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Chinese Super League (CSL)
Chinese Super League Logo 2.png
Country  People's Republic of China
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Founded 2004; 12 years ago (2004)
Number of teams 16
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to China League One
Domestic cup(s) Chinese FA Cup
International cup(s) AFC Champions League
Current champions Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao, 5th title
(2015)
Most championships Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao
(5 titles)
Website CSL.Sina.com.cn
2016 Chinese Super League

The Chinese Football Association Super League (Chinese: 中国足球协会超级联赛; pinyin: Zhōngguó Zúqiú Xiéhuì Chāojí Liánsài), commonly known as Chinese Super League (中超联赛) or CSL, currently known as the Ping An Chinese Football Association Super League for sponsorship reasons, is the highest tier of professional football in China, operating under the auspices of the Chinese Football Association.

The Chinese Super League was created by the rebranding of the former top division Chinese Football Association Jia-A League in 2004. (see Chinese Jia-A League, not to be confused with Chinese Football Association Jia League, which is the current second tier league.)

Originally contested by 12 teams in the inaugural year, the league has been expanding. There are 16 teams in the current season. The title has been won by seven teams: Shanghai Shenhua, Shenzhen Jianlibao, Dalian Shide, Shandong Luneng, Changchun Yatai, Beijing Guoan, and Guangzhou Evergrande. The current Super League champions are Guangzhou Evergrande.

Overview[edit]

Unlike in many top European leagues, the Chinese Super League starts in February or March (spring in China) and ends in November or December (early winter). In each season, each club plays each of the other clubs twice, once at home and another away. The current system, with 16 clubs in the Super League, so the teams played 30 games each for a total of 240 games in the season.

The two lowest placed teams by the end of the season are relegated to the China League One and the top two teams from the League One are promoted, taking their places.

The top three of the league, as well as the winner of the Chinese FA Cup, qualify for the AFC Champions League of the next year. If the FA Cup finalists finish the league 3rd or higher, 4th place in the league will take the Champions League spot.

History[edit]

In 1994, the Chinese Jia-A League became the country's first professional football league. On October 29, 2000, Yan Shiduo, vice-president of the Chinese Football Association, talked about setting up a new professional league system. In 2002, the CFA made a decision to establish the Chinese Super League, which started in 2004.

Compared to the Jia-A, the CSL is a lot more demanding on teams. The CFA and CSL committee imposed a range of minimum criteria to ensure professional management and administration, financial probity, and a youth development program at every club. The second division, China League One, was also re-established under a new system. Besides the regular professional league, the CSL also has a reserve league, U-19 league, U-17 league and an U-15 league.

The CSL and China League One's goals are to promote high quality and high-level competition; introduce advanced managerial concepts to the market; enforce the delivery of minimum standards of professionalism; encourage the influx of more higher quality foreign coaches and players; and gradually establish the European system for player registrations and transfers.

The first CSL season began in 2004, with 12 teams in the league. The inaugural season was plagued with controversy, which continued from the former league, Jia-A. After 1998, scandals such as match fixing and gambling were uncovered. This resulted in loss of interest in the domestic game, low attendances and great financial losses.

The original plan was to have one relegated team and two promoted teams for the 2004 season and 2005 season, thus increasing the number of teams in 2006 to 14. But the CFA's decisions caused the relegations to be cancelled for these 2 years.

For the 2005 season, the league expanded to 14 teams after Wuhan Huanghelou and Zhuhai Zhongbang won promotion from China League One. The Zhuhai team, formerly Zhuhai Anping, had been bought by the Shanghai Zhongbang real estate company and relocated to Shanghai for the 2005 season, and subsequently renamed to Shanghai Zobon.

In 2006, the league was planned to expand to 16 teams with the newly promoted Xiamen Lanshi and Changchun Yatai. However, Sichuan Guancheng withdrew before the start of the season, leaving only 15 teams when the season started on March 11. Shanghai Liancheng Zobon, after another change of ownership, was renamed Shanghai United.

In 2007, the league was again planned to be expanded to 16 teams, but once again it found itself one team short. Shanghai United's owner, Zhu Jun, bought a major share in local rival Shanghai Shenhua and merged the two teams. As a result, Shanghai Shenhua retained its name as it already had a strong fanbase in the city, while Shanghai United pulled out of the league.

