Sign in to follow this Followers 6 New League Guide: China Foxy October 30, 2018 13 replies 3,506 Views Report · Posted October 30, 2018 FMM19 New League Guide: China We have two new and exciting nations added to the game this year with Russia and China now being available to play. This guide will take a look at how the Chinese leagues work, the finances of the clubs and who are the star names. I have also written a guide for Russia and that can be found by clicking the link here History of the League China has had a national football league since 1951 but the Chinese Super League wasn’t formed until 2004 as a 12 team league in an attempt to up the standard of Chinese football. It has since been expanded and now has 16 teams taking part. Two Chinese clubs have won the Asian Champions League. Guangzhou twice and Liaoning once. The top 2 most successful teams 1. Guangzhou – 7 league titles 2. Shandong – 3 league titles Most League Appearances Yang Zhi – 350 – Guangzhou, Beijing (still playing) All time league goal scorer Han Peng – 88 gls in 242 games (still playing) League Format The Super League and the First Division are both playable in game. Chinese Super League · Number of Teams: 16 · Number of Matches: 30 · Asian Champions League Qualification: The top 3 qualify for the Asian Champions League Group Stage and 4th place goes into the Asian Champions League Playoff depending on who win the Chinese FA Cup. · Relegation: The 16th and 17th placed teams go down automatically. Chinese First Division · Number of Teams: 16 · Number of Matches: 30 · Promotion: The top 2 teams go up automatically. · Relegation: The bottom 2 teams get relegated. The team that finishes in 14th qualify for a relegation playoff against a lower league side. Cups China has two cup competitions. The Chinese FA Super Cup is held between the league and cup winners at the start of each season. The Chinese FA Cup is played through the season and the winner qualify for the Asian Champions League Playoffs. Club Budgets and Facilities Over the last few years Chinese football teams have been famous for splashing a lot of money in an attempt to attract top players into the league. Every club in both divisions are listed as rich but there is quite a gap between the transfer budgets available and the wage budgets so some moving around of budgets may be required to make sure you can afford the wages of players you bring in. Facilities wise some of the clubs look pretty good and others are absolutely awful. I have used the games own colour coding system of red and green to show who has the best and worst. Disclaimer: The budget of each club depends on your starting reputation so these figures should be used as a guide. Chinese Super League Chinese First Division Star Players The Chinese Super League is a strange mix of very average local players and then high quality imports from Europe and South America. Hulk: The Brazilian powerhouse plys his trade at Shanggang and even at 31 is still a cut above most of the division. Oscar: Another Brazilian attacking midfielder who is a cut above is former Chelsea man Oscar who is also at Shanggang. Alexandre Pato: They really do love a Brazilian in China. Once touted as one of the worlds best strikers its has gone downhill for Pato in the last few years. Unbelievably he is still only 28 and plays for Quanjian. Javier Mascherano: In a league that focuses its resources up front Javier will stand out as one of the best defensive players. Now 33 he plays for Huaxia. Potential Wonderkids With so much empathise put on signing established names the CSL is a bit of a wonderkid wasteland but I have found a few talented youngsters. Pedro Delgado: The 20 year old Portuguese playmaker moved from Inter Milan to Shandong for this season and hopefully there good training facilities will help him develop. Chen Shildong: The 21 year old Chinese Yiteng striker is considered one of Chinese footballs great hopes for the future. Roger Guedes: The 21 year old Brazilian winger is on loan at Shandong from Suo Paulo but the Chinese club do have an £8.5M buyout clause if they wish to make the deal permeant. I hope this short guide has given you some idea of what to expect if you decide to manage in China this year. Let me know if you decide to and who you aim to take to glory. Thank you for reading. 6 Share this post Link to post Share on other sites Share this with others!