Chinese Super Leaguei

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.

  • Son is being held on suspicion of taking bribes from non-state workers and has been detained by the public security department in Liaoning province
  • Son listed in 23-man squad for friendlies against Peru in Busan on June 16 and El Salvador four days later in Daejon

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.