Chinese Super League to be shown on Sky Sports

China Guangzhou Evergrande graphic
Image: Sky Sports will be showing the Chinese Super League through to 2018

Sky Sports has added yet another competition to its unrivalled schedule of live football with the addition of the Ping An Chinese Football Association Super League (CSL).

Sky Sports has secured the rights for the next three seasons to a league that already features a number of names familiar to Premier League fans, with former Chelsea midfielder Ramires joined by Obafemi Martins - once of Newcastle United - Gervinho, who played for Arsenal, and recent signing from Southampton Graziano Pelle.

The CSL adds even more depth to the live football on offer to Sky Sports viewers, who can already look forward to more Premier League games than ever before this season, including Friday nights for the first time. 

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Ramires in action against FC Tokyo in the Asian Champions League
Image: Jiangsu Suning midfielder Ramires will be just one of the big-name players on show in the Chinese Super League on Sky Sports next season

Sky Sports is also the home of Sky Bet EFL, with 127 live games, as well as showing more than 300 matches from Spain's La Liga, the return of Old Firm games in Scotland, and FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

"This is more great news for football fans as we get set for our biggest ever season on Sky Sports," said Sky Sports head of football Gary Hughes said: 

"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." 

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Image: Graziano Pelle joined Chinese Super League side Shandong Luneng for £13m

The first match to be shown on Saturday July 30 could see former Newcastle United forward Martins in action when Shanghai Greenland Shenhua face Jiangsu Suning.

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Then on Sunday, Guangzhou R&F take on ex-England manager Sven Goran Eriksson's side Shanghai SIPG, both games will be shown on Sky Sports 3 from 12.30pm.

The CSL runs from March to November with 16 teams competing for the title, and Sky Sports will show the action live through to 2018. 

Opening Chinese Super League fixtures:

Saturday July 30: Shanghai Shenhua v Jiangsu Suning (12.30pm, Sky Sports 3)

Sunday July 31: Guangzhou R&F v Shanghai SIPG (12.30pm, Sky Sports 3)                                   

Saturday August 13: Shanghai Shenhua v Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao (12.30pm)

Sunday August 14: Hebei China Fortune v Liaoning (12.30pm)

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