Zhou Suian

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Zhou Suian
周穗安
Personal information
Date of birth (1961-01-29) January 29, 1961 (age 53)
Place of birth Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
Teams managed
Years Team
1990–1995 Guangzhou Apollo
1996 Shenzhen Feiyada
1997 Shenzhen Jinpeng
1998 Yunnan Hongta
1999 Guangzhou City
2000 Guangzhou Apollo
2001–2002 Guangzhou Geely
2002–2003 Guangzhou Xiangxue
2003–2004 Nanjing Yoyo
2005–2006 Nanchang Bayi
2006–2007 Hangzhou Sanchao
2007 Zhejiang Greentown
2008 Hangzhou Sanchao
2008–2009 Hangzhou Greentown

Zhou Suian(Chinese:周穗安) (born 29 January 1961 in Guangzhou) is a Chinese football Manager. He most recently worked as the manager of China Super League side Hangzhou Greentown.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Guangzhou Apollo[edit]

Zhou Suian became a professional coach after graduating from the Guangzhou Sports Institute.[2] His ties to Guangzhou allowed Zhou Suian his first chance to be the Head coach of Guangzhou football team in 1990. He immediately made an impact when he quickly saw them promoted to the top tier in his first attempt by coming second in the league.[3] In his first season in the top tier Zhou Suian would lead Guangzhou to fourth in the league and help establish them within the league.[4] The following season was to personally prove his most successful when he helped guide Guangzhou to second in the league and even personally winning the 1992 Coach of the year award. Seeing Guangzhou become a professional football team he would once again lead Guangzhou to second in the 1994 league season.[5]

Away from Guangzhou[edit]

Unable to actually win the league title yet still a highly rated coach, Zhou Suian would move to ambitious football team Shenzhen Feiyada in 1996, however his time with them was to prove to be a failure when Shenzhen were relegated at the end of the season.[6] This immediately led to Zhou Suian's departure, yet he quickly found work when he moved to fellow Shenzhen team Shenzhen Jinpeng at the beginning of the 1997 league season. Unable to see them promoted from the second tier, Zhou Suian once again left after only one season.[7] The following seasons would see Zhou Suian finding himself working for Yunnan Hongta and Guangzhou City with little success.

Return to Guangzhou Apollo[edit]

Half way through the 2000 league season Zhou Suian was brought back to Guangzhou Apollo who were in the second tier and fighting against relegation to the third tier. Zhou Suian would be successful in keeping Guangzhou Apollo in the second tier when they finished tenth, just enough to avoid relegation.[8] In the 2001 league season Guangzhou Apollo changed their name to Guangzhou Geely and Zhou Suian was officially announced as their full-time manager. While their results significantly improved Zhou Suian they were not promoted to the top tier and on September 2, 2002, Zhou Suian was under increased pressure to see Guangzhou promoted. Guangzhou once again changed their name to Guangzhou Xiangxue and were immediately expecting promotion to the top tier, unable to achieve this Guangzhou were left unsatisfied with Zhou Suian's progress and he left his post on February 18, 2003. After several mouths out of management Zhou Suian would be given the Nanjing Yoyo job in October. A second tier club he spent two seasons with them before he left to join third tier club Nanchang Bayi for a short time.

Hangzhou[edit]

Zhou Suian moved to Hangzhou Greentown F.C. in 2006 where he worked as a coach for them. He predominately worked with the youth team and coached Hangzhou Sanchao (Hangzhou Greentown F.C. youth team) for several seasons. In 2007 Zhou Suian was asked to help coach the senior team for a short period to help them avoid relegation from the top tier. Juggling both the senior team and youth team squads through much of the 2008 league season Zhou Suian was eventually allowed to become the official head coach of the senior team by the end of the 2008 league season and helped guide them to mid-table safety by the end of the season.[9] He was sacked on 20 September 2009, following a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Jiangsu Sainty that afternoon.

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