Football Mania (TV series)

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Football Mania
Football Mania logo.jpg
Starring Sun Jihai
Country of origin China
Original language(s) Chinese
No. of seasons 1
Production location(s) China, Manchester
Production company(s) Camsing Global
Bingxun Sports
Guangdong TV[1]
Distributor Camsing Global
Original network Guangdong TV
Original release April 28, 2017 (2017-04-28)[1] – July 2017 (2017-07)

Football Mania (Chinese: 足球火) is a Chinese reality TV show where a number of budding amateur footballers from across China compete for places in a newly created team,[2] with the show being described as an "X Factor-style project" by the Daily Mail.[3] Along the way, the team will play matches against a range of opponents from across China. Their journey will also be book-ended by matches against Manchester City's under-18s team, first playing them at City Football Academy in Manchester in March before hosting them for the return leg in July.

The show will also feature Chinese football icon and former Manchester City player Sun Jihai in a recurring role.[4] Additionally, Manchester City will provide the team's head coach as well as their tactical direction.[4]

The show is broadcast on 30 platforms, both televisual and digital, notably on Guangdong TV as well as online via Tencent Sports.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Football Mania premieres on Guangdong Satellite Television Station April 28". Camsing Global. 16 March 2017. Retrieved 15 June 2017. 
  2. ^ "Man City To Participate In Football-Focused Reality TV Series Airing In China". Sports Business Daily. 3 October 2016. Retrieved 15 June 2017. 
  3. ^ "Manchester City's senior officials travel to China to film new reality television series". Daily Mail. 26 January 2017. Retrieved 15 June 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "China's next top reality TV show offers Premier prize". Asia Times Online. 8 February 2017. Retrieved 15 June 2017. 
  5. ^ "CITY TO FEATURE IN CHINESE FOOTBALL TV SERIES". 30 September 2016. Retrieved 15 June 2017.