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Chinese Super League

Chinese Super League
Football League
NameChinese Super League (CSL)
CountriesPeople%27s Republic of China
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Number of teams16
Relegation toChina League One
Domestic cupChinese FA Cup
International cupAFC Champions League
(4 spots)
Current championsShandong Luneng
Most championshipsShandong Luneng
(3 titles)

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The Chinese Football Association Super League ( ), commonly known as Chinese Super League (中超联赛) or CSL, currently known as the Pirelli Chinese Football Association Super League for sponsorship reasons, is the highest tier of professional football in the People's Republic of China, operating under the auspices of the Chinese Football Association (CFA).

The Super League was created by the rebranding of the former top division Chinese Football Association Jia-A League in 2004. (See Chinese Jia-A League, not to be confused with Chinese Football Association Jia League, which is the current second tier league.)

Originally contested by 12 teams in the inaugural year, the league has been expanding. There are 16 teams in the current season. The title has been won by five teams: Shenzhen Jianlibao, Dalian Shide, Shandong Luneng, Changchun Yatai, and Beijing Guoan. The current Super League champions are Shandong Luneng.

Promotion and relegation take place between the Super League and the second tier China League One. There were no relegations in the first 2 seasons of the league in a bid to expand the league. Chongqing Lifan became the first team to be relegated in 2006 after finishing bottom of the table for 3 consecutive seasons.

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Chinese Super League wrap: Shenzhen break drought - Soccerway Tweet this news
Soccerway--Shenzhen Ruby have ended their winless start to the -Chinese Super League- season with a 2-1 victory over Nanchang Bayi on Sunday. Shenzhen Ruby have ended their winless start to the -Chinese Super League- season with a 2-1 victory over Nanchan - Date : Sun, 22 May 2011 11:18:07 GMT+00:00
Chinese Super League: Beijing Guoan 4 Shenzhen Ruby 0 - Soccerway Tweet this news
Soccerway--Beijing Guoan moved back atop the -Chinese Super League- after a 4-0 thrashing of the struggling Shenzhen Ruby on Monday. Beijing Guoan moved back atop the -Chinese Super League- after a 4-0 thrashing of the struggling Shenzhen Ruby on Monday. - Date : Mon, 30 May 2011 16:35:38 GMT+00:00
2011 Superleague Formula: Black Beauty Returns - PaddockTalk Tweet this news
PaddockTalk--Earl was a wild card entry at the first ever rounds in -China-, representing FC Porto in Ordos and PSV Eindhoven in Beijing. Having never driven the -Superleague- Formula category before and arriving at the circuit anticipating to commentate - Date : Fri, 03 Jun 2011 23:52:37 GMT+00:00
Superleague Formula Nations Cup Gets Underway In Assen - PaddockTalk Tweet this news
PaddockTalk--The -Superleague- Formula Nations Cup gets underway on Friday, with Free Practice providing the teams and drivers with a chance to put their winter testing into practice. At 19:00 the cars will then put on a street show in Assen city, followe - Date : Thu, 02 Jun 2011 00:55:25 GMT+00:00
Magic yet to work - China Daily Tweet this news
China Daily--It looks like "White Witch Doctor" Philippe Troussier has lost his magic in China. The big-name coach and his team, Shenzhen Ruby, are unexpectedly sitting at the bottom of the table after the first quarter of the -Chinese S - Date : Wed, 08 Jun 2011 02:22:22 GMT+00:00
Troussier suffers rocky start in China - People's Daily Online Tweet this news
People's Daily Online--Philippe Troussier's Shenzhen Ruby suffered a home defeat 1-0 to Shanxi in the second round of the -Chinese Super League- (CSL) here on Sunday night. The Frenchman's side, which placed 12th in last season's Chine - Date : Tue, 12 Apr 2011 05:52:43 GMT+00:00
Troussier suffers rocky start in China - Xinhua Tweet this news
Xinhua--SHENZHEN, South China, April 10 (Xinhua) -- Philippe Troussier's Shenzhen Ruby suffered a home defeat 1-0 to Shanxi in the second round of the -Chinese Super League- (CSL) here on Sunday night. The Frenchman's side, which placed 12th in - Date : Mon, 11 Apr 2011 01:23:16 GMT+00:00
Victory stay positive - Tweet this news came from a goal down against last year's -Chinese Super League- runners-up and could have won the game after Tianjin went down to 10 men with 15 minutes left. Durakovic felt his side had missed their chance to win the game, - Date : Wed, 06 Apr 2011 01:58:38 GMT+00:00
Soccer: Ex-Japan forward Maki teams up with Troussier in China - Mainichi Daily News Tweet this news
Mainichi Daily News--TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Former Japan forward Seiichiro Maki has signed a one-year contract with Philippe Troussier's Shenzhen Ruby of the -Chinese Super League-, the player's agency said Tuesday. The 30-year-old Maki was in search - Date : Wed, 23 Mar 2011 07:09:47 GMT+00:00
Greek Super League faces strike threat - Tweet this news dead as quake topples buildings in SW -China-.AFGHANISTAN. Afghan villagers say police killed 5 civilians.PHILIPPINES-EXPLOSION. Bomb blast kills 3, wounds 9 in south Philippines.PHILIPPINES-HIV ACTOR. Actor with HIV allowed to enter Phili - Date : Thu, 10 Mar 2011 13:31:51 GMT+00:00

