Didier Drogba's Chinese Super League football coming to Eurosport
Published Thursday, Oct 18 2012, 10:12 BST | By Andrew Laughlin
Eurosport has agreed an exclusive TV rights deal to Chinese Super League, the emerging Asian football league featuring stars such as Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka.
The pan-European sports broadcaster's deal covers the remainder of the 2012 season, along with the 2013 and 2014 seasons from China.
The Chinese Super League is currently on the expansion with a fresh influx of money and famous players increasing its profile around the world.
For 2012, the league was expanded from 12 teams to 16 teams, but it was the arrival of major football stars from leading European clubs that helped it hit the headlines.
Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka left Chelsea for Shanghai Shenhua, and former Barcelona star Seydou Keita is now playing for Dalian Aerbin.
Eurosport 2 will start the live coverage of Chinese Super League on October 20 at 1.45pm CET (12.45pm GMT), when Shanghai Shenhua take on Changchun Yatai.
This will be followed by Dalian Aerbin versus Shanghai Shenhua on October 27 at 9.30am CET, and the season closer tie between Shanghai Shenhua and Qingdao on November 3 at 10am CET.
Alongside TV, live coverage of matches will be available on the internet and mobile via the Eurosport Player streaming service. This will be key for many viewers due to the time difference to China.
Eurosport 2 is fast becoming the place to watch Asian football, as Chinese Super League joins the already available coverage of Japan's J League and Asia's AFC Champions League club competition.