Zhejiang F.C.
Zhèjiāng F.C.
浙江 F.C.
Full nameZhejiang Professional Football Club
浙江职业足球俱乐部
Nickname(s)Green Giants
绿巨人
Team Zhejiang
浙江队
Founded14 January 1998; 23 years ago (1998-01-14)
GroundHangzhou Huanglong Stadium, Hangzhou
Capacity52,672
OwnerZhang Weidong
ManagerJordi Vinyals
LeagueChina League One
2021League One, 3rd of 18
WebsiteClub website

Zhejiang Professional Football Club (simplified Chinese: 浙江职业足球俱乐部; traditional Chinese: 浙江職業足球俱樂部; pinyin: Zhèjiāng Zhíyè Zúqiú Jùlèbù) is a professional Chinese football club that currently participates in the China League division (second division) under license 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 investors are the Zhejiang-based Greentown China Holdings Limited company and Zhejiang Energy Group.

The club was founded on January 14, 1998 named as Zhejiang Greentown F.C. 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 playing right for Chinese Football Association Jia League as well as 32 players from first team of Yanbian Funde F.C.(Then Jilin Aodong) 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 CFA Super League season. It still remains the top football club in Zhejiang.

History

Zhejiang Green Town 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 playing right for Chinese Football Association Jia League as well as 32 players from first team of Yanbian F.C.(Then Jilin Aodong) 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 CFA Super League after it was discovered that Chengdu Blades and Guangzhou GPC 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 after getting second-to-last place in the 2016 CFA 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 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 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 place away from returning to the CFA Super League.

In September 2020, the team changed their name to Zhejiang Energy Greentown F.C., as Zhejiang Energy Group stepped in as one of the major share holders, while Song Weiping officially quit the club.[10]

On 26 February 2021, According to the requirements of non-corporate change of club name by the Chinese Football Association, after several rounds of discussion and reported to the relevant provincial departments and the Chinese Football Association for review and approval, the club's name changed to Zhejiang Professional Football Club.[11]

Name history

Period Club Name First Team Name
1998-2001 Zhejiang Green Town FC 浙江绿城 Zhejiang Green Town 浙江绿城
2001-04 Zhejiang Sanhua Green Town (Sponsor Name) 浙江三花绿城
2004-09 Zhejiang Babei Green Town (Sponsor Name) 浙江巴贝绿城
2009-10 Hangzhou Greentown FC 杭州绿城 Hangzhou Greentown 杭州绿城
2010-12 Hangzhou Nabel Greentown (Sponsor Name) 杭州诺贝尔绿城
2012-13 Hangzhou 9Top Greentown (Sponsor Name) 杭州九好绿城
2013-14 Hangzhou Daikin Greentown (Sponsor Name) 杭州大金绿城
2014-18 Hangzhou Greentown 杭州绿城
2018-20 Zhejiang Greentown FC 浙江绿城 Zhejiang Greentown 浙江绿城
2020-21 Zhejiang Energy Greentown FC 浙江能源绿城 Zhejiang Energy Greentown 浙江能源绿城
2021- Zhejiang Professional FC 浙江职业 Zhejiang 浙江

Current squad

First team

As of 30 July 2021[12]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK China CHN Gu Chao
2 DF Hong Kong HKG Leung Nok Hang
3 DF China CHN Wang Yang
4 DF China CHN Sun Zheng'ao
6 DF China CHN Long Wei
7 MF Croatia CRO Franko Andrijašević
8 MF China CHN Zhong Haoran
9 FW China CHN Gao Di (on loan from Shanghai Shenhua)
10 MF China CHN Gu Bin
11 MF China CHN Huang Shibo
12 GK China CHN Lai Jinfeng
13 FW China CHN Shao Renzhe
15 MF China CHN Zou Yucheng
16 MF China CHN Yao Junsheng
17 MF China CHN Li Wei
18 FW China CHN Tan Yang
19 FW China CHN Dong Yu
20 MF China CHN Wang Dongsheng
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 MF China CHN Cui Ren
22 MF China CHN Cheng Jin (captain)
23 DF China CHN Xu Xiaolong
24 DF China CHN Jin Haoxiang
25 MF China CHN Jin Rui
26 MF China CHN Gao Tianyu
27 MF China CHN Xu Yike
28 DF China CHN Yue Xin
29 MF China CHN Yi Xianlong (on loan from Shandong Taishan U19)
30 FW Zimbabwe ZIM Nyasha Mushekwi
31 MF China CHN Huang Jingfeng
33 GK China CHN Zhao Bo
34 GK China CHN Kou Jiahao
36 FW China CHN Ying Yuxiao
37 MF China CHN Eysajan Kurban
38 MF China CHN Wang Yuchen
44 FW Brazil BRA Matheus Leite Nascimento

