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Shandong Luneng Taishan
Shāndōng Lǔnéng Tàishān
山东鲁能泰山
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Full name 山东鲁能泰山足球俱乐部
Shandong Luneng Taishan F.C.
Nickname(s) Big Scorers
Double Champions (双冠王)
Founded April 1956; 58 years ago (April 1956) (Semi-professional)
December 1993 (Professional)
Ground Jinan Olympic Sports Center Stadium,
Jinan, Shandong, China
Ground Capacity 56,808
Owner Shandong Luneng Group
Chairman China Liu Yu
Manager Brazil Cuca
League Chinese Super League
2013 2nd
Current season

Shandong Luneng Taishan (simplified Chinese: 山东鲁能泰山; traditional Chinese: 山東魯能泰山; pinyin: Shāndōng Lǔnéng Tàishān) is a Chinese Super League football club owned by Shandong Luneng Group, the biggest supplier of electric energy in Shandong province. The team has been playing at the Shandong Provincial Stadium in Jinan, Shandong and is among the very few in the league that never relegated to the second division since the start of professional league football in China in 1994. The predecessor of Shandong Luneng Taishan was the Shandong Provincial team founded in April 1956. The club's first ever foreign coach was Kim Jung-Nam, who managed South Korea during 1986 FIFA World Cup. In 1999 the team won its first league Champion under former Yugoslavia head coach Slobodan Santrač and became the first Chinese club team to win the league and FA cup double. In the early 2000s the team was coached by former Soviet Union head coach Boris Ignatiev and former Cameroon World Cup head coach Valeri Nepomniachi. Ljubiša Tumbaković had been the head coach of the team from 2004 to 2009, the longest and most successful in the club history so far, having won two league titles and two FA cups in a period of five years.

History[edit]

1994-1997[edit]

The team was promoted to the top division in 1994. During the first 4 years, the club had experienced several financial problems and was one of the few teams in the league that never signed any foreign players. It also lost several veterans such as Wang Dongning, Leng Bo in the year-end transfer of 1994. In 1995, to the surprise of many of its own supporters, the team won the FA cup in Nanjing, beating a much stronger Shanghai shenhua side 2-0. The team reached the cup final again in 1996. However, this time it lost to Beijing Guo'an 1-4 in Beijing. Under Yin Tiesheng, the team stayed at 5th or 6th position in the league from 1994 to 1997 but had already showed its potential as a league title challenger in the future. Su Maozhen won the top scorer award in 1996 with 13 league goals.

1998[edit]

Korean coach Kim Jung-Nam took over the team in early 1998. He dramatically changed the style of this team to an attacking style. New signing from Beijing Guo'an Deng Lejun had an excellent season. However, Kim's style didn't bring him success. He resigned later and Yin Tiesheng regained power. The team merely stayed in top flight.

1999-2000[edit]

Former Yugoslavian national team coach Slobodan Santrač achieved instant and unprecedented success for the club in his first year in China. The Serbian goalkeeper Saša Petrović was one of the key players in 1999. A newly built and young defensive line, Chinese internationals such as Su Maozhen and Li Xiaopeng, newly introduced foreign players such as Paulista and Luis Romero, also contributed greatly to team. In December,1999, to the surprise of many, Shandong Luneng became the first Chinese club team to win the league and FA cup double. The coming year, however, proved to be disappointing and after having lost control of the team, Slobodan Santrač was forced to resign in later half of 2000 and the youth team coach Đoko Koković temporarily took over.

