English Premier League

English Premier League

The English Premier League is the top division of football in England. Set up in 1992 as a breakaway from the Football League, it is now the richest and most-watched football league in the world. 

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European soccer is winning Chinese social media despite controversies
Barcelona, Cristiano Ronaldo and the English Premier League were the big winners in a soccer popularity survey of the Chinese digital market. According to the annual Red Card Report, Chelsea became the Premier League’s most successful team in China, leapfrogging champions Manchester City and former favorites Manchester United. There was good news for United, as they remain the most-followed international team on Weibo, China's version of Twitter. Their former player, Cristiano Ronaldo, is the most-followed foreign footballer on the platform and also bucked the trend of decreased engagement and followers for players on Weibo. Now in its ninth year, the Red Card Report is published by digital
No deal and no name as German soccer counts the cost of China backlash
A German soccer club and one of the country’s star players are feeling the heat from China.  News emerged over the weekend that Bundesliga side Cologne lost a deal with a Chinese gambling sponsor. Meanwhile, state-controlled Chinese media are still blacklisting Arsenal star and former German international player Mesut Özil. According to Cologne newspaper Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, the loss for the postponed deal was about $1.66 million.  The club did not offer comment but confirmed that the sponsors from China had withdrawn the potential deal, reported Deutsche Welle online. Cologne made headlines last month when they chose to postpone a joint academy with the Chinese soccer club Liaoning.  The
Soccer star sparks controversy with Xinjiang social media posts
Arsenal midfielder Mesut Özil has become the latest international celebrity caught in a political storm in China after he strongly criticized Beijing’s policies in Xinjiang. The German soccer player hit out at the Muslim world’s silence over allegations of widespread human rights abuses in the far western region, where a million mainly Uygur Muslims have reportedly been detained in re-education camps. The comments prompted a backlash from Chinese newspapers and social media users, some of whom accused him of “hurting the feelings of the Chinese people.” China’s state broadcaster CCTV did not air Arsenal’s Sunday matchup against Manchester City. Özil, whose family originates from Turkey, pos