Jiangsu Suning F.C.

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Jiangsu Suning Football Club (simplified Chinese: 江苏苏宁足球俱乐部; traditional Chinese: 江蘇蘇寧足球俱樂部; pinyin: Jiāngsū Sūníng Zúqiú Jùlèbù) 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 owners are Suning Appliance Group (Chinese: 苏宁电器集团有限公司), a sister company of Suning.com.[1]

Jiangsu Suning
Jiangsu Suning FC logo.svg
Full nameJiangsu Suning Football Club Suning-Yigou Team
江苏苏宁足球俱乐部苏宁易购队
Founded1958; 62 years ago (1958) (Semi-professional)
28 March 1994 (Professional)
GroundNanjing Olympic Sports Centre, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China PR
Capacity61,443
OwnerSuning Appliance Group (100%)
ManagerCosmin Olăroiu
LeagueChinese Super League
2019Super League, 4th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

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 participating in 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 position when they finished runners-up in the 2012 season and the 2016 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]

HistoryEdit

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; finishing nineteenth out of twenty-five teams.[3] By 1963, the league had expanded to thirty-nine teams and the Chinese Football Association decided they needed to reduce the number of participants in the league to twenty for the following season. Jiangsu finished seventh within their 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 was placed 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 at the end of the 1978 season they were relegated to the second division.[7] For the next several years, Jiangsu remained a second-tier club apart from a one-season top-tier stint in 1988. However, in 1992 they won the second tier title which guaranteed the club promotion to the country's first fully professional first-tier league in 1994, the Chinese Jia-A League, irrespective of where they finished 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 and were relegated at the end of the season. The stricter operational costs of the league resulted in the club struggling financially, which was exacerbated by also losing their sponsorship.[9] Over time, the club gained some financial support from several major Chinese businesses including Jiangsu TV, Jinling Petrochemical Company, several Jiangsu tobacco companies in addition to some international investment companies. The club changed their name to Jiangsu Jiajia as a result of sponsorship, however, the club's improved financial stability did not prevent relegation to the third tier at the end of the 1996 season. The club spent only one season in the third division before gaining promotion by winning the 1997 title.[10]

On 7 January 2000, the manufacturing company Jiangsu Sainty International Group took 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 prevent some of their players and coaches from taking bribes; maleficence was shown to have taken place in the 6 October game of the 2001 season in a 4–2 loss to Chengdu Wuniu. 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, which resulted in a division title and promotion 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; 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 which saw the Guoxin Group become 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 were almost relegated, leading to the club deciding not to renew his contract.[16] By the 2015 league season Romanian manager Dan Petrescu was brought into Jiangsu and in 2015 the team won the Chinese FA Cup for the first time and qualified for 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. The club went on to have one successful season, finishing second in the 2016 Chinese Super League and the 2016 Chinese FA Cup. It was the club's second straight appearance in the Finals of the Chinese FA Cup. In 2017 the club reached the knockout stages of the 2017 AFC Champions League for the first time in their history.[18] However, they missed the Champions League for the next two years, 2018 and 2019, due to struggles in domestic competitions.

RivalriesEdit

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 the Yangtze Delta Derby. The rivalry with Shanghai Greenland Shenhua is the oldest and fiercest and can be dated as far back as the 1960 league championship.[19] When Jiangsu were relegated to the second tier in 1978 it put a halt to the rivalry between the two clubs, which was not properly reignited until 2009 when both teams were simultaneously back in the top flight and hostilities were able to flare-up again.[20] A direct fight for silverware between these two teams finally emerged when they competed in the 2015 Chinese FA Cup final, which saw Jiangsu won 1–0 to claim their first Cup win.[21]

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.[22] For six seasons the two teams fought to be the dominant club within Nanjing City with Jiangsu predominately the stronger side with four wins, seven draws and only one defeat. When Jiangsu won promotion to the top tier at the end of the 2008 league season it put a halt to the derby and Nanjing Yoyo were subsequently dissolved on 7 May 2011 due to finical difficulties.[23]

PlayersEdit

First teamEdit

As of 18 January 2020[24]

