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Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao
Guǎngzhōu Héngdà Táobǎo
广州恒大淘宝
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Full name Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao Football Club
广州恒大淘宝足球俱乐部
Nickname(s) Southern China Tigers (华南虎)
Founded June 1954; 63 years ago (June 1954) (Semi-professional)
8 January 1993; 24 years ago (8 January 1993) (Professional)
Ground Tianhe Stadium
Ground Capacity 58,500
Owner
Chairman Li Yimeng
Manager Luiz Felipe Scolari
League Chinese Super League
2016 Chinese Super League, 1st
Website Club home page
Current season
Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao F.C.
Simplified Chinese 广州恒大淘宝足球俱乐部
Traditional Chinese 廣州恆大淘寶足球俱樂部
Southern China Tigers
Chinese 华南虎

Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao Football Club[1] is a professional Chinese football club that participates in the Chinese Super League under the license of the Chinese Football Association. The team is based in Guangzhou, Guangdong, and their home stadium is the Tianhe Stadium which has a seating capacity of 58,500. Their majority shareholders are the Evergrande Real Estate Group (56.71%) and the e-commerce company Alibaba Group (37.81%).[2][3][4][5] Rest of the shares were traded in Chinese OTC system as NEEQ834338.

They were founded in 1954, and won several second tier titles before they became professional in 1993. Their results improved, leading to a runners-up spot in China's top tier. Unable to improve upon these results the club went through a period of stagnation and decline before they experienced a brief revival when they won the 2007 second division. In 2009 the club were embroiled in a match-fixing scandal and they were punished with relegation. The Evergrande Real Estate Group decided to purchase the club and pumped significant funds into the team. They immediately won promotion and gained their first top tier title in the 2011 season. The club is the only Chinese football club to win AFC Champions League twice, in 2013 and 2015.[6][7] The club is also the first Chinese club to participate in the FIFA Club World Cup, making its first appearance in 2013.

According to Forbes, Guangzhou Evergrande is the most valuable football team in China, with a team value of US$282 million and an estimated revenue of US$57 million in 2015.[8] However, the actual figures were total assets CN¥2.009 billion, net assets CN¥524.9 million, revenue CN¥380.6 million and net loss of CN¥953.2 million in 2015 financial year (2015 season).[9] It was decreased to CN¥1.273 billion in total assets in 2016, but increased in revenue (to CN¥561 million) and equity (CN¥607 million). The net loss of 2016 season was decreased to CN¥812 million.[10]

History[edit]

In June 1954, the local Guangzhou sports body founded Guangzhou FC to take part in the recently formed Chinese national football league. They entered the club in the 1955 league season and named Luo Dizhi as their first manager. He guided them to an eighth spot finish in their debut campaign.[11] The league had grown to incorporate a second tier and their debut season performance final standing relegated them to the second division. Guangzhou won the division championship, however the Chinese Football Association decided to restructure the league at the beginning of the 1957 season and Guangzhou were denied promotion.[12] Despite this, Luo Rongman managed the team to win the 1958 second division title; however, the club were unable to gain promotion because this time they went into receivership. They were not re-established until April 1961 and were allowed to take part in the top tier. Back within the top division Guangzhou often struggled within the league and were again relegated to the second tier at the end of the 1963 league season. They remained there until 1966 when the Cultural Revolution halted football in China.[13]

When the Chinese football league restarted, Guangzhou took the unusual step of abstaining from the competition and instead on 26 October 1977 brought Luo Rongman to manage in their development of their youth team.[14] The team played within the National Youth League until 1980 when it was decided that they were mature enough to play in the football league pyramid. They started in the recently created third division. The club's youth team development immediately paid off and players such as Mai Chao, Zhao Dayu and later Wu Qunli all rapidly rose into Chinese international footballers. Guangzhou gained successive promotions until they reached the top tier. At the end of the 1982 league season Guangzhou were relegated again. They returned to the top division at the end of the 1984 season via the Chinese FA Cup. With this promotion on 1 October 1984, the club was the first Chinese team to gain sponsorship when Guangzhou Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. signed a $200,000 annual deal with the club.[15]