In 2008, the season started with 16 clubs participating for the first time, however Wuhan protested against punishments made by the CFA after a match against Beijing Guo'an, and announced its immediate withdrawal from the league, which left the season to finish with 15 clubs.

Since 2009, the league has run with 16 stable clubs participating in each year. Two are relegated to China League One, and two promoted from China League One each season.

In 2010, the CSL was beset by a scandal going right to the top of the CFA. The Chinese government took nationwide action against football gambling, match-fixing and corruption, and former CFA vice presidents Xie Yalong, Nan Yong and Yang Yimin were arrested.[1]

In 2011, the anti-corruption movement had visibly improved the image of the CSL, with increases to attendance. Clubs such as Guangzhou Evergrande and Shanghai Shenhua began investing heavily in foreign stars. After former Fluminense midfielder Darío Conca transferred in 2011, Some noticeable signings during the 2012 seasons include former Chelsea forward Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka, former Barcelona midfielder Seydou Keita and Fábio Rochemback, former Sevilla forward Frédéric Kanouté, former Blackburn Rovers forward Yakubu Aiyegbeni and former Borussia Dortmund forward Lucas Barrios. Former Japanese national team coach Takeshi Okada took up the reins as the new coach of Hangzhou Greentown, former Argentina national team coach Sergio Batista replaced Jean Tigana as Shanghai Shenhua's head coach, and former Italy national team and Juventus manager Marcello Lippi replaced Lee Jang-Soo as Guangzhou Evergrande's head coach.

International players policy[edit]

Professional footballers in China receive relatively high salaries when compared to other Chinese sports leagues and football leagues in other countries. As a result, numerous players from Serbia, Brazil, Honduras, and other Latin American regions are signed as the foreign players in the Chinese league. The league has rules, however, restricting the number of foreign players strictly to five per team, including a slot for a player from AFC countries. A team could use a maximum of four foreign players on the field each game. This is to promote native player improvement and to conform to rules regarding international club competitions in the AFC. During the middle of the 2012 season, it was decided that teams that were competing in the AFC Champions League were allowed to have two extra foreign players, which can bring the number of foreigners on a team's roster to seven; however, the policy was removed in the 2013 season.

Season Squad Per match Note
1994–2000 3 3
2001–2003 4 3 From 2001, foreign goalkeepers were restricted to play in matches.
2004–2006 3 2 After 2006, players from Hong Kong, Macau and Chinese Taipei were not considered as foreign players (except goalkeepers)
2007–2008 4 3
2009– 4+1 3+1 "+1" refers to the AFC quota. Teams may add a player from another country within the AFC; examples include Japan, South Korea and Uzbekistan.

Hong Kong, Macau and Chinese Taipei player[edit]

Hong Kong players were considered foreigners at the beginning of 2009 but the league hold back the change in summer transfer. After 2010 season, players from Macau and Chinese Taipei (except goalkeepers) were not considered foreigners in CSL matches, but will be regarded as foreigners in AFC competitions. After 2015 season, players who didn't play for Hong Kong national football team, Macau national football team or Chinese Taipei national football team were no longer deemed as native players.[2] After 2016 season, players from Hong Kong, Macau and Chinese Taipei whose contract was signed after 1 January 2016 were no longer deemed as native players.[3]

Chinese Super League seasons and champions[edit]

Season Winners Runners-up Third-place
2004 Shenzhen Jianlibao Shandong Luneng Inter Shanghai
2005 Dalian Shide Shanghai Shenhua Shandong Luneng
2006 Shandong Luneng Shanghai Shenhua Beijing Guoan
2007 Changchun Yatai Beijing Guoan Shandong Luneng
2008 Shandong Luneng Shanghai Shenhua Beijing Guoan
2009 Beijing Guoan Changchun Yatai Henan Construction
2010 Shandong Luneng Taishan Tianjin Teda Shanghai Shenhua
2011 Guangzhou Evergrande Beijing Guoan Liaoning Whowin
2012 Guangzhou Evergrande Jiangsu Sainty Beijing Guoan
2013 Guangzhou Evergrande Shandong Luneng Taishan Beijing Guoan
2014 Guangzhou Evergrande Beijing Guoan Guangzhou R&F
2015 Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao Shanghai SIPG Shandong Luneng Taishan

