The highly anticipated Chinese Super League has started on Friday. The clubs involved with the CSL paid out $410 million for new players.
The leading team of the tournament, Guangzhou Evergrande will aim to get a seventh consecutive title shot. However, the team faces very tough competition from several other clubs participating in the Chinese Super League.
Player Expenditures in Chinese Super League
The league is now responsible for exceeding $263 million on transfers of 20 English Premier League players. This other opportunity for the top English Premier players to showcase their skills has caused concern among club managers.
It is not the English players only getting high payment transfers. Many of the Chinese players have also seen paid hefty amounts of money for the transfers. English clubs are worried about the wellbeing of their top talent. Chinese clubs are also apprehensive that their bright football stars may not get the kind of payments owing to increased competition from the English players.
Chinese Sports authorities issued new rules which limit the number of foreign players in a team. The new rules make it mandatory for each team not to include more than three or four players in each team. The authorities also mentioned a future ruling, limiting the highest salary paid for transfers to any player.
Many players like Wayne Rooney struggling in English Premier League, they need to decide either remain with their current European clubs or leave for CSL.
Hefty Transfer Amounts Affecting Other Aspects of CSL
Too much money spent on player transfers within the CSL is impacting other areas of the league. The amount generated from ticket sales, merchandise, and advertising is not able to compensate for the big transfer fees involved in the league. The CSL by China is just the start. China is planning to establish over 50,000 youth football academies by 2025, aiming to train around 50 million players.
CSL Live Telecast in India
Chinese Super League 2017 is aired live in India. DSport is going to telecast the matches live from India. The channel is available on DishTV Channel 630, Videocon d2h Channel 410, Hathway Channel 183. Out of the 16 teams participating in the league, foreign coaches are managing thirteen teams. Six teams won the past CSL including Shenzhen Jianlibao, Dalian Shide, Shandong Luneng, Changchun Yatai, Beijing Guoan, and Guangzhou Evergrande.