Throughout the 1990s, the Chinese Football Association were demanding more professionalism from their football teams. Guangzhou was one of the first fully professional football clubs in China after the Apollo Group took over the club on 8 January 1993. The investment aided the manager Zhou Suian to help create a competitive squad. Hu Zhijun won the top goalscoring award. Guangzhou were able to gain a runners-up spot at the 1994 league season.[16] The following season Zhou Suian left the team after having twice guided the club to a runners-up position within the league and a runners up spot against Shanghai in the 1991 Chinese FA Cup. After his exit, the club were unable to replicate the same results. When influential international footballers Peng Weiguo and Hu Zhijun left the club, the team went into free fall and were relegated at the end of the 1998 league season.[17] With the management concerned about the team's performance, an investigation was launched which discovered that Wen Junwu and three other players were in collusion with gambling groups and were immediately expelled from the club.[18] In 2001, the Guangzhou Sports Bureau took over the club again. With significant investment coming from the Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co., Ltd it was hoped that the club could push for promotion. The division was rocked by a match-fixing scandal involving Changchun Yatai, Chengdu Wuniu, Jiangsu Sainty and Zhejing Greentown. Guangzhou's new sponsors Geely immediately pulled their funding from the team to distance themselves from the bad publicity.[19] The club went through a tough transitional period until the Sunray Cave Group took over the club in 2004 and started to invest money in hopes of pushing for promotion.[20] When the Guangzhou Pharmaceuticals group took over the club in 2006, they were able to realize the ambition of gaining promotion. The club won the 2007 division title and entry to the Chinese Super League.[21] In February 2010, Guangzhou was relegated back to the China League One in the fallout of a match-fixing scandal despite having achieved a ninth-place finish in the 2009 season.[22] The match in question was the 19 August 2006 league game against Shanxi Luhu, which Guangzhou won 5-1 when they were still playing in the China League One. It was discovered by the police that the Guangzhou general manager Yang Xu paid ¥200,000 to the opposing general manager Wang Po to secure a win at home and that Guangzhou's vice president's Wu Xiaodong and Xie Bin knew about it.[23] With the offending participants sentenced to jail for fraud, the club was put up for sale.[24] On 28 February 2010, Evergrande Real Estate Group took over the club for a fee of ¥100 million. Xu Jiayin, chairman of Evergrande Real Estate Group, said that they would pump more funds into the transfer market.[25] His first act was to sign in Chinese national team striker Gao Lin from Shanghai Shenhua for a reported fee of ¥6 million, then he replaced the head coach Peng Weiguo with former Beijing Guoan manager Lee Jang-Soo with no indication. In the 2010 summer transfer window, the club signed Sun Xiang, the first Chinese footballer to play in the UEFA Champions League with PSV Eindhoven, and Chinese national team captain Zheng Zhi on 28 June 2010. On 30 June 2010, Guangzhou confirmed that they had signed Muriqui on a four-year deal from Campeonato Brasileiro Série A side Atlético Mineiro with a domestic record fee of ¥23 million.[26] On 30 October 2010, Guangzhou became League One champions for the second time and returned to the Super League after a 3-1 win against Hunan Billows.[27]

During the 2011 season, Guangzhou Evergrande further strengthened its squad with the purchase of Argentinean Dario Conca and Brazilian Cléo.[28] Although the team was promoted to the Super League in the first year, they clinched the league title in late September 2011 although there were four games yet to play.[29] In March 2012, Guangzhou played and won their first ever AFC Champions League match, thrashing Korean champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 5-1.[30] In addition, Paraguayan Lucas Barrios left the German champions Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2012 to join Guangzhou Evergrande.[31] Marcello Lippi replaced Lee Jang-Soo as the head coach and brought in South Korean defender Kim Young-Gwon and Chinese midfielder Huang Bowen.[32] Guangzhou was knocked out of the 2012 AFC Champions League when they lost 5-4 on aggregate to Al-Ittihad in the quarterfinals.[33] They were the first Chinese side to reach the quarterfinals since 2006. During the 2012 season, Guangzhou won the league for the second time in a row, becoming the first team in China to win the Super League title twice in a row, while also securing the Chinese FA Cup and Super Cup to become double winners for 2012.[34]

In the 2013 season, Guangzhou Evergrande strengthened their squad by signing Chinese goalkeeper Zeng Cheng and Brazilian Elkeson.[35] This proved to be beneficial to Guangzhou as they became the first team in China to win the Super League three times in a row. The club also won the 2013 AFC Champions League in the final against FC Seoul, after drawing 2-2 in the first leg in Seoul and 1-1 in the second leg in Guangzhou, becoming the first Chinese side to win the tournament on the away goals rule.[36] By winning the AFC Champions League, Guangzhou was assured a place in the 2013 FIFA Club World Cup, entering in the quarterfinals, beating the African champions Al Ahly 2-0. In the semifinals, they were defeated by the European champions Bayern Munich 3-0. In the third place match, the club lost against South American champions Atlético Mineiro 3-2 and finished fourth place on the international stage.[37] Guangzhou won its fourth and fifth consecutive Chinese Super League titles in 2014 and 2015 respectively. On 21 November 2015, the club won its second continental championship, defeating Al Ahli 1-0 on aggregate in the 2015 AFC Champions League Final. In the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup, Guangzhou won 2-1 against Club América in the quarterfinals before losing 3-0 against Barcelona in the semifinals.[38] At the end, Guangzhou lost the third place match 2-1 against Hiroshima Sanfrecce, ending up in the same position as the 2013 FIFA Club World Cup.[39]