2001-2003[edit]

Famed Croatian coach Miroslav Blažević was first linked with the club for the 2001 Season. However, after the stepp-down of the team's general manager Shao Kenan, Russian coach Boris Ignatiev was chosen by the new manager Dong Gang. The team had generally been favored by the media as one of the best teams in the league ever since its surprising and unprecedented win of the league and cup double in 1999. There was high expectations for the new coach, now boasting five Chinese international players and four experienced foreign players (Casiano Delvalle, Gabriel Mendoza, José Oscar Herrera,and Serhiy Nahornyak) at his disposal. The team did have a tradition of starting slow and 2001 proved to be no exception, only a lot worse. To the shock of many fans, Shandong Luneng once again lost its first league game of the season at home to a new-promoted team. But the worst was yet to come. In March 2001, for the first time in club history, Shandong Luneng participated in the Asian Club Championship and lost 2-6 to Júbilo Iwata and 0-6 to Suwon Samsung in Makassar, Indonesia. This was the first and one of the most notorious defeats for the club on the international stage, known by Chinese football fans as "the Makassar Massacre". The experience in Indonesia was to devastate the team for months and after coming back to China with shame and guilt, everywhere they went to play away games, they would get booed by local fans. The team introduced Nii Lamptey in the summer and halted the losing streak. Later that year Márcio Santos also joined the squad, although he played only one game for the club. The team recovered well in the fall and finished the season with seven straight wins, regaining the once lost pride.

Another Russian coach Valeri Nepomniachi who achieved great success in the 1990 World Cup with the Cameroon took over the team in 2002. However, the team struggled to an all time low 12th position in 2003.

2004-2009[edit]

Ljubiša Tumbaković has been head coach since 2004. He led the team with two FA cup title (2004, 2006) and two league champions title (2006, 2008). Li Jinyu won the top league scorer award in 2006 and 2007.

In the AFC Champions League 2005, Shandong managed to reach the quarter-finals after defeating the favorites Yokohama F. Marinos home and away but lost heavily to Saudi Arabian champions Al Ittihad, who were the eventual winners. In the second leg in Jeddah, Shandong lost 7-2 with coach Tumbakovic, players Zheng Zhi and Predrag Pazin sent off for abusive and violent conduct. In CSL 2005, Shandong was tipped to be champions but finished third.

From 2004, much investment was put into the squad, including 2006 CSL top scorer Li Jinyu and 2006 MVP Zheng Zhi, who is about to return from a loan spell with Charlton Athletic in England. Talented and motivated young players include Cui Peng, Han Peng and Wang Yongpo. Finally, in CSL 2006, without ACL commitments, Shandong won the Cup and League double to get another shot at the ACL. The 2006 season was a landmark for Shandong Luneng after the team won the league by almost 20 points at one point and several matches remaining.

Kang Mengjun worked as general manager since 2006 after Dong Gang.

In ACL 2007, Shandong will be looking to improve on their performances in 2005 when they reached the quarter-finals. Currently, they are on the verge of qualification with 13 points and one match remaining. They must not lose by more than one goal to Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma to avoid elimination by head to head, since both teams would be equal on goal difference and Shandong only defeated Seongnam by one goal in Jinan.

Shandong Luneng has ten straight wins in the ACL group stages from 2005 and 2007 seasons. The retirement of Li Xiaopeng and loaning out of Zheng Zhi has weakened Shandong's midfield and central defense, but Shandong is still a very strong team in Chinese football with flexibility in attack and good teamwork coached by Partizan great Tumbakovic. In recent seasons, they have currently replaced Dalian Shide as the powerhouse team. Some have compared the current Shandong team to the Manchester United team of the early 90's, as they comprise of young, talented players scoring many goals.

In early 2009, the team's midfielder Zhou Haibin was signed by Dutch giant PSV Eindhoven on a free transfer. That sudden event gave Shandong Luneng a confused and difficult pre-season preparation.The team finally ranked 4th in the league, and Ljubiša Tumbaković ended his 6-year's management in Shandong.

2010-2011[edit]

Branko Ivanković took over in December 2009. Chinese international Deng Zhuoxiang joined the team in early 2010. Luneng only finished 4th in the 2010 AFC Champions League group stage and was eliminated. During the summer break Julio César de León joined the team and became a key player in the midfield. Luneng became the CSL champion once again at the end of the 2010 season.

