2012 Guangzhou Evergrande F.C. season

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Guangzhou Evergrande 2012
Chairman China Liu Yongzhuo
Manager South Korea Lee Jang-Soo (to 16 May)
Italy Marcello Lippi (from 17 May)
Stadium Tianhe Stadium
Super League 1st
FA Cup Winners
FA Super Cup Winners
AFC Champions League Quarterfinals
Top goalscorer League:
Brazil Muriqui
(12 goals)

All:
Argentina Darío Conca
(17 goals)
Highest home attendance 47,869 vs Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
1 May 2012 (Champions League)
Lowest home attendance 28,128 vs Henan Jianye
18 July 2012 (FA Cup)
Average home league attendance league: 37,250
all: 37,265
Home colours
Away colours

The 2012 Guangzhou Evergrande season is the 59th year in Guangzhou Evergrande's existence and is its 45th season in the Chinese football league, also its 23rd season in the top flight. The club played in the AFC Champions League for the first time in club's history after winning the league title in the 2011 season.

Review[edit]

  • 26 December 2011, Guangzhou confirmed that they had signed Zhao Xuri, Rong Hao, Li Jianbin and Peng Xinli for a total report fee of ¥30 million.[1]
  • 10 January 2012, Chinese midfielder Qin Sheng moved from Liaoning Whowin to Guangzhou with an undisclosed fee.
  • 25 February 2012, Guangzhou beat Tianjin Teda 2–1 in the 2012 Chinese FA Super Cup, winning this trophy for the first time in the club's history. Cléo scored both goals of the match.
  • 7 March 2012, Guangzhou beat K-League champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 5–1 away in the club's first AFC Champions League match.[2]
  • 2 May 2012, Guangzhou Evergrande announced that they had signed Lucas Barrios from German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund on a four-year deal for a domestic record fee of €8.5 million.[3]
  • 4 May 2012, Darío Conca received a ban of at least 9 matches (including reserve league match) and was fined ¥1 million by the club for his remarks about the team manager Lee Jang-Soo's decision on Weibo.[4]
  • 15 May 2012, Guangzhou beat Buriram United 2–1 and advanced to the knockout phase of AFC Champions League.[5]
  • 17 May 2012, former Italian World Cup-winning football manager Marcello Lippi was appointed as the new manager of club, signing a two-and-a-half-year deal.[6]
  • 30 May 2012, Guangzhou beat J-League side FC Tokyo 1–0 in the Round of 16 of AFC Champions League, and became the first Chinese club to reach the quarterfinals of the AFC Champions League since 2006.[7]
  • 20 June 2012, CFA committee voted to pass a rule change allowing CSL clubs, who were still competing in the AFC Champions League, to add two more foreign players. Guangzhou Evergrande would be the only club able to take advantage out of the new rule change in the 2012 league season.[8]
  • 2 July 2012, Guangzhou Evergrande announced that they had signed South Korea national team defender Kim Young-Gwon on a four-year deal with a fee of US$2.5 million.[9]
  • 3 July 2012, Muriqui signed a new contract with Guangzhou Evergrande, keeping him at the club until 30 June 2016.[10]
  • 7 July 2012, Huang Bowen transferred to Guangzhou from K-League side Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors with a reported fee of US$2 million.[11]
  • 15 July 2012, Guangzhou Evergrande lost to Guangzhou R&F 0–1 at Tianhe Stadium, which ended club's record 34-league-home-match unbeaten run, as well as record 36-league-home-match scoring run.
  • 2 October 2012, Guangzhou Evergrande was knocked out of the AFC Champions League in the quarter-finals by Al Ittihad 5–4 on aggregate.
  • 27 October 2012, Guangzhou Evergrande won the league title for the second time in two years after beating Liaoning Whowin 1–0, with Gao Lin scoring the winning goal at the 90' minute to seal the title.
  • 18 November 2012, Guangzhou Evergrande won their first Chinese FA Cup title, defeating Guizhou Renhe by a score of 4–2, on aggregate 5–3.

Players[edit]

First team 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
1 China GK Yang Jun
2 China DF Tu Dongxu
3 Brazil DF Paulão
4 China DF Rong Hao
5 China DF Zhang Linpeng
6 China DF Feng Xiaoting
7 China MF Feng Junyan
8 China MF Qin Sheng
9 Brazil FW Cléo
10 China MF Zheng Zhi (captain)
11 Brazil MF Muriqui
12 China GK Dong Chunyu
13 China DF Tang Dechao
14 China DF Li Jianhua
15 Argentina MF Darío Conca
16 South Korea MF Cho Won-Hee
17 China FW Gao Zhilin
18 Paraguay FW Lucas Barrios
19 China DF Li Jianbin
No. Position Player
20 China FW Ni Bo
21 China FW Jiang Ning
22 China GK Li Shuai
23 China MF Li Zhilang
24 China MF Shi Hongjun
25 China MF Peng Xinli
26 China MF Wu Pingfeng
27 China FW Ye Weichao
28 South Korea DF Kim Young-Gwon
29 China FW Gao Lin
30 China MF Peng Shaoxiong
31 China DF Zhang Hongnan
32 China DF Sun Xiang
33 China MF Li Yan
35 China FW Memet Ali
37 China MF Zhao Xuri
39 China MF Tan Jiajun
42 China MF Huang Bowen
48 China GK Zhi Xinhua

