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Tianjin Tianhai F.C. (Chinese: 天津天海足球俱乐部; pinyin: Tiānjīn Tiānhǎi Zúqiú Jùlèbù; Mandarin pronunciation: [tʰjɛ́n.tɕín.tʰjɛ́n.xài];) is a professional Chinese football club that currently participates in the Chinese Super League division under licence from the Chinese Football Association (CFA). The team is based in Tianjin and their home stadium is the Tianjin Olympic Center that has a seating capacity of 54,696. The club was formerly owned by Quanjian Nature Medicine.[1] It is currently under the temporary management of the Tianjin Football Association.[2]

Tianjin Tianhai
Tiānjīn Tiānhǎi
Tianjin tianhai logo 2019.png
Full nameTianjin Tianhai Football Club
Founded6 June 2006; 13 years ago (6 June 2006)
GroundTianjin Olympic Center Stadium,
Tianjin, China
OwnerTianjin FA (caretaker)
ChairmanJi Guang (caretaker)
ManagerPark Choong-kyun
LeagueChinese Super League
2018Super League, 9th
WebsiteClub website
Current season



On June 6, 2006 the Tianjin Binhai Holdings Limited company would form a new football team based in Hohhot called Hohhot Binhai and would name former Chinese international player Han Jinming as their manager. They would move into the Hohhot People's Stadium while taking part at the bottom of the Chinese pyramid within the third tier at the start of the 2007 league season. By May 5, 2007 Tianjin Songjiang Sports Culture Industry Co. Ltd would take a controlling interest within the club and hired another former Chinese international player in Hao Haidong to be the club's general manager.[3] When the club finished in a disappointing fifth within the group stages of the division it was decided that the club needed significant restructuring, which saw Hao Haidong named as Chairman, Han Jinming moved to General management, Zhang Xiaorui was named as the new manager and lastly the entire team was moved to Tianjin to play within the Hedong Sports Centre.[4]

While under Zhang Xiaorui's reign results gradually improved, however while the club were constant play-off contenders they could not gain promotion and he was soon replaced by the Belgium Patrick De Wilde who guided the club to a runners-up spot and promotion at the end of the 2010 league season.[5] By the following season the club had already moved into the 60,000 seater Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium, however despite their grand settings the team would struggle within the division and narrowly avoided relegation at the end of the season.[6] This saw Patrick De Wilde exit soon after and the club decided to promote his assistant as well as Hao Haidong's cousin Hao Haitao into the management chair. In the 2012 league season Hao Haitao would actually guide the club to their best ever finish of sixth within the league, however at the end of the campaign Li Weiqi (李微奇) took over Hao Haidong's position as Chairman and Hao Haitao followed his cousin in leaving the club.[7] At the start of the 2013 league season Pei Encai was brought in as Head coach, however he left the team four games before the end of the season due to the passing away of his mother, which saw Zhang Xiaorui return to the club as a caretaker manager.[8] Italian Gianni Bortoletto was brought in at the beginning of the 2014 league season, initially as a technical director before accepting the Head coach position but after a series of disappointing results he was fired on 14 June 2014.[9] On 23 June 2014 Portuguese manager Manuel Cajuda came in for the remainder of the season.[10] The club would once again start the following season with a new manager when Croatian coach Dražen Besek joined the team 15 December 2014.[11] After a series of defeats, Besek was replaced by another Croatian in Goran Tomić who joined the management on 12 May 2015.[12]

On 7 July 2015 Quanjian Nature Medicine officially took over the club.[13] This would be their second foray into Chinese football after their sponsorship of Tianjin Teda F.C. abruptly came to an end on 30 June 2015 after a public dispute occurred on who had control over the club's player transfers, particularly in the attempted signing of the Chinese international player Sun Ke.[14] At the start of the 2016 season the club would go through a complete overhaul, they would redesign a new badge that reflected Quanjian Nature Medicine's own logo, change the club's colours to a light blue, bring in experienced Brazilian coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo along with international players in Luís Fabiano, Jádson Rodrigues da Silva, Zhao Xuri and the player the owners originally attempted to sign, Sun Ke.[15] On 22 October 2016, under the guidance of Fabio Cannavaro, Tianjin Quanjian defeated Meizhou Hakka 3–0 to win the 2016 China League One title and gain promotion to the 2017 Chinese Super League.[16] At the start of the 2017 Chinese Super League season the owners once again decided to change the team's home colours from a light blue to an all red uniform.[17]

Quanjian Group was accused of illegal multi-level marketing and false advertisement in December 2018. After the arrest of club leader and Quanjian Group owner Shu Yuhui, the club asked the local FA to take over operations and changed its name to Tianjin Tianhai in January 2019.[18][19][20]

