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Dalian Aerbin
Dàlián Ā'ěrbīn
Full name Dalian Aerbin Football Club
Nickname(s) Blue Hawks
Founded 20 September 2009; 5 years ago (2009-09-20)
Ground Dalian Sports Center,
Dalian, Liaoning
Ground Capacity 61,000
Chairman Li Ming 李明
Manager Mikael Stahre
League China League One
2014 15th (Relegated)
Current season

Dalian Aerbin Football Club (simplified Chinese: 大连阿尔滨; traditional Chinese: 大連阿爾濱; pinyin: Dàlián Ā'ěrbīn) is a professional Chinese football club that currently participates in the China League One division under licence from the Chinese Football Association (CFA). The team is based in Dalian, Liaoning and their home stadium is the 61,000 capacity Dalian Sports Center where they are owned by the Dalian Aerbin Group Co. Ltd.

The club was founded in September 20, 2009 by Dalian Aerbin Group Co. Ltd and started at the bottom of the Chinese football pyramid in the third tier. After successive league title wins in the 2nd and 3rd tier professional football leagues, they were promoted to the top tier in 2012 Chinese Super League season where they would experience their highest ever placing of fifth in the same season.[1]


On September 20, 2009, Dalian Aerbin Group Co. Ltd. established a new professional football club and hired former Chinese international footballer Li Ming to become the club manager. The club's name Aerbin comes from the Manchu language meaning a place with water, which is also the name of a small town in Jinzhou District of Dalian where Dalian Aerbin Group Co. Ltd locates. They would soon move into the Dalian University Stadium in the Dalian Development Area and bring in Chi Shangbin as their co-manager and Sun Xianlu as their Head coach.[2] Starting in the third tier league, the club made their debut in 2010 China League Two season. The club brought in established top tier Chinese Super League players such as Guo Hui, Chang Lin and Yang Lin. The quality of these players helped the club win their regional division section and later the league title over Tianjin Songjiang as the club won the championship.[3]

The following season, the club hired its first foreign coach, a Bulgarian, Aleksandar Stankov. Dalian Aerbin F.C. set up a surprising winning streak and won the 2011 China League One championship.[4] With its meteoric rise to the Super League, the club decided to use the 30,775 seater Jinzhou Stadium as its home stadium and shared it with their local rival Dalian Shide as well as signing a more experienced manager Chang Woe-Ryong who had previously succeeded in the Chinese Super League Qingdao Jonoon.[5] The club initially struggled in the league and the club brought in Aleksandar Stanojević as the head coach.[6] By July 11, 2012 Dalian Aerbin would bring in a marquee player in Mali international Seydou Keita who departed on a free transfer from Barcelona F.C. to ensure their stay within the league.[7] Stanojevć managed the club successfully and Dalian Aerbin F.C. was actually the "champion" in the 2nd half of the league. The club finally ranked 5th in 2012.

On 30 November 2012, Aerbin Group acquired the local rival Dalian Shide F.C. by taking on responsibility of their 330 million RMB debt.[8] In hopes of bringing in a harmonious merger of the two teams, former Dalian Shide manager Xu Hong was brought in for the start of the 2013 Chinese Super League. However after only 63 days in charge he had to resign after the Chinese Football Association found that he manipulated a match while as a manager at Sichuan Guancheng and was given a 5 year suspension from all football activity, which forced Li Ming to start the season as their caretaker manager.[9]


All-time League Rankings

Year Div Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Pos. FA Cup Super Cup AFC Att./G Stadium
2010 3 21 14 3 4 37 14 +23 34 1 W NH DNQ - Dalian University Stadium
2011 2 26 16 6 4 45 20 +25 54 W R2 DNQ - Dalian University Stadium
2012 1 30 11 11 8 51 46 +5 45 5 R4 DNQ - 15,774 Jinzhou Stadium
2013 1 30 11 8 11 40 43 -3 41 5 QF DNQ - 10,538 Jinzhou Stadium
2014 1 30 6 11 13 32 45 -13 29 15 R3 DNQ - 10,993 Dalian Sports Center
  • ^1 in group stage


Current squad[edit]

As of 3 March 2014 [12]

First team[edit]

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 Zhang Chong
3 Sweden DF Niklas Backman
10 China MF Chen Tao (captain)
11 Brazil FW Bruno Meneghel
12 China MF Zhou Tong
13 China GK Liu Weiguo
14 China FW Zhao Xuebin
15 China MF Jin Qiang
16 China FW Nan Yunqi
18 China FW Wang Jinxian
19 China GK Zhang Zhenqiang
21 China MF Liu Yingchen
23 China GK Chen Junlin
No. Position Player
24 China DF Ji Zhengyu
26 China MF Cui Ming'an
27 China DF Shan Pengfei
28 China MF Yue Xin
29 China MF Sun Bo
30 China DF Han Xuegeng
31 China DF Wang Yaopeng
32 China DF Eddy François
33 China MF Sun Guowen
44 China DF Dong Yanfeng
58 China FW Duan Yunzi
Sweden FW Mathias Ranégie

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 GK Li Shengchen
42 China GK Liu Yipeng
43 China DF Wang Qianshuo
45 China MF Song Xiaoyu
46 China FW Yan Peng
47 China MF Zhang Hiu
48 China MF Chen Zheng
49 China MF Che Shiwei
50 China MF Wang Xudong
No. Position Player
51 China DF Li Zhiyu
52 China DF Chen Zheng
53 China DF Wang Zihao
54 China MF Wang Shixin
55 China DF Tang Chuanshun
56 China MF Dong Honglin
57 China MF Zhou Chenye
60 China FW Xie Hui
61 China DF Qu Jiachen

On loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player

Coaching staff[edit]

Team Leader China Li Ming
Head coach Japan Yasuharu Kurata
Assistant coach Serbia Vanja Radinović
China Cheng Jun
China Shi Lei
Fitness coach France Fabien Bossuet
Goalkeeper coach China Han Wenhai
Reserve coach China Li Guoxu
Team physician South Korea Kwon Hyuck-Jun
China Li Hengjun
China Wang Zhong
U17 Team coach China Guo Hui
U15 Team coach France Serge Romano
China Qi Xiaoguang
China Yang Dexin
U13 Team coach China Liu Yujian
China Wang Zhaochen

Notable players[edit]

Had international caps for their respective countries.

Professional club managers[edit]

As of 9 January 2015 [13][14]
Managers Period
China Chi Shangbin Jan 1, 2009–Dec 31, 2010
China Sun Xianlu 2010
Bulgaria Aleksandar Stankov June 2010–Dec 11
South Korea Chang Woe-Ryong Jan 1, 2012–April 3, 2012
Serbia Aleksandar Stanojević April 4, 2012–Nov 9, 2012
China Xu Hong Dec 11, 2012–Feb 18, 2013
China Li Ming (interim) Feb 18, 2013–June 5, 2013
Bosnia and Herzegovina Simo Krunić June 3, 2013–Dec 5, 2013
China Ma Lin Nov 5, 2013–May 28, 2014
Japan Yasuharu Kurata May 30, 2014–Dec 19, 2014
Sweden Mikael Stahre January 5, 2015–



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