Just imagine it: Borussia Dortmund becomes German football champion – and shortly afterwards is kicked out of the Bundesliga. Unimaginable? Not in China. There, Jiangsu Suning won the Chinese Super League title for the first time – and only a few weeks later, stopped playing. The news made waves as far away as Europe, and fans were shocked. “I can’t believe it. We just won the championship,” Jiangsu fan Lan Zihan told Reuters news agency. But Jiangsu Suning’s fate exemplifies the financial woes of Chinese professional football.
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