In the 2011 season, the team started with bad luck -- Zhang Chi was brutally injured in the first league game. In May, Ivanković resigned when the team was on the verge of being eliminated once again in the group stage of AFC.Rajko Magić took the helm and somehow made the team a lot worse. In September Manuel Barbosa—the head coach of Shandong Luneng Taishan football school—was announced to be the temporary coach for the rest of the season. The team ended up finishing 5th place in the League, the lowest since 2004 and lost to Tianjin in the 2011 Chinese FA Cup.

2012[edit]

Henk ten Cate was appointed as the new head coach in January 2012. He was the first Luneng head coach that came from the Netherlands,the birthplace of total football. The move signaled the team's determination in shifting to a faster, more free-flowing playing style. Luneng, however, had a very slow start that vividly resembled the first few months of the 2001 season. Many of the regulars such as Han Peng, Wang Yongpo and Liu Jindong were soon dropped out of the first team and replaced by inexperienced players from the youth team. Both the attacking and the defense lines seemed to have suffered as a result of the reshuffling. The playmaker of the team, Roda Antar, was injured for a few months and the team got worse without him. It was not until the closing of the second transfer window that the management decided to sign a few experienced players such as Du Wei, Simão Mate Junior, José Ortigoza and Leonardo Pisculichi. Wang yongpo was called back and made immediate impact in the midfield. The media in Shandong, however, never stopped questioning Ten Cate's coaching style and especially his decision on grounding some of the team's veterans. After being left in the reserve team for half a season, Han Peng, the old captain of the team and winner of three league titles, was eventually called back. As of August 5, 2012, Luneng was still not far from the relegation zone in the league but has successfully managed to reach the FA cup semifinal. On 6 September, Shandong Luneng officially announced Wu Jingui replacing ten Cate as the interim head coach of club.[1] Head coach of the team, Henk ten Cate from the Netherlands, resigned in September 2012 for private reasons; the monotonous daily life in Taishan and living separated from his family.

Current squad[edit]

First team squad[edit]

As of 6 March 2014 [2]

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 Yang Cheng
3 China DF Du Wei
4 Australia DF Ryan McGowan
5 China DF Wang Qiang
6 China DF Zhao Mingjian
8 China FW Wang Yongpo
9 China FW Han Peng (Captain)
10 Brazil FW Vágner Love
11 China DF Wang Tong
13 China MF Zhang Wenzhao
14 China DF Mi Haolun
15 Brazil MF Júnior Urso
16 China DF Zheng Zheng
17 China FW Wu Xinghan
18 China FW Yang Xu
No. Position Player
19 China MF Zhang Chi
20 China FW Wang Gang
21 China MF Liu Binbin
22 China GK Shao Puliang
23 China MF Li Wei
24 China FW Lü Zheng
25 China GK Wang Dalei
27 China MF Luo Senwen
28 China FW Hao Junmin
30 Argentina MF Walter Montillo
31 Brazil FW Aloísio
33 China MF Jin Jingdao
35 China DF Dai Lin
36 China DF Li Songyi
38 China FW Chen Hao

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
43 China FW Cheng Yuan
45 China MF Cui Wei
46 China DF Wu Haoran
No. Position Player
49 China MF Qi Tianyu
50 China DF Wang Jiong

Technical staff[edit]

Name Role
Brazil Cuca Manager
Brazil Cuquinha Assistant coach
Brazil Eudes Pedro Assistant coach
China Ma Baogang Assistant coach
China Wang Jun Assistant coach
Brazil Riva Carli Fitness coach
Brazil Evelton Isoppo Goalkeeping coach
Brazil Luiz Alberto Rosan Physiotherapist
Brazil Wellington Fitness coach
Croatia Sandro Juricic Physiotherapist

International players[edit]

Results[edit]