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
34 China DF Huang Jiaqiang
36 China FW Gao Shunhang
38 China DF Zhang Yujia
43 China MF Li Bin

Out 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
Brazil MF Renato Cajá (at Ponte Preta from 1 July 2011 to 31 May 2012)
China DF Chen Jianlong (at Shanghai Shenxin from 5 January 2012 to 31 December 2012)
Brazil MF Renato Cajá (at Kashima Antlers from 1 July 2012 to 1 January 2013)
33 China MF Li Yan (at Guangzhou R&F from 11 July 2012 to 8 November 2012)

Technical staff[edit]

Name Nat. Job title
Marcello Lippi Italy Head coach (from 17 May 2012)
Narciso Pezzotti Italy Assistant coaches (from 17 May 2012)
Massimiliano Maddaloni Italy
Li Tie China Assistant coach (from 26 May 2012)
Michelangelo Rampulla Italy Goalkeeping coach (from 17 May 2012)
Claudio Gaudino Italy Fitness coach (from 17 May 2012)
Peng Weiguo China Reserve team coach (from 21 May 2012)
Enrico Castellacci Italy Medical adviser (from 27 July 2012)
Silvano Cotti Italy Team doctor / Physiotherapist (from 27 July 2012)
Georg Meyer Germany Physiotherapist
Liu Shulai China Team doctors
Kang Kebao China
Wang Shucheng China
Franco Ceravolo Italy Chief scout (from 5 September 2012)
Lee Jang-Soo South Korea Head coach (to 16 May 2012)
Qiu Ming China Assistant coaches (to 16 May 2012)
Kim Yong-Kab South Korea
Lee Min-Sung South Korea
Wang Weiman China Goalkeeping coach (to 16 May 2012)
Jiang Feng China Fitness coach (to 16 May 2012)
Qu Shengqing China Reserve team coach (to 16 May 2012)
Kim Hyo-Jung South Korea Technical analyst (to 16 May 2012)

Transfers[edit]

Winter[edit]

Summer[edit]

Pre-season and friendlies[edit]

Training matches[edit]

Date Opponents H / A Result Scorers
2012-01-14 China Dalian Aerbin H 3–1 Memet Ali, Jiang Xiaochen (2 goals)
2012-01-17 China Guizhou Renhe H 1–0 Gao Lin
2012-01-18 China Shenyang Dongjin H 1–2 Tan Jiajun
2012-01-19 China Dalian Aerbin H 2–0 Zheng Zhi, Liang Xueming
2012-01-27 Spain Cádiz A 1–1 Muriqui
2012-01-28 Hungary Videoton N 1–2 Jiang Ning
2012-01-31 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi N 3–0 Cléo, Conca, Muriqui
2012-02-01 Switzerland FC Wil N 1–2 Tan Jiajun
2012-02-04 Ukraine Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk N 1–2 Ye Weichao
2012-02-07 Spain UD Marbella A 0–1
2012-02-19 South Korea Incheon United H 2–2 Wu Pingfeng, Feng Junyan
2012-03-03 South Korea Myongji University A 1–2 Shi Hongjun

Marbella Cup 2012[edit]

Main article: 2012 Marbella Cup

2012 CSL All-Stars Game[edit]

Competitions[edit]

Overview[edit]

Competition Started round Final
position / round
First match Last match
Chinese FA Super Cup Winners 25 February 2012
Chinese Super League 1st 11 March 2012 3 November 2012
Chinese FA Cup 4th round Winners 18 July 2012 18 November 2012
AFC Champions League Group stage Quarter-finals 7 March 2012 2 October 2012

Last updated: 18 November 2012
Source: Competitions

Chinese Super League[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
Head-to-head
1 Guangzhou Evergrande (C) 30 17 7 6 51 30 +21 58 2013 AFC Champions League Group stage 1
2 Jiangsu Guoxin Sainty 30 14 12 4 49 29 +20 54
3 Beijing Guoan 30 14 6 10 34 35 −1 48
4 Guizhou Moutai 30 12 9 9 44 33 +11 45
4 Dalian Aerbin 30 11 11 8 51 46 +5 44 Dalian 1–2 Changchun
Changchun 1–2 Dalian
6 Changchun Yatai 30 12 8 10 37 40 −3 44

