Chinese Super League

top tier of association football in China

The Chinese Football Association Super League (Chinese: 中国足球协会超级联赛; Pinyin: Zhōngguó Zúqiú Xiéhuì Chāojí Liánsài; usually called Chinese Super League (中超联赛) or CSL; and known as Ping An Chinese Football Association Super League for sponsorship reasons) is the highest tier of professional association football in China. It is controlled by the Chinese Football Association.

Chinese Super League
Founded2004
Country China
Level on pyramid1
Most championshipsGuangzhou Evergrande (5 titles)
Websitecsl.lesports.com

The league was created in 2004 and replaced the Chinese Football Association Jia-A League.

Currently, 16 teams play in the league. The Chinese Super League has been won by 7 teams: Shanghai Shenhua, Shenzhen Jianlibao, Dalian Shide, Shandong Luneng, Changchun Yatai, Beijing Guoan, and Guangzhou Evergrande.

2016 clubsEdit

HistoryEdit

In 1994, the Chinese Jia-A League became the country's first professional football league. People in the Chinese Football Association began to talk about creating a new league in late-2000. In 2002, the CFA made a decision to establish the Chinese Super League, which started in 2004.

Results and statisticsEdit

ChampionsEdit

The following table shows who won the league and when.[1]

Club Champions Runners-up Winning Seasons Runners-up Seasons
Guangzhou Evergrande
5
0
2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Shandong Luneng
3
2
2006, 2008, 2010 2004, 2013
Beijing Guoan
1
3
2009 2007, 2011, 2014
Changchun Yatai
1
1
2007 2009
Dalian Shide
1
0
2005
Shenzhen
1
0
2004
Shanghai Greenland
0
3
2005, 2006, 2008
Shanghai SIPG
0
1
2015
Jiangsu Suning
0
1
2012
Tianjin Teda
0
1
2010

Top scorersEdit

Season Top scorer Club Goals
2004   Kwame Ayew Inter Shanghai 17
2005   Branko Jelić Beijing Guoan 21
2006   Li Jinyu Shandong Luneng 26
2007   Li Jinyu Shandong Luneng 15
2008   Éber Luís Tianjin Teda 14
2009   Hernán Barcos
  Luis Ramírez
Shenzhen Asia Travel / Shanghai Shenhua
Guangzhou GPC
17
2010   Duvier Riascos Shanghai Shenhua 20
2011   Muriqui Guangzhou Evergrande 16
2012   Cristian Dănălache Jiangsu Sainty 23
2013   Elkeson Guangzhou Evergrande 24
2014   Elkeson Guangzhou Evergrande 28
2015   Aloísio Shandong Luneng Taishan 22

Other websitesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "CSL China PR Archive". Soccerway. Retrieved 16 June 2016.