top flight beginning this weekend

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 26 July, 2016, 5:32pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 26 July, 2016, 5:38pm

The megabucks Chinese Super League is to be shown in the UK from this weekend as British broadcaster Sky Sports announced a three-season deal to show live games on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Few details of the agreement were revealed, but the coverage will kick off this weekend when Shanghai Shenhua meet Jiangsu Suning on Saturday evening.

There will be a host of familiar faces on show for English Premier League fans, with England proving to be a favoured shopping destination for Chinese clubs in recent transfer windows.

Former Premier League players Gervinho, Demba Ba, Obefami Martins, Papiss Cisse, Graziano Pelle and Ramires are among the hugely expensive foreign imports CSL clubs have drafted in over recent years.

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There will be recognisable faces in the dug out too with Sven-Goran Eriksson, Felix Magath and Luis Felipe Scolari currently plying their trade in the Middle Kingdom after spells in England.

“This is more great news for football fans as we get set for our biggest ever season on Sky Sports,” said Sky Sports head of football Gary Hughes.

“The Ping An Chinese Super League is attracting players from Europe and is creating a really exciting competition that will only add to an incredible line-up of live football on Sky Sports.”