Dalian Yifang F.C.

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Dàlián Yīfāng
大连一方
Logo
Full name Dalian Yifang Football Club
大连一方足球俱乐部
Nickname(s) Blue Hawks
Founded 20 September 2009; 7 years ago (2009-09-20)
Ground Dalian Sports Center Stadium,
Dalian, Liaoning
Ground Capacity 61,000
Chairman Shi Fenghe (史峰赫)
Manager Juan Ramón López Caro
League China League One
2016 League One, 5th
Current season

Dalian Yifang Football Club (Chinese: 大连一方足球俱乐部) 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 currently owened by Dalian Yifang Group Co. Ltd. based in Dalian, Liaoning and their home stadium is Dalian Sports Center Stadium with a capacity of 61,000. The club was founded in September 20, 2009 by Dalian Aerbin Group Co. Ltd and started from the third tier of the Chinese football pyramid, the China League Two. Winning two consecutive league title in the 2nd and 3rd tier professional football leagues, they were promoted to the top tier in 2012 Chinese Super League season where they experienced their highest ever placing of fifth in the same season.[1]

History[edit]

Dalian Aerbin (2009 - 2015)[edit]

On September 20, 2009, Dalian Aerbin Group Co. Ltd. established a new professional football club named Dalian Aerbin (Chinese: 大连阿尔滨) and hired former Chinese 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]

In the following season, the club hired its first foreign coach, Bulgarian manager 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 with 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 brought in former Barcelona F.C. player Seydou Keita who departed on a free transfer from to ensure their position 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 after Dalian Shide's chairman Xu Ming was arrested for bribing and corruption.[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] Chinese Football Association call off this merger according to the regulation, and decided that former Dalian Shide player shall join free market, while Dalian Aerbin could only sign them through normal transfer, 5 at most, instead of taking over the whole team.[10] This incident caused Aerbin to faced some serious financial problems, being unable to pay the salaries, bonuses, or even maintenance of the stadium.[11] At the end of 2014 Chinese Super League, Aerbin was relegated to China League One.

Dalian Yifang (2015 - )[edit]

Back to the China League One, Dalian Aerbin sold some valuable players trying to cover the expense, but still couldn't afford the team.[12] On 8 July 2015, Dalian Yifang Group Co. Ltd bought majority shares of the club.[13] This purchase is believed to be promoted by Wang Jianlin and his Wanda Group,which brought Dalian Wanda F.C. to fame, and is a main shareholder of the Yifang Group.[14] The club fail to promote back to the first tier after finishing the 3rd place of the league in the 2015 season. They changed their name to Dalian Yifang F.C. (Chinese: 大连一方) in December 2015.[15]

Ownership and naming history[edit]

Year Owner Club name Sponsored team name
2009–15 Dalian Aerbin Group Co. Ltd. Dalian Aerbin Football Club
2015 Dalian Yifang Group Co. Ltd.
2016– Dalian Yifang Football Club

Crest history[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 3 March 2017[16]

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
2 China DF Wang Wanpeng
3 China DF Cao Xuan (captain)
4 China DF Li Shuai
5 Argentina DF Jonathan Ferrari
6 China MF Zhu Xiaogang
7 China MF Li Zhendong
8 China MF Zhu Ting
9 Zimbabwe FW Nyasha Mushekwi
10 Ivory Coast FW Yannick Boli
11 China MF Sun Guowen
12 China DF Zhou Ting
13 China DF Wang Yaopeng
14 China MF Qu Xiaohui
15 China MF Jin Qiang
No. Position Player
17 China FW Yan Peng
19 China GK Yu Ziqian
20 China MF Wang Jinxian
21 China MF Liu Yingchen
23 China GK Chen Junlin
24 China MF Han Xu
26 China MF Cui Ming'an
27 China DF Shan Pengfei
28 China DF Du Yuxin
29 China MF Sun Bo
30 China DF Han Xuegeng
32 China DF Dong Yanfeng
33 China FW Zhao Xuebin
36 China FW Dong Honglin

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 Sun Wancheng
42 China GK Li Xinyu
43 China MF Li Zhen
44 China DF Wang Qianshuo
45 China DF Fu Yuncheng
46 China FW Yang Fangzhi
47 China MF Yuan Hao
48 China DF Wu Yuyin
No. Position Player
49 China DF Zhang Yuning
50 China FW Xie Hui
51 China MF Liu Yang
52 China MF Song Xiaoyu
53 China MF Zhao Zaiping
54 China MF Meng Xiangbin
55 China MF Tian Lianbin
58 China MF Wang Junhao

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
China MF Zhang Hui (at Shaanxi Changan Athletic until 31 December 2017)

Coaching staff[edit]

Head coach Spain Juan Ramón López Caro
Assistant coach China Chi Shangbin
China Wang Tao
China Ji Mingyi
Spain Roberto Marina
Fitness coach Spain Cédric Thyus
Goalkeeper coach China Han Wenhai
Spain Ángel Jesús Mejías Rodríguez
Technical coach
Reserve coach China Xu Hui
Team physician South Korea Kwon Hyuck-Jun
China Li Hengjun
China Wang Zhong
U17 Team coach China Pei Yongjiu
U15 Team coach China Qi Xiaoguang
China Lei Tao
U13 Team coach China Liu Yujian
China Wang Zhaochen

Managerial history[edit]

As of 9 January 2015[17][18]
Managers Period
China Chi Shangbin Jan 1, 2009 – Dec 31, 2010
China Sun Xianlu 2010
Bulgaria Aleksandar Stankov June 2010 – Dec 11, 2011
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 Jan 5, 2015 – Jul 5, 2016
Serbia Milinko Pantić Jul 5, 2016 - Aug 31, 2016
Spain Sergio Piernas Cárdenas Aug 31, 2016 - Nov 29, 2016
Spain Juan Ramón López Caro Nov 29, 2016 -

Honours[edit]

Winners (1): 2011
Winners (1): 2010

Results[edit]

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 DNQ Dalian University Stadium
2011 2 26 16 6 4 45 20 25 54 W R2 DNQ DNQ Dalian University Stadium
2012 1 30 11 11 8 51 46 5 45 5 R4 DNQ DNQ 15,774 Jinzhou Stadium
2013 1 30 11 8 11 40 43 −3 41 5 QF DNQ DNQ 10,538 Jinzhou Stadium
2014 1 30 6 11 13 32 45 −13 29 15 R3 DNQ DNQ 10,993 Dalian Sports Center
2015 2 30 17 7 6 46 22 24 58 3 R3 DNQ DNQ 15,213 Dalian Sports Center
2016 2 30 14 3 13 43 44 -1 45 5 R3 DNQ DNQ 10,806 Dalian Sports Center
2017 2 30 DNQ DNQ Dalian Sports Center
  • ^1 in group stage

Key

Notable players[edit]

Had international caps for their respective countries.

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