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China can become world's top football league - marketing boss - Capital Sports
China upgrades its amateur City Football League
2018-02-25 03:30:12 China's City Football League, one of the country's amateur football tournaments, has been renamed City Football Super League, the organizers said Saturday. Allowing foreign players to join, the amateur league is being upgraded to be semi-professional and expanding to the United States and Britain. According to the organizers, 10 to 20 teams in the United States and Britain will compete in the overseas divisions of the City Football Super League   Read More ...
Suning boss calls for expansion of China's football leagues
2017-03-07 04:37:41 teams should be absorbed into China's football leagues for fostering more talented professionals and upgrading the national teams, said Zhang Jindong, the owner of Chinese Super League giant Jiangsu Suning on Monday. Zhang, 54, is the founder and current largest shareholder of the Suning Commerce Group, the electronic retailing giant in China. He is also a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). Zhang said that the Chinese Super League, China's top-flight football league, should expand from 16 to 18 or 20 teams   Read More ...
China spends big on new Super League football season
2017-03-06 08:09:13 China's football league season has opened and expectations are high. Hundreds of millions of Renminbi were poured into the sport to bring over some of the world's best players, but it's left some wondering what price China really paid. Some of Shanghai SIPG's key signings have demonstrated in a pre-season friendly match why they're among the world's most coveted players, moving to China's Super League while still in their prime. They were attracted by the unprecedented spending on foreign talent, amounting to 406 million US dollars   Read More ...
French football bodies open Beijing office
2017-02-17 03:59:01 The French Football Federation (FFF) and the French Football League (LFP) announced Thursday they will open a new shared office in Beijing, China. The purpose of the Beijing office will be to raise the profile of French football leagues in China, increase local interactions, execute strategic plans, and to find Chinese broadcast partners and sponsors. "The opening of the office is an important step in our policy of international development.   Read More ...
China can become world's top football league - marketing boss - Capital Sports
2017-01-07 21:02:59 LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 7The big-spending Chinese Super League is on track to become the world’s dominant football championship, the head of a leading sports marketing firm predicted in an AFP interview. China has made global headlines in recent weeks thanks to jaw-dropping megabucks moves for Argentina striker Carlos Tevez and Brazil playmaker Oscar. With the country also investing heavily in grassroots football, Andrew Georgiou, CEO of Lagardere Sports and   Read More ...
China can become world’s top football league – marketing boss
2017-01-07 13:47:20 LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 7The big-spending Chinese Super League is on track to become the world’s dominant football championship, the head of a leading sports marketing firm predicted in an AFP interview. China has made global headlines in recent weeks thanks to jaw-dropping megabucks moves for Argentina striker Carlos Tevez and Brazil playmaker Oscar. With the country also investing heavily in grassroots football, Andrew Georgiou, CEO of Lagardere Sports and   Read More ...
China can become world's top football league - marketing boss
2017-01-07 08:29:57 The big-spending Chinese Super League is on track to become the world's dominant football championship, the head of a leading sports marketing firm predicted in an AFP interview. China has made global headlines in recent weeks thanks to jaw-dropping megabucks moves for Argentina striker Carlos Tevez and Brazil playmaker Oscar. With the country also investing heavily in grassroots football, Andrew Georgiou, CEO of Lagardere Sports and Entertainment, believes that in   Read More ...
Peyton Manning boosts China's new football league
2016-09-29 04:03:57 Retired NFL quarterback Peyton Manning helped promote American football in China on Wednesday, meeting young aspiring players ahead of the launch of the country's new league. Manning, who retired after steering the Broncos to Super Bowl victory in February and also has won a Super Bowl with the Indianapolis Colts, was visiting China ahead of the start of the inaugural China Arena Football League (CAFL) this weekend. Coaching at a   Read More ...
China University Football League starts tournament
2016-09-28 06:30:51 About 1,400 soccer teams will compete in the upcoming China University Football League, the top soccer tournament among Chinese universities, the organizers announced on Tuesday. The nationwide league, which was launched in 2000, will begin in October and last until July next year, aiming to develop soccer talents in Chinese universities. "The tournament will help improve students' physical abilities, as well as boost China's soccer at the grassroots level," said   Read More ...
China on boxing radar as Zou Shiming prepares for first US bout
2016-05-23 08:57:43 Zou Shiming celebrates after beating Natan Coutinho of Brazil on Jan 30 in Shanghai in a WBO world international flyweight title fight. Agencies. China has been making waves on the world sporting stage recently, whether it's the latest moves by its professional soccer league to attract world-class talent, or Yao Ming being elected to the basketball Hall of Fame. Now the nation will be in the spotlight in the   Read More ...
