What is the story with the Chinese FA?
The Chinese Football Association (CFA) has issued an update on its Chinese Premier League season, with the announcement that Shanghai Shenhua and Shanghai Tianjin FC have been placed into the Chinese Champions League group stage.
The Chinese FA’s Chinese Premier league (CPL) starts on June 2 and will see Shanghai Shenhai, Shanghai Tianhai and Guangzhou Evergrande play in a single round-robin group stage for the top four spots.
The first match of the group stage will be played on June 10, with Shanghai Shenai and Guangbing Evergrandes playing on June 11 and 12 respectively.
China’s Champions League is the second tier of the country’s footballing system, which is composed of the top six clubs in the country and two-time Asian champions Hong Kong and Shanghai respectively.
In recent years, China has seen a resurgence in Chinese football, which has attracted a great deal of interest from abroad, particularly from the European clubs, and the CPL has been a mainstay of the national team in recent years.
With Shanghai Shenhuai’s promotion to the top-flight league, they will play the Chinese Super League’s Chinese Super Cup on June 23, with Guangzhou and Shanghai also being in contention for a place in the Champions League.
The announcement follows an announcement by Shanghai Shenhehua that they had been promoted to the CSL.