Most successful clubs[edit]

Club Champions Runners-up Winning Seasons Runners-up Seasons
Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao
5
0
2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Shandong Luneng
3
2
2006, 2008, 2010 2004, 2013
Beijing Guoan
1
3
2009 2007, 2011, 2014
Changchun Yatai
1
1
2007 2009
Dalian Shide
1
0
2005
Shenzhen
1
0
2004
Shanghai Greenland Shenhua
0
3
2005, 2006, 2008
Shanghai SIPG
0
1
2015
Jiangsu Suning
0
1
2012
Tianjin Teda
0
1
2010

Current clubs[edit]

Club Chinese name Home stadium Capacity Seasons in CSL Best finish Worst finish Spell in level 1
Beijing Guoan 北京国安 Workers Stadium 66,000 2004 to 2016 1st, 2009 7th, 2004 from 2004
Changchun Yatai 长春亚泰 Development Area Stadium 25,000 2006 to 2016 1st, 2007 14th, 2013 from 2006
Chongqing Lifan 重庆力帆 Chongqing Olympic Sports Center 58,600 2004 to 2006, 2009 to 2010, 2015 to 2016 8th, 2015 16th, 2009 from 2015
Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao 广州恒大淘宝 Tianhe Stadium 58,500 2008 to 2009, 2011 to 2016 1st, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 9th, 2009 from 2011
Guangzhou R&F 广州富力 Yuexiushan Stadium 30,000 2004 to 2010, 2012 to 2016 3rd, 2014 16th, 2010 from 2012
Hangzhou Greentown 杭州绿城 Yellow Dragon Sports Center 52,600 2007 to 2016 4th, 2010 15th, 2009 from 2007
Hebei CFFC 河北华夏幸福 Qinhuangdao Olympic Sports Center Stadium 33,572 2016 from 2016
Henan Jianye 河南建业 Zhengzhou Hanghai Stadium 29,800 2007 to 2012, 2014 to 2016 3rd, 2009 16th, 2012 from 2014
Jiangsu Suning 江苏苏宁 Nanjing Olympic Sports Center 62,000 2009 to 2016 2nd, 2012 13th, 2013 from 2009
Liaoning Whowin 辽宁宏运 Shenyang Olympic Sports Center Stadium 60,000 2004 to 2008, 2010 to 2016 3rd, 2011 15th, 2008 from 2010
Shandong Luneng Taishan 山东鲁能泰山 Jinan Olympic Sports Luneng Stadium 56,800 2004 to 2016 1st, 2006, 2008, 2010 12th, 2012 from 2004
Shanghai Greenland Shenhua 上海绿地申花 Hongkou Football Stadium 33,000 2004 to 2016 2nd, 2005, 2006, 2008 11th, 2011 from 2004
Shanghai SIPG 上海上港 Shanghai Stadium 56,800 2013 to 2016 2nd, 2016 9th, 2013 from 2013
Shijiazhuang Ever Bright 石家庄永昌 Yutong International Sports Center 38,000 2015 to 2016 7th, 2015 from 2015
Tianjin Teda 天津泰达 Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium 54,700 2004 to 2016 2nd, 2010 13th, 2015 from 2004
Yanbian Funde 延边富德 Yanji Nationwide Fitness Centre Stadium 30,000 2016 from 2016

Former clubs[edit]