Ownership and naming history[edit]

Year Owner Club name Sponsored team name
1954–55 Central and Southern China Institute of Sports Central and Southern China Sports Institute Football Team Central and Southern China White
1955 Guangzhou
1956 Central and Southern China White
1956–57 Guangzhou Institute of Sports Guangzhou Institute of Sports Football Team
1958 Guangzhou Football Team
1959–61 Guangzhou Public Security Bureau Guangzhou Vanguard Football Team
1962–66 Guangzhou Sports Bureau Guangzhou Football Team
1977–79 Guangzhou Youth Football Team
1980–84 Guangzhou Football Team
1985–89 Guangzhou Baiyun
1989–93 Guangzhou Football Club
1993–00 Guangdong Apollo Group Guangzhou Apollo Football Club
2001–02 Guangzhou Sports Bureau Guangzhou Football Club Guangzhou Geely
2002–03 Guangzhou Xiangxue
2004–05 Sunray Cave Group Guangzhou Sunray Cave
2005–07 Guangzhou Pharmaceutical Holdings Guangzhou GPC Football Club
2007–08 Guangzhou GPC Zhongyi
2008–09 Guangzhou GPC Baiyunshan
2010 Guangzhou Sports Bureau Guangzhou Football Club
2010 Evergrande Real Estate Group Guangzhou Evergrande Football Club Guangzhou GAC
2011–2014
2014–2015 Evergrande Real Estate Group (50%→60%)
Alibaba Group (50%→40%)
Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao Football Club
2016– Evergrande Real Estate Group (56.71%)
Alibaba Group (37.81%)
other shareholders in NEEQ (5.48%)

Crest history[edit]

Rivalries[edit]

When professionalism was established within the Chinese football leagues in 1994, it opened the door for more than one team within each region. This saw the establishment of Guangzhou Matsunichi which used to be the youth academy of Guangzhou FC but were sold off to Matsunichi Digital Holdings Limited.[40] Direct ties between these two teams also saw them share the Yuexiushan Stadium. In their first meeting in the first round of the 1995 Chinese FA Cup, Matsunichi beat Guangzhou FC 4–3 on aggregate.[41] For a brief period during the 1998 season, both teams were in the top tier with Matsunichi finishing higher than Guangzhou FC; however, the rivalry would reach its peak and subsequent conclusion during the 2000 season with both clubs in the second tier fighting relegation. On 15 July 2000, Guangzhou FC won 3–1 against Matsunichi which inevitability helped lead to Matsunichi's relegation, causing Matsunichi to disband at the end of the season.[42][43]

When Guangzhou R&F moved to the city of Guangzhou, a local derby, often referred to as the Canton derby, was born.[44] The first Canton derby was at Yuexiushan Stadium on 16 March 2012 as Guangzhou Evergrande lost 2–0 against Guangzhou R&F.[45] Relations between the two club owners remain cordial off the pitch and club owners Xu Jiayin and Zhang Li were seen enjoying a meal together instead of watching the second derby in 2012 which Guangzhou R&F also won.[46][47]

Current squad[edit]

As of 21 June 2017 [48]

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
2 China MF Liao Lisheng
3 China DF Mei Fang
4 China MF Xu Xin
5 China DF Zhang Linpeng
6 China DF Feng Xiaoting
7 Brazil FW Alan Carvalho
8 Brazil MF Paulinho
9 Colombia FW Jackson Martínez
10 China MF Zheng Zhi (Captain)
11 Brazil MF Ricardo Goulart
12 China DF Wang Shangyuan
13 China GK Fang Jingqi
14 China DF Rong Hao
15 China MF Zhang Wenzhao
16 China MF Huang Bowen
17 China DF Liu Jian
No. Position Player
18 China MF Yang Xin
19 China GK Zeng Cheng
20 China MF Yu Hanchao
21 China DF Zhang Chenglin
25 China DF Zou Zheng
26 China FW Wang Jingbin
27 China MF Zheng Long
28 South Korea DF Kim Young-gwon
29 China FW Gao Lin (Vice captain)
32 China GK Liu Dianzuo
33 China MF Cai Mingmin
35 China DF Li Xuepeng
37 China DF Chen Zepeng
38 China DF Wen Jiabao
39 China GK Zhao Tianci
58 China FW Wang Jinze

