Guangzhou R&F F.C.

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Guangzhou R&F
Guǎngzhōu Fùlì
广州富力
Guangzhou R&F FC logo.png
Full name Guangzhou R&F Football Club
广州富力足球俱乐部
Nickname(s) Blue Lions
Founded June 25th, 2011 (1986; 29 years ago (1986), as Shenyang Football Team)
Ground Yuexiushan Stadium,
Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
Ground Capacity 18,000
Chairman Zhang Li (张力)
Manager Cosmin Contra
League Chinese Super League
2014 Super League, 3rd
Website Club home page
Current season

Guangzhou R&F Football Club (simplified Chinese: 广州富力; traditional Chinese: 廣州富力; pinyin: Guǎngzhōu Fùlì) is a professional football club that currently participates in the Chinese Super League under licence from the Chinese Football Association (CFA). The team is based in Guangzhou, Guangdong and their home stadium is the Yuexiushan Stadium that has a seating capacity of 18,000. Their current owners are the Chinese property developers Guangzhou R&F who took charge in June 2011, while The club's name R&F is short for "Rich" (富) and "Force" (力).

The club was originally founded in 1986, in Shenyang and was once named Shenyang Ginde FC (simplified Chinese: 沈阳金德; traditional Chinese: 瀋陽金德; pinyin: Shěnyáng Jīndé) where they played in the 55,000-seater Shenyang Wuilihe Stadium (五里河体育场), until they moved to Changsha in 2007 to reside in the Helong Stadium. When American sportswear and sports equipment company MAZAMBA took over the club in 2010 they relocated the club to Shenzhen in February 2011; however, their ownership was brief, and by June 2011 Chinese property developers Guangzhou R&F gained ownership of the club and moved them to Guangzhou.

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1986 by the local Shenyang government sports body to take part in the Chinese football league system and they simply named the club Shenyang (沈阳). The team would start at the bottom of the league system by playing in the second division; however, they would not have to wait long for promotion to the 1988 Chinese Jia-A League, thanks mostly to the league going through an expansion season and Liaoning FC ineligible to field their reserve team in the same division. The club's time in the top-tier would not last very long and they would immediately get relegated after only one season.[1] With the following campaigns it would see the club mostly remain within the second tier, except for a short foray in the 1992 Chinese Jia-A League campaign; however, once again the top-tier experience was short-lived, and they were immediately relegated after only one season.

By the 1994 league season the entire Chinese football league system had become professional, the team were allowed to gather sponsorship and rename themselves Shenyang Liuyao (沈阳东北六药), while the club were allowed to join the top tier due to their 1992 membership.[2] When the team were relegated once more at the end of the season they would rename themselves Shenyang Huayang (沈阳华阳) and then Shenyang Haishi (沈阳海狮, literally Shenyang Sealions) in 1996. Once again the club would win promotion to the top tier; however, unlike before they were able to avoid relegation. This was to be the beginning of the club's establishment within the league, though the team benefitted from several seasons where there was no relegation while the league expanded. In 2001 the club would be taken over by Ginde Plastic Pipe Industry Group, a subsidiary of the Hongyuan Group and the club would change its name to Shenyang Ginde (沈阳金德). In 2007 the club's homeground Shenyang Wuilihe Stadium (五里河体育场) was demolished and while it was expected that the club move to another stadium within Shenyang, especially the Shenyang Olympic Sports Center Stadium, a deal did not go through and the club would move to Changsha in Hunan and changed their name to Changsha Ginde (长沙金德).

After Changsha Ginde were relegated to League One at the end of the 2010 league season the club would be purchased by MAZAMBA and moved into the Shenzhen Stadium in the city of Shenzhen, Guangdong in February 2011. To represent this change the owners would change the club's name to Shenzhen Phoenix as well as changing the home kit from sky blue to green.[3] By May 2011 the club was exposed as having serious financial problems and were struggling to pay their players as well as their hotel accommodation.[4] In serious doubt of completing the season the club was put up for sale and were bought by Chinese property developers Guangzhou R&F who moved the club to the Yuexiushan Stadium in Guangzhou and changed the club's colours back to blue.[5] Under the new ownership results would significantly improve and the club gained promotion back into the top tier at the end of the 2011 China League One season. Back in the top division the team would have a respectable campaign where they finished the league in seventh, which would then see the club's owners decide to commit their long-term future to the club by establishing a football school in Meizhou.[6] The start of the 2013 Chinese Super League season, however, would see the club struggle within the league and the manager Sérgio Farias was fired, which then saw on June 4, 2013 that the former England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson being appointed the manager on an 19-month contract.[7] On January 2, 2015, the club officially announced that Cosmin Contra will be their new manager from January 4, 2015.[8]