China on boxing radar as Zou Shiming prepares for first U.S. bout
2016-05-19 09:00:16 China has been making waves on the world sporting stage recently, whether it's the latest moves by its professional soccer league to attract world-class talent, or Yao Ming being elected to the basketball Hall of Fame. Now the nation will be in the spotlight in the boxing ring when champion flyweight Zou Shiming makes his U.S. professional debut on June 11 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Zou, the   Read More ...
Nascent China Arena Football League holding first scouting combines
2016-04-25 12:22:43 By William Hennelly in New York (China Daily USA) Updated: 2016-04-21 23:29 Prospective offensive linemen participate in a blocking drill during a China Arena Football League scouting combine in Beijing on April 16. PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY. Taking a promotional page from the NFL playbook, the China Arena Football League (CAFL) is conducting its own scouting "combines". A combine is something of a cattle call for players in   Read More ...
Teams revealed for China's historic Australian Football League match
2016-04-22 11:36:08 The two teams for the historic Australian Football League (AFL) game in China in 2017 have been revealed. Port Adelaide, which has championed the move to play a game in Shanghai next year, has selected Queensland side Gold Coast to join them for the competition's first regular season fixture played in the northern hemisphere. Last week, the South Australian (SA) club signed a Memorandum of Understanding with real estate group   Read More ...
Dogs in bras, football robots all April fools
2016-04-01 20:14:19 BOGUS ad campaigns, a failed prank by Google, Ivy League football robots and an attempt at humor on the fraught presidential campaign trail competed for attention in the United States yesterday, traditionally a day of hoaxes and spoofs. The trick on April Fools’ Day, which falls on April 1 each year, is to be outlandish yet somewhat plausible. “It gets more and more challenging to stand out,” said Rachael King,   Read More ...
Nedved becomes Chinese soccer league ambassador
2016-03-31 05:05:01 Former Czech midfielder Pavel Nedved has signed a three-year deal to be ambassador for the Chinese top soccer league. The 43-year-old replaced former England captain David Beckham for the role which he was handed to by Chinese Super League (CSL) company chairman Ma Chengquan in Prague on Wednesday. "Before me it was David Beckham so it's a great honor for me and for the entire Czech Republic," the winner of   Read More ...
'Ronaldinho will join MLS or the Chinese Super League'
2016-03-27 14:11:14 The 36-year-old, who was crowned World Player of the Year in 2005, is set to choose between two destinations for what is set to be the final move of his career. Ronaldinho is likely to join Major League Soccer or the Chinese Super League, according to the Brazilian’s brother and agent Roberto Assis. The 36-year-old, who won two La Liga titles and the Champions League during his time at Barcelona,   Read More ...
Chinese soccer league to run its own affairs
2016-02-29 02:30:50 The Chinese Football Association has established an independent body to streamline its organization and run its domestic leagues professionally.   Read More ...
Nigerian international Martins joins Shanghai Greenland Shenhua
2016-02-19 04:01:04 Chinese Super League side Shanghai Greenland Shenhua has announced that Nigerian international striker Obafemi Martins moved to the Chinese largest city from Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders.   Read More ...
Obafemi Martins joins Chinese club
2016-02-18 12:00:44 Former Inter Milan striker Obafemi Martins is leaving Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders for China's Shanghai Shenhua, according to a statement on his Twitter account.   Read More ...
Argentine forward Lavezzi joins Chinese Super League club
2016-02-18 09:00:06 Paris Saint-Germain's Argentine forward Ezequiel Lavezzi has joined Hebei China Fortune, the Chinese Super League football club announced on Wednesday.   Read More ...
Scolari, Sven in China league showdown
2015-10-29 12:22:55 Ex-England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson faces another failure at the hands of his nemesis, the former Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari, in China this weekend as Asia's richest football league reaches a climax.   Read More ...
CSL seals record 5-year, US$1.25b TV rights deal
2015-10-29 06:18:38 China Sports Media Co Ltd announced on Wednesday the purchase of broadcasting rights for the Chinese Super League, China's top-tier professional soccer league, for 8 billion yuan ($1.26 billion) over the next five years.   Read More ...
Chinese Super League sells TV rights in record 8 bln yuan
2015-10-29 03:15:31 The Chinese top-flight soccer league has sold its five-year (2016-2020) television rights for a record 8 billion yuan (about 1.25 billion U.S. dollars).   Read More ...
Vietnam's club to play in China friendly
2015-10-28 23:20:38 Hanoi Tamp;T, the 2015 runner-up of V. League, Vietnam's top professional football league, will play in a friendly tournament in China.   Read More ...
Jack Ma aims to make big dream come true
2015-09-02 19:40:50 One year ago, Jack Ma, the founder and chairman of Alibaba Group, decided to buy a 50-percent stake in the Chinese Super League soccer club Guangzhou Evergrande for 1.2 billion yuan ($191 million).   Read More ...