Papiss Cisse is set to return to our TV screens with Newcastle barely having kicked off the new Championship season.
Sky Sports have just announced that they are adding live football from the Chinese Super League to their schedule.
In a bit of a ‘coals to Newcastle’ scenario, numerous former Premier League players (and managers!) are ending up in China and now we are set to watch them playing in their new environment, with pictures beamed back live.
The Chinese Super League could well in the future compete with the Premier League in terms of being the ‘World’s league’, if the amounts of money keep climbing the way they have been.
No doubt the presence of ever more high profile players has convinced Sky Sports that the interest would/could be there in the UK.
Sky Sports head of football Gary Hughes:
“The Ping An Chinese Super League is attracting players from Europe and is creating a really exciting competition that will only add to an incredible line-up of live football on Sky Sports.”
Former Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins is set to be part of the first televised match which goes out this Saturday, his Shanghai Shenhua take on Jiangsu Suning.
The match on Sunday sees former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson’s side Shanghai SIPG, feature against Guangzhou R&F.
It seems certain that Papiss Cisse will feature shortly, as his new club Shandong Luneng brought in both Cisse and Southampton’s Graziano Pelle earlier this month in high profile moves.
The former Newcastle striker scoring one scrambled goal so far in his three substitute appearances, though he made a horrendous miss (watch it here) this past weekend which denied his new club a draw in the final stages against the injured Demba Ba’s club, Shanghai Shenhua.
Chinese football runs from March to November, with 16 teams competing for the title, and Sky Sports have agreed a deal to initially show it right through to 2018.
First two weekends of coverage – Chinese Super League live TV fixtures, Sky Sports 3:
Saturday July 30 – Shanghai Shenhua v Jiangsu Suning (12.30pm)
Sunday July 31 – Guangzhou R&F v Shanghai SIPG (12.30pm)
Saturday August 13- Shanghai Shenhua v Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao (12.30pm)
Sunday August 14 – Hebei China Fortune v Liaoning (12.30pm)