The Best Asian Football Leagues

What Are The Best Asian Football Leagues?

The Best Asian Football Leagues

Football is a thing that unites the whole world, and football rules are known to everyone regardless of nationality and the language they speak. Maybe the world as a whole is watching European football leagues and UEFA Champions League as the best football competitions. However, we can't stay blind to the reforms and changes in Asian Football Leagues.

The Chinese Super League is the most attractive football competition on the Asian continent. Millions of dollars invested in football by the most populous country in the world resulted in creating a solid league. It has some of the biggest names in world football. The country's economic boom with almost a billion and a half inhabitants was overflowing and confirmed in the most popular sport on the planet. The government and the strong billionaires there want to match the rest of the rich world in that respect. Chinese Super League was formed in 2004, and we can say that it developed quickly into one of the most interesting leagues in the world. Sixteen clubs participate in the league, and the top 3 are qualifying for the AFC Champions League. Jiangsu Suningisthe is the current champion winning its first title in the 2019/20 season. Meanwhile, Guangzhou Evergrande is the most successful team with eight titles.

Likewise, sport in Japan is a critical part of Japanese culture. Traditional sports like martial arts and Western sports such as football and baseball are popular. Football became very popular since the Japanese Professional Football League foundation in 1992. The 1993 season held the first championship with ten participating teams. In 2017, the J. League comprised 54 sports clubs with 57 units, divided into three divisions. The highest class is the J1 League, and it is one of the most successful Asian football leagues. Kashima Antlers is the most successful team with eight titles, while Yokohama F. Marinos has four. Júbilo Iwata, Kawasaki Frontale, and Sanfrecce Hiroshima have three titles each. Kawasaki Frontale is the current champion of the J1 league. Like Chinese teams, Japanese teams bring more foreigners, mostly from Europe, into their squads. So, they will become more popular. Iniesta and Lucas Podolski are Japanese clubs, which is excellent marketing for the teams and league.

South Korea's K League is also worth mentioning. This league is founded in 1983, which makes it older than Japanese and Chinese Leagues. Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors is the most successful club in this country, with eight titles. Likewise, Seongnam FC follows it with seven. Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors is also the current champion of the K League. Football in Asia is on the rise. Besides, the leagues from India, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia are becoming more popular as all these countries are investing much in developing the sport.

Because of these reforms, Asian Champions League is becoming more attractive for watching as these leagues and teams are more attractive for Western countries to join them.

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