Dalian native Liu Dianzuo looking forward to home comforts ahead of CSL kick-off
Dalian: For Guangzhou Evergrande goalkeeper Liu Dianzuo the 2020 Chinese Super League season, set to begin on Saturday, will have more meaning than most with Group A of the re-jigged tournament to be played out in his hometown of Dalian.
The China PR international spoke exclusively to the-AFC.com on his views ahead of the 2020 season's kick-off, his thoughts on playing on familiar surrounds and the absence of former mentor Zeng Cheng.
Teams, star players, coaches: All you need to know about CSL 2020
Hong Kong: China PR's top flight will become the latest of Asia's leagues to return to action when the Chinese Super League kicks off on Saturday after an extended delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2020 season was originally scheduled to begin in late February but postponed before a ball was kicked; however, a rejigged version with two groups of eight teams will begin on Saturday, with Group A based in Dalian and Group B in Suzhou.
Each side will play the other teams in their group twice before those finishing in the top four progress to a knockout round Championship Stage to decide the 2020 Chinese Super League winners, with the bottom four entering into a Relegation Stage where they will face off in a bid to avoid dropping into the second tier.
Beijing: As the Chinese Super League gets set to kick off in the coming days, we continue our series reviewing the most popular clubs in Asia, this week shifting the focus to China PR.
The CSL was launched in 2004 and has since attracted numerous world-renowned superstars as the league has grown into one of the strongest in Asia and among the most watched anywhere on the planet. The country's clubs, meanwhile, have become big hitters in the AFC Champions League.
Based on both domestic and Continental success, below are five candidates for China's most popular club. Review the teams and don't forget to vote for your favourite in the poll at the bottom of the article.
Ex-Espanyol coach Machin takes charge of Qingdao Huanghai
Shanghai: Former Sevilla and Espanyol boss Pablo Machin was named head coach of Qingdao Huanghai on Wednesday, just three days before the Chinese Super League (CSL) kicks off.
The 45-year-old replaces fellow Spaniard Juanma Lillo, who left newly promoted Qingdao last month to become Pep Guardiola's assistant at Manchester City.
With Lillo at the helm and veteran former City star Yaya Toure in midfield, the club from China's northeast won last season's China League One title to gain promotion to the CSL. The 37-year-old Toure has also since left.
Kuala Lumpur: It's that time of the week when the-AFC.com looks back at some of the finest goals the AFC Cup has witnessed over the years, with the latest '5 of the Best' taking in chips, lobs and scoops.