Shanghai SIPG F.C.

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Shanghai SIPG
Shànghǎi Shànggǎng
Full name Shanghai Shanghai International Port Group F.C.
Nickname(s) The Red Eagles (紅鷹)
Founded 25 December 2005; 12 years ago (25 December 2005)
Ground Shanghai Stadium
Capacity 56,000
Owner Shanghai International Port Group
Chairman Chen Xuyuan
Head Coach Vítor Pereira
League Chinese Super League
2017 Super League, 2nd
Website Club website

Shanghai SIPG F.C. (Chinese: 上海上港; pinyin: Shànghǎi Shànggǎng; Mandarin pronunciation: [ʂâŋ xài ʂâŋ kàŋ];) or SIPG FC 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 Xuhui, Shanghai, and their home stadium is the Shanghai Stadium, which has a seating capacity of 56,842. Their owners are the Chinese group Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG).

The club was founded on 25 December 2005, as Shanghai Dongya FC (Dongya, Chinese: 东亚; pinyin: Dōngyà; literally: "East Asia") by former Chinese international footballer coach Xu Genbao. The club used graduates from Genbao Football Base, a football academy also founded by Xu, to form their first team as they made their debut in the third tier of China's football league pyramid in the 2006 league season. They worked their way up to the top tier and the highest position they have ever finished is second in the 2015 Chinese Super League season.

According to Forbes, Shanghai SIPG F.C. are the third-most valuable football club in China, with a club value of $159 million, and an estimated revenue of $37 million in 2015.[1] According to the annual report of the parent company, the football club had a revenue of CN¥565.7 million in 2015 financial year, as well as net loss of CN¥41.5 million, total assets of CN¥286.8 million, net assets of CN¥59.7 million.[2]


Est.–2007: League Two[edit]

On 16 May 2000 former Chinese international football coach Xu Genbao founded the Genbao Football Base and enrolled 96 academy members born between 1988 and 1991, who were to be trained in the recently built Genbao Football Base Arena.[3]

Initially, Xu Genbao had no intention of establishing a professional football club. However, as the youngsters in the Base grew up, the lack of youth football competition in China prompt Xu to set up a football club so that his protégés could earn match experiences in professional football. On 25 December 2005, Shanghai Dongya Football Club was jointly established by Xu Genbao and Shanghai Dongya Sports and Culture Center Co. Ltd, with Xu Genbao being the club chairman. Xu appointed Claude Lowitz, a French youth coach in the Base, as the team manager.

With young players aged between 14 and 17, Shanghai Dongya competed in the 2006 China League Two, the third tier of the Chinese league system. The team played their home games at Genbao Football Base Arena training ground in Chongming, Shanghai, and eventually finished their first season at the seventh place. During the campaign Xu's players broke a few records during the season, with Cao Yunding being the youngest Chinese goalscorer aged 16 years and 242 days,[4] and Wu Lei the youngest Chinese professional footballer, aged only 14 years and 287 days.[5] At the end of 2006, Claude Lowitz left the club, and former assistant manager Jiang Bingyao took up the manager position. With lessons learned and experiences gained from their debutante season, the young Dongya went on to win the division title in 2007, by beating Sichuan in the final, and thus gaining promotion to China League One, the second tier of the football league.[6]

2008–2012: League One[edit]

Despite the successful promotion, questions arose as to what would happen to the team, especially given that Xu's previous effort to create a professional club (Shanghai Cable 02) ended up being sold off to Shanghai Shenhua in 2002 due to financial difficulties. In June 2007, Shanghai government came to Xu's rescue with financial aid, in exchange Dongya would represent Shanghai in the 2009 National Games.[7]

With the club in a higher division, Shanghai Dongya moved into the 30,000 seater Jinshan Sports Centre in Jinshan District of Shanghai and finished the 2008 China League One division campaign in a respectable sixth. In the summer of 2009, Shanghai Dongya represent Shanghai football team and took part in the 2009 National Games. Xu Genbao took up the management post himself and led the team to win gold in the men's football tournament. Meanwhile, in the league, Shanghai Dongya chose the 65,000 seater Shanghai Stadium as their home stadium for their 2009 China League One campaign. Shanghai Dongya finished the season in fourth place and just missed out on promotion by a single win, but it was still considered quite an achievement because that team was made up of players under 20 years old, and with no foreign imports. This earned the club a reputation for its success in youth development in China and they were affectionately nicknamed as "China's Manchester United", by their fans because of Xu's well-known ambition "to create a China's Manchester United".