Name historyEdit

  • 2006–2007 "Hohhot Binhai F.C." 呼和浩特滨海 ("Hohhot Marina")
  • 2008–2015 "Tianjin Songjiang F.C." 天津松江 ("Tianjin Pine River")
  • 2015–2018 "Tianjin Quanjian F.C." 天津权健 ("Tianjin Quanjian", named after a herbal medicine company)
  • 2019– "Tianjin Tianhai F.C." 天津天海

Kit evolutionEdit



First team squadEdit

As of 17 July 2019[23]

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 Zhang Lu (Captain)
2   MF Wu Wei
3   DF Wang Jie
4   DF Song Ju-hun
5   DF Zhang Chenglin (on loan from Guangzhou Evergrande)
6   MF Pei Shuai
7   FW Alan (on loan from Guangzhou Evergrande)
8   MF Yao Junsheng (on loan from Shandong Luneng)
9   FW Yang Xu
11   MF Renatinho (on loan from Guangzhou R&F)
12   DF Yan Zihao
15   DF Wen Jiabao (on loan from Guangzhou Evergrande)
16   MF Zheng Dalun
17   MF Zhang Xiaobin (on loan from Jiangsu Suning)
18   DF Zhang Cheng
No. Position Player
19   MF Wang Xiaolong
20   MF Zhang Yuan
22   GK Fang Jingqi (on loan from Guangdong Southern Tigers)
23   DF Qian Yumiao
25   DF Mi Haolun
26   MF Liao Lisheng (on loan from Guangzhou Evergrande)
29   FW Leonardo
30   MF Song Boxuan
32   GK Sun Qibin
33   DF Chu Jinzhao
38   MF Sun Ke
39   MF Wang Yongpo
44   MF Liu Yi
48   DF Huang Ruifeng

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. Position Player
31   DF Wen Junjie
35   GK Ma Zhen
41   DF Li Chunsheng
42   MF Cui Jiaqi
43   MF Dai Chunlei
45   MF Liu Zhenhong
46   DF Yang Junshan
47   FW Ning Zhiwei
49   GK Xu Enze
50   DF Yang Zihui
52   MF Wang Feng
No. Position Player
53   MF Sun Xuelong
54   DF Xu Dongshu
55   MF Chen Xin
56   GK Zheng Haonan
57   DF Zulpikar Dolqun
58   MF He Youzu
59   DF Xu Haofeng
60   MF Liu Junjie
  DF Li Yu
  DF Li Minghao

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 Liu Yue (at Inner Mongolia Zhongyou until 31 December 2019)

Coaching staffEdit

Position Staff
Head Coach   Park Choong-kyun
Assistant Coach   Ma Quan
  Gao Sheng
Goalkeeping Coach   Xu Tao
Fitness Coach   Liu Xueyu

Managerial historyEdit


Winners (1): 2016[16]


All-time league rankingsEdit

Year Tier Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Pos FA Cup Super Cup Asia Att./G Stadium
2007 3 14 4 6 4 19 19 0 18 5 1 NH DNQ DNQ Hohhot People's Stadium
2008 3 18 12 2 4 36 14 22 29 2 5[26] NH DNQ DNQ Hedong Sports Centre
2009 3 14 4 7 3 18 15 3 18 2 9[27] NH DNQ DNQ Shuidi Outer Stadium
2010 3 19 11 5 3 32 12 20 35 2 RU NH DNQ DNQ Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium
2011 2 26 5 10 11 23 31 −8 25 12 R1 DNQ DNQ
2012 2 30 12 9 9 27 24 3 45 6 R2 DNQ DNQ 2,998 Tianjin Tuanbo Football Stadium
2013 2 30 8 11 11 31 36 −5 35 10 R3 DNQ DNQ 2,247
2014 2 30 12 7 11 39 33 6 43 7 R3 DNQ DNQ 2,511
2015 2 30 9 9 12 28 33 −5 36 9 R3 DNQ DNQ 7,369
2016 2 30 18 5 7 61 27 34 59 C QF DNQ DNQ 12,165 Haihe Educational Football Stadium
2017 1 30 15 9 6 46 33 13 54 3 QF DNQ DNQ 24,877
2018 1 30 9 9 12 41 48 -7 36 9 R16 DNQ QF 19,695
2019 1 30 QF DNQ DNQ Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium


Asian clubs rankingEdit

As of 19 May 2019.[28]
Current Rank Country Team
89   Al-Jazeera
90   Guangzhou R&F
91   Mes Kerman
92   Tianjin Tianhai FC
93   Saba Qom
94   Shimizu S-Pulse
95   Persib Bandung

International resultsEdit

As of 18 September 2018

Season Competition Round Opposition Home Away
2018 AFC Champions League Play-off round   Ceres–Negros 2–0
Group stage   Kitchee 3–0 1–0
  Kashiwa Reysol 3–2 1–1
  Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 4–2 3–6
Round of 16   Guangzhou Evergrande 0–0 2–2
Quarter–final   Kashima Antlers 0–3 0–2

Notable playersEdit

Had international caps for their respective countries.