Although the Chinese Super League has become shabby with the collapse of the bubble, the enthusiasm of Chinese soccer fans does not seem to have subsided at all. Ahead of the opening round of the 2023 Chinese Super League scheduled for tonight (메이저사이트Korean time) on the night of the 15th (Korean time), all seats were sold out in just 5 minutes from the start of ticket reservations.
According to AFP, tickets for the 2023 Chinese Super League opening game Beijing Guoan and Meijiou Haka, scheduled for 9:05 p.m. The home team, Beijing Guoan, is expected to play the opening game at home amid 68,000 fans’ one-sided support. Last year’s champion Wuhan Sanzhen also faces Shanghai Haigang, but this match was also sold out. The Wuhan Sports Center, which can accommodate 40,000 people, is also expected to be full.
China’s strong Corona 19 control policy seems to be the reason why China’s football fever is not shaken at all despite the situation where negative issues continue, such as the collapse of the Chinese professional football bubble and the recent arrest of the national team coach.
After the outbreak of COVID-19, China ran the Chinese Super League in a crippled manner. After twists and turns, the season was held for three years, but instead of home and away, teams gathered in some third cities such as Dalian and Suzhou to play in a conference league format. A Chinese soccer fan ahead of the season opening said, “I haven’t been able to watch the game live for the past three years. Now I can’t stand it anymore.”
It wasn’t until the end of last year’s season that it was revealed to fans in some games, and soccer fans also responded enthusiastically. Seo Jeong-won, coach of Chengdu Rongcheng, who recently trained in Korea, recalled his memories at the time and laughed, saying, “I thought I was in Europe.” Chengdu kicks off the season with Henan FC scheduled for 8:35 pm on the 16th at Hanghai Stadium in Zhengzhou.