Foreign players :
Club Chinese name Home stadium Capacity Seasons in CSL Best finish Worst finish Spell in level 1
Beijing Guoan 北京国安 Workers Stadium 62,000 2004 to 2010 1st, 2009 7th, 2004 from 1991
Changchun Yatai 长春亚泰 Changchun City Stadium 25,000 2006 to 2010 1st, 2007 9th, 2010 from 2006
Changsha Ginde 长沙金德 Helong Stadium 55,000 2004 to 2010 8th, 2004 16th, 2010 from 1998
Chongqing Lifan 重庆力帆 Chongqing Olympic Sports Center 58,680 2004 to 2006, 2009 to 2010 12th, 2004 16th, 2009 from 2009
Dalian Shide 大连实德 Jinzhou Stadium 30,775 2004 to 2010 1st, 2005 14th, 2008 from 1990
Hangzhou Greentown 杭州绿城 Yellow Dragon Sports Center 52,672 2007 to 2010 4th, 2010 15th, 2009 from 2007
Henan Construction 河南建业 Hanghai Stadium 29,000 2007 to 2010 3rd, 2009 12th, 2007 from 2007
Jiangsu Sainty 江苏舜天 Nanjing Olympic Sports Center 61,443 2009 to 2010 10th, 2009 11th, 2010 from 2009
Liaoning Whowin 辽宁宏运 Jinzhou City Stadium 24,000 2004 to 2008, 2010 4th, 2004 15th, 2008 from 2010
Nanchang Hengyuan 南昌衡源 Nanchang Bayi Stadium 26,000 2010 13th, 2010 13th, 2010 from 2010
Qingdao Jonoon 青岛中能 Qingdao Tiantai Stadium 20,525 2004 to 2010 7th, 2005 14th, 2006,2010 from 1997
Shaanxi Zhongjian 陕西中建 Shaanxi Coca-Cola Stadium 47,565 2004 to 2010 3rd, 2004 13th, 2007 from 2002
Shandong Luneng 山东鲁能 Shandong Provincial Stadium 43,700 2004 to 2010 1st, 2006,2008,2010 4th, 2009 from 1994
Shanghai Shenhua 上海申花 Hongkou Stadium 33,060 2004 to 2010 2nd, 2005, 2006, 2008 10th, 2004 from 1982
Shenzhen Ruby 深圳红钻 Shenzhen Stadium 32,500 2004 to 2010 1st, 2004 14th, 2007 from 1998
Tianjin Teda 天津泰达 TEDA Football Stadium 36,390 2004 to 2010 2nd, 2010 6th, 2004, 2006, 2007 & 2009 from 1999

Foreign players :
Season Winners Runners-up Third-place
2004 Shenzhen Jianlibao Shandong Luneng Inter Shanghai
2005 Dalian Shide Shanghai Shenhua Shandong Luneng
2006 Shandong Luneng Shanghai Shenhua Beijing Guoan
2007 Changchun Yatai Beijing Guoan Shandong Luneng
2008 Shandong Luneng Shanghai Shenhua Beijing Guoan
2009 Beijing Guoan Changchun Yatai Henan Construction
2010 Shandong Luneng Tianjin Teda Shanghai Shenhua

Foreign players :
Season Top scorer Club Goals
2004 Ghana Kwame Ayew Shaanxi Chan-Ba 17
2005 Serbia Branko Jelić Beijing Guoan 21
2006 China Li Jinyu Shandong Luneng 26
2007 China Li Jinyu Shandong Luneng 15
2008 BR Éber Luís Tianjin Teda 14
2009 AR Hernán Barcos
HN Luis Ramírez
Shenzhen Asia Travel
Guangzhou GPC
2010 CO Duvier Riascos Shanghai Shenhua 20

Foreign players :
Season Winners
2006 Shandong Luneng
2007 Tianjin Teda
2008 Wuhan Optics Valley
2010 Shandong Luneng

Foreign players :
Season U-19 Champions U-17 Champions U-15 Champions
2004 Shanghai Shenhua Shandong Luneng Shandong Luneng
2005 Shandong Luneng Shandong Luneng Shandong Luneng
2006 Beijing Guoan Shandong Luneng Shandong Luneng
2007 Chongqing Lifan Shandong Luneng Shandong Luneng
2008 Beijing Guoan Changchun Yatai Shandong Luneng
2009 Shandong Luneng Changchun Yatai Wuhan FA
2010 Defunct Shandong Luneng Shanghai Luckystar

Chinese Super League Seasons

Jia-A League * 2004 * 2005 * 2006 * 2007 * 2008 * 2009 * 2010

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