Jiangsu Suning F.C.

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Jiāngsū Sūníng
江苏苏宁
Jiangsu Suning FC logo2.png
Full name Jiangsu Suning Football Club Suning-Yigou Team
江苏苏宁足球俱乐部苏宁易购队
Founded 1958; 59 years ago (1958) (Semi-professional)
March 1994 (Professional)
Ground Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
Ground Capacity 61,443
Owner Suning Appliance Group (100%)
Head coach Choi Yong-soo
League Chinese Super League
2016 Super League, 2nd
Website Club home page
Current season

Jiangsu Suning Football Club (simplified Chinese: 江苏苏宁; traditional Chinese: 江蘇蘇寧; pinyin: Jiāngsū Sūníng) is a professional football club that participates in the Chinese Super League under licence from the Chinese Football Association (CFA). The team is based in Nanjing, Jiangsu and their home stadium is the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre which has a seating capacity of 61,443. Their current owners are Suning Appliance Group (Chinese: 苏宁电器集团有限公司), a sister company of Suning Commerce Group (Chinese: former 苏宁电器股份有限公司).[1]

The team was founded in 1958 as Jiangsu Provincial Team while the current professional football club was established in March 1994. They were one of the founding members of the first fully professional top tier league in China, the 1994 Chinese Jia-A League season, however they faced relegation in that campaign. They have since gone on to win promotion back into the top tier at the end of the 2008 league season and achieved their best ever league finish when they ended up being runners-up in the 2012 season.

According to Forbes, Jiangsu are the fourth wealthiest football team in China, with a team value of $144 million, and an estimated revenue of $36 million in 2015.[2]

History[edit]

Club history[edit]

The club was founded in April 1958 as Jiangsu Provincial Team by the local government and took part in the 1959 Chinese National Games where they placed twelfth. They joined the top tier of the gradually expanding Chinese football league system in 1960, where they came nineteenth out of a possible twenty-five.[3] By 1963, the league had expanded to thirty-nine teams and the Chinese Football Association were looking to only have twenty teams for next season's league system. Jiangsu finished seventh within the group stages, which relegated them from the league system.[4] In 1964, they did not take part in any of the divisions but returned to play in the second tier in 1965 where they came seventh in the group stages.[5]

The Chinese Cultural Revolution halted the league for several seasons. When it returned in 1973, Jiangsu entered the league back into the top tier where they finished the league in eleventh.[6] Jiangsu's time in the top tier did not last very long, and by the 1978 season, they were relegated to the second division at the end of the season.[7] For the next several years, Jiangsu remained a second tier club except for a brief period in 1988. However, in 1992 they won the second tier title and guaranteed promotion to the first fully professional first-tier league, the Chinese Jia-A League, no matter what happened in the 1993 season.[8]

In March 1994, the club gained sponsorship and changed their name to Jiangsu Maint to comply with the requirements to take part in the 1994 Chinese Jia-A League season. They struggled with professionalism on and off the field; on the field they were relegated at the end of the season. The stricter operational costs of the league caused the club to struggle financially, which was exasperated when they also lost their sponsorship.[9] They gained some financial support from several major Chinese businesses, such as Jiangsu TV, Jinling Petrochemical Company, several Jiangsu tobacco companies, and some international investment companies that came in 1996. The club changed their name to Jiangsu Jiajia to represent this. Even though Jiangsu were able to gain some financial stability, they were still relegated to the third tier at the end of the 1996 season. They spent one season there after they won the division league title in 1997.[10]

On 7 January 2000, the manufacturing company Jiangsu Sainty International Group decided to take over the club and changed the club's name to Jiangsu Sainty.[11] The new owners did not get off to the best of starts when it was discovered they were unable to control some of their players and coaches from taking bribes, the 6 October game in the 2001 season against Chengdu Wuniu when they lost 4–2 was highlighted, and the offending participants were banned for a year while the club had three months to reform and re-apply for a Chinese Football Association playing license.[12] After promising to clean up the club, the team lingered in the second tier for several years until they brought in Pei Encai to manage the team and win the division title at the end of the 2008 season.[13]

The introduction of Serbian manager Dragan Okuka during the 2011 league season saw a significant improvement in league table finishes, which saw a fourth-place finish at the end of the campaign and a runners-up position in the 2012 season. Off the field the Jiangsu Sainty International Group was merged into Guoxin Group in 2011 to form Jiangsu Guoxin Investment Group Limited, this saw the Guoxin Group became the owner of the club.[14] The club's name remained as Jiangsu Sainty F.C. until January 2014, when they changed into Jiangsu Guoxin-Sainty F.C.[15]

On the field under Dragan Okuka the club had a difficult 2013 league season and was almost relegated, which led to the club deciding not to renew his contract.[16] By the 2015 league season Romanian manager Dan Petrescu was brought into Jiangsu where he won them the 2015 Chinese FA Cup for the first time and qualification to the 2016 AFC Champions League. On 21 December 2015 the club was purchased by Suning Appliance Group for ¥523 million and changed their name as Jiangsu Suning F.C.[17]

