Xiamen’s Chinese Super League champions have been awarded the league title by the Chinese Football Association.
Xiaomi, the smartphone manufacturer behind the iPhone brand, will play in the new league and will play at the same time as Beijing FC, which has been promoted to the Premier League from the Chinese SuperLeague.
It is the second time this year that Xiamens league title has been secured in China.
In February, the team finished runners-up to Guangzhou Evergrande in the first round of the league, which also includes the league champions.
“I’m happy with the result,” said coach Zhang Huiyuan, who won the championship with Xiams men’s side in the second round.
“It’s great that Xiaomi will join us in China.”
Xiamen will play a home match against Shanghai Shenhua on Tuesday (local time) at 5:00pm (17:00 GMT) before playing Shanghai FC in the fourth round of games on Friday.
Xiaming is China’s fourth-biggest city with a population of about 6.4 million.
The city also boasts the fastest internet connection in the country.
The Xiami squad is made up of 18 players, including seven midfielders and five defenders.
Xi Xiaoxiao, the head coach of Xiaming’s men, has a long history of success in Chinese football, having coached the Shanghai Shenhuang Falcons for 12 years and the Xiamis youth teams since 2010.
Xi, who also has a connection with the Xiaomintang, the club’s Chinese parent group, has also been involved in youth football in other cities.
His first team squad, which featured 18 players in 2010, won the Super League title in 2010 and the Asian Champions League in 2014.
A year later, Xi also led the team to the Chinese Premier League title, while a year later they were runners-ups to Guangdong United in the Chinese Champions League.
He has also coached at the youth level for Guangdao FC, China’s biggest football club, from 2011-2014.
After playing in the Xias, the Beijing squad has been linked with other Chinese clubs, including the Guangzhou Norwegians, who are linked with Xi’s team.
Meanwhile, Beijing FC was recently promoted to play at home against Shanghai Evergrandee in the third round of matches.
This match is the final game of the season for Xiamins league title and it will be a crucial one to see if the team can achieve the dream of making the SuperLeague into a true national league.
According to the Xinhua news agency, Xiamin’s league title is the fourth Chinese club to win it.