All-time League rankings

  • As of the end of 2013 season.[3][4]
Season Div. Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Pos. FA Cup Super Cup League Cup AFC Other Att./G Stadium
1957 Jia B 6 61 NH - - - -
1958 Jia B 9 31 NH - - - -
1960 Jia B 8 12 32 12 62 52 12 52 9 DNE - - - -
1965 Jia B 10 81 NH - - - -
1973 Jia A 19 11 5 3 33 14 19 182 9 NH - -
1974 Jia A 13 6 1 6 19 19 0 22 27 NH - -
1976 Jia A 8 5 2 1 15 4 11 12 21 NH - -
1977 Jia A 17 4 6 7 18 22 -4 32 11 NH - -
1978 Jia A 30 9 12 9 29 32 -3 30 8 NH - -
1979 Jia A 30 11 6 13 37 37 0 28 12 NH - -
1980 Jia A 30 10 12 8 36 28 8 32 4 NH - -
1981 Jia A 30 18 - 12 40 2 NH - -
1982 Jia A 30 20 - 10 56 26 30 40 2 NH - -
1983 Jia A 14 11 - 3 20 8 12 22 23 NH - -
1984 Jia A 30 14 - 16 22 26 4 28 9 9 - -
1985 Jia A 15 6 - 9 13 13 12 8 - -
1986 Jia A 14 6 6 2 17 6 11 18 6 5 - -
1987 Jia A 14 5 6 3 14 10 4 21 4 NH - -
1988 Jia A 25 13 8 4 27 13 14 48.5 4 NH - -
1989 Jia A 14 2 8 4 8 10 -2 14 7 NH - -
1990 Jia B 22 6 9 7 23 32 9 27 11 SF - -
1991 Yi 12 1 DNQ - -
1992 Jia B 16 4 9 3 14 13 1 6 34 DNQ - -
1993 Jia B 5 2 0/0 3 7 8 -1 4 41 NH - -
1994 Jia A 22 10 4 8 22 22 0 24 5 NH NH NH 19,727 Shandong Provincial Stadium
1995 Jia A 22 6 9 7 27 28 27 -1 6 W RU NH 24,545 Shandong Provincial Stadium
1996 Jia A 22 8 7 7 23 24 -1 31 5 RU DNQ NH 42,272 Shandong Provincial Stadium
1997 Jia A 22 7 7 8 19 22 -3 28 6 QF DNQ NH 22,545 Shandong Provincial Stadium
1998 Jia A 26 8 8 10 39 40 -1 32 9 SF DNQ NH 28,231 Shandong Provincial Stadium
1999 Jia A 26 13 9 4 33 13 20 48 1 W RU NH 33,538 Shandong Provincial Stadium
2000 Jia A 26 12 4 10 35 31 4 40 5 SF DNQ NH 27,231 Shandong Provincial Stadium
2001 Jia A 26 13 6 7 42 32 10 45 6 SF DNQ NH CC QF 21,385 Shandong Provincial Stadium
2002 Jia A 28 14 3 11 42 42 0 45 4 R2 DNQ NH 21,571 Shandong Provincial Stadium
2003 Jia A 28 8 9 11 42 46 4 33 12 QF DNQ NH 23,286 Shandong Provincial Stadium
2004 CSL 22 10 6 6 44 29 15 36 2 W NH W 23,636 Shandong Provincial Stadium
2005 CSL 26 15 7 4 47 30 17 52 3 RU NH SF CL QF 26,000 Shandong Provincial Stadium
2006 CSL 28 22 3 3 74 26 48 69 1 W NH NH 31,808 Shandong Provincial Stadium
2007 CSL 28 14 6 8 53 29 24 48 3 NH NH NH CL Group A3 RU 22,607 Shandong Provincial Stadium
2008 CSL 30 18 9 3 54 25 29 63 1 NH NH NH 26,501 Shandong Provincial Stadium
2009 CSL 30 11 12 7 35 30 5 45 4 NH NH NH CL Group PP 4 17,072 Shandong Provincial Stadium
2010 CSL 30 18 9 3 59 34 25 63 1 NH NH NH CL Group 15,864 Shandong Provincial Stadium
2011 CSL 30 13 8 9 37 31 6 47 5 RU NH NH CL Group 12,112 Shandong Provincial Stadium
2012 CSL 30 8 12 10 46 43 3 36 12 SF DNQ NH 20,148 Shandong Provincial Stadium
2013 CSL 30 18 5 7 55 35 20 59 2 R4 DNQ NH 27,683 Jinan Olympic Sports Center Stadium
no Division 2 league game in 1959, 1961–63, Shandong Did not compete in 1964;no league games in 1966-72, 1975;
Key

Managers[edit]

Only League matches are counted.

