Shanghai Port F.C.

  (Redirected from Shanghai East Asia F.C.)

Shanghai Port FC (Chinese: 上海海港足球俱乐部; pinyin: Shànghǎi hǎigǎng), previously named Shanghai SIPG, 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 Pudong, Shanghai, and their home stadium is the Pudong Football Stadium, which has a seating capacity of 37,000. Their owners are the Chinese group Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG).

Shanghai Port
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Full nameShanghai Port Football Club
Nickname(s)The Red Eagles
Founded25 December 2005; 16 years ago (25 December 2005)
GroundPudong Football Stadium
OwnerShanghai International Port Group
ChairmanZhang Min[1]
ManagerIvan Leko
LeagueChinese Super League
2021Super League, 2nd of 16
WebsiteClub website

The club was founded on 25 December 2005 as Shanghai East Asia FC by former Chinese international footballer Xu Genbao. The club used graduates from the 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 finished as league champions for the first time in the 2018 Chinese Super League season.

According to the Forbes report from 2015, Shanghai Port FC was the third-most valuable football club in China, with a club value of $159 million and an estimated revenue of $37 million.[2] According to the annual report of the parent company, the club had a revenue of CN¥565.7 million in 2015, as well as a net loss of CN¥41.5 million, total assets of CN¥286.8 million, and net assets of CN¥59.7 million.[3]


2005–2007: League TwoEdit

On 16 May 2000, the 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.[4]

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 East Asia Football Club was jointly established by Xu Genbao and Shanghai East Asia 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 East Asia 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 in 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,[5] and Wu Lei the youngest Chinese professional footballer, aged only 14 years and 287 days.[6]

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 East Asia FC 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.[7]

2008–2012: League OneEdit

Despite the successful promotion, questions arose as to what would happen to the team, especially given that Xu's previous efforts to create a professional club (Shanghai 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 East Asia FC would represent Shanghai in the 2009 National Games of China.[8]

With the club in a higher division, Shanghai East Asia moved into the 30,000 seater Jinshan Sports Centre in Jinshan District of Shanghai and finished the 2008 China League One division campaign in sixth place. In summer 2009, Shanghai East Asia represented the 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 East Asia chose the 65,000 seater Shanghai Stadium as their home stadium for their 2009 China League One campaign. They 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.

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 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 players left the club: team captain Wang Jiayu, Chinese international Zhang Linpeng, and Chinese under-23 players Cao Yunding, Jiang Zhipeng, and Gu Chao.[9] In the following 2011 season, Xu Genbao promoted several young players into the first team and the team finished the season in 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 31 December 2011, while the club's name remains unchanged as Shanghai East Asia.[10] At the end of the season, they won the league title and was promoted to the Chinese Super League.

2013–present: CSLEdit

On 28 December 2012, Shanghai East Asia changed its first team name again to Port Shanghai F.C., under a 40-million Yuan sponsorship deal with Shanghai International Port.[11] Within the off-season, on 7 January 2013, the club officially acquired another Shanghai-based football club, Shanghai 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 East Asia.[12] In the club's 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 would decide to strengthen their position within the club and officially took over the whole club on 18 November 2014 and immediately appointed Sven-Göran Eriksson as their new head coach.[13]

During the 2015 winter transfer window, Shanghai SIPG signed eight 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 three games of the season, which creates their best CSL league start in the history. On 9 May, 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 player 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 two 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 winner Elkeson from Guangzhou Evergrande for €18.5 million. It broke the record of the Chinese transfer market. On 9 February, 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 went through the group stage in first place. In the round of 16, Shanghai SIPG faced FC Tokyo. They lost 2–1 away in the first leg, yet thanks to Wu Lei's late 90th-minute goal in the second leg, the team went through the round of 16 with an away goal difference. During the summer transfer window, Shanghai SIPG spent €56 million to sign the Brazilian international Hulk. The team was eliminated in the ACL quarter-finals, and in the CSL, the team ended up in third place with 52 points.

In 2018, Shanghai rode the momentum of Wu Lei, who was the league's top scorer in that year, to win their first-ever CSL title.[14] In 2019, they won the Super Cup for their second top tier trophy.

Ownership and naming historyEdit

Year Owner Club name Sponsored team name
2005–2011 Genbao Football Base
Shanghai East Asia Sports and Culture Center Co. Ltd
Shanghai East Asia Football Club
2012 Shanghai Tellace (上海特莱士)[15]
2013–2014 Shanghai SIPG[16]
2015–present Shanghai International Port Group[13] Shanghai SIPG Football Club (2015–2020)
Shanghai Port Football Club (2021–present)


The club's main rival is against Shanghai Shenhua with whom they contest in the local Shanghai derby. With the club's founder Xu Genbao having managed Shenhua to the 1995 league title, the Shenhua tie holds a direct personal link between the two teams.[17] 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.[18] 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.[19] 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.[20]

Current squadEdit

First team squadEdit

As of 11 August 2022[21]