Club Chinese name Seasons in CSL Best finish Worst finish Current league
Shanghai Shenxin 上海申鑫 2010 to 2015 7th, 2013 16th, 2015 China League One
Beijing Renhe 北京人和 2004 to 2015 3rd, 2004 15th, 2015 China League One
Zhejiang Yiteng 浙江毅腾 2014 16th, 2014 China League One
Dalian Yifang 大连一方 2012 to 2014 5th, 2012, 2013 15th, 2014 China League One
Wuhan Zall 武汉卓尔 2013 16th, 2013 China League One
Qingdao Jonoon 青岛中能 2004 to 2013 6th, 2011 15th, 2013 China League One
Shenzhen F.C. 深圳 F.C. 2004 to 2011 1st, 2004 16th, 2011 China League One
Dalian Shide 大连实德 2004 to 2012 1st, 2005 14th, 2008, 2012 Defunct
Chengdu Tiancheng 成都天诚 2008 to 2009, 2011 9th, 2009 15th, 2011 Defunct
Wuhan Guanggu 武汉光谷 2005 to 2008 5th, 2005 16th, 2008 Defunct
Xiamen Lanshi 厦门蓝狮 2006 to 2007 8th, 2006 15th, 2007 Defunct
Shanghai United 上海联城 2005 to 2006 7th, 2006 11th, 2005 Defunct
Sichuan Guancheng 四川冠城 2004 to 2005 9th, 2004, 2005 Defunct

All-time CSL table[edit]

The All-time CSL table is an overall record of all match results, points, and goals of every team that has played in CSL since its inception in 2004. The table is accurate as of the end of the 2015 season.

Pos Team S GP W D L GF GA GD Pts 1st 2nd
1 Shandong Luneng Taishan 12 344 177 94 73 611 372 239 625 3 2
2 Beijing Guoan 12 344 168 100 76 513 322 191 604 1 3
3 Shanghai Greenland Shenhua 12 344 138 109 97 463 407 56 523 - 3
4 Tianjin Teda 12 344 130 111 103 455 402 53 501 - 1
5 Beijing Renhe 12 344 112 112 120 416 417 -1 448 - -
6 Changchun Yatai 10 296 112 86 98 391 366 25 422 1 1
7 Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao 7 210 121 54 35 422 207 215 417 5 -
8 Liaoning Whowin 11 314 93 95 126 372 445 -73 374 - -
9 Guangzhou R&F 11 314 93 92 129 350 424 -74 371 - -
10 Dalian Shide 9 254 96 78 90 332 304 28 366 1 -
11 Qingdao Jonoon 10 284 82 87 115 303 361 -58 333 - -
12 Hangzhou Greentown 9 268 79 84 105 297 355 -58 321 - -
13 Henan Jianye 8 238 68 81 89 240 276 -36 285 - -
14 Jiangsu Suning 7 210 70 67 73 257 246 11 277 - 1
15 Shenzhen F.C. 8 224 59 70 92 227 307 -80 247 1 -
16 Shanghai Shenxin 6 180 46 43 91 176 265 -89 181 - -
17 Shanghai SIPG 3 90 41 27 22 148 109 39 150 - 1
18 Chongqing Lifan 6 166 32 48 86 150 274 -124 144 - -
19 Dalian Yifang 3 90 28 30 32 123 134 -11 114 - -
20 Wuhan Guanggu 4 112 30 23 59 91 189 -98 113 - -
21 Chengdu Tiancheng 3 90 23 29 38 89 123 -34 98 - -
22 Shanghai United 2 54 14 19 21 50 60 -10 61 - -
23 Xiamen Lanshi 2 56 13 19 24 50 73 -23 58 - -
24 Sichuan Guancheng 2 48 12 16 20 57 82 -25 52 - -
25 Shijiazhuang Ever Bright 1 30 8 15 7 34 31 3 39 - -
26 Zhejiang Yiteng 1 30 5 6 19 35 56 -21 21 - -
27 Wuhan Zall 1 30 3 7 20 24 58 -34 16 - -
28 Hebei CFFC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - -
28 Yanbian Funde 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - -
2016 Chinese Super League
2016 China League One
2016 China League Two
Clubs that no longer exist

Attendances[edit]

Season averages[edit]