The 2010 league season saw former Chinese international Fan Zhiyi receive his first management job at the club as well as the introduction of their first ever foreign players in Macedonian Nikola Karçev and Haitian Fabrice Noël. Despite these new signings the club failed to improve upon the previous season's results and finished in the fourth place. Failure to gain promotion and financial difficulties caused the club unable to hold onto their rising stars. Before the 2011 season, five of the team's starting XI left the club: team captain Wang Jiayu, Chinese international Zhang Linpeng and Chinese U-23 players Cao Yunding, Jiang Zhipeng, and Gu Chao.[8] In the following 2011 season, Xu Genbao promoted several young players into the first team and the team finished the season in a disappointing ninth place.

At the beginning of the 2012 season the club sold their team name to sponsor, Zobon Group for 30 million Yuan on a three-year deal, which saw the club change first team's name to Shanghai Tellace on December 31, 2011, while the club's name remains unchanged as Shanghai Dongya FC[9] At the end of the season, Shanghai Tellace won the league title and was promoted to the Chinese Super League.

2013–present: CSL[edit]

On December 28, 2012 Shanghai Dongya changed its first team name again to Port Shanghai F.C., under a 40-million Yuan sponsorship deal with Shanghai International Port (Group).[10] Within the off-season on January 7, 2013 the club officially acquired another Shanghai-based football club, Shanghai Pudong Zobon, which had previously played in the 2012 China League Two division before they were dissolved. Most of its players, born between 1993 and 1994 and graduated from Genbao Football Base, were brought back under Xu Genbao's wing and would become the reserve team of Shanghai Dongya FC[11] In the clubs debut within the top tier they brought in former Chinese national team manager Gao Hongbo as their Head coach and he would go on to guide the club to a ninth-place finish at the end of the 2013 league season. The Shanghai International Port (Group) would decide to strengthen their position within the club and officially took over the whole club on November 18, 2014 and immediately appointed Sven-Göran Eriksson as their new Head coach.[12]

During the 2015 winter transfer window, Shanghai SIPG signed 8 new players to strengthen the squad: Sun Xiang, Davi Rodrigues de Jesus, Dario Conca, Kim Ju-Young, Yang Boyu, Shi Ke, Jean Evrard Kouassi, and Yu Hai --- who the club spent 50 million Yuan on. It became the highest transfer record of any Chinese player. The team won the first 3 games of the season, which creates their best CSL league start in the history. On May 9, Shanghai SIPG secured a 5–0 victory over their rival Shanghai Greenland Shenhua, and it was their first victory in the Shanghai Derby. The team signed Ghanaian star Asamoah Gyan in the summer transfer window. Jean Evrard Kouassi was dropped into the reserve team due to the registration restriction at that time (4 foreign players + 1 Asian foreign player). Shanghai SIPG finished the season in second place with 65 points - just 2 points behind the champions Guangzhou Evergrande. It was their best league position in the club's history and they managed to get into the AFC Champions League qualification.

In the beginning of 2016, SAIC Motor Corporation became one of Shanghai SIPG's main sponsors. The club signed former AFC Champions League & CSL golden boot owner Elkeson from Guangzhou Evergrande for 18.5 million Euros. It broke the record of the Chinese transfer market. On February 9, the team secured a 3–0 victory over Muang Thong United from Thailand in the AFC Champions League qualification round, and successfully went in to the group stage of the ACL. Shanghai SIPG surprisingly went through the group stage in 1st place even though it was their first time playing in the ACL. In the Round of 16, Shanghai SIPG faced FC Tokyo. They lost 1–2 away in the first leg, yet thanks to Wu Lei's late 90th-minute goal in the 2nd leg, the team went through the round of 16 with an away goal difference. During the summer transfer window, Shanghai SIPG spent 56 million Euros to sign the Brazilian International, Hulk. The team was eliminated in the ACL quarter final, and in the CSL, the team ended up in 3rd place with 52 points.