Updated to games played on 3 November 2012.
Source: Chinese Super League Table (Chinese)
Rules for classification:1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th head-to-head goals scored; 5th goal difference; 6th goals scored; 7th disciplinary points[18].
Only position first-6 showed, for full table see 2012 Chinese Super League table.
1Guizhou Renhe qualified for the 2013 AFC Champions League because league champions Guangzhou Evergrande also won the 2012 Chinese FA Cup.
P = Position; Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points;
(C) = Champion; (Q) = Qualified for AFC Champions League; (R) = Relegated to CL1.
Head-to-Head: Only used at the end of the season when two or more teams need the head-to-head rules to break a tie.[citation needed]

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
30 17 7 6 51 30  +21 58 11 3 1 33 13  +20 6 4 5 18 17  +1

Last updated: 3 November 2012.
Source: Competitive Matches

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Ground H A H A H H H A H A H A H A H A H A H A A A H A H A H A H A
Result W L W W D W W W W L W D W W W D L W D L W W D D W L W D W L
Position 3 10 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1

Last updated: 3 November 2012.
Source: Chinese Super League Table (Chinese)
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Matches[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

Chinese FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2012 Chinese FA Cup

Chinese FA Super Cup[edit]

AFC Champions League[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Group H
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
China Guangzhou Evergrande 6 3 1 2 12 8 +4 10
Japan Kashiwa Reysol 6 3 1 2 11 7 +4 10
South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 6 3 0 3 10 15 −5 9
Thailand Buriram United 6 2 0 4 8 11 −3 6

Knockout stage[edit]

Round of 16[edit]
Quarter-finals[edit]

Squad statistics[edit]

No. Pos. Player name Super League FA Cup Champions League Super Cup TOTALS
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1 GK China Yang Jun 20 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 7 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 28 28 0 2 0
2 DF China Tu Dongxu 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0
3 DF Brazil Paulão 19 13 0 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 15 0 2 0
4 DF China Rong Hao 3 2 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 5 0 0 0
5 DF China Zhang Linpeng 21 21 2 6 1 3 3 1 0 0 7 7 0 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 32 32 3 10 1
6 DF China Feng Xiaoting 19 18 0 6 0 3 3 0 0 0 9 9 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 32 31 0 8 0
7 MF China Feng Junyan 14 5 1 2 0 6 4 0 1 0 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 27 10 1 3 0
8 MF China Qin Sheng 21 16 1 6 0 4 4 0 2 0 5 4 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 31 24 1 11 0
9 FW Brazil Cléo 28 22 7 3 0 4 3 1 0 0 7 7 4 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 40 33 14 3 0
10 MF China Zheng Zhi 24 20 1 12 0 3 3 1 1 0 9 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 36 32 2 14 0
11 FW Brazil Muriqui 20 18 12 5 0 2 1 0 0 0 8 7 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 31 27 15 5 0
12 GK China Dong Chunyu 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
13 DF China Tang Dechao 7 5 0 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 7 0 1 1
14 DF China Li Jianhua 17 13 1 1 0 4 3 1 1 0 4 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 26 18 2 2 0
15 MF Argentina Darío Conca 24 21 10 1 0 2 2 1 1 0 9 9 6 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 36 33 17 3 0
16 MF South Korea Cho Won-Hee 17 15 0 1 0 2 2 0 1 0 7 7 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 27 25 0 3 0
17 MF China Gao Zhilin 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 0
18 FW Paraguay Lucas Barrios 8 3 2 0 0 6 5 3 0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 10 6 0 0
19 DF China Li Jianbin 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0
21 FW China Jiang Ning 15 10 4 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 4 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 22 12 5 2 0
22 GK China Li Shuai 10 10 0 0 0 6 6 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 18 0 0 0
23 MF China Li Zhilang 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
24 MF China Shi Hongjun 2 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 0 1 0
25 MF China Peng Xinli 1 1 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0
26 MF China Wu Pingfeng 19 10 1 1 0 3 3 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 25 13 2 1 0
27 FW China Ye Weichao 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
28 DF South Korea Kim Young-Gwon 7 7 0 0 0 4 4 0 1 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 13 0 1 0
29 FW China Gao Lin 24 20 6 2 0 3 2 0 1 1 9 8 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 37 31 8 3 1
31 DF China Zhang Hongnan 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0
32 DF China Sun Xiang 25 24 0 3 1 2 2 0 0 0 8 8 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 36 35 0 4 1
33 MF China Li Yan 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 1 1 0
34 MF China Huang Jiaqiang 4 3 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 3 0 1 0
35 FW China Mehmet Ali 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 2 0 0 0
37 MF China Zhao Xuri 20 16 1 4 0 5 4 1 1 0 8 6 0 2 0 1 1 0 1 0 34 27 2 8 0
39 MF China Tan Jiajun 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
42 MF China Huang Bowen 9 8 1 2 0 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 9 2 3 0
OWN GOAL
TOTALS 51 60 3 11 12 1 17 17 0 2 3 0 81 92 4
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