On this week’s EFD Explained, we examine the rise and fall of the Chinese Super League. Once heralded as a nationwide version of PSG and Man City, it was thought that the CSL could force its way onto the international football scene, with players like Alex Teixeira choosing Jiangsu Suning over Juergen Klopp’s Liverpool, and Gareth Bale almost switching to China back in 2019.
But now Jiangsu - champions in 2020 - have ceased to exist, and owners Suning are looking to sell their other club, Inter Milan, as Covid and government regulation cripple their ability to turn a profit from their football operations. And with a raft of teams across the country on the ropes, it seems like the CSL bubble, which took Drogba, Hulk, Tevez, and Robinho to China, is over for good.
Today we look at the flawed ideas behind the league, the new rules which have changed everything, the effects of Covid, and why there is still reason for optimism about football in China. Let us know what you think in the comments.
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21 mrt. 2021