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Wuhan Zall Football Club[1] (simplified Chinese: 武汉卓尔; traditional Chinese: 武漢卓爾; pinyin: Wǔhàn Zhuó'ěr) is a professional Chinese football club that currently participates in the Chinese Super League under licence from the Chinese Football Association (CFA). The team is based in Wuhan, Hubei and their home stadium is the Dongxihu Sports Centre that has a seating capacity of 60,000.[2] Their current majority shareholder is the investment company Wuhan Zall Development Holding Co. Ltd.

Wuhan Zall
Wǔhàn Zhuó'ěr
武汉卓尔
Wuhan zall logo.png
Full nameWuhan Zall Football Club
武汉卓尔职业足球俱乐部
Nickname(s)Han Army, Nine-headed Bird
FoundedFebruary 17, 2009; 10 years ago (2009-02-17)
GroundDongxihu Sports Centre
Wuhan, Hubei, China
Capacity30,000
ManagerLi Tie
LeagueChinese Super League
2018League One, 1st (promoted)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

The club was founded in 2009 after the withdrawal and then dissolution of its predecessor Wuhan Guanggu from the league after the club had a dispute with the Chinese Football Association over their on-field behaviour. The Hubei Province soccer association decided to help form a new team with players mainly from the former Wuhan Guanggu and Hubei youth teams. They entered at the start of the 2009 league campaign at the bottom of the professional Chinese football league pyramid in the third tier. The team won promotion to the 2013 Chinese Super League after coming runners-up in the 2012 China League One division and spent only one season in the top flight before being relegated back down. In 2018, the team won the League One again and earned their second season in the top flight.

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HistoryEdit

Hubei Greenery was founded in February, 2009 after its predecessor Wuhan Guanggu withdrew from the top tier for the reason of unfair punishment on October, 2008 after the club had a dispute with the Chinese Football Association over the clubs on-field behaviour against Beijing Guoan in a September 27, 2008 league game where a scuffle broke out.[3] Due to their withdrawal they were unable to register and participate in any professional Chinese tournaments, however the Hubei Province soccer association decided that due to the lack of representation of any Hubei teams within the Chinese soccer league system they would help create a new team to represent Hubei and use the Wuhan U-19 team as well as the Hubei youth team as the foundation for the squad. This saw the establishment of a new soccer club on the 26 February 2009 when the Hubei Greenery officially registered itself within the Chinese Soccer association and start at the bottom of the professional football system in the third tier.[4] The club would show their unusual strength in depth when they would breeze through the regional section of the league campaign and enter into the play-off finals where they lost their only game of the season Hunan Billows F.C. in a penalty shoot out. Despite the defeat the club would win promotion to the second tier and to strengthen their team they bought back the contracts of several Wuhan Guanggu players who were not permanently sold off.

With the club in the second tier they would go through a period of joint investment from several parties until December 14, 2011 saw the Zall Group take ownership of the club and rename them Wuhan Zall Football Club as well as changing the teams colours back to orange, which was the clubs predecessors main colours.[5] Initially the new owners saw the team struggle throughout the 2012 league season and decided to sack the existing manager Jose Carlos de Oliveira and replace him with Zheng Xiong on a caretaker basis.[6] As the season went on the results considerably improved under Zheng Xiong who was given a full-time contract before guiding Wuhan Zall to second within the league and promotion to the