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
24 China MF Wang Junhui
31 China DF Wu Yuduo
40 China GK Liu Shibo
41 China FW Zhu Fu
42 China MF Wang Rui
43 China DF Wen Haojun
44 China DF Chen Quanjiang
45 China MF Li Geng
46 China DF Zhou Chenye
47 China DF Wu Yue
48 China MF Zheng Jie
49 China DF Wang Wenxuan
50 China DF Situ Hualong
51 China GK Liu Weiguo
52 China DF Guan Haojin
No. Position Player
53 China GK Ye Guochen
54 China MF Zhou Wenxin
55 China MF Guo Tao
56 China MF Li Zhongyi
57 China MF Zeng Qingshen
59 China FW Elfirat Iminjan
60 China MF Irxat Tuhtahun
China DF Hu Bowen
China DF Hu Ruibao
China MF Luo Jiacheng
China MF Shen Qi'an
China MF Hu Yangyang
China MF Zhang Aokai
China FW Yang Chaosheng
China FW Gan Tiancheng

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 DF Yang Zhaohui (at Vizela until 30 June 2017)
China DF Liu Hao (at Guizhou Zhicheng until 31 December 2017)
China DF Han Pengfei (at Guizhou Zhicheng until 31 December 2017)
China DF Guo Jing (at Meizhou Hakka until 31 December 2017)
No. Position Player
China DF Gong Liangxuan (at Chengdu Qianbao until 31 December 2017)
China MF Zhang Jiaqi (at Shenzhen FC until 31 December 2017)
China MF Ju Feng (at Ehime FC until 1 January 2018)
China MF Shewket Yalqun (at Xinjiang Tianshan Leopard until 31 December 2017)

Club officials[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head coach Brazil Luiz Felipe Scolari
Assistant coaches Brazil Paulo Turra
Brazil Flávio Murtosa
China Fu Bo
Goalkeeping coach Brazil Carlos Pracidelli
Fitness coach Brazil Darlan Schneider
Brazil Rudy Pracidelli
Physiotherapist Brazil Feliciano Fontoura
Team doctor Brazil Gustavo Emilio Arcos Campos
Reserve team coach China Chang Weiwei
Reserve team assistant coach China Li Kun
China Liu Zhiyu
Reserve team goalkeeping coach China Wang Weiman
Reserve team Physiotherapist China Wan Bingfeng
Academy director / U-17 team coach Germany Marco Pezzaiuoli

Managerial history[edit]

Non-professional club period (1954–1993)[edit]

 
Manager Period
China Luo Dizhi 1954–56
China Zeng Peifu 1956
China Zheng Deyao 1956
China Luo Rongman 1956–61
China Li Wenjun 1964
China Lin Xiaocai 1966–76
China Luo Rongman 1977
China Feng Meilu 1977
 
Manager Period
China Luo Rongman 1978–82
China Cai Tangyao 1983–84
China Chen Yiming 1985
China Qi Wusheng 1986–88
China Xie Zhiguang 1989
China Chen Yiming 1990
China Zhou Suian 1991–93

Professional club period (1994–present)[edit]