Season Total Attendance Games Average Change High avg. Team No. Of Clubs Relegation Slots
2004 1,430,600 132 10,838 -63.4% 23,636 Shandong Luneng 12 -
2005 1,871,700 182 10,284 -5.4% 26,000 Shandong Luneng 14 -
2006 2,228,300 210 10,611 +3.2% 30,679 Shandong Luneng 15 1
2007 3,173,500 210 15,112 +42.4% 24,643 Shanxi Chanba 15 1
2008 3,065,280 228 13,444 -12.4% 26,501 Shandong Luneng 16 2
2009 3,854,115 240 16,059 +19.5% 36,805 Beijing Guoan 16 2
2010 3,499,304 240 14,581 -9.2% 33,342 Beijing Guoan 16 2
2011 4,236,322 240 17,651 +21.1% 45,666 Guangzhou Evergrande 16 2
2012 4,497,578 240 18,740 +6.2% 37,250 Guangzhou Evergrande 16 2
2013 4,456,977 240 18,571 -0.9% 40,428 Guangzhou Evergrande 16 2
2014 4,556,520 240 18,986 +2.2% 42,154 Guangzhou Evergrande 16 2
2015 5,326,304 240 22,193 +16.8% 45,889 Guangzhou Evergrande 16 2

Attendance by clubs[edit]

This table lists average attendances of clubs yearly, but only for seasons when that club played in the top division. Clubs are listed with their current names.

Team Crowd average
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Beijing Guoan 10,864 18,923 13,571 21,571 14,641 36,805 33,342 40,397 36,879 39,269 39,395 40,997
Beijing Renhe 8,455 4,385 17,286 24,643 24,625 23,026 28,053 27,836 29,574 21,312 12,327 15,139
Changchun Yatai - - 8,607 16,429 5,797 12,179 10,067 13,835 12,701 12,975 12,886 14,855
Chongqing Lifan 15,727 5,731 6,536 - - 11,440 11,433 - - - - 37,595
Chengdu Blades - - - - 12,378 11,873 - 6,443 - - - -
Dalian Yifang - - - - - - - - 15,774 10,538 10,993 -
Dalian Shide 11,273 14,000 5,043 10,286 7,900 16,613 12,307 17,148 11,093 - - -
Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao - - - - 19,624 20,057 45,666 37,250 40,428 42,154 45,889
Guangzhou R&F 5,000 2,077 2,750 10,571 6,645 8,498 10,152 - 8,460 10,384 11,487 7,989
Hangzhou Greentown - - - 19,571 12,188 14,790 14,550 8,586 10,563 14,164 13,766 12,566
Henan Jianye - - - 16,857 16,267 19,255 18,630 16,334 17,526 - 18,390 20,207
Jiangsu Suning - - - - - 15,976 10,667 17,170 31,163 28,808 24,349 26,858
Liaoning Whowin 7,727 11,000 6,929 15,929 11,733 - 10,100 19,621 18,638 20,850 12,781 12,788
Qingdao Jonoon 4,645 4,500 6,071 7,179 6,600 8,774 6,247 8,464 9,538 8,284 - -
Shandong Luneng Taishan 23,636 26,000 30,679 22,607 26,501 17,015 15,901 12,112 20,148 27,683 23,931 22,559
Shanghai Greenland Shenhua 13,636 12,462 12,786 11,393 11,510 12,627 12,963 9,828 14,761 12,739 15,417 19,506
Shanghai Shenxin - - - - - - 11,680 10,462 11,597 8,559 10,115 7,028
Shanghai SIPG - - - - - - - - - 10,161 12,460 26,381
Shanghai United - 4,885 2,193 - - - - - - - - -
Shenzhen F.C. 10,364 2,423 10,071 13,000 6,400 13,460 12,439 10,277 - - - -
Shijiazhuang Ever Bright - - - - - - - - - - - 25,070
Sichuan Guancheng 5,545 5,477 - - - - - - - - - -
Tianjin Teda 13,182 16,462 18,071 15,429 14,007 14,554 14,757 18,242 14,175 16,577 17,190 19,661
Wuhan Guanggu - 15,654 10,500 13,179 12,556 - - - - - - -
Wuhan Zall - - - - - - - - - 14,403 - -
Xiamen Lanshi - - 8,071 8,036 - - - - - - - -
Zhejiang Yiteng - - - - - - - - - - 26,126 -
Whole season 10,838 10,284 10,611 15,112 13,444 16,059 14,581 17,651 18,740 18,571 18,986 22,193

Awards[edit]

The official Chinese Super league annual awards are given to players, managers and referees based on their performance during the season.

