Football in The People's Republic of China - Media Coverage of Football in China - Foreign Leagues

Foreign Leagues

See also: East Asian Football Federation#European-based players

Because of the low level of interest exhibited in the domestic football league, Chinese football fans, numbered in the hundreds of millions, often turn to major European football competitions, associating themselves most prominently with teams in the English Premier League, the Italian Serie A and the German Bundesliga, the three leagues who have established large fan bases in China. Chinese players going to play in European leagues attracts massive media attention, and as a result also gains a large following. Prominent examples include Sun Jihai, formerly of Manchester City; Zheng Zhi, who played for Celtic; Shao Jiayi, formerly of 1860 Munich, now of MSV Duisburg; and Yang Chen, formerly of Eintracht Frankfurt.

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