- Chinese Super League 2006
This article is about the 2006 season of the Chinese Football Association Super League (中国足球协会超级联赛 or 中超), also known as
Chinese Super League(CSL), which is the premier football league in Chinaunder the auspices of the Chinese Football Association.
The season started on
March 11 2006and it is planned that two teams will be relegated at the end of the season.
Promoted for the 2006 season
Relegated after the 2006 season
A number of changes occurred during the off season, notably some major changes to the teams. Inter Shanghai was moved to
Xi'anand was renamed Xian Chanba. Shanghai Zobon was bought by Shanghai Liancheng and renamed Shanghai Liancheng Zobon. Beijing Hyundai, who may not renew their contract with Hyundaimotors, change their team name back to their formal name, Beijing Guoan.
Shenzhen Jianlibao changed its team name to
Shenzhen Kingwayafter finding a new sponsor in Kingwaybrewery.
There was also some speculation that
Liaoning FCwould pull out from the league, and that the Chinese Football Association had prepared a schedule with only 14 teams should Liaoning have withdrawn.
The biggest shock was the disbanding of
Sichuan Guanchengin January, so the league will only have 15 teams at the start of the season, 1 short of the 16 teams planned.
Shanghai Shenhua, who qualify for the AFC Champions League, boost their squad with Li Wei Fengfrom the debt-ridden Shenzhen Jianlibaofor 6.5 million RMB, the highest transfer fee this season. In additional, Shenhua bought over Liu Yun Feifrom Tianjin Tedafor 0.9 million and recalled defender Du Wei from Glasgow Celtic.
Desperately in need of money, Shenzhen Jianlibao was also forced to sell China's first choice goalkeeper,
Li Leileito Shandong Lunengfor 5 million; Former national striker Yang Chento the newly promoted Xiamen Lanshifor 2 million and Zhou Tingto Beijing Hyundaifor 3.5 millions.
Other notable transfers includes
Wang Liang's 5 million move from Liaoning FCto Shandong, An Qi's 4 million move from defending champions Dalian Shideto Xiamen and An Shuai, Zhou Yi, Sun Bing, Cha Kejun's four players move from Shandong to Qingdao Zhongnengfor 1 million each.
Shangdong Luneng and new comer Changchun Yatai both had a good spell early on while defending champions Dalian struggled early on. During the mid season, Changchun finally cannot kept up with the pace of the top league and gradually drops to forth in the league. Meanwhile, a record 13 league win in a row saw Shandong Luneng gaining an unassailable lead at the top. With Shandong the clear winner, the interest in the second half of the season was the race to the second place and the fight against relegation.
In the end, Chongqing Lifan was relegated with 2 games to go while the race for second went all the way down the wire before Shanghai Shenhua clinch the second spot with a last day win over Liaoning while Beijing slips. [Official CSL report by the Chinese FA (In Chinese) http://fa.sport.org.cn/ssdt/jdxw/2006-12-29/107354.html]
Final league table
P = Games Played; W = Games Won; D = Games Drawn; L = Games Lost; F = Goals For; A = Goals Against; Pts = Points
*Total attendance: 2,228,300 [Same as above]
*Average attendance: 10,600
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