Most valuable player[edit]

It is also named the "Mr. Football Golden Ball award".

Year Footballer Club Nationality
2004 Zhao Junzhe Liaoning Zhongyu  China
2005 Branko Jelic Beijing Guoan  Serbia
2006 Zheng Zhi Shandong Luneng  China
2007 Du Zhenyu Changchun Yatai  China
2008 Emil Martínez Shanghai Shenhua  Honduras
2009 Samuel Caballero Changchun Yatai  Honduras
2010 Duvier Riascos Shanghai Shenhua  Colombia
2011 Muriqui Guangzhou Evergrande  Brazil
2012 Cristian Dănălache Jiangsu Sainty  Romania
2013 Darío Conca Guangzhou Evergrande  Argentina
2014 Elkeson Guangzhou Evergrande  Brazil
2015 Ricardo Goulart Guangzhou Evergrande  Brazil

Golden Boot award[edit]

This award is awarded to the top goalscorer of the league that year.

Season Top scorer Club Goals
2004 Ghana Kwame Ayew Inter Shanghai 17
2005 Serbia Branko Jelić Beijing Guoan 21
2006 China Li Jinyu Shandong Luneng 26
2007 China Li Jinyu Shandong Luneng 15
2008 Brazil Éber Luís Tianjin Teda 14
2009 Argentina Hernán Barcos
Honduras Luis Ramírez
Shenzhen Asia Travel / Shanghai Shenhua
Guangzhou GPC
17
2010 Colombia Duvier Riascos Shanghai Shenhua 20
2011 Brazil Muriqui Guangzhou Evergrande 16
2012 Romania Cristian Dănălache Jiangsu Sainty 23
2013 Brazil Elkeson Guangzhou Evergrande 24
2014 Brazil Elkeson Guangzhou Evergrande 28
2015 Brazil Aloísio Shandong Luneng Taishan 22

There is also an award that is awarded to the top Chinese goalscorer of that season, which was first introduced in 2011.

Season Top scorer Club Goals
2011 China Yu Hanchao Liaoning Whowin 12
2012 China Wang Yongpo Shandong Luneng Taishan 10
2013 China Wu Lei Shanghai East Asia 15
2014 China Wu Lei Shanghai East Asia 12
2015 China Wu Lei Shanghai SIPG 14

Manager of the year[edit]

Year Manager Club Standings Nationality
2004 Zhu Guanghu Shenzhen Jianlibao Chinese Super League champions  China
2005 Vladimir Petrovic Pizon Dalian Shide Chinese Super League champions; Chinese FA Cup winners  Serbia
2006 Ljubisa Tumbakovic Shandong Luneng Taishan Chinese Super League champions; Chinese FA Cup winners  Serbia
2007 Gao Hongbo Changchun Yatai Chinese Super League champions  China
2008 Ljubisa Tumbakovic Shandong Luneng Chinese Super League champions  Serbia
2009 Tang Yaodong Henan Jianye Chinese Super League third place  China
2010 Branko Ivankovic Shandong Luneng Taishan Chinese Super League champions  Croatia
2011 Ma Lin Liaoning Whowin Chinese Super League third place  China
2012 Dragan Okuka Jiangsu Sainty Chinese Super League runners-up  Serbia
2013 Marcello Lippi Guangzhou Evergrande Chinese Super League champions; AFC Champions League winners  Italy
2014 Gregorio Manzano Beijing Guoan Chinese Super League runners-up  Spain
2015 Luiz Felipe Scolari Guangzhou Evergrande Chinese Super League champions; AFC Champions League winners  Brazil

Youth player of the year[edit]

Year Footballer Club Nationality
2004 Chen Tao Shenyang Ginde  China
2005 Hao Junmin Tianjin Teda  China
2006 Wang Dalei Shanghai Liancheng  China
2007 Hao Junmin Tianjin Teda  China
2008 Huang Bowen Beijing Guoan  China
2009 Deng Zhuoxiang Jiangsu Sainty  China
2010 Zheng Zheng Shandong Luneng Taishan  China
2011 Song Wenjie Qingdao Jonoon  China
2012 Zhang Xizhe Beijing Guoan  China
2013 Jin Jingdao Shandong Luneng Taishan  China
2014 Liu Binbin Shandong Luneng Taishan  China
2015 Vacant[4]