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Gu Chao
2   DF Li Ang
3   MF Tian Yinong
5   DF Zhou Yun
6   DF Yang Boyu
7   MF Mubarak Wakaso
8   FW Feng Boyuan
9   FW Éder
10   MF Alex Teixeira
11   MF Xie Pengfei
13   DF Miranda
17   MF Luo Jing
18   MF Zhang Lingfeng
19   GK Zhang Yan
20   MF Abduhamit Abdugheni
22   MF Wu Xi (captain)
No. Position Player
24   MF Ji Xiang
26   FW Ivan Santini
27   DF Zheng Xuejian
28   DF Yang Xiaotian
30   MF Ye Chongqiu
31   MF Ma Fuyu
32   MF Huang Zichang
34   MF Li Jiawei
36   GK Qi Yuxi
38   MF Chen Yunhan
44   GK Zhang Jingyi
48   MF Xie Zhiwei
  DF Zhang Cheng
  MF Gao Tianyi
  MF Zhang Xiaobin

ReserveEdit

As of 1 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
35   GK Huang Zihao
37   MF Liu Xinxiang
39   FW Xu Chunqing
41   DF Shang Kefeng
42   DF Qiu Yitao
43   DF Liu Yulei
45   DF Chen Zhiquan
46   GK Meng Zuhang
47   MF Wu Fan
49   MF Meng Zhen
50   DF Guo Jiabao
51   MF Li Liangliang
52   DF Huang Jiajun
55   DF Hu Sujian
No. Position Player
56   MF Hu Shengjia
57   MF Liu Hengbo
58   DF Yao Ben
59   MF Zhu Jiahao
60   DF Cao Haiqing
61   MF Tao Yuan
  GK Li Haitao
  MF Yang Jiawei
  DF Li Shizhou
  DF Liang Jinhu
  DF Xie Xiaofan
  DF Wang Xijie
  MF Hu Zhifeng
  FW Wang Chuqi

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Position Player
  MF Ni Yin (at Taizhou Yuanda until 31 December 2020)
  FW Erpan Ezimjan (at Taizhou Yuanda until 31 December 2020)
No. Position Player
  MF Liu Jianye (at Taizhou Yuanda until 31 December 2020)

Coaching staffEdit

Position Staff
Manager   Cosmin Olăroiu
Head of Youth Sector   Fausto Pizzi

Source: Coaching staff

Managerial historyEdit

Managers who have coached the club and team since Jiangsu Sainty became a professional club back in 1994.[25][26]

HonorsEdit

This list contains both honors received as a professional team and as a semi-professional team.[27][28]

LeagueEdit

Chinese Jia-A League/Chinese Super League (Top Tier League)

Chinese Jia B League/Chinese League One (Second Tier League)

Chinese Yi League/Chinese League Two (Third Tier League)

  • Winners: 1997

CupsEdit

Chinese FA Cup

Chinese FA Super Cup

ResultsEdit

All-time league rankingsEdit

As of the end of 2019 season.[29][30]

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 6[1] 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[4]
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 7 11 12 40 45 −5 32 12 QF RU NH R16 32,697
2018 1 30 13 9 8 48 33 15 48 5 QF DNQ NH DNQ 32,508
2019 1 30 15 8 7 60 41 19 53 4 R16 DNQ NH DNQ 27,508
2020 1 DNQ NH DNQ
  • 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.
  • ^4 Several home matches played in Zhenjiang Sports and Exhibition Center as 2013 Asian Youth Games and 2014 Summer Youth Olympics were held in Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre.

Key

International competitionEdit

As of 24 May 2017

Season Competition Round Opposition Home Away
2013[31] AFC Champions League Group E   FC Seoul 0–2 1–5
  Vegalta Sendai 0–0 2–1
  Buriram United 2–0 0–2
2016[32] AFC Champions League Group E   Becamex Bình Dương 3–0 1–1
  Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 3–2 2–2
  FC Tokyo 1–2 0–0
2017 AFC Champions League Group H   Jeju United 1–2 1–0
  Adelaide United 2–1 1–0
  Gamba Osaka 3–0 1–0
Round of 16   Shanghai SIPG 2–3 1–2

Asian clubs rankingEdit

As of 18 February 2018.[33]
Current Rank Country Team
61   Bangkok United
62   Naft Tehran
63   Guangzhou R&F
64   Jiangsu Suning FC
65   Arema FC
66   Al Fateh FC
67   Western Sydney Wanderers

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