As of 25 June 2017
# Name Period Pld W D L GF GA GD Win% Honours
1 China Zhou Suian 2 July 1994 – 7 June 1995 29 13 7 9 40 34 +6 44.83
2 China Zhang Jingtian 8 June 1995 – 28 December 1995 16 6 5 5 27 24 +3 37.50
3 China Xie Zhiguang January 1996 – 15 April 1996 1 0 1 0 0 0 +0 00.00
4 China Xian Dixiong 16 April 1996 – December 1996 25 8 8 9 31 33 −2 32.00
5 China Chen Yiming January 1997 – 13 August 1997 17 3 8 6 11 16 −5 17.65
6 China Mai Chao 13 August 1997 – 12 June 1998 24 5 11 8 24 28 −4 20.83
7 China Chen Xirong 12 June 1998 – 4 May 1999 21 4 5 12 20 34 −14 19.05
8 Japan Zhao Dayu May 1999 – December 1999 18 6 6 6 24 25 −1 33.33
9 Brazil Gildo Rodrigues January 2000 – 19 April 2000 5 0 1 4 2 9 −7 00.00
10 China Zhou Suian 19 April 2000 – 23 September 2000 18 6 6 6 25 20 +5 33.33
* Brazil Edson Tavares (caretaker) 13 November 2000 – 11 December 2000 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 !
11 China Liu Kang 11 December 2000 – 25 July 2001 16 5 7 4 15 13 +2 31.25
12 China Zhou Suian 25 July 2001 – 2 September 2002 24 10 6 8 37 30 +7 41.67
13 China Wu Qunli 2 September 2002 – 19 December 2002 6 0 3 3 5 9 −4 00.00
14 China Zhou Suian 19 December 2002 – 18 February 2003 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 !
15 China Mai Chao 18 February 2003 – 31 October 2005 91 41 33 17 144 86 +58 45.05
* Croatia Drago Mamić (caretaker) 25 November 2005 – 25 February 2006 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 !
16 China Qi Wusheng 25 February 2006 – 31 December 2006 26 16 3 7 47 27 +20 61.54
17 China Shen Xiangfu 4 January 2007 – 30 November 2009 84 38 24 22 144 95 +49 45.24 2007 China League One
* China Peng Weiguo (caretaker) 1 December 2009 – 25 March 2010 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 !
18 South Korea Lee Jang-soo 25 March 2010 – 16 May 2012 73 49 17 7 164 65 +99 67.12 2010 China League One
2011 Chinese Super League
2012 Chinese FA Super Cup
19 Italy Marcello Lippi 17 May 2012 – 2 November 2014 126 82 23 21 281 121 +160 65.08 2012 Chinese Super League
2012 Chinese FA Cup
2013 Chinese Super League
2013 AFC Champions League
2014 Chinese Super League
20 Italy Fabio Cannavaro 5 November 2014 – 4 June 2015 23 11 7 5 46 28 +18 47.83
21 Brazil Luiz Felipe Scolari 4 June 2015 – present 96 61 25 10 190 76 +114 63.54 2015 Chinese Super League
2015 AFC Champions League
2016 Chinese FA Super Cup
2016 Chinese Super League
2016 Chinese FA Cup
2017 Chinese FA Super Cup

Club honours[edit]

All-time honours list including semi-professional period. [49][50]

Domestic[edit]

Leagues[edit]

Winners (6): 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Winners (5): 1956, 1958, 1981, 2007, 2010

Cups[edit]

Winners (2): 2012, 2016
Winners (3): 2012, 2016, 2017

International[edit]

Winners (2): 2013, 2015
Fourth place (2): 2013, 2015 [51]

Personal honours[edit]

Player Honor Season
China Mai Chao Player of the Year 1989
China Wu Qunli Player of the Year 1990
1993
China Zhou Suian Coach of the Year 1992
China Hu Zhijun Jia-A League Top Scorer 1994
Denmark Riffi Haddaoui Chinese FA Cup Top Scorer* 1997
Belarus Mikalay Ryndzyuk League One Top Scorer 2005
Honduras Luis Ramírez League One Top Scorer
Chinese Super League Top Scorer*
2007
2009
China Gao Lin League One Top Scorer 2010
Brazil Muriqui Chinese Football Association Footballer of the Year
Chinese Super League Top Scorer
Chinese FA Cup Top Scorer
2011
Brazil Cléo Chinese FA Super Cup Most Valuable Player 2012
Paraguay Lucas Barrios Chinese FA Cup Most Valuable Player
Italy Marcello Lippi Chinese FA Cup Best Coach
China Zheng Zhi AFC Player of the Year 2013
Brazil Elkeson Chinese Super League Top Scorer
Brazil Muriqui AFC Champions League Top Scorer
AFC Champions League Most Valuable Player
AFC Foreign Player of the Year
Argentina Darío Conca Chinese Football Association Footballer of the Year
Chinese FA Cup Most Valuable Player
China Zeng Cheng Chinese Football Association Goalkeeper of the Year
Italy Marcello Lippi Chinese Football Association Coach of the Year
Brazil Elkeson Chinese Football Association Footballer of the Year
Chinese Super League Top Scorer
2014
Brazil Ricardo Goulart Chinese Football Association Footballer of the Year
AFC Champions League Top Scorer
AFC Champions League Most Valuable Player
AFC Foreign Player of the Year
2015
China Zeng Cheng Chinese Football Association Goalkeeper of the Year
Brazil Luiz Felipe Scolari Chinese Football Association Coach of the Year
South Korea Kim Young-gwon Korea Football Association Footballer of the Year
Brazil Ricardo Goulart Chinese Football Association Footballer of the Year
Chinese Super League Top Scorer
2016
China Zeng Cheng Chinese Football Association Goalkeeper of the Year
Brazil Luiz Felipe Scolari Chinese Football Association Coach of the Year
Chinese FA Cup Best Coach

