Defending CSL champions Jiangsu FC withdraw from Asian Champions League following financial collapse
Jiangsu won the Chinese Super League for the first time in November, but ceased operations last month after their struggling owners pulled the plug.
Chinese Super League: Champions Jiangsu FC cease operations amid financial crisis in country’s football
The demise of Jiangsu, until recently known as Jiangsu Suning, could be followed in the coming days by the closure of fellow CSL side Tianjin Teda.
Asia's premier club tournament kicks off in mid-April, with group stage matches taking place in one West Asian and one East Asian hub.
Rafa Benitez abruptly quits as coach of Chinese Super League club Dalian Professional citing personal reasons
Benitez had one more season left on his estimated 12-million-pound-a-year ($16 million) contract at Dalian, in China's northeast.
Chinese football bosses, who will expand the league from 16 to 18 teams by 2023, want to see clubs achieve greater value for money, citing the more successful neighboring leagues of South Korea and Japan as an example.
The 52-year-old from Croatia has signed a contract until the end of 2022 and replaces Frenchman Bruno Genesio, Beijing said.
Hulk, signed from Zenit St Petersburg in 2016 for then Asian record 55.8 million euros, had made it clear prior to being dropped that he would not extend his SIPG contract.
New Chinese champions Jiangsu Suning, Fabio Cannavaro's two-time Asian title-holders Guangzhou Evergrande and Oscar's Shanghai SIPG are prime among those likely to have to rebrand themselves.
Chinese Super League: Brazilian forward Alex Teixeira stars as Jiangsu Suning wins first league title
The second leg of the championship decider belonged to the 30-year-old Teixeira, who was strongly linked with a move to Liverpool before joining Jiangsu for 50 million euros in 2016.
China wants football to be 'bridge to work with the world', says association's secretary general Liu Yi
Along with building a football infrastructure and overhauling grassroots, school and youth systems, the CSL is a crucial part of the determination to be a superpower in the sport.
Chinese Super League: Shenzhen FC forward John Mary files complaint of racial abuse against Shanghai Shenhua
Mary alleged that the abuse came from the Shenhua bench and Shenzhen have made a complaint to the Chinese Football Association, a source said.
Cannavaro, who captained his country to World Cup glory in 2006, won his first major title as a coach with Evergrande reigning over Chinese football last year.
It is a major step towards normalising football in China, where the virus was first detected last year, and paves the way for a limited number of supporters to attend selected future fixtures.
Restrictive bio-secure bubble, physical exertion due to heat leave Chinese Super League footballers 'claustrophobic'
The 16 Chinese Super League teams disappeared into two sealed-off hotels, one in Suzhou and the other in Dalian, a month ago and will not leave until the end of September.
Donadoni took over at Shenzhen in July 2019 when they were already deep in relegation trouble and he was unable to prevent them dropping out of the CSL.
Chinese Super League was originally set to start on 22 February but was postponed indefinitely because of the spread of the coronavirus, which first emerged in China.
Chinese Super League's delayed season set to kick off with champions Guangzhou Evergrande facing Shanghai Shenhua
Guangzhou, managed by Italian World Cup-winner Fabio Cannavaro, are looking to clinch a ninth CSL title in 10 seasons but could face a tricky test due to the new format introduced to make up for lost time.
Players and officials from the 16 Chinese Super League teams will be confined to their hotel and parts of the stadiums and tests will be conducted once a week during the tournament.
The league was originally set to start on 22 February but was postponed indefinitely because of the spread of COVID-19, which first emerged in China in late 2019.
An outbreak of the coronavirus in Beijing has further “complicated” plans to start the postponed Chinese Super League (CSL), a medical expert advising the country’s soccer association said.