The Chinese Super League formed in 2004 is the top tier professional football League in China governed by the Chinese Football Association (CFA). The initial seasons of the League featured 12 teams which further got expanded to 16 teams. Till date, 31 teams have competed in the league with 7 clubs having won the title.
The 2019 Chinese Super League is the 16th season of the League since its inception and the club Shanghai SIPG is the reigning champion (2018 Champion) of the league winning their first Chinese Super League title.
The most successful team of the Chinese Super League is Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao who has won the title 7 times. The 2019 Chinese Super League is scheduled to begin on 1 March 2019 and will go up to 30 November 2019. Will Shanghai SIPG, the defending champions be able to defend their title this season?
Chinese Super League Fixtures
The league of the year is here! The fixtures of the 2019 Chinese Super League has been revealed and predictions are being made for the outright winner of the season. The list of the entire season matches have been shared below:
|Date||Time||Home Team||Away Team|
|01.03.2019||10:00||Shandong Luneng||Beijing Renhe|
|01.03.2019||11:35||Guangzhou Evergrande||Tianjin Quanjian|
|01.03.2019||11:35||Shanghai Shenhua||Shanghai SIPG|
|01.03.2019||12:00||Wuhan Zall||Beijing Guoan|
|02.03.2019||07:30||Chongqing Lifan||Guangzhou R&F|
|03.03.2019||07:30||Henan Jianye||Dalian Yifang F.C.|
|03.03.2019||11:35||Jiangsu Suning||Tianjin Teda|
|08.03.2019||11:35||Guangzhou Evergrande||Tianjin Teda|
|09.03.2019||07:30||Chongqing Lifan||Beijing Guoan|
|09.03.2019||07:30||Shandong Luneng||Henan Jianye|
|09.03.2019||11:35||Guangzhou R&F||Dalian Yifang F.C.|
|09.03.2019||11:35||Shanghai SIPG||Jiangsu Suning|
|10.03.2019||07:30||Wuhan Zall||Beijing Renhe|
Chinese Super League Teams
A total of 16 teams will be competing for the 2019 Chinese Super League title and the two 2018 relegated clubs Changchun Yatai and Guizhou Hengfeng have been replaced by the two promoted clubs from 2018 China League One Wuhan Zall and Shenzhen F.C.
Out of the 7 clubs that have added the Chinese Super League title to their achievements, Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao has set a record of winning the title 7 times in a row from 2011-2017. They were the runner-up team of the 2018 Chinese Super League with Shanghai SIPG clinching the 2018 title and breaking their winning streak.
The second most successful club in the Chinese Super League is Shandong Luneng Taishan with 3 title wins. Shandong has been winning the title alternatively in 2006, 2008 and in 2010, but the alternative winning streak broke in 2012 with Guangzhou winning the title.
Shandong succeeded to hold on to the runner-up position twice in 2004 and 2013. Beijing Sinobo Guoan and Shanghai Greenland Shenhua hold the record for the most runners-up position, 3 times each. Beijing Sinobo holds the longest unbeaten run record of 17 matches.
|Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao||2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017|
|Shandong Luneng Taishan||2006, 2008, 2010|
|Beijing Sinobo Guoan||2009|
Chinese Super League Best Players
So far 15 seasons of the Chinese Super League have taken place and each year a player is honored with ‘The Player of the Year’ award. Wu Lei was awarded the 2018 Player of the Year award also called as the Most Valuable Player.
14 players have won the Player of the Year award since the inception of the League and the Brazilian player who plays for the Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao, Ricardo Goulart holds the record for the most wins of the award, 2 times. Ricardo won back-to-back Player of the year award in 2015 and 2016.
Chinese Super League Top Scorers
The Champions of the Chinese Super League are honored with the Fire-God trophy. Similarly, the top goal scorer of the League is also honored with an award called the Golden Boot award. The 2018 Golden Boot award was handed over to the Shanghai SIPG player Wu Lei for scoring 27 goals for the team.
Elkeson of Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao holds the record for the highest goal scoring record with 28 goals in 2014. Wu Lei is the current top goalscorer for Shanghai SIPG with 169 goals and is also the all-time goalscorer of the Chinese Super League with 102 goals.
Apart from the Golden Boot award, there is another award that is given to the top Chinese goalscorer of that season, which has been followed since 2011. Wu Lei has been winning the top goalscorer of the season award since 2013 till 2018 with 27 goals.
|2011||Yu Hanchao||Liaoning FC||12|
|2012||Wang Yongpo||Shandong Luneng Taishan||10|
|2013||Wu Lei||Shanghai East Asia||15|
|2014||Wu Lei||Shanghai East Asia||12|
|2015||Wu Lei||Shanghai SIPG||14|
|2016||Wu Lei||Shanghai SIPG||14|
|2017||Wu Lei||Shanghai SIPG||20|
|2018||Wu Lei||Shanghai SIPG||27|
Chinese Super League Transfers
The transfers in Chinese Super League have become more expensive since 2016 with the Shanghai SIPG drafting in the player Oscar from Chelsea for €60 million in 2016. Before this transfer, Shanghai SIPG drafted in Hulk for €55.8 million from the club Zenit Saint Petersburg in July 2016. The February 2016 saw two big transfers in the Chinese Super League.
Jackson Martínez got transferred from Atlético Madrid to Guangzhou Evergrande for €42 million in February 2016 and Alex Teixeira was transferred from Shakhtar Donetsk to Jiangsu Suning for €50 million in February 2016.
The 2018 Chinese Super League made two transfer deals with Villarreal selling Cédric Bakambu to Beijing Sinobo Guoan for €40 million in February 2018 and Yannick Carrasco got transferred from Atlético Madrid to Dalian Yifang for €30 million in February 2018.
Chinese Super League Attendance
Among all the popular football leagues in Asia, Chinese Super League is said to have the highest average attendance, though the stadiums have restricted seat capacity. Since the inception of the League, the season to record the highest average attendance is 2018 with 47,002.
The match which saw the highest attendance in the history of the League is the match between Jiangsu Sainty and Guangzhou Evergrande which resulted as 1-1. The event took place at the Nanjing Olympic Stadium with an attendance of 65,769 on October 20, 2012.
The second highest individual game attendance was also seen at the Nanjing Olympic Stadium with an attendance of 58,792 on July 14, 2013, between Jiangsu Sainty and Guangzhou Evergrande which resulted in a 1-2 for Evergrande.
The 2018 Chinese Super League featured the match between Beijing Sinobo Guoan and Shandong Luneng Taishan on August 5, 2018, which recorded the Highest Attendance of the league with 56,544. The Lowest Attendance of the league was during Beijing Renhe vs Guizhou Hengfeng match with 5,651. An average attendance of 24,107 was recorded at the end of the season.