The Ping An Chinese Football Association Super League is the highest tier of domestic football in China. The season usually runs from March to October.
Biggest graft scandal in a decade threatens to drag Chinese men’s football to an even lower level with investigations also spreading to other sports.
Chengdu Rongcheng’s Zhang Yan appeared to waste time and feign injury in a 1-0 win over Shanghai Port in the Chinese Super League.
World Cup star, who plays for Chinese Super League side Shandong Taishan FC, has been detained since last Friday and is being questioned on suspicion of having taken a bribe.
After three Covid 19-affected seasons, corruption and financial issues, Saturday’s start of new Chinese Super League season marks a return to something approaching normal.
The Chinese FA bars the clubs – three of which played in last season’s Chinese Super League – and says their players may unilaterally terminate their contracts.
Other top-flight clubs missing from list of those eligible for country’s domestic leagues are Wuhan Yangtze and Hebei FC, who were both relegated from the CSL last year.
Xi Jinping’s clampdown is ‘arguably the biggest corruption investigation ever in Chinese football’ says Beijing-based sports consultant.
Norwegian thinks Kitchee, Eastern and Lee Man already have what it takes to compete against mainland counterparts and move could help raise ‘low standard’ of game in the city.
The detention of Fortune Land’s co-president Meng Jing is connected to a broader probe involving football coach Li Tie and investigation of Chen Xuyuan, the president of the Chinese Football Association.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival at Al Nassr on bumper pay deal captured global attention, but in an alternate world he may well have been destined for a move to Chinese Super League.
Wuhan finished 16th out of 18 teams in the 2022 season which ended in December, and has said it will not register to play in the second division for the 2023 campaign.
Yue Tze-nam sees out the season as mainstay in Meizhou Hakka side after joining club midway through campaign.
Chinese Super League clubs have suffered since the country closed its borders in response to the coronavirus pandemic, but 2023 could see things change.
Wuhan and Shandong Taishan tied on 75 points with one game left on Saturday, but opponents Tianjin Teda and Beijing Guoan both unable to raise teams and forfeit handing Wuhan title on goal difference.
Fifteen matches delayed over the last week as a result of restrictions that can see entire cities locked down following the discovery of a handful of Covid-19 cases.
Henan Songshan Longmen’s Henrique Dourado sent off in Chinese Super League game after appearing to deliberately run at speed into back of referee in 16th minute.
Eastern have confirmed the departure of Hong Kong international Yue Tze-nam as he signs a 3.5 year deal with Chinese Super League side Meizhou Hakka.
Brazilian striker Marcao scores four in 5-1 thrashing of Beijing Guoan, but Covid-19 outbreak on Hainan sees three matches postponed and others hastily rescheduled.
Chinese Super League confirms the move on Thursday after weeks of speculation about forward’s return to Shanghai from Spain.
A third of Chinese Super League clubs cannot leave the city, meaning fixtures need to be rescheduled.
Newly promoted Wuhan Three Towns cement their place at the top of the CSL ladder and remain undefeated after a dominant win over Guangzhou City.
Chinese football authorities have confirmed that the current Chinese Super League season will not break for the World Cup finals in November and December once it returns to action on August 5.
Wuhan Three Towns maintained their four-point lead at the top of the Chinese Super League standings on Friday with a 5-0 thrashing of cross-city rivals Wuhan Yangtze in Dalian.
CSL says it will foot the bill for financially stricken clubs who cannot afford to travel when the league resumes on August 5.
Wuhan Three Towns continue to lead the standings, with their 4-2 win over Shanghai Shenhua on Sunday increasing their advantage at the summit to four points.
Round six of the Chinese Super League Season produces one of the biggest surprises so far as newly promoted Zhejiang record their second straight win.
Newly promoted Wuhan Three Towns secured their spot at the top of the Chinese Super League ladder on Sunday, with a 2-1 win over Shanghai Port.
Meizhou Hakka came from two goals behind to hold Beijing Guoan 2-2 in round four of the 2022 Chinese Super League on Friday, while Shenzhen FC downed Cangzhou Mighty Lions 1-0.