Proceedings of The 5th International Conference on Research in Humanities and Social Sciences
Impact of Foreign Players from Different Regions on Football Team Performance in The Chinese Super League
Football is the most popular sport in the world. It is also one of the most popular games in China. However, there is one aspect of the beautiful game in China that is different from the west. That is the influences of foreign players. This research tries to answer the question of in the world of Chinese soccer, what type of foreign player is the most compatible and suitable for Chinese teams. To answer this question, data on all the foreign players and Chinese topflight clubs in the 2019 season has been collected. I analysed the data to identify the trends within the different regional foreign players in terms of their attendance rate, goal scoring rate, and contribution to the clubs’ total goals scored/conceded and ranking at the end of the season. Players were separated into categories depending on the continent they come from. At the end, results show that foreign players with the most time in China perform the best, the longer they stay, the better they perform. Also, African players are the most efficient and the cheapest. Scoring similar number of goals compared to Europeans and South Americans but costing way less transfer fee. To sum everything up, expensive doesn’t always mean better, Chinese clubs should spend more money into the analysis and scouting to foreign players to spot the most economically viable and compatible one, not blindly purchasing whoever’s market value is higher and got the best reputation.
keywords: Football, Foreign players, Data, Suitable, Compatible.