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12 January 2022 - 1:30 PM

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Club owners in crisis, government stepping in to save teams, fan frustration: What next for Chinese Super League?

  • Problems are mounting for many of the private companies owning Chinese Super League clubs and the era of big spending on foreign players is now over.
  • The government is buying stakes in several teams to avoid more cases like Jiangsu FC, who were shut down by Inter Milan owner Suning Holdings Group in March.
  • Yet with fans still unable to attend matches due to a Covid bubble arrangement, frustration is building. It is uncertain whether clubs will survive, and the league’s future remains unclear.
  • With the government now more concerned about developing grassroots football, experts based in China say private companies are more likely to invest in projects like the plan to establish 16 to 18 'key cities' dedicated to football.

The Chinese Super League, which returned on 12th December following a four-month break to accommodate China's World Cup qualifying campaign, is facing an uncertain future as many of the private companies which have fuelled much of its spending on star overseas players significantly reduce their investments or look to pull out altogether.

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