Hangzhou Greentown F.C.

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Hangzhou Greentown
Hángzhōu Lǜchéng
杭州绿城
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Full name Hangzhou Greentown FC
杭州绿城足球俱乐部
Nickname(s) Greentown
绿城
Green Giants
绿巨人
Founded 14 January 1998; 19 years ago (1998-01-14)
Ground Hangzhou Huanglong Stadium
Ground Capacity 52,672
Owner Song Weiping
Chairman Du Ping
Manager Hong Myung-bo
League China League One
2016 Super League, 15th (relegated)
Website Club home page

Hangzhou Greentown Football Club (simplified Chinese: 杭州绿城; traditional Chinese: 杭州綠城; pinyin: Hángzhōu Lǜchéng) is a professional Chinese football club that currently participates in the China League One division (second division) under licence from the Chinese Football Association (CFA). The team is based in Hangzhou, Zhejiang and their home stadium is the Hangzhou Huanglong Stadium that has a seating capacity of 52,672. The club's main investor is the Zhejiang-based Greentown China Holdings Limited company, which is owned by real estate tycoon Song Weiping. Greentown became the first sports club from Hangzhou with 1 million followers on Weibo.

The club was founded on January 14, 1998 and they made their debut in the third tier of China's football league pyramid in the 1999 league season. On November 23, 2000 the club bought the first team of Jilin Aodong as well as their position in the second division for 25 million Yuan. They have subsequently won promotion to the top tier after finishing runners-up in the 2006 league season and the highest position they have ever finished is fourth in the 2010 Chinese Super League season.

History[edit]

Zhejiang Greentown Football Club Co., Ltd. was officially established on January 14, 1998 with a capital of 16,000,000 Yuan and Zeng Leming was appointed as their general manager. Greentown Real Estate Company, Hangzhou Qiantang Real Estate Company, Zhejiang University and Zhejiang Provincial Football Association all participated in the creation as well as the registration of the club.[1] The company would go on to form a youth team before finally creating a senior team on January 22, 1999 to take part in the third tier with Bao Yingfu as their first head coach. They wouldn't wait long to show their ambition when they would make the play-offs in 2000 before losing to Tianjin Lifei.[2] Still determined to win promotion the club decided to buy the first team of Jilin Aodong as well as their position in Chinese Football Association Jia League on November 23, 2000 for 25,000,000 Yuan, in time for the beginning of the 2001 league season. Under the new general manager Shen Qiang the club brought in new sponsors and Gu Mingchang as the new Head coach, however during this period the club couldn't win promotion to the top tier and the Chairman Song Weiping expressed his disappointment of the team. Song Weiping would soon discover that the reason for his clubs disappointing results when it was discovered that several of his players and coaches were taking bribes, with a 6–0 defeat against Changchun Yatai in the 2001 league season being highlighted, which saw the offending participants banned for a year while the club had three months to reform and re-apply for a CFA playing license.[3] This would see the club would go through several management changes as well as a significant ownership shift, which saw Song Weiping's company Greentown China Holdings Limited take a 96% share of the team for 20,000,000 Yuan in 2005 while Zhejiang University held on to 4%.[1]

Under Wang Zheng as their Head coach the team would start to generally push for promotion, eventually achieving it at the end of the 2006 league season when they came second in the division.[4] The club often found themselves fighting off relegation and would bring in several managers to alleviate the problem, however this wasn't enough during the 2009 league season and the club found themselves in the relegation zone at the end of the season. Surprisingly the club were allowed to stay within the 2010 Chinese Super League after it was discovered that Chengdu Blades and Guangzhou FC were guilty of match-fixing.[5] After gaining a reprieve from relegation the club went on a spending spree by signing several established Chinese internationals such as Du Wei, Li Yan and Wang Song.[6] The signings seemed to work and the clubs results significantly improved throughout the 2010 league campaign, which saw the club achieve their best ever finish of fourth and a chance to play within the AFC Champions League for the first time.[7]