(* shared)

Results[edit]

All-time league rankings[edit]

As of 27 November 2016 [52][53]
Year Div Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Pos. FA Cup Super Cup League Cup AFC Other Att./G Stadium
1955 1 10 3 1 6 12 33 −21 7 8 Yuexiushan Stadium
1956 2 8 5 3 0 19 4 +15 14 1 1 2 DNQ
1957 2 11 8 3 5 NH
1958 2 15 14 3 1 NH
1961 1 6 2 2 2 8 8 0 3 3 8 3 NH
1962 1 16 2 7 7 11 21 −10 6 3 25 NH
1963 1 15 1 7 7 7 19 −12 3 3 20 NH
1964 2 7 NH
1965 2 19 6 NH
1978 Youth 20 NH
1979 Youth 3 1 NH
1980 3 8 3 4 1 13 4 9 10 2 NH
1981 2 30 24 6 48 1 NH
1982 1 30 9 21 23 53 −30 18 15 NH
1983 2 15 11 4 22 2 2 NH
1984 2 10 3 1 R1
1985 1 15 8 7 +6 17 7 3 DNQ
1986 1 14 6 4 4 14 13 +1 16 7 DNE DNQ
1987 1 14 5 1 8 14 19 −5 16 7 NH DNQ
1988 1 25 10 10 5 32 19 +13 43 7 NH DNQ
1989 1 14 1 5 8 8 22 −14 10 8 NH DNQ
1990 2 22 8 11 3 27 15 +13 35 2 R1 DNQ
1991 1 14 4 7 3 16 13 +3 16 4 RU DNQ
1992 1 14 8 2 4 19 15 +4 18 2 R1 DNQ
1993 1 12 5 0/4 3 15 16 −1 4 3 8 NH DNQ
1994 1 22 11 5 6 36 27 +9 27 2 NH DNQ 10,545
1995 1 22 7 7 8 28 27 +1 28 5 R1 DNQ DNQ 18,818
1996 1 22 7 8 7 26 25 +1 29 7 R16 DNQ DNQ 13,091
1997 1 22 5 10 7 14 20 −6 25 8 R16 DNQ DNQ 15,364
1998 1 26 4 8 14 25 41 −16 20 14 R1 DNQ DNQ 5,385 Ying Tung Stadium / Provincial People's Stadium
1999 2 22 6 8 8 26 30 −4 26 8 R16 DNQ DNQ Tianhe Stadium
2000 2 22 6 7 9 27 27 0 25 10 R1 DNQ DNQ Provincial People's Stadium
2001 2 22 11 7 4 31 16 +15 40 4 R1 DNQ DNQ 15,273 Yuexiushan Stadium
2002 2 22 4 9 9 23 30 −7 21 11 R1 DNQ DNQ 7,227
2003 2 26 13 9 4 40 20 +20 48 3 R1 DNQ DNQ 10,091
2004 2 32 12 16 4 47 29 +18 52 4 R1 NH DNQ DNQ 13,647
2005 2 26 15 7 4 50 22 +28 52 4 R16 NH DNQ DNQ 14,850 Yuexiushan Stadium / Tianhe Stadium
2006 2 24 15 3 6 45 25 +20 48 3 R16 NH NH DNQ 17,167 Yuexiushan Stadium
2007 2 24 19 4 1 65 15 +50 61 1 NH NH NH DNQ 22,500
2008 1 30 10 10 10 41 42 −1 40 7 NH NH NH DNQ 19,624
2009 1 30 9 10 11 38 38 0 37 9 5 NH NH NH DNQ 20,057 Yuexiushan Stadium / Guangzhou University City Stadium
2010 2 24 17 6 1 61 21 +40 57 1 NH NH NH DNQ 9,083 Zengcheng Stadium / Century Lotus Stadium / Yuexiushan Stadium
2011 1 30 20 8 2 67 23 +44 68 1 R2 NH NH DNQ 45,666 Tianhe Stadium
2012 1 30 17 7 6 51 30 +21 58 1 W W NH QF 37,250
2013 1 30 24 5 1 78 18 +60 77 1 RU RU NH W CWC 4 40,428
2014 1 30 22 4 4 76 28 +48 70 1 R16 RU NH QF 42,288
2015 1 30 19 10 1 71 28 +43 67 1 R32 RU NH W CWC 4 45,809
2016 1 30 19 7 4 62 19 +43 64 1 W W NH Group 44,882
2017 1 W NH
  • No league games in 1959, 1966–72, 1975, 1976; Guangzhou did not enter the league in 1960, 1973, 1974 and 1977.
  • ^1 In group stage. ^2 No promotion. ^3 In final group stage. ^4 Promoted via FA Cup. ^ 5 Relegated for match-fixing scandal.