Name history[edit]

  • 1986–93: Shenyang (沈阳)
  • 1994: Shenyang Liuyao (沈阳东北六药)
  • 1995: Shenyang Huayang (沈阳华阳)
  • 1996-01: Shenyang Haishi (沈阳海狮)
  • 2001–06: Shenyang Ginde (沈阳金德)
  • 2007–2010: Changsha Ginde (长沙金德)
  • 2011:Shenzhen Phoenix (深圳凤凰)
  • 2011–:Guangzhou R&F (广州富力)

Results[edit]

All-time League rankings[edit]

As of the end of 2014 season.[9][10]

Year Div Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Pos. FA Cup Super Cup League Cup AFC Att./G Stadium
1986 2 7 4 1 DNQ
1987 3 7 3 1 2 NH
1988 1 20 4 7 9 17 17 0 19 17 NH
1989 2 22 5 12 5 20 18 1 27 9 NH
1990 2 22 6 10 6 19 16 3 28 7 DNQ
1991 2 18 8 7 3 23 18 5 19 1 RU QF
1992 1 14 1 1 12 8 36 −28 3 8 3 R1
1993 2 5 1 0/1 3 5 9 −4 2 5 1 NH
1994 1 22 1 9 12 16 39 −23 11 11 NH 5,591 Shenyang People's Stadium
1995 2 22 6 8 8 22 28 −6 26 8 R1 DNQ Shenyang People's Stadium
1996 2 22 6 8 8 24 23 1 26 7 R1 DNQ Shenyang People's Stadium
1997 2 22 9 8 5 37 28 9 35 3 R1 DNQ Shenyang People's Stadium
1998 1 26 7 10 9 19 28 −9 31 10 R2 DNQ 15,077 Shenyang People's Stadium
1999 1 26 5 13 8 28 32 −4 28 11 R1 DNQ 11,923 Shenyang People's Stadium
2000 1 26 8 10 8 35 32 3 34 7 QF DNQ 35,615 Wulihe Stadium
2001 1 26 2 1 23 23 69 −46 7 14 4 R2 DNQ 12,000 Wulihe Stadium
2002 1 28 8 10 10 34 34 0 34 11 R1 DNQ 14,500 Wulihe Stadium
2003 1 28 11 10 7 35 31 4 43 5 SF DNQ 18,857 Wulihe Stadium
2004 1 22 7 5 10 23 29 −6 26 8 R4 NH R1 5,000 Wulihe Stadium
2005 1 26 4 7 15 19 43 −24 18 13 4 R1 NH R1 2,077 Wulihe Stadium
2006 1 28 6 8 14 22 43 −21 26 13 R2 NH NH 2,750 Wulihe Stadium
2007 1 28 8 10 10 17 24 −7 34 10 NH NH NH 10,571 Helong Stadium
2008 1 30 7 13 10 28 36 −8 34 11 NH NH NH 6,645 Helong Stadium
2009 1 30 6 15 9 23 31 −8 33 14 NH NH NH 8,498 Helong Stadium
2010 1 30 6 12 12 24 42 −18 30 16 NH NH NH 10,152 Helong Stadium
2011 2 26 13 8 5 36 27 9 47 RU R2 NH NH Yuexiushan Stadium
2012 1 30 13 3 14 47 49 −2 42 7 R4 DNQ NH 8,460 Yuexiushan Stadium
2013 1 30 11 7 12 45 47 −2 40 6 R4 DNQ NH 10,384 Yuexiushan Stadium
2014 1 30 17 6 7 67 39 28 57 3 R4 DNQ NH 11,487 Yuexiushan Stadium
  • ^1 in group stage
  • ^2 Liaoning B team promoted to 1 level, but according to CFA rules a club could only enter 1 team in top level so that Senyang replaced Liaoning B's place in 1 level
  • ^3 Joins 1994 Jia-A League as 1992 member
  • ^4 no relegation

Key

Asian Football[edit]

