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4 facts you must know about the Chinese Super League

4 facts you must know about the Chinese Super League

The Chinese Super League have dominated all the major sports headlines in recent weeks considering the money the clubs are spending to lure high profile players to play in the country's top flight football.

Brazilian international Oscar was the first player whose transfer caught the attention of many football lovers when he completed a £60 million move to Shanghai SIPG in January 2017

Chinese Super League

Fans of the Chinese Super League

Former Manchester United star Carlos Tevez and Nigeria Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi have also made a mega switch to the Chinese Super League, and here we bring you four facts you must know about the League.

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1. There are actually 16 teams

In the English Premier League, twenty teams are campaigning in the English top flight football, but in the Chinese Super League, only sixteen teams are in there and despite that clubs like Yanbian Funde, Henan Jianye, Liaoning Whowin, Changchun Yatai, Tianjin TEDA and others have tended to go under the radar in Europe.

2. There is one Englishman in the League

Sealy

Englishman Jack Sealy

Born in London, Jack Sealy is the only Englishman that plays in the Chinese Super League, and he currently wears the jersey of Changchun Yatai as a right full back.

3. It began in 2004

Chinese League

A Chinese Super League player in celebration with fans

The Chinese Super League is just 12-year old as it began in the year 2004, and is not some kind of brand new invention of the last couple of years off the back of the investment suddenly being pumped into football as the inaugural season was played in 2004 and was won by Shenzhen Jianlibao.

4. It is dominated by one club

Evergrande

Players of Chinese Super League side Evergrande

Guangzhou Evergrande have been dominating the Chinese Super League in recent years as they have been champions six times on the spin since claiming their first title in 2011 and have even conquering Asia by winning the AFC Champions League in two of the last four years.

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