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 […]

Cheng: Unique success in Shijiazhuang needs to be maintained

Going into Saturday night’s match, I’d known that Shijaizhuang Yongchang had impressive attendance figures and was one of the best home sides in the CSL, what I didn’t realize was the incredible, active home support the side received. It blew me away at what they’ve created in such a short time, but there are also […]

Cheng: Time to rethink the East Asian Cup

China’s East Asian Cup continues tonight as they face North Korea, but it’s time to start thinking about possible changes to, or scrapping entirely, the tournament. My biggest complaint is that as a fan of the domestic league, this is an unnecessary disruption to the CSL (and equally the K & J Leagues) right when […]

Wilson: Demba Ba and Mohamed Sissoko highlight dysfunctional Shanghai Shenhua’s chronic short-termism

A hugely expensive, powerful African ex-Chelsea striker arriving in July to rescue a disappointing Shenhua season following big investments gone wrong at the start of the year? Dejavu. That’s the feeling your correspondent had watching a casually-dressed Demba Ba being introduced to the Hongkou Stadium crowd before the game last Saturday, just as Drogba was […]

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 […]