Date Home vs Away Competition Stage Venue
2015-02-10 China Guangzhou R&F 3-0 Singapore Warriors 2015 AFC Champions League Qualifying Round 2 China Guangzhou, China PR
2015-02-17 Australia Central Coast Mariners 1-3 China Guangzhou R&F 2015 AFC Champions League Qualifying Round 3 Australia Gosford, Australia
2015-02-24 Japan Gamba Osaka 0-2 China Guangzhou R&F 2015 AFC Champions League Group F Japan Osaka, Japan
2015-03-03 China Guangzhou R&F 1-2 Thailand Buriram United 2015 AFC Champions League Group F China Guangzhou, China PR
2015-03-17 China Guangzhou R&F 0-1 South Korea Seongnam FC 2015 AFC Champions League Group F China Guangzhou, China PR
2015-04-07 South Korea Seongnam FC 0-0 China Guangzhou R&F 2015 AFC Champions League Group F South Korea Seongnam, South Korea

Current squad[edit]

As of 5 March 2015 [11]

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 Cheng Yuelei
3 China DF Yu Yang
4 China DF Jin Yangyang
5 China DF Zhang Yaokun (captain)
6 China MF Wang Song
7 China FW Jiang Ning
8 South Korea MF Park Jong-Woo
9 Morocco FW Abderazak Hamdallah
10 Spain MF Michel Herrero
11 China MF Jiang Zhipeng
13 China MF Ye Chugui
14 China DF Li Jianhua
15 South Korea DF Jang Hyun-Soo
16 China DF Feng Zhuoyi
17 China GK Zhang Shichang
No. Position Player
18 China FW Zhang Yuan
19 China MF Wang Xiaolong
20 China MF Tang Miao
21 China FW Chang Feiya
23 China MF Lu Lin
24 China FW Men Yang
25 Nigeria FW Aaron Samuel
26 China DF Zhang Chenlong
27 China GK Liu Dianzuo
28 China GK Pei Chensong
29 China FW Zhang Shuo
30 China DF Fu Yunlong
32 China DF Chen Zipeng
33 China MF Li Yan
35 China FW Min Junlin

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
36 China DF Wang Xinhui
37 China DF Li Zhe
38 China FW Chen Qi
40 China DF Xiang Jiachi
41 China GK Zhao Bo
42 China DF Zeng Chao
43 China DF Li Lei
44 China MF Chen Siyu
45 China GK Chen Jiahao
46 China MF Ning An
No. Position Player
47 China MF Tang Xin
48 China FW Wen Chao
49 China MF Wang Xuankai
50 China DF Luo Hao
51 China MF Gao Jiarun
52 China GK Xing Yu
53 China MF Chen Tang
54 China MF Pan Jiajun
55 China MF Ma Jun

Honours[edit]

U19 team:

  • U19 League Champions: 2003

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
Head coach Romania Cosmin Contra
Team leader China Li Bing
Assistant coaches Romania Marius Nicolae
Spain Ángel López Pérez
China Li Sheng
Fitness coach Spain Francesco Martinez
Spain Alberto Peribánez Rivas
Goalkeeping coach China Huang Hongtao
China Li Yang
Team physician China Fan Bihua
China Wang Fujin
Spain Enrique Pascual Muñoz
Reserve team coach China Xie Yuxin

Managerial history[edit]

As of 9 January 2015 [12][13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ China League History at rsssf.com. 22 Oct 2009. Retrieved 2013-06-04.
  2. ^ China League 1994 at rsssf.com. 19 Jun 2003. Retrieved 2013-06-04.
  3. ^ 长沙金德将更名落户深圳 将加紧确定主帅内外援 at sports.sohu.com. 2011-02-27. Retrieved 2013-06-04. (Chinese)
  4. ^ 中甲深圳队穷困请球员家属结房费 难以维持或退赛 at sports.sina.com.cn. 2011-05-23. Retrieved 2013-06-04. (Chinese)
  5. ^ 富力地产低调接手深圳凤凰 望学恒大模式入主足球 at sports.sina.com.cn. 2011-06-25. Retrieved 2013-06-04. (Chinese)
  6. ^ Guangzhou R&F and Chelsea FC open football school at wildeastfootball.net. May 16, 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-04.
  7. ^ Sven Goran Eriksson takes charge of Guangzhou R&F at thesackrace.com. 4th-june-2013. Retrieved 2013-06-04.
  8. ^ "富力宣布孔特拉下周一正式接手 刘殿座确定加盟". 广州日报. 网易新闻. 4 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "China League History". rsssf.com. 22 Oct 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "广州富力". sodasoccer.com. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  11. ^ 2015年广州富力俱乐部中超联赛比赛名单
  12. ^ "Guangzhou R&F » Manager history". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 2015-01-09. 
  13. ^ "Guangzhou R&F Football Club". footballzz.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-01-09. 

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