In January 2016, Jiangsu Suning broke their transfer fee record twice in the same window, with a fee of £25 million paid for Ramires from Chelsea FC, and later fellow Brazilian Alex Teixeira for a fee of €50 million (£37 million) from Shakhtar Donetsk

Crest history[edit]

Rivalries[edit]

The club has rivalries with neighbouring Jiangnan club's Hangzhou Greentown F.C. and Shanghai-based teams Shanghai Greenland Shenhua F.C. and Shanghai SIPG F.C. where they contest in a fixture called the Yangtze Delta Derby. Out of these ties the clash against Shanghai Greenland Shenhua is the oldest and fiercest, which can be dated as far back to the 1960 league championship.[18] When Jiangsu were relegated to the second tier in 1978 it put a halt to the rivalty between these two clubs, which wasn't properly reignited until both teams were in the 2009 top flight and hostilities were allowed to flare-up again.[19] Direct competition for silverware fought between these two teams finally emerged when they competed in the 2015 Chinese FA Cup final, in which Jiangsu won 1–0 to claim their first Cup win.[20]

The Nanjing derby was a local inner city derby against Nanjing Yoyo F.C. that started when Nanjing Yoyo moved into the same city as Jiangsu and into their former home ground of Wutaishan Stadium. Their first meeting occurred in Nanjing Yoyo's home ground on 19 July 2003 in a second tier league game, which ended in a 1–1 draw.[21] For six seasons the two teams fought to be the dominant club within Nanjing City with Jiangsu predominately showing this with four wins, seven draws and only one defeat against Nanjing Yoyo. When Jiangsu won promotion to the top tier at the end of the 2008 league season it would put a halt to the derby until 7 May 2011 when Nanjing Yoyo were dissolved due to finical difficulties.[22]

Current squad[edit]

First team squad[edit]

As of 2 March 2017 [23]

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 Gu Chao
2 China DF Li Ang
3 China DF Xie Xiaofan
5 China DF Zhou Yun
7 Brazil MF Ramires
8 China MF Liu Jianye
9 Colombia FW Roger Martínez
10 Brazil MF Alex Teixeira
11 China MF Xie Pengfei
12 China MF Zhang Xiaobin
13 China FW Tao Yuan
14 China FW Gu Wenxiang
16 China MF Gao Tianyi
18 China DF Liu Wei
19 China DF Huang Jiajun (on loan from Oriental Dragon)
No. Position Player
20 China MF Zhang Xinlin
21 China DF Cao Haiqing
22 China MF Wu Xi (captain)
23 China GK Li Haitao
24 China MF Ji Xiang
26 South Korea DF Hong Jeong-ho
27 China MF Yang Jiawei
28 China DF Yang Xiaotian
29 China MF Chen Ji
30 China GK Zhang Sipeng
31 China FW Gao Di (on loan from Shanghai Shenhua)
32 China MF Huang Zichang
33 China MF Wang Song
39 China DF Yang Boyu
40 China FW Ge Wei

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 Zhong Yi
42 China DF Li Shizhou
43 China FW Teng Shuai
44 China MF Cao Wen
45 China MF Zhang Shanyu
46 China MF Yu Tengteng
47 China DF Xu Youzhi
49 China DF Gao Jiannan
50 China DF Zhong Yi
No. Position Player
51 China MF Ding Wei
52 China FW Xu Chunqing
53 China MF Yin Hui
54 China MF Wu Fan
55 China GK Qi Yuxi
56 China GK Zhang Jingyi
57 China GK Jiang Hao
58 China DF Wang Xijie
59 China MF Nan Xiaoheng

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
6 Australia DF Trent Sainsbury (At Inter Milan until 30 June 2017)
15 China MF Cao Kang (At Heilongjiang Lava Spring until 31 December 2017)

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager South Korea Choi Yong-soo
Goalkeeping coach China Wei Ha
Assistant coach South Korea Kim Seong-Jae

Source: Coaching staff

Managerial history[edit]

Managers who have coached the club and team since Jiangsu Sainty became a professional club back in 1994.[24][25]

Honors[edit]

This list contains both honors received as a professional team and as a semi-professional team.[26][27]

League[edit]

Runners Up (2): 2012, 2016
Winners (2): 1992, 2008
Winners (1): 1997

Cups[edit]

Winners (1): 2015
Runners Up (2): 2014, 2016
Winners (1): 2013
Runners Up (2): 2016, 2017

Results[edit]

All-time league rankings[edit]

As of the end of 2016 season.[28][29]