# Manager From To Season Played Won Drawn Lost Notes
1 China Yin Tiesheng 1994-02-10 1997-12-21 1994–97 88 31 27 30
2 South Korea Kim Jung-Nam 1998-01-27 1998-08-23 1998 19 5 7 7
0C China Yin Tiesheng 1998-08-24 1998-10-25 1998 7 3 1 3
3 Serbia Slobodan Santrač 1998-12-25 2000-09-13 1999–00 48 24 12 12
0C Serbia Đoko Koković 2000-09-14 2000-10-01 2000 4 1 1 2
4 Russia Boris Ignatiev 2000-11-30 2001-12-16 2001 26 13 6 7
5 Russia Valeri Nepomniachi 2001-12-18 2003-11-30 2002–03 56 22 12 22
6 Serbia Ljubiša Tumbaković 2004-01-07 2009-11-04 2004–09 164 90 43 31
7 Croatia Branko Ivanković 2009-12-16 2011-05-05 2010–11 35 20 10 5
0C Croatia Rajko Magić 2011-05-06 2011-09-14 2011 18 7 5 6
0C Portugal Manuel Barbosa 2011-09-15 2011-11-19 2011 7 4 2 1
8 Netherlands Henk ten Cate 2012-01-06 2012-09-06 2012 23 6 8 9
0C China Wu Jingui 2012-09-07 2012-11-03 2012 7 2 4 1
9 Serbia Radomir Antić 2012-12-24 2013-12-19 2013 30 18 5 7
10 Brazil Cuca 2013-12-21 present 2014

Honours[edit]

  • Chinese FA Cup Winners: 1995
  • China FA Cup Runners-up: 1996
  • League Champions, Chinese FA Cup Winners: 1999
  • CSL Cup Winners, Chinese FA Cup Winners, Chinese Super League Runners-up: 2004
  • China FA Cup Runners-up: 2005
  • Chinese Super League Winners, Chinese FA Cup Winners: 2006
  • Chinese Super League Winners: 2008
  • Chinese Super League Winners: 2010

Reserve team:

  • Coca-Cola Olympic League Champions: 2000
  • Coca-Cola Olympic League Champions: 2001
  • Reserve League Champions: 2006
  • Reserve League Champions: 2010
  • Reserve League Champions: 2011

U19 team:

  • Nike Youth League Champions; U19 Winners Cup Winners: 2005

U17 team:

  • U17 Youth League Champions: 2001
  • U17 Youth League Champions: 2003
  • Adidas Youth League Champions; U17 Winners Cup Winners: 2004
  • Nike Youth League Champions: 2005
  • Adidas Youth League Champions: 2006
  • Adidas Youth League Champions: 2007
  • U17 Winners Cup Winners: 2008

U15 team:

  • Nike Cup Winners: 2001
  • Nike Cup Winners: 2002
  • Adidas Youth League Champions: 2004
  • Nike Youth League Champions: 2005
  • Adidas Youth League Champions; U15 FA Cup Winners: 2006
  • Adidas Youth League Champions; U15 FA Cup Winners; Nike Cup Winners: 2007
  • Adidas Youth League Champions; U15 Winners Cup Winners: 2008

Affiliated clubs[edit]

SLT FC signed a 'sister' club relationship in 2013 with São Paulo.[5]

SLT FC signed a 'sister' club relationship in 2008 with Adelaide United.

SLT FC signed a 'sister' club relationship in 2005 with Jubilo Iwata.[6]

Kit Sponsor[edit]

References[edit]

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