Chinese Super League

South American Imports Behaving Awfully In The Chinese Super League

The past couple of years has seen the Chinese Super League emerge the one-stop destination for established footballers who want to earn lots of money while avoiding the rigours of European football. However, life in China isn’t a bed of roses as these players discover very quickly.

As is the norm, talented non-European footballers would travel thousand of miles to Europe to make something better of their careers – earn more money and become famous. European footballers would switch countries at a moment’s notice to play in a bigger and better league.

Today, China has become one of the countries where footballers can go to make a career for themselves. The reason being that the Chinese have begun investing heavily in their football. With state of the art training facilities and the right structure already in place, the only missing piece is the personnel to help their football gain traction.

To achieve this purpose, clubs from the Chinese Super League opted to spend obscene amounts of money to attract the best talent. Before long, a host of players who had established themselves in Europe was courted and had their heads turned by ridiculous amounts of money.

However, following the influx of these established footballing talent from Europe and other non-EU countries, aspersions have been cast on the commitment and behaviour of these players in the Chinese League with the spotlight beaming on South-American imports.


During the January transfer window, Oscar left Chelsea to join Shanghai SIPG for a reported £60 million. Without any delay, the Brazilian midfielder became an integral member of André Villas-Boas side, who by the way had coached him at Chelsea.

Dear Oscar! In a game between Shanghai SIPG and Guangzhou R&F, Oscar portrayed some very unprofessional attitude when he, in the latter stages of the first half of that game, kicked the ball violently against two opposition players, in an action that resulted in a fight on the pitch between both sets of teams.

For starting the melee, the former Corinthians midfielder was banned for eight matches and fined £4,625 by the Chinese Football Association. Since he rakes in £400,000 weekly, he could earn that money in two hours of doing nothing.

Carlos Tevez

In December, Carlos Tevez signed a bumper deal that saw him leave his boyhood club, Boca Juniors to join Shanghai Shenhua. Tevez would earn €38 million yearly. However, last month, the Argentine striker complained bitterly of homesickness. If that complaint didn’t damage his reputation with the Shenhua fans, his next action did.

In April, while his team, Shanghai Shenhua were sweating it out on the pitch against Changchun Yatai the £613k-per-week striker was photographed having a good time in Shanghai Disneyland.

Although the Argentine striker was injured at the time, his actions still left a bitter taste as fans of the Chinese club detested his actions.


Gambling and pornography are highly prohibited in mainland China, but guess what Paulinho did? He appeared in an advert for a gambling company, one in which a porn star had featured prominently.

His team, Guangzhou Evergrande, came out to condemn the Brazilian’s actions saying: “he had failed to do the most basic due diligence required for this endorsement.”

Both Chinese authorities and Guangzhou Evergrande sternly ordered Paulinho to end his involvement with the betting company.


Brazilian striker Hulk has been prolific for Shanghai SIPG having scored nine Chinese Super League goals this season. His behavior off the pitch hasn’t been so impressive; the big striker got hauled before the CFA last month over allegations that he had punched the Guizhou Zhicheng’s assistant coach and made anti-Chinese comments in the players’ tunnel at half-time. Luckily for Hulk, he escaped without punishment.

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