Ownership and naming history[edit]

Year Owner Club name Sponsored team name
2005–2011 Genbao Football Base
Shanghai Dongya Sports and Culture Center Co. Ltd
Shanghai Dongya Football Club
2012 Shanghai Tellace (上海特莱士)[13]
2013–2014 Shanghai SIPG[14]
2015– Shanghai International Port Group[12] Shanghai SIPG Football Club


The club's main rival is against Shanghai Shenhua with whom they contest in the local Shanghai derby. With the clubs founder Xu Genbao having managed Shenhua to the 1995 league title, the Shenhua tie holds a direct personal link between the two teams.[15] On 28 April 2013 the two sides met for the first time in a league game that saw the club defeated 2–1 to Shenhua.[16] The tie against Shanghai Shenxin also contains strong links between the two teams with players Jiang Zhipeng and Wang Jiayu having represented both teams before the two clubs met in their first derby on 2 June 2013, which resulted in a 6–1 victory.[17] The club's geographical location has also opened them up to rivalries with neighbouring clubs Hangzhou Greentown and Jiangsu Guoxin-Sainty where they contest in a fixture called the Yangtze Delta Derby.[18]

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 March 2018[19]

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 Yan Junling
2 China DF Zhang Wei
4 China DF Wang Shenchao
5 China DF Shi Ke
6 China MF Cai Huikang
7 China FW Wu Lei
8 Brazil MF Oscar
9 Brazil FW Elkeson
10 Brazil FW Hulk (Captain)
11 China FW Lü Wenjun
13 China DF Wei Zhen
14 China FW Li Shenglong
15 China FW Lin Chuangyi
17 China DF Zhang Huachen
18 China MF Zhang Yi
21 China MF Yu Hai
No. Position Player
22 China GK Sun Le
23 China DF Fu Huan
24 China MF Lei Wenjie
25 Uzbekistan MF Odil Ahmedov
27 China DF Zhang Enge
28 China DF He Guan
29 China DF Nie Meng
33 China MF Zhou Zheng
34 China GK Chen Wei
35 China GK Shi Xiaodong
36 China DF Yu Hao
37 China MF Chen Binbin
39 China MF Sun Jungang
40 China DF Li Shenyuan
44 China DF Zhu Jiayi

Reserve squad[edit]

As of 1 March 2018

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
26 China MF Gao Haisheng
41 China GK Sun Jiazheng
42 China DF Mao Rui
43 China MF Dai Jianjun
45 China DF Zhang Weiyi
46 China MF Tian Hubo
47 China MF Shang Jinglin
48 China FW Shi Jian
49 China FW Huang Zhenfei
50 China MF Huang Wenzhuo
51 China MF Sun Yajun
52 China MF Zhang Zhen
52 China MF Xue Zhichenghong
55 China MF Jia Tianzi
No. Position Player
56 China DF Hou Shen
58 China MF Wu Hang
59 China MF Sun Enming
61 China MF Chen Chunxin
62 China MF Ye Shanqing
63 China MF Shang Wenjie
64 China MF Zheng Zelong
65 China DF Xiao Mingjie
66 China DF Zhang Yunkai
67 China DF Zheng Huangkai
68 China MF Zheng Haoqian
69 China DF Lu Xiaorui
70 China DF Wu Zhengchao

