Zhejiang Greentown F.C.

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Zhejiang Greentown
Zhèjiāng Lǜchéng
浙江绿城
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Full nameZhejiang Greentown FC
浙江绿城足球俱乐部
Nickname(s)Greentown
绿城
Green Giants
绿巨人
Team Zhejiang
浙江队
Founded14 January 1998; 22 years ago (1998-01-14)
GroundHangzhou Huanglong Stadium
Capacity52,672
OwnerZhang Weidong
ManagerZheng Xiong
LeagueChina League One
2019League One, 6th
WebsiteClub website

Zhejiang Greentown Football Club (simplified Chinese: 浙江绿城; traditional Chinese: 浙江綠城; pinyin: Zhèjiāng 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. It still remains the top football club in Zhejiang.

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 club's 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 club's 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]

This club is known for its outstanding football academy and youth training facilities. However, they were relegated to the China League One after getting second-to-last place in the 2016 Chinese super League because of their bad performances for the season with only 8 wins in 30 games.[8]

Aimed to take the crown in the football competition of 2017 National Games of China, Hangzhou Greentown adopted a risky youngster-first policy which was more radical than ever. But good wishes were all vain. In 2017, the team struggled near the relegation zone in their first season of China League One while the youngsters who formed the Team Zhejiang watched the championship slip away in the final. Young trainer Xu Lei filled in manager Hong Myung-bo's shoes and the team finally ranked 9th in the league. Meanwhile, former player and veteran Jiao Fengbo also returned as the new general manager.

On 14 January 2018, the club changed their name back to Zhejiang Greentown F.C. for the 20th anniversary of the club.[9] The same season they reached third place in the China League One, one place away from returning to the Chinese Super League.

Name history[edit]

  • 2002 Renamed Zhejiang Greentown (浙江绿城)
  • 2003 Renamed Zhejiang Sanhua Greentown (浙江三花绿城)
  • 2004 Renamed Zhejiang Greentown (浙江绿城)
  • 2006 Renamed Zhejiang Babei Greentown (浙江巴贝绿城房产)
  • 2007 Renamed Zhejiang Greentown (浙江绿城房产)
  • 2009 Renamed Hangzhou Greentown (杭州绿城)
  • 2010 Renamed Hangzhou Nabel Greentown (杭州诺贝尔绿城)
  • 2011 Renamed Hangzhou Greentown (杭州绿城)
  • 2012 Renamed Hangzhou 9Top Greentown (杭州九好绿城)
  • 2013 Renamed Hangzhou Daikin Greentown (杭州大金绿城)
  • 2014 Renamed Hangzhou Greentown (杭州绿城)
  • 2018 Renamed Zhejiang Greentown (浙江绿城)

Current squad[edit]

First team[edit]

As of 7 March 2019[10]

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 Wang Yang
4 China DF Sun Zheng'ao
6 China DF Chen Xiao
7 Brazil FW Rafael Martins
8 China MF Zhong Haoran
9 South Africa FW Dino Ndlovu
10 China MF Gu Bin
11 China MF Huang Shibo
12 China DF Tong Lei
14 Zimbabwe FW Nyasha Mushekwi
15 China MF Feng Qiaofeng
16 China MF Zhu Haiwei
17 Chinese Taipei MF Chen Po-liang
No. Position Player
18 China FW Tan Yang
19 China FW Dong Yu
20 China MF Wang Dongsheng
21 China MF Cui Ren
22 China MF Cheng Jin
23 China DF Xu Xiaolong
28 China DF Yue Xin
30 China GK Lai Jinfeng
31 China GK Deng Xiaofei (on loan from Chongqing Lifan)
33 China DF Wang Hongyou
34 China GK Zhang Lei
35 China MF Zou Yucheng
37 China DF Cao Xiaodong
39 China DF Xu Jizu
43 China FW Ying Yuxiao

Reserve squad[edit]

As of 7 March 2019

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

No. Position Player
24 Spain MF Tana (on loan from Las Palmas)
41 China GK Zhao Bo
42 China MF Zhang Yue
44 China DF Chen Zhenyu
45 China MF Dai Lijie
46 China MF Wang Yuchen
47 China MF Li Chen
48 China FW Wu Yuhang
49 China FW Yin Jie
50 China GK Bie Qixiu
No. Position Player
51 China FW Wu Haoyi
52 China DF Lu Hao
53 China DF Liang Qingjie
54 China GK Kou Jiahao
55 China MF Huang Jingfeng
56 China MF Sun Haosheng
57 China MF Fang Renwei
58 China DF Hu Xianbing
59 China DF Han Lieguang
60 China MF Fan Baiqun

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 DF Jin Haoxiang (at Taizhou Yuanda until 31 December 2019)
China DF Ye Churu (at Hangzhou Wuyue Qiantang until 31 December 2019)
China MF Li Xingcan (at Hangzhou Wuyue Qiantang until 31 December 2019)
China MF Guo Yongchu (at Hangzhou Wuyue Qiantang until 31 December 2019)
China MF Peng Zhengzheng (at Hangzhou Wuyue Qiantang until 31 December 2019)
No. Position Player
China MF Xu Yike (at Taizhou Yuanda until 31 December 2019)
China MF Shi Pengqing (at Fujian Tianxin until 31 December 2019)
China FW He Jian (at Fujian Tianxin until 31 December 2019)
China FW Shao Renzhe (at Fujian Tianxin until 31 December 2019)

Coaching staff[edit]

As of 14 March 2018[11]

Position Staff
Team leader China Rong Yu
Head coach China Zheng Xiong
Assistant coach Spain Ramón de Quintana
China Wu Wei
Goalkeeping coach Bulgaria Zdravko Zdravkov
Technical analyst Spain Vicente Fuensalida
China Gao Rongxin
Fitness coach Spain Jaume Moll
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 Yue Zhang
China Lin Zihe
China Miao Lixiang
Team doctor China Weng Hui
China Zhang Chengxi
China Chen Weiwei

Source: [2]

Managerial history[edit]

As of End of 2017 Chinese league season[12][13]

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 2018 season.[15][16]

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[17] 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
2017 2 30 8 12 10 31 39 −8 36 9 R4 DNQ NH 4,881 Yellow Dragon Sports Center
2018 2 30 14 9 7 53 38 15 51 3 R3 DNQ NH 8,717 Yellow Dragon Sports Center
2019 2 30 R4 DNQ NH 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.[18] 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.[19] The game was drawn 1–1.
  • Zhejiang Greentown also played two friendly games at the Mini Estadi in 2017 and 2019, against FC Barcelona B with the Spanish side won 1-0 and 3-1 respectively.

International results[edit]

# Season Competition Date Round Opponent H / A Stadium Result
1 2011 AFC Champions League 2011-03-01 Group stage Japan Nagoya Grampus H Zheijiang Dragon Stadium 2–0
2 2011 AFC Champions League 2011-03-15 Group stage South Korea FC Seoul A Seoul World Cup Stadium 0–3
3 2011 AFC Champions League 2011-04-06 Group stage United Arab Emirates Al Ain H Zheijiang Dragon Stadium 0–0
4 2011 AFC Champions League 2011-04-19 Group stage United Arab Emirates Al Ain A Tahnoun bin Mohammed Stadium 0–1
5 2011 AFC Champions League 2011-05-04 Group stage Japan Nagoya Grampus A Mizuho Athletic Stadium 0–1
6 2011 AFC Champions League 2011-05-11 Group stage South Korea FC Seoul H Zheijiang Dragon Stadium 1–1

See also[edit]

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