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Chongqing Lifan
Chóngqìng Lìfān
Full name Chongqing Lifan Football Club
Founded 19 August 2000; 13 years ago (2000-08-19)
as Chongqing Lifan
Ground Chongqing Olympic Sports Center
Ground Capacity 58,680
Chairman Yin Mingshan (尹明善)
Manager Wang Baoshan (王宝山)
League China League One
2013 4th

Chongqing Lifan (simplified Chinese: 重庆力帆; traditional Chinese: 重慶力帆; pinyin: Chóngqìng Lìfān) is a professional Chinese football club which currently plays in the Chinese League One division. They play their home games at the 58,680 seater Chongqing Olympic Sports Center in Chongqing and are owned by the Chongqing based Lifan Group, which manufactures motorcycles, cars and spare parts. Originally called Qianwei (Vanguard) Wuhan and formed in 1995 to take part in the recently developed fully professional Chinese football league system. They would quickly rise up to the top tier and experience their greatest achievement of winning the 2000 Chinese FA Cup and coming fourth within the league, however since then they have struggled to replicate the same success and have twice been relegated from the top tier in their history.



The club's predecessor was called Qianwei and were originally created after Hubei FC and Wuhan Steelworks merged, which saw a free space available within the football league. After gaining financial backing from Hubei investors the new club would take part in the recently developed fully professional Chinese football league system where in the 1995 campaign they would take part at the bottom of the Chinese league pyramid in the third tier and come fourth within the league as well as gaining promotion to the second division.[1] Within the second tier they would quickly gain significant funding from the Ministry of Public Security of the People's Republic of China and the Huandao Group, which in turn also saw the club change its name to Qianwei Huandao to represent this. With significant investment coming into the team they would buy several former Chinese internationals such as Feng Zhigang and Xu Tao as well as several further players from Wuhan Steelworks to strengthen the squad. This would quickly pay off and the club would win the second tier title and promotion into the top tier for the first time at the end of the 1996 league season.[2]


In the top tier the owners decided that the club needed to affiliate itself with a major reign and would decide to move nearby to Chongqing and into the Datianwan Stadium. This was followed by more Chinese internationals such as Jiang Feng and Han Jinming joining the team and ensuring the club stayed up at the end of the season. Ensuring that the club remain the only team within the reign the club would go on to merge and essentially take over lower league club Chongqing Hongyan the following season. This was then followed by a complete takeover of the entire club by the Lifan Group who bought the club for 55,800,000 yuan on 19 August 2000 and renamed the club Chongqing Lifan. While all of this was happening the club's manager Lee Jang-Soo was ensuring that the club would gradually improve each successive season and provide the club with their greatest achievement of winning the 2000 Chinese FA Cup for the first time in the club's history. Chongqing Lifan would then be eligible to enter their first continental competition when they competitied in the 2001–02 Asian Cup Winners' Cup and with Edson Tavares as their new manager he would lead the club to a semi-finals position where the club lost to Anyang Cheetahs before ending the competition in fourth after losing to Al Sadd in a third place match.[3]

Merger with Yunnan Hongta[edit]

See also Yunnan Hongta

In the 2003 league season Chongqing Lifan had brought in Miloš Hrstić as their new coach, however his appointment was a disaster and the club was relegated at the end of the season.[4] With the club desperate to remain within the top tier they would buy Yunnan Hongta's registration and merge the clubs' senior teams together allowing Chongqing Lifan to remain in the top division. Surprisingly the club would actually profit from the merger when several of the surplus players from both teams would then go on to gain investment from the Hunan Corun Group and buy Chongqing Lifan's second division registration for 20,000,000 yuan to then form Hunan Xiangjun.[5] Back on the field the club would bring in Yu Dongfeng as their new manager in the 2004 league season, however because it was an expansion season the club would stagnate at the bottom of the league, safe in the knowledge that there was no relegation that season. With no relegation again in the 2005 league season there was no improvement within the team despite the change in management with Ma Lin coming in. With relegation reinstated in the 2006 league season the club brought in another change of management with Xu Hong, however for the third straight season in a row the club finished bottom of the league and were relegated at the end of the season.[6] The club would decide to bring in a new manager and hired from within with former player Wei Xin chosen. The move would pay-off when on his second season the club won promotion back into the top tier when Chongqing came second at the end of the 2008 league season.