Year Div Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Pos. FA Cup Super Cup League Cup AFC Att./G Stadium
1960 1 14 3 4 7 9 15 −6 8 1 19 DNE  –  – -
1961 1 7 0 3 4 3 8 −5 3 2 10 2 NH  –  – -
1962 1 17 6 0 11 16 38 −22 4 1 19 NH  –  – -
1963 1 14 4 6 4 7 11 −4 7 2 7 2 NH  –  – -
1965 2 10 7 2 NH  –  – -
1973 1 19 10 5 4 32 13 19 15 1 11 NH  –  – -
1974 1 22 11 2 9 41 33 8 9 1 21 NH  –  – -
1976 1 8 0 2 6 2 18 −16 2 9 2 NH  –  – -
1977 1 16 6 5 5 19 21 −2 5 1 15 NH  –  –  –
1978 1 30 3 12 15 18 50 −32 18 14 NH  –  – -
1979 2 42 17 11 14 43 41 2 45 10 NH  –  – -
1980 2 30 12 9 9 34 24 10 33 7 NH  –  – -
1981 2 30 13  – 17 26 12 NH  –  – -
1982 2 30 16  – 14 31 36 32 4 7 NH  –  – -
1983 2 15 5  – 10 10 13 NH  –  – -
1984 2 8 7 2 DNQ  –  – -
1986 2 15 5 1 4 R1  –  – DNQ
1987 2 20 6 9 5 20 18 2 21 5 NH  –  – DNQ
1988 1 20 6 5 9 18 21 −3 26 14 NH  –  – DNQ
1989 2 22 9 5 8 23 16 7 36.5 5 NH  –  – DNQ
1990 2 22 7 8 7 18 18 0 29 5 R1  –  – DNQ
1991 2 16 3 10 3 15 13 2 17 6 QF  –  – DNQ
1992 2 14 6 2 6 13 12 1 6 1 W 3 R1  –  – DNQ Wutaishan Stadium
1993 2 5 2 0/0 3 3 6 −3 4 5 2 NH  –  – DNQ
1994 1 22 1 8 13 13 44 −31 10 12 NH  –  – DNQ
1995 2 22 6 9 7 20 21 −1 27 7 R1 DNQ  – DNQ
1996 2 22 1 7 14 8 32 −24 10 12 R1 DNQ  – DNQ
1997 3 17 11 3 3 25 9 16 61 W DNQ DNQ  – DNQ
1998 2 22 10 2 10 24 23 1 32 4 R2 DNQ  – DNQ Wutaishan Stadium
1999 2 22 6 6 10 23 28 −5 24 9 R1 DNQ  – DNQ
2000 2 22 10 6 6 30 27 3 36 3 R1 DNQ  – DNQ
2001 2 22 11 5 6 29 20 9 38 5 R2 DNQ  – DNQ 15,455
2002 2 22 7 10 5 18 13 5 31 5 R1 DNQ  – DNQ 6,818
2003 2 26 13 6 7 37 25 12 45 4 R1 DNQ  – DNQ 9,923 Yangzhou Stadium
2004 2 32 13 11 8 35 24 11 50 6 R1 NH DNQ DNQ 4,959 Wutaishan Stadium
2005 2 26 13 8 5 43 21 22 47 5 R1 NH DNQ DNQ 4,225
2006 2 24 9 6 9 37 31 6 33 6 R2 NH NH DNQ 5,317
2007 2 24 14 6 4 41 21 20 48 3 NH NH NH DNQ 14,167 Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre
2008 2 24 19 2 3 56 24 23 59 W NH NH NH DNQ 7,692
2009 1 30 9 10 11 30 30 0 37 10 NH NH NH DNQ 15,976
2010 1 30 8 11 11 27 27 0 35 11 NH NH NH DNQ 10,667
2011 1 30 14 5 11 43 28 15 47 4 R1 NH NH DNQ 17,170
2012 1 30 14 12 4 49 29 20 54 RU R3 DNQ NH DNQ 31,163
2013 1 30 7 11 12 32 39 −7 32 13 QF W NH Group 28,808 Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre
Zhenjiang Sports and Exhibition Center
2014 1 30 9 10 11 37 45 −8 37 8 RU DNQ NH DNQ 24,349
2015 1 30 9 8 13 39 48 −9 35 9 W DNQ NH DNQ 26,858 Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre
2016 1 30 17 6 7 53 33 20 57 RU RU RU NH Group 38,992
2017 1 30 RU NH
  • No league games in 1959, 1966–1972, and 1975; Jiangsu did not compete in 1964 and 1985
  • ^1 In final group stage ^2 In group stage. ^3 Promoted to the 1994 first tier.

Key

International results[edit]

As of 9 May 2017

Season Competition Round Opposition Home Away
2013[30] AFC Champions League Group E South Korea FC Seoul 0–2 1–5
Japan Vegalta Sendai 0–0 2–1
Thailand Buriram United 2–0 0–2
2016[31] AFC Champions League Group E Vietnam Becamex Bình Dương 3–0 1–1
South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 3–2 2–2
Japan FC Tokyo 1–2 0–0
2017 AFC Champions League Group H South Korea Jeju United 1–2 1–0
Australia Adelaide United 2–1 1–0
Japan Gamba Osaka 3–0 1–0
Round of 16 China Shanghai SIPG

Asian clubs ranking[edit]

As of 25 September 2016.[32]
Current Rank Country Team
67 Iran Esteghlal Khuzestan
68 Australia Brisbane Roar
69 United Arab Emirates Al Shabab
70 China Jiangsu Suning FC
71 United Arab Emirates Al-Jazira
72 China Shanghai Shenhua
73 South Korea Incheon United

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