Football fans in Singapore will be able to catch Chinese Super League (CSL) games on StarHub cable television starting this Saturday (May 14).
The games are being brought here by Singapore-based companies MyChinaChannel and Orientivity in partnership with StarHub. Two games a week will be broadcast on StarHub’s SuperSports channels and will also be available on mobile devices.
The Chinese Super League has been gaining international attention over the past few months, after attracting top players from Europe during the recent transfer window. Chinese clubs stunned the world by spending around €337 million (S$516.4 million) on foreign players in the January-February window, which outstripped the English Premier League’s €253 million outlay, according to figures compiled by industry website Transfermarkt.
It was also more than the next four major European championships combined — Italy’s Serie A, the German Bundesliga, the Primera Division in Spain and France’s Ligue 1.
Some famous footballers now plying their trade in China include: Jackson Martinez (ex-Atletico Madrid), Ramires (signed from Chelsea) and Argentine international Ezequiel Lavezzi (signed from French champions Paris St Germain).
Chelsea striker Diego Costa is reportedly contemplating a move to the Chinese Super League in the summer if Atletico Madrid cannot take him back, while Chelsea skipper John Terry is tipped to make a move to the CSL too in the summer.
Ex-England coach Sven Goran Eriksson is also managing a Chinese side now, while former World Cup winning Brazilian manager Luiz Felipe Scolari is coaching Asian Champions League winners Guangzhou Evergrande.
Chinese president Xi Jinping has set a goal for China to win the World Cup by 2050. To achieve this vision, billionaires, including Alibaba executive chairman Jack Ma, have spent millions investing in the game.
Source : todayonline.com