Goalkeeper of the year[edit]

Year Footballer Club Nationality
2012 Deng Xiaofei Jiangsu Sainty  China
2013 Zeng Cheng Guangzhou Evergrande  China
2014 Wang Dalei Shandong Luneng Taishan  China
2015 Zeng Cheng Guangzhou Evergrande  China

Sponsors[edit]

Sponsorships
Season Sponsor Annual Value Official League Name
2004 Siemens Mobile €8 million Siemens Mobile Chinese Super League
2005 No sponsor Chinese Football Association Super League
2006 IPhox €6 million Iphox Chinese Super League
2007 Kingway Beer ¥ 36 million[5] Kingway Beer Chinese Super League
2008 ¥ 38 million Kingway Beer Chinese Super League
2009 Pirelli €5 million[6] Pirelli Chinese Super League
2010 €5 million Pirelli Chinese Super League
2011 Wanda Plaza ¥ 65 million[7] Wanda Plaza Chinese Super League
2012 ¥ 65 million Wanda Plaza Chinese Super League
2013 ¥ 65 million Wanda Plaza Chinese Super League
2014 Ping An Insurance ¥ 150 million[8] China Ping'an Chinese Super League
2015 ¥ 150 million China Ping'an Chinese Super League
2016 ¥ 150 million China Ping'an Chinese Super League

Media coverage[edit]

As of August 2016, main broadcasters of the CSL through the world are listed in following table

Country Network
 China CCTV5, GSTV, Le Sports
 Hong Kong Le Sports HK
 Macau TDM HD
 Bosnia and Herzegovina
 Macedonia
 Montenegro
 Serbia
SportKlub 2 Serbia
 Croatia Sportklub 2 Croatia
 Slovenia Sportklub 2 Slovenia
 United Kingdom
 Ireland
Sky Sports 3/HD
 Israel Sport 1
 Singapore Starhub SuperSports
 France
 Belgium
  Switzerland
 Luxembourg
SFR Sport 2
 Albania
 Andorra
 Austria
 Belarus
 Bulgaria
 Cyprus
 Czech Republic
 Denmark
 Estonia
 Finland
 Germany
 Greece
 Hungary
 Italy
 Kosovo
 Latvia
 Liechtenstein
 Lithuania
 Moldova
 Netherlands
 Norway
 Poland
 Portugal
 Romania
 Russia
 San Marino
 Slovakia
 Spain
 Sweden
 Ukraine
  Vatican City
Eurosport
 United States
 Canada
Le Sports US
 Turkey Fotomac
 Brazil BandSports
 Ghana GTV
Indian Subcontinent Star Sports
Latin America Claro Sports
Middle East and North Africa Dubai Sports 1
Sub-Saharan Africa Star Times
Southeast Asia Le Sports

Reserve league[edit]

The reserve league is open to all of the reserve teams from the Chinese Super League, China League One, and China League Two clubs.

Season Winners
2006 Shandong Luneng
2007 Tianjin Teda
2008 Wuhan Guanggu
2009 Not held
2010 Shandong Luneng
2011 Shandong Luneng
2012 Shandong Luneng
2013 Shandong Luneng
2014 Shandong Luneng
2015 Shandong Luneng

Youth league[edit]

Like the reserve league, the youth league is open to all the youth teams of all professional clubs in China.

Season U-19 Champions U-17 Champions U-15 Champions
2004 Shanghai Shenhua Shandong Luneng Shandong Luneng
2005 Shandong Luneng Shandong Luneng Shandong Luneng
2006 Beijing Guoan Shandong Luneng Shandong Luneng
2007 Chongqing Lifan Shandong Luneng Shandong Luneng
2008 Beijing Guoan Changchun Yatai Shandong Luneng
2009 Shandong Luneng Changchun Yatai Wuhan FA
2010 Not held Shandong Luneng Shanghai Luckystar
2011 Beijing Guoan Shanghai FA Hubei FA
2012 Jiangsu FA Liaoning FA Guangzhou FA

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]