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
19 China FW Hu Jinghang (at Henan Jianye until 31 December 2018)
30 China FW Gao Zhijie (at Nantong Zhiyun until 31 December 2018)
31 China MF Jiang Zilei (at Wuhan Zall until 31 December 2018)
38 China DF Wei Lai (at Shanghai Shenxin until 31 December 2018)
54 China DF Yang Fan (at Suzhou Dongwu until 31 December 2018)
No. Position Player
57 China FW Zhu Zhengrong (at Nantong Zhiyun until 31 December 2018)
60 China DF Yang Shiyuan (at Suzhou Dongwu until 31 December 2018)
China MF Zheng Zhiyun (at Qingdao Huanghai until 31 December 2018)
China MF Wang Jiajie (at Shanghai Shenxin until 31 December 2018)
China MF Gong Chunjie (at Zhenjiang Huasa until 31 December 2018)

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
Head coach Portugal Vítor Pereira
Assistant coach Portugal Felipe Almeida
Goalkeeping coach England Ian Walker
Technique coach China Xie Hui
Fitness coach Portugal Pedro Silva
Physiotherapist Brazil Eduardo Santos
Technical director Denmark Mads Davidsen
Reserve team head coach China Cheng Yaodong
Reserve team assistant coach China Qiu Jingwei
Reserve team assistant coach China Cai Huiqiang
Reserve team physiotherapist China He Hanxue

Source: SIPG

Managerial history[edit]

As of 4 November 2016[20][21]




All-time league rankings[edit]

Year Div Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Pos. FA Cup Super Cup AFC Att./G Stadium
2006 3 16 3 5 8 26 29 −3 14 7 1 NH DNQ  – Genbao Football Base Arena
2007 3 17 11 4 2 35 15 +20 30 1 W NH DNQ  –
2008 2 24 7 7 10 26 30 −4 28 6 NH DNQ  – Jinshan Football Stadium
2009 2 24 13 5 6 43 25 +18 44 4 NH DNQ  – Shanghai Stadium
2010 2 24 9 10 5 25 18 +7 37 4 NH DNQ  –
2011 2 26 7 11 8 29 25 +4 32 9 R2 DNQ  –
2012 2 30 17 8 5 47 25 +22 59 W R3 DNQ  – 3,113
2013 1 30 10 7 13 38 35 3 37 9 R4 DNQ  – 10,161
2014 1 30 12 12 6 47 39 8 48 5 R3 DNQ  – 12,460
2015 1 30 19 8 3 63 35 28 65 RU QF DNQ  – 26,381
2016 1 30 14 10 6 56 32 24 52 3 R4 DNQ QF 28,012
2017 1 30 17 7 6 72 39 33 58 RU RU DNQ SF 29,174
2018 1 30 QF DNQ R16
  • ^1 in group stage


International results[edit]

As of 16 May 2018

Season Competition Round Opposition Home Away
2016[25] AFC Champions League Play-off round Thailand Muangthong United 3–0
Group stage Australia Melbourne Victory 3–1 1–2
South Korea Suwon Samsung Bluewings 2–1 0–3
Japan Gamba Osaka 2–1 2–0
Round of 16 Japan FC Tokyo 1–0(a) 1–2
Quarter–final South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 0–0 0–5
2017 AFC Champions League Play-off round Thailand Sukhothai 3–0
Group stage South Korea FC Seoul 4–2 1–0
Australia Western Sydney Wanderers 5–1 2–3
Japan Urawa Red Diamonds 3–2 0–1
Round of 16 China Jiangsu Suning 2–1 3–2
Quarter–final China Guangzhou Evergrande 4–0 1–5
(5–4 p)
Semi-finals Japan Urawa Red Diamonds 1–1 0–1
2018 AFC Champions League Play-off round Thailand Chiangrai United 1–0
Group stage Australia Melbourne Victory 4–1 1–2
Japan Kawasaki Frontale 1–1 1–0
South Korea Ulsan Hyundai 2–2 1–0
Round of 16 Japan Kashima Antlers 2–1 1–3

Asian clubs ranking[edit]

As of 1 April 2018.[26]
Current Rank Country Team
8 United Arab Emirates Al-Ain
9 Japan Kawasaki Frontale
10 Qatar Al-Sadd
11 China Shanghai SIPG
12 Iran Esteghlal F.C.
13 South Korea Suwon Bluewings
14 Japan Urawa Red Diamonds


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