However in 2016 they were relegated to the China League One, after getting second-to-last place in the 2016 Chinese super League. This club is famous for youth training facilities, in 2016 season, they were unfortunately relegated to secong level league because of their bad performances for the season with only 8 wins and 32 points, struggled in demotes.[8]

Name history[edit]

  • 2002 Renamed to Zhejiang Greentown (浙江绿城)
  • 2003 Renamed to Zhejiang Sanhua Greentown (浙江三花绿城)
  • 2004 Renamed to Zhejiang Greentown (浙江绿城)
  • 2006 Renamed to Zhejiang Bebei Greentown (浙江巴贝绿城房产)
  • 2007 Renamed to Zhejiang Greentown (浙江绿城房产)
  • 2009 Renamed to Hangzhou Greentown (杭州绿城)
  • 2010 Renamed to Hangzhou Nabel Greentown (杭州诺贝尔绿城)
  • 2011 Renamed to Hangzhou Greentown (杭州绿城)
  • 2012 Renamed to Hangzhou 9Top Greentown (杭州九好绿城)
  • 2013 Renamed to Hangzhou Daikin Greentown (杭州大金绿城)
  • 2014 Renamed to Hangzhou Greentown (杭州绿城)

Current squad[edit]

As of 3 March 2017 [9]

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 Fan Jinming
2 China MF Wang Guanyi
3 China DF Ge Zhen
4 China DF Sun Zheng'ao
5 China MF Wu Wei
6 China DF Chen Xiao
7 Brazil FW Denilson
8 China MF Zang Yifeng
9 Brazil FW Anselmo Ramon
11 Chinese Taipei MF Chen Po-liang
12 China MF Luo Jing
13 Australia DF Matthew Spiranovic (Captain)
14 China MF Huang Shibo
15 China DF Fang Renwei
16 China DF Tong Lei
No. Position Player
17 China MF Liu Yi
18 China FW Gao Huaze
19 China FW Dong Yu
20 China MF Wang Dongsheng
21 China FW Wu Haoyi
22 China MF Cheng Jin
23 China GK Zou Dehai
25 China MF Xu Yike
26 China FW Tan Yang
27 China DF Wang Yang
30 China GK Lai Jinfeng
32 China DF Cheng Mouyi
33 China MF Chen Zhongliu
36 China MF Song Haiwang
39 China DF Xu Jizu

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 DF Cao Xiaodong
42 China MF Zhuang Jiajie
43 China FW Wu Haotian
44 China GK Shou Zhenjie
45 China MF Ruan Yang
46 China DF Zhao Yuan
47 China DF Liu Jing
48 China DF Wen Junjie
49 China MF Yang Guoyuan
50 China DF Xie Deshun
51 China FW He Jian
No. Position Player
52 China MF Jin Rui
53 China GK Zhang Luhao
54 China MF Li Chen
55 China GK Shen Bokai
56 China DF Liang Qingjie
57 China GK Li Yihao
58 China MF Shi Junjie
59 China DF Shen Jiaming
60 China DF Han Lieguang
China GK Liu Yang

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 GK Zhang Lei (at Yunnan Lijiang until Dec 31, 2017)
China DF Yue Xin (at Vejle BK until Jun 30, 2017)

Coaching staff[edit]

As of 5 January 2016 [10]

Position Staff
Head coach South Korea Hong Myung-bo
Executive coach China Xu Lei
Assistant coach China Wang Jun
China Gao Sheng
South Korea Cho Kwang-soo
Goalkeeping coach Bulgaria Zdravko Zdravkov
Fitness coach Japan Seigo Ikeda
U-19 team coach Japan Fujio Yamamoto
U-19 team assistant coach Japan Kosuke Yatsuda
U-17 team coach Japan Yasuharu Kurata
U-14 team coach Japan Masahiro Kobe
U-11 team coach Japan Taichi Obata
Translator China Yu Feng

Source: [2]

Managerial history[edit]

As of End of 2015 Chinese league season[11][12]

Honours[edit]

League[edit]

Youth Team[edit]

U-15 Team

  • Nike Cup Winners: 2008

Results[edit]

All-time League rankings

As of the end of 2016 season.[14][15]

