Understanding China’s recent transfer spending in light of the domestic market


While western media is focused on the big names signings that seem to be arriving to the Chinese Super League by the day, what so many are missing is that one of the key factors driving these moves is the equally overheated and overpriced domestic transfer market. Previous record transfer for domestic players hovered around […]

Cheng: CSL TV rights break the bank but will it make a difference?


Last week, Ti’ao Dongli set a record for Chinese Super League broadcasting rights, paying RMB8 billion for the next five seasons. The figure is mind blowing for a league that could barely be found on television just a few seasons ago, putting it on par with what Super Sports paid for the English Premiership television […]

Quanjian to purchase Tianjin Songjiang; ready to compete with Teda

Second Time Lucky: Sun Ke's first move to Tianjin TEDA fell through, but now he's off to Quanjian

At the start of the CSL season Quanjian Natural Medicine reached an agreement to be the main sponsor of Tianjin Teda, that sponsorship has come to an end, only lasting half the season. The Sun Ke transfer affair is what brought it to its end, but the story goes on as today Quanjian purchased China […]

Cheng: New levels of insanity as Tianjin breaks bank for Sun Ke

Second Time Lucky: Sun Ke's first move to Tianjin TEDA fell through, but now he's off to Quanjian

Last week,Tianjin Teda signed midfielder Sun Ke from Jiangsu Sainty for RMB66 million, blowing away the previous transfer record of RMB50 million for Yu Hai. Despite Sun previously stating that he’d be more willing to be a bench player on Jiangsu than start elsewhere, it seems in the face of such a major offer, money […]

Real Madrid, Inter and AC Milan heading to China for International Champions Cup


Real Madrid will return to China this summer as part of the annual International Champions Cup, expanding from its traditional US home to incorporate both Australia and China this time around. Joining Los Blancos will be Milanese duo AC and Inter who will play a “derby” fixture in the first of the three encounters scheduled […]

It’s gotta be the…kits? National team switches to Nike, finds success

China will hope to have more to celebrate this summer after making January's Asian Cup quarter-finals

Anyone watching the Asian Cup has seen something different about China, no, it’s not that they are winning for once, it’s the swoosh on their kits. After 30 years suiting up in Adidas, the Chinese Football Association reached an agreement with Nike shortly before the start of 2015 that sees the national team as well […]

China’s richest man to strengthen Atletico Madrid?

Wanda group owner, Wang Jianlin

Spanish newspaper Marca is reporting that La Liga champions Atletico Madrid have worked out a deal with China’s richest man Wang Jianlin, head of the Wanda Group, that will see him invest in the club and get involved in the team’s management. Nothing has been officially announced by either side yet but Marca appears certain […]

Why PSG & Zlatan’s time in China failed & I’ll never go to another summer tour match (until I go again)


I have been blessed (or cursed?) in living in the two countries where summer tours are most prevelant these days, the United States and China. Each summer like clockwork, big clubs from all of Europe’s big four leagues (and beyond) decide to go on these money grabbing trips and the fans in these countries just […]

Eredivisie side ADO Den Haag under new Chinese ownership


Chinese company United Vansen Sports have agreed the purchase of Eredivisie side ADO Den Haag, the club announced on Tuesday. Vansen, who have been responsibly for bringing both the Italian Supercup and French Trophee des Champions to China over recent seasons, have not revealed the exact figures of the takeover, but expect to make available […]

Alibaba leave Greentown hanging to make the CSL rich richer and poor poorer


Amidst the fanfare of Alibaba and Jack Ma’s multi million euro investment in Guangzhou Evergrande, with fans and pundits alike lining up to say express how vital this investment is for Chinese football is, one part of China is not cheering. Just one month ago, as reported by this website and others, Alibaba agreed to […]