Name changes[edit]

  • 1995: Qianwei (Vanguard) Wuhan (前卫武汉)
  • 1995: Qianwei (Vanguard) FC (前卫俱乐部)
  • 1996–98: Qianwei (Vanguard) Huandao (前卫寰岛)
  • 1999-00: Chongqing Longxin (重庆隆鑫)
  • 2000–02: Chongqing Lifan (重庆力帆)
  • 2003: Chongqing Lifan Xinganjue (重庆力帆新感觉)
  • 2004: Chongqing Qiche (重庆奇伡)
  • 2005–08: Chongqing Lifan (重庆力帆)
  • 2009–: Chongqing Shixian Taibai (重庆诗仙太白)


  • As of the end of 2013 season

All-time League rankings

Season 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Division 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 2 2 2 2
Position 4 1 5 7 4 4 11 6 13 1 12 2 14 2 15 4 2 16 3 15 8 5 4
  • ^1 merged with Yunnan Hongta so that the club could stay at top level.
  • ^2 no relegation.
  • ^3 Two Super League clubs were involved in match-fixing scandal and relegated to League One, so Chongqing could stay at top level.

Current squad[edit]

As of 11 March 2014 [7]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 China GK Li Huayang
2 China DF Lü Haidong
3 China DF Yang Yun
4 China DF Luo Qin
5 China DF Sui Donglu
6 China MF Wang Dong
7 China FW Zhang Chiming
8 Brazil MF Elias
9 Brazil FW Guto
10 Brazil FW Lincom
11 China MF Wu Qing
12 China MF Xu Xiaobo
13 China MF Gan Rui
14 China DF Xia Jin
No. Position Player
16 China MF Wang Weicheng
17 China GK Sui Weijie
18 China DF Liu Yu
19 China MF Feng Jing
20 China MF Peng Rui
21 China DF Chen Lei
22 China MF Cui Yongzhe
23 China GK Zhang Lei
25 China DF Shi Zhe
26 China MF Sun Zhengyang
27 China MF Cheng Mouyi
28 China DF Fan Peipei
29 China MF Wu Peng
30 China DF Han Qingsong

Reserve squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
41 China FW Jiang Wei
42 China MF Wu Qingsong
43 China MF Li Tianchen
44 China FW Zhang Cheng
45 China DF Fang Jianyu
46 China DF Zhang Renguo
47 China MF Cao Yanan
No. Position Player
48 China DF Zhang Junjie
49 China MF Chen Mingchao
50 China MF Hong Youpeng
51 China DF Cui Binhui
52 China DF Dong Song
53 China FW Chen Hongzhen
54 China GK Chen Anqi

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
Head coach China Wang Baoshan
Assistant coaches China Qu Gang
China Wu Peng
China Liu Jinbiao
Goalkeeping coach China Wang Jun
Fitness coach China Yang Dexin
Team physician China Yin Xijun
China Zhang Jian


Former coaches[edit]



  • Jia B Champions: 1996



  • U19 Adidas Youth League Champions: 2007


  1. ^ "China League 1995". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 19 June 2003. 
  2. ^ "China League 1996". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 19 June 2003. 
  3. ^ "Asian Club Competitions 2001/02". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 21 February 2004. 
  4. ^ "China 2003". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 
  5. ^ ""足球湘军"加速本土化 海南猛练体能". Sina Corp. 
  6. ^ "China 2006". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 8 March 2007. 
  7. ^ 重庆力帆2014中甲名单:王宝山任教 巴西三外援 (Chinese)

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