Sichuan Jiuniu F.C.

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Sichuan Jiuniu
Sìchuān Jiǔniú
Sichuan Jiuniu logo.png
Full nameSichuan Jiuniu Football Club
Founded5 January 2017; 5 years ago (5 January 2017)
GroundLongquanyi Stadium
Chengdu, China
OwnerChina Sports Capital (54%)
City Football Group (28%)
UBtech Robotics (18%)
ManagerSergio Lobera
LeagueChina League One
2021League One, 8th of 18
Clubs owned by CFG
(listed in order of acquisition/foundation)
Bold indicates the club was founded by CFG.
* indicates the club was acquired by CFG.
§ indicates the club is co-owned.
2008Manchester City F.C.*
2013New York City FC§
2014Melbourne City FC*
Yokohama F. Marinos*§
2017Montevideo City Torque*
Girona FC*§
2019Sichuan Jiuniu F.C.*§
Mumbai City FC*§
2020Lommel S.K.*
ES Troyes AC*
2022Palermo F.C.*§

Sichuan Jiuniu Football Club (Simplified Chinese: 四川九牛足球俱乐部) 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 based in Chengdu, Sichuan, China and their home stadium is the 27,000 seat Longquanyi Stadium.


The club was founded on 5 January 2017. They participated in the 2017 China Amateur Football League the same year and managed to advance to the national play-offs, but was eliminated by Zhaoqing Hengtai in the first round. They were ranked 10th and later admitted into China League Two due to the withdrawal of several other teams.

In February 2019, City Football Group purchased the club.[1][2]

On 23 May 2020, the Chinese Football Association announced that eleven professional clubs across China's top three divisions would have their registration cancelled over a failure to pay player wages.[3] As a result, the CFA announced a reclassification of the teams which would contest their professional divisions. According to this reclassification, Sichuan Jiuniu was promoted to China League One for the 2020 season,[4] which had already been delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Name history[edit]

  • 2017– Sichuan Jiuniu F.C. 四川九牛


Current squad[edit]

As of 1 September 2022[5]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
2 DF China CHN Geng Xiaoshun
4 MF China CHN Xiao Kun
6 MF China CHN Li Haojie
7 MF China CHN Zhao Xuri
8 MF China CHN Zhou Dadi
9 FW China CHN Xia Dalong
10 FW Spain ESP Jorge Ortiz
11 FW Spain ESP Edu García
13 FW China CHN Ma Xiaolei (on loan from Chengdu Rongcheng)
14 DF Spain ESP Hernan Santana
15 MF China CHN Nan Song
16 DF China CHN Wang Qiao
17 DF China CHN Wang Qi
18 MF China CHN Muzapar Muhta
19 FW China CHN Liu Xinyu
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 GK China CHN Zhao Shi
21 MF China CHN Chen Yi
23 DF Hong Kong HKG Andy Russell
25 DF China CHN Zou Zheng
27 GK China CHN Yang Chao
28 GK China CHN Li Zhizhao
29 MF China CHN Wang Chu
30 MF China CHN Li Jinqing
31 DF China CHN Nizamdin Ependi
32 DF China CHN Song Chen
35 DF China CHN Chen Shuo
36 GK China CHN Lu Yanming
37 MF China CHN Wang Jiaqi
39 DF China CHN Li Bowen
40 MF China CHN Ma Canjie

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. Pos. Nation Player

Coaching staff[edit]


Role Name
Head coach Spain Sergio Lobera
Assistant coach Spain Jesús Tato
Fitness coach Spain Manuel Sayabera
Goalkeeper coach Spain Juan Maria Cruz Arias

Managerial history[edit]


All-time League Rankings

As of the end of 2019 season.[7]

Year League Stage Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Pos. FA Cup Super Cup AFC Stadium
2017 China Amateur Football League Second round 3 2 1 0 11 1 10 6 Qualified DNE DNQ DNQ Chengdu Longquanyi Football Stadium
Knockout stages 2 0 1 1 3 4 −3 n/a k/o (R16)
2018 China League Two Regular season 28 6 10 12 24 27 −3 28 24th (of 28) QF
2019 China League Two Regular season 30 17 5 8 47 27 20 56 8th (of 32) R2
2020 China League One Regular season 10 1 6 3 8 12 −4 9 5th (of 6) R2
Relegation stage 5 2 2 1 6 5 1 8 3rd (of 6)
2021 China League One Regular season 34 13 13 8 34 27 7 52 8th (of 18) R2



  1. ^ "Manchester City hail purchase of Chinese club as 'exciting new chapter'". The Guardian. 20 February 2019. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Man City buy stake in third-tier Chinese club Sichuan Jiuniu FC". 20 February 2019 – via
  3. ^ "关于取消相关职业足球俱乐部注册资格的通知" [Notice on disqualification of relevant professional football club registration]. CFA (in Chinese). 23 May 2020. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  4. ^ "关于公布2020赛季中国足球协会三级职业联赛俱乐部参赛名单的通知" [Notice regarding the announcement of the entry list of the third-level professional league clubs of the Chinese Football Association in the 2020 season]. CFA (in Chinese). 23 May 2020. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  5. ^ "四川九牛新赛季大名单:3外援领衔,赵旭日、邹正、王楚在列". Sohu (in Chinese). 6 June 2022. Retrieved 10 June 2022.
  6. ^ "关于聘任塞尔吉奥·洛贝拉先生担任四川九牛队主教练的公告". Dongqiudi (in Chinese). 19 January 2022. Retrieved 19 January 2022.
  7. ^ "四川九牛" [Sichuan Jiuniu] (in Chinese). Retrieved 2018-07-22.

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