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Arsenal's Arsene Wenger: It will take years for China to catch up with Europe

Oscar insists he's delighted with his move to big-spending Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG.

LONDON -- Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says it will take years for China to build a football culture that can really compete with leagues in Europe, but he is still worried players will see mega Chinese offers as a new benchmark for top clubs to match.

Chinese Super League (CSL) clubs have increased their efforts to attract top players by offering record-high salaries that few, if any, European clubs would be willing to match, with Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez among those to have been targeted so far.


CFA threatens to expel Chinese Super League clubs that overspend

Oscar insists he's delighted with his move to big-spending Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG.

Chinese clubs will face further difficulties in their attempts to spend huge sums on foreign and domestic players after the Chinese Football Association (CFA) threatened to expel those who overspend in the Chinese Super League (CSL) in a new 18-point directive.

Clubs have been warned they must be financially independent of their parent companies as the CFA seeks to reduce the large transfer fees and salaries being offered as Chinese teams engage in a race to outspend one another ahead of the start...

Chinese Football Association plans to double grassroots funding in 2017

Alison Bender and Gab Marcotti discuss whether moving to the Chinese Super League would be the right move for Diego Costa.

Chinese football is set for a significant funding boost after the Chinese Football Association announced it would spend nearly double its 2016 budget on the game over the next 12 months.

The CFA revealed plans at a news conference in Beijing on Tuesday to spend 670 million yuan (£78,750,000) to support the game across the country, with the largest sum of 243m yuan to be spent on the National Soccer Training Centre as well as operational costs and promotional fees.

But the area that will see...

Chinese FA confirms limit on foreign players for Super League clubs

Oscar insists he's delighted with his move to big-spending Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG.
FC's Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts delve into Oscar's comments saying the CSL will one day be as great as the Premier League.

Chinese Super League clubs' player recruitment plans for the coming season were thrown into disarray on Monday morning as the Chinese Football Association confirmed last week's reports it would limit the number of foreign players permitted to play in the 2017 season.

In a statement published on the federation's website, the CFA announced clubs would be permitted to field a maximum of three foreign players per game, with that quota including players from within the area governed by the Asian Football...

Marcello Lippi looks to bring fear-factor after first China win

China coach Marcello Lippi
Marcello Lippi won the World Cup with Italy in 2006.

Marcello Lippi says he will try to instil a fearless attitude within his China squad after picking up his first win as national team boss after a penalty shootout victory over Croatia in the third place playoff of the inaugural China Cup on Saturday.

Wang Jingbin, who is on the books of Guangzhou Evergrande but has yet to make a senior appearance for the club, equalised for the Chinese two minutes from time after Luka Ivanusec had given Croatia the lead eight minutes before half-time.

However, Lippi's...