Unregistered players

As of 30 July 2021

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
35 MF China CHN Shi Pengqing

Out on loan

As of 30 July 2021

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
- DF China CHN Xu Jizu (at China Nanjing City until 31 December 2021)
- MF China CHN Sun Haosheng (at China Hebei Zhuoao until 31 December 2021)
- FW China CHN He Jian (at China Hebei Zhuoao until 31 December 2021)
No. Pos. Nation Player
- GK China CHN Fan Jinming (at China Sichuan Jiuniu until 31 December 2021)
- DF China CHN Long Cheng (at China Sichuan Jiuniu until 31 December 2021)
- MF China CHN Wei Jingzong (at China Sichuan Jiuniu until 31 December 2021)

Notable players

Coaching staff

As of 21 April 2021

Position Staff
Head coach Spain Jordi Vinyals
Team leader China Li Lei
Assistant coach Spain Arnau Navarro
Fitness coach Spain Adolfo Abad
Goalkeeping coach Spain Mikel Touzon
China Dong Wei
Coach China Shen Kui
Technical analyst China Wang Dongliang
Physiotherapist Spain Daniel Saez Irurre
Team doctor China Nie Lianjun
China Weng Hui
China Zhang Chengxi
Translator China Lin Zihe
China Qu Juncheng
China Chen Yangwei
Team service China Zheng Yixin
China Wang Jian
China Li Zheng
Youth Director Japan Tomoyoshi Ikeya
U-19 team coach Japan Fujio Yamamoto
U-19 team assistant coach Japan Kosuke Yatsuda
U-17 team coach Japan Yasuharu Kurata
U-15 team coach Japan Isao Dobashi
U-14 team coach Japan Masahiro Kobe
U-13 team coach
U-12 team coach Japan Yuji Sakakura
U-11 team coach Japan Toshio Suda
U-10 team coach Japan Toshio Suda
U-9 team coach Japan Toshio Suda

Source: [1]

Managerial history

As of Beginning of 2021 Chinese league season[13][14]

Grounds

Ground Location Total CSL Jia B / CL1 Yi Cup
Zhejiang Stadium Hangzhou 13 0 0 13 0
Yellow Dragon Sports Center Hangzhou 254 122 115 0 17
Meihu Sports Centre Jinhua 17 16 0 0 1
Jiaxing Stadium Jiaxing 9 7 0 0 2
Jinhua Sports Center Jinhua 7 3 4 0 0
Zhoushan Sports Center Zhoushan 2 0 1 0 1
Huzhou Olympic Sports Center Huzhou 0 0 0 0 0

Records

Honours

Major

League

Cup

Minor / Reserve

Results

All-time League rankings

As of the start of 2021 season.[16][17]

Season Division Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Pos. FA Cup Other Att./G Stadium Top league scorer(s) Scores
1998 Did not enter league system DNQ - - - - -
1999 Yi 1st Stage

Group B

10 3 2 5 12 15 −3 11 5 Final 17 DNQ - Unknown Zhejiang Stadium Yao Changming

Qin Peng

3
2000 Yi 1st Stage

Group C

10 7 2 1 20 4 16 23 1 Final 8[18] DNQ - Unknown Zhejiang Stadium Yao Changming 12
2nd Stage

South Region

6 2 1 3 11 13 −2 7 4
3nd Stage

1st Round

2 0 0 2 0 5 −5 lost - - tournament (Wuhan)
2001 Jia B1 22 6 10 6 33 26 7 28 8 R1 - 24,182 Yellow Dragon Sports Center Adolfo Valencia 12
2002 Jia B 22 8 5 9 29 33 −4 29 7 SF - 16,364 Yellow Dragon Sports Center

Meihu Sports Centre

Bertin Tomou 7
2003 Jia B 26 6 9 11 39 39 0 27 10 R1 - 11,615 Yellow Dragon Sports Center Adolfo Valencia 14
2004 CL 32 12 9 11 38 39 −1 45 8 R1 - 3,625 Yellow Dragon Sports Center Shen Liuxi 10
2005 CL 26 17 4 5 50 23 27 55 3 R2 - 14,917 Yellow Dragon Sports Center Bertin Tomou 11
2006 CL 24 17 4 3 41 18 23 55 RU SF - 25,500 Yellow Dragon Sports Center Alex Chandre de Oliveira 15
2007 CSL 28 6 10 12 25 35 −10 28 11 NH - 19,571 Yellow Dragon Sports Center

