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Monday, May 9, 2016, 11:36

S'pore fans to enjoy excitement of Chinese football

By Xinhua
S'pore fans to enjoy excitement of Chinese football
Jackson Martinez (ce nter) of Guangzhou Evergrande shoots during the Chinese Super League football match against Chongqing Lifan in Chongqing on March 6, 2016. (AFP PHOTO)

SINGAPORE - Football fans in Singapore will soon be able to share the joy and excitement of Chinese football matches as Singapore-owned MyChinaChannel (MCC) and Orientivity announced on Monday that they will be jointly bringing in games from the Chinese Super League to Singapore.

MCC and Orientivity have secured the current and next season's broadcast rights for Singapore and they will be partnering pay TV operator StarHub to broadcast two matches per week on its SuperSports channels from May 14 onwards. Football fans can also view the SuperSports channels on smart devices such as smartphones and tablets.

Chinese football is gaining global attention as it aims to become one of the world's greatest by 2050. Top players like Jackson Martinez, Ramires and Alex Teixeira have already moved to the league, and prominent names like Jack Ma, Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group and Wang Jianlin, Chairman of Dalian Wanda Group are also investing in the game. In 2015, the average attendance for the league saw an increase of around 17 percent, as compared to the previous year.

"It's our vision to bring the best of China content to the world and we are very excited to be able to kick off this partnership with Orientivity and StarHub. With more investments pouring into the league, we believe that the interest level for the Chinese Super League will grow in the coming years," said Patrick Yong, CEO of MCC.

"The Chinese Super League is emerging as one of the hottest leagues in Asia with clubs like Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao and Shanghai SIPG proving them in the AFC Champions League. Featuring a unique blend of accomplished foreign players and promising home-grown talents, the Chinese Super League will be an exciting addition to the broad range of football competitions on our platform, giving football fans more reasons to cheer," said Ms Lee Soo Hui, Head of Media Business Unit, StarHub.

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