Is Xi Jinping really a football fan?

Is Xi Jinping really a football fan?

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

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

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 […]