Year Div Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Pos. FA Cup Super Cup League Cup AFC Att./G Stadium
1999 3 10 3 2 5 12 15 −3 11 51 DNQ DNQ  –
2000 3 12 7 2 1 20 9 11 231 8[16] DNQ DNQ  –
2001 22 22 6 10 6 33 26 7 28 8 R1 DNQ  – Yellow Dragon Sports Center
2002 2 22 8 5 9 29 33 −4 29 7 SF DNQ  – Yellow Dragon Sports Center
2003 2 26 6 9 11 39 39 0 27 10 R1 DNQ  – Yellow Dragon Sports Center
2004 2 32 12 9 11 38 39 −1 45 8 R1 NH DNQ Yellow Dragon Sports Center
2005 2 26 17 4 5 50 23 27 55 3 R2 NH DNQ Yellow Dragon Sports Center
2006 2 24 17 4 3 41 18 23 55 RU QF NH NH Yellow Dragon Sports Center
2007 1 28 6 10 12 25 35 −10 28 11 NH NH NH 19,571 Yellow Dragon Sports Center
Meihu Sports Centre
2008 1 30 9 12 9 38 32 6 39 9 NH NH NH 12,188 Yellow Dragon Sports Center
2009 1 30 8 8 14 30 43 −13 32 153 NH NH NH 14,790 Yellow Dragon Sports Center
2010 1 30 13 9 8 38 30 8 48 4 NH NH NH 14,550 Yellow Dragon Sports Center
2011 1 30 10 9 11 28 32 −4 39 8 QF NH NH Group 8,586 Meihu Sports Centre
Jiaxing Stadium
2012 1 30 9 9 12 34 46 −12 36 11 QF DNQ NH 10,563 Yellow Dragon Sports Center
2013 1 30 8 10 12 34 42 −8 34 12 QF DNQ NH 14,164 Yellow Dragon Sports Center
2014 1 30 8 8 14 43 60 −17 32 12 R4 DNQ NH 13,766 Yellow Dragon Sports Center
2015 1 30 8 9 13 27 35 −8 33 11 R4 DNQ NH 12,566 Yellow Dragon Sports Center
2016 1 30 8 8 14 28 37 -9 32 15 R4 DNQ NH 11,723 Yellow Dragon Sports Center
  • ^1 In group stages. ^2 Buy the first team of Jilin Aodong as well as their position in second tier. ^3 Two Super League clubs were involved in match-fixing scandal and relegated to League One, so Hangzhou could stay at top level.

Key

International friendlies[edit]

  • On 26 July 2009, Manchester United visited the Dragon Stadium and played a friendly against Hangzhou Greentown as part of their pre-season Asian tour.[17] Manchester United won by 8 goals to 2.
  • On 16 July 2011, Arsenal visited the Meihu Stadium and played a friendly against Hangzhou Greentown as part of their pre-season Asian tour.[18] The game was drawn 1–1.

AFC competition records[edit]

Opponent Season Home Away
Japan Nagoya Grampus 2011 AFC Champions League Group stage 2–0 0–1
South Korea FC Seoul 2011 AFC Champions League Group stage 1–1 0–3
United Arab Emirates Al Ain FC 2011 AFC Champions League Group stage 0–0 0–1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  8. ^ "中超赛季回顾之杭州绿城——降级中寻弊端". http://sports.sohu.com/20161126/n474236173.shtml. Retrieved 30 Nov 2016.  External link in |website= (help)
  9. ^ 2017赛季中甲联赛名单之杭州绿城 sports.sina.com 2017-03-03 Retrieved 2017-03-08
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  11. ^ "Hangzhou Greentown » Manager history". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 2015-05-02. 
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  15. ^ "杭州绿城". sodasoccer.com. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  16. ^ 2000年中乙联赛决赛阶段比赛名次 fa.org.cn 2013-04-30 Retrieved 2016-12-20
  17. ^ "China friendly announced". Manutd.com. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  18. ^ "Arsenal announces pre-season game in China". Arsenal.com. 25 May 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 

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