Meihu Sports Centre

Alex Chandre de Oliveira 5
2008 CSL 30 9 12 9 38 32 6 39 9 NH - 12,188 Yellow Dragon Sports Center Erivaldo Antonio Saraiva 10
2009 CSL 30 8 8 14 30 43 −13 32 152 NH - 14,790 Yellow Dragon Sports Center Erivaldo Antonio Saraiva 13
2010 CSL 30 13 9 8 38 30 8 48 4 NH - 14,550 Yellow Dragon Sports Center

Meihu Sports Centre

Luis Alfredo Ramírez 14
2011 CSL 30 10 9 11 28 32 −4 39 8 QF ACL Group 8,586 Meihu Sports Centre

Jiaxing Stadium

Luis Alfredo Ramírez 7
2012 CSL 30 9 9 12 34 46 −12 36 11 QF - 10,563 Yellow Dragon Sports Center Wang Song

Renatinho

8
2013 CSL 30 8 10 12 34 42 −8 34 12 QF - 14,164 Yellow Dragon Sports Center Davy Claude Angan 9
2014 CSL 30 8 8 14 43 60 −17 32 12 R4 - 13,766 Yellow Dragon Sports Center Anselmo Ramon 16
2015 CSL 30 8 9 13 27 35 −8 33 11 R4 - 12,566 Yellow Dragon Sports Center Anselmo Ramon 12
2016 CSL 30 8 8 14 28 37 −9 32 15 R4 - 11,723 Yellow Dragon Sports Center

Jinhua Sports Center

Anselmo Ramon 7
2017 CL 30 8 12 10 31 39 −8 36 9 R4 - 4,881 Yellow Dragon Sports Center

Jinhua Sports Center

Zhoushan Sports Center

Anselmo Ramon 6
2018 CL 30 14 9 7 53 38 15 51 3 R3 - 8,717 Yellow Dragon Sports Center

Zhoushan Sports Center

Dino Ndlovu 19
2019 CL 30 14 9 7 49 40 9 51 6 R4 - 8,678 Yellow Dragon Sports Center Dino Ndlovu 17
2020 CL 1st Stage

Group B

10 5 4 1 19 8 11 19 2 RU R2 - - tournament (Meizhou) Nyasha Mushekwi 7
2nd Stage

Group D

5 3 1 1 8 5 3 10 2 tournament (Chengdu)
2021 CL 34 22 8 4 69 28 41 74 3 R4 - - tournament (Meizhou) Nyasha Mushekwi 23
2022 - Huzhou Olympic Sports Center
2023 Yellow Dragon Sports Center

^1 Bought the first team of Jilin Aodong as well as their position in second tier.

^2 Two CSL clubs were involved in match-fixing scandal and relegated to China League, so Hangzhou Greentown could stay at top level.

Key

Feeder teams

International friendlies

International results

# 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

Kit history

Season Kit manufacturer Colour (H) Sponsor (H) Colour (A) Sponsor (A)
1998 - - - - - - -
1999 Adidas Blue Greentown 绿城 Red Greentown 绿城
2000
2001 Ucan White Blue Sanhua 三花
Red
2002 Blue Sanhua 三花 White
Green
2003 Green White
2004 White Babei 巴贝 Green Babei 巴贝
Yellow
Red
2005 Umbro Green
Yellow
Blue
Red
2006 Kika Red
2007 Asics Black
2008 Kappa Green
2009 Nike Green CIMIC (from Round 10) 斯米克 Black CIMIC (from Round 10) 斯米克
2010 Green & White Nabel 诺贝尔瓷砖 White Nabel 诺贝尔瓷砖
2011 Green
2012 Daikin 大金空调 Daikin 大金空调
2013 500.com 500.com 500.com 500.com
2014 Toshiba 东芝空调 Toshiba 东芝空调
2015
2016
2017 Panasonic 松下洁乐 Panasonic 松下洁乐
2018 Anta
2019 松下卫浴 松下洗碗机
2020 Kelme 松下电器 松下电器
2021

Rivals

Because there are not many football clubs based on Zhejiang in history, Zhejiang FC has rarely been able to have a rival in the province for a long time. In 2017, after being relegated to China League, Hangzhou Greentown briefly had a 2-seasons Zhejiang derby with Zhejiang Yiteng but only won 1 out of 4 matches. More often than not, Zhejiang FC has a stronger rivalry with other teams of the same level in the Wu Chinese region, such as Shanghai Zhongyuan and Shanghai Shenhua.

See also

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