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   CHN Yan Junling
2 DF   CHN Li Ang
4 DF   CHN Wang Shenchao
5 DF   CHN Zhang Linpeng
6 MF   CHN Cai Huikang
9 MF   BRA Paulinho
10 FW   SEN Cherif Ndiaye
11 FW   CHN Lü Wenjun
12 GK   CHN Chen Wei
13 DF   CHN Wei Zhen
14 FW   CHN Li Shenglong
15 DF   CHN Li Shenyuan
16 MF   CHN Xu Xin
17 MF   CHN Chen Binbin
20 MF   CHN Yang Shiyuan
21 MF   CHN Yu Hai
22 GK   CHN Du Jia
23 DF   CHN Fu Huan
No. Pos. Nation Player
25 MF   CHN Mirahmetjan Muzepper
26 MF   CHN Chen Chunxin
28 DF   CHN He Guan
29 DF   CHN Zhang Huachen
30 MF   CHN Huang Zhenfei
31 GK   CHN Xi Anjie
33 FW   CHN Liu Zhurun
34 FW   SLE Issa Kallon
35 MF   CHN Zhang Huiyu
36 MF   CHN Ablahan Haliq
37 DF   CHN Chen Xuhuang
39 FW   CHN Liu Baiyang
40 DF   CHN Lü Kun
41 GK   CHN Liang Kun
44 MF   CHN Geng Xin
45 MF   CHN Meng Jingchao
FW   CHN Wu Lei

Reserve squadEdit

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. Pos. Nation Player
41 DF   CHN Zhang Yunkai
42 FW   CHN Sun Guan'ou
43 FW   CHN Wei Lai
44 MF   CHN Zheng Zelong
45 DF   CHN Zhu Jiayi
46 FW   CHN Ye Shanqing
47 MF   CHN Zhou Zheng
No. Pos. Nation Player
48 DF   CHN Zhang En'ge
49 DF   CHN Mao Rui
50 DF   CHN Yu Hao
51 FW   CHN Huang Zhenfei
52 DF   CHN Wan Guiwen
53 MF   CHN Jia Tianzi
55 DF   CHN Xiao Mingjie

Coaching staffEdit

Position Staff
Head Coach   Ivan Leko
Assistant Coach   Adnan Čustović
First Team Coach   Stevan Bates
Team Manager   Xi Zhikang
Goalkeeping Coach   Tomislav Rogić
Goalkeeping Coach   Ian Walker
Fitness Coach   Cao Xiaodong
Head of Medical Department   Eduardo Santos
Academy Director   Chen Yaodong
Reserve team head coach   Cheng Xufen
Reserve team assistant coach   Zheng Yan
Reserve team assistant coach   Xu Zhiqun
Reserve team physiotherapist   He Hanxue

Managerial historyEdit

As of 1 January 2021[22][23]




Season-by-season rankingsEdit


Year Div Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts. Pos. FA Cup Super Cup Champions League Att./G Stadium
2006 3 16 3 5 8 26 29 −3 14 7 1 DNE NH DNQ Genbao Football Base
2007 3 17 11 4 2 35 15 +20 30 1 W NH NH DNQ
2008 2 24 7 7 10 26 30 −4 28 6 NH NH DNQ Jinshan Football Stadium
2009 2 24 13 5 6 43 25 +18 44 4 NH NH DNQ Shanghai Stadium
2010 2 24 9 10 5 25 18 +7 37 4 NH NH DNQ
2011 2 26 7 11 8 29 25 +4 32 9 R2 NH DNQ
2012 2 30 17 8 5 47 25 +22 59 W R3 DNQ DNQ 3,113
2013 1 30 10 7 13 38 35 +3 37 9 R4 DNQ DNQ 10,161
2014 1 30 12 12 6 47 39 +8 48 5 R3 DNQ DNQ 12,460
2015 1 30 19 8 3 63 35 +28 65 RU QF DNQ DNQ 26,381
2016 1 30 14 10 6 56 32 +24 52 3 R4 DNQ Quarter-finals 28,012
2017 1 30 17 7 6 72 39 +33 58 RU RU DNQ Semi-finals 29,174
2018 1 30 21 5 4 77 33 +44 68 W QF DNQ Round of 16 21,631
2019 1 30 20 6 4 62 26 +36 66 3 SF W Quarter-finals 21,271
2020 1 14 2 10 2 2 26 11 +15 32 4 3 R2 DNQ Round of 16 Yuanshen Sports Centre Stadium
2021 1 22 13 6 3 42 14 +28 45 RU RU NH Play-off round
2022 1 34 NH DNE Dalian Sports Center Stadium
2023 1 34 Pudong Football Stadium
  • ^1 In group stage
  • ^2 The season was shortened due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • ^3 Lost in the semifinals


International resultsEdit

All results list Shanghai's goal tally first.

Season Competition Round Opposition Home Away
2016[27] AFC Champions League Play-off round   Muangthong United
Group stage   Melbourne Victory
  Suwon Samsung Bluewings
  Gamba Osaka
Round of 16   FC Tokyo
1–0 (a)
Quarter–finals   Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
2017 AFC Champions League Play-off round   Sukhothai
Group stage   FC Seoul
  Western Sydney Wanderers
  Urawa Red Diamonds
Round of 16   Jiangsu Suning
Quarter–finals   Guangzhou Evergrande
(5–4 p)
Semi-finals   Urawa Red Diamonds
2018 AFC Champions League Play-off round   Chiangrai United
Group stage   Melbourne Victory
  Kawasaki Frontale
  Ulsan Hyundai
Round of 16   Kashima Antlers
2019 AFC Champions League Group stage   Kawasaki Frontale
  Ulsan Hyundai
  Sydney FC
Round of 16   Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
(5–3 p)
Quarter–finals   Urawa Red Diamonds
1–1 (a)
2020 AFC Champions League Play-off round   Buriram United
Group stage   Sydney FC
  Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
  Yokohama F. Marinos
Round of 16   Vissel Kobe
2021 AFC Champions League Play-off round   Kaya–Iloilo


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Succeeded by