Key

International results[edit]

As of 27 November 2016
Season Competition Round Opposition Score
2012 [54] AFC Champions League Group H South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 1–5 (A), 1–3 (H)
Thailand Buriram United 1-2 (H) 1-2 (A)
Japan Kashiwa Reysol 0–0 (A), 3-1 (H)
Round of 16 Japan FC Tokyo 1–0 (H)
Quarter-finals Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad 4–2 (A), 2-1 (H)
2013 [55] AFC Champions League Group F Japan Urawa Red Diamonds 3–0 (H), 3–2 (A)
South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 1–1 (A), 0–0 (H)
Thailand Muangthong United F.C. 4–0 (H), 1–4 (A)
Round of 16 Australia Central Coast Mariners FC 1–2 (A), 3–0 (H)
Quarter-finals Qatar Lekhwiya 2–0 (H), 1–4 (A)
Semi-finals Japan Kashiwa Reysol 1–4 (A), 4–0 (H)
Final South Korea FC Seoul 2–2 (A), 1–1 (H)
2013 [56] FIFA Club World Cup Quarter-finals Egypt Al-Ahly 2–0 (N)
Semi-finals Germany Bayern Munich 0-3 (N)
Third place match Brazil Atlético Mineiro 2-3 (N)
2014 [57] AFC Champions League Group G Australia Melbourne Victory FC 4–2 (H), 2-0 (A)
Japan Yokohama F. Marinos 1–1 (A), 2-1 (H)
South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 3–1 (H), 1-0 (A)
Round of 16 Japan Cerezo Osaka 1–5 (A), 0–1 (H)
Quarter-finals Australia Western Sydney Wanderers FC 1–0 (A), 2–1 (H)
2015 [58] AFC Champions League Group H South Korea FC Seoul 1–0 (H), 0–0 (A)
Australia Western Sydney Wanderers FC 2–3 (A), 0–2 (H)
Japan Kashima Antlers 4–3 (H), 2–1 (A)
Round of 16 South Korea Seongnam FC 2–1 (A), 2–0 (H)
Quarter-finals Japan Kashiwa Reysol 1–3 (A), 1–1 (H)
Semi-finals Japan Gamba Osaka 2–1 (H), 0–0 (A)
Final United Arab Emirates Al-Ahli 0–0 (A), 1–0 (H)
2015 [59] FIFA Club World Cup Quarter-finals Mexico Club América 2–1 (N)
Semi-finals Spain Barcelona 0-3 (N)
Third place match Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1-2 (N)
2016 [60] AFC Champions League Group H South Korea Pohang Steelers 0–0 (H), 0–2 (A)
Australia Sydney FC 2–1 (A), 1–0 (H)
Japan Urawa Red Diamonds 2–2 (H), 1–0 (A)

Guangzhou score is counted first at neutral venue.

Key
  • (H) = Home
  • (A) = Away
  • (N) = Neutral

Records[edit]

All-time top goalscorers[edit]

Since 1994 the first professional league season. Correct as of 25 June 2017. Names in bold indicate players currently plays for Guangzhou.

 
League
Player Goals Period
China Gao Lin 77 2010–present
Brazil Elkeson 59 2013–15
Brazil Muriqui 52 2010–14
Brazil Ricardo Goulart 49 2015–present
Honduras Luis Ramírez 48 2007–09
China Hu Zhijun 36 1994–97
Argentina Darío Conca 33 2011–13
China Xu Liang 29 2007–09
China Wen Xiaoming 24 2001–08
China Lu Lin 23 2003–10
 
All
Player Goals Period
China Gao Lin 93 2010–present
Brazil Muriqui 77 2010–14
Brazil Elkeson 76 2013–15
Brazil Ricardo Goulart 70 2015–present
Argentina Darío Conca 54 2011–13
Honduras Luis Ramírez 48 2007–09
China Hu Zhijun 36 1994–97
China Xu Liang 29 2007–09
Brazil Alan Carvalho 29 2014–present
China Wen Xiaoming 27 2001–08

Club records[edit]

Since 1994 the first professional league season. Correct as of 25 June 2017.

Wins[edit]

Defeats[edit]

Streaks[edit]

  • Longest unbeaten streak (league): 44 games (32 wins and 12 draws) during the 2010 League One to 2011 Super League seasons
  • Longest home unbeaten run (league): 38 games during 2015 Super League One season to 2017 Super League season (23 wins and 15 draws, ongoing)
  • Longest away unbeaten run (league): 23 games (14 wins and 9 draws) during the 2010 League One to 2011 Super League seasons
  • Longest streak without a win (league): 12 games (5 draws and 7 defeats) during the 2002 Jia-B League season
  • Longest streak without a win at home (league): 7 games (4 draws and 3 defeats) during the 1998 Jia-A League season
  • Longest streak without a win away (league): 21 games (11 draws and 10 defeats) during 1996 to 1998 Jia-A League seasons
  • Longest winning streak (league): 10 games during the 2017 Super League season (ongoing)
  • Longest home winning streak (league): 12 games during the 2011 to 2012 Super League season
  • Longest away winning streak (league): 10 games during the 2015 Super League season
  • Longest losing streak (league): 6 games during the 1998 Jia-A League season
  • Longest home losing streak (league): 3 games during the 1998 Jia-A League season
  • Longest away losing streak (league): 7 games during 1999 to 2000 Jia-B League seasons
  • Longest drawing streak (league): 6 games during the 2004 League One season
  • Longest home drawing streak (league): 3 games during the 2000 Jia-B League season, 2004 League One season, 2009 Super League season and 2015 Super League season
  • Longest away drawing streak (league): 4 games during 2000 to 2001 Jia-B League seasons
  • Longest scoring run (league): 23 games during the 2010 League One to 2011 Super League season
  • Longest scoring run at home (league): 36 games during 2010 League One to 2012 Super League season
  • Longest scoring run away (league): 11 games during the 2010 League One to 2011 Super League seasons and during 2013 Super League season
  • Longest non-scoring run (league): 6 games during the 1997 Jia-A League season
  • Longest non-scoring run at home (league): 3 games during the 1997 Jia-A League season and 1999 Jia-B League season
  • Longest non-scoring run away (league): 9 games during the 1997 Jia-A League season
  • Longest streak without conceding a goal (league): 4 games during 2001 to 2002 Jia-B League seasons and 2007 League One season
  • Longest streak without conceding a goal at home (league): 7 games during 2001 to 2002 Jia-B League seasons
  • Longest streak without conceding a goal away (league): 4 games during the 2010 League One season and 2011 Super League season
  • Longest streak with conceding goals (league): 9 games during 2001 to 2002 Jia-B League seasons and 2009 Super League season
  • Longest streak with conceding goals at home (league): 9 games during the 2006 League One season
  • Longest streak with conceding goals away (league): 14 games during 1999 to 2000 Jia-B League seasons

Record results in a season[edit]

  • Most wins in a league season: 24 – 2013 Super League seasons
  • Most draws in a league season: 16 – 2004 League One season
  • Most draws in a first-tier league season: 10 – 1997 Jia-A League season, 2008 Super League season and 2009 Super League season
  • Most defeats in a league season: 14 – 1998 Jia-A League season
  • Fewest wins in a league season: 4 – 1998 Jia-A League season and 2002 Jia-B League season
  • Fewest draws in a league season: 3 – 2006 League One season
  • Fewest draws in a first-tier league season: 5 – 1994 Jia-A League season and 2013 Super League season
  • Fewest defeats in a league season: 1 – 2007 League One season, 2010 League One season and 2013 Super League season
  • Fewest defeats in a first-tier league season: 1 – 2013 Super League season, 2015 Super League season

Goals[edit]

  • Most league goals scored in a season: 78 – 2013 Super League season
  • Fewest league goals scored in a season: 14 – 1997 Jia-A League season
  • Most league goals conceded in a season: 42 – 2008 Super League season
  • Fewest league goals conceded in a season: 15 – 2007 League One season
  • Fewest first-tier league goals conceded in a season: 18 – 2013 Super League season

Player records[edit]

Appearances[edit]

  • Most appearances in the league: Feng Junyan, 222 games, 2003–14
  • Most appearances in all matches: Gao Lin, 283 games, 2010–present
  • Most first-tier league appearances: Gao Lin, 175 games, 2011–present

Goalscorers[edit]

Transfers[edit]

Past and present internationals[edit]

Names in bold indicate players who had international appearances for their countries while playing for Guangzhou.[61]

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Achievements
Preceded by
Ulsan Hyundai
South Korea
Champions of Asia
2013
Succeeded by
Western Sydney Wanderers
Australia
Preceded by
Western Sydney Wanderers
Australia
Champions of Asia
2015
Succeeded by
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
South Korea
Preceded by
Shandong Luneng Taishan
Champions of China
2011 · 2012 · 2013 · 2014 · 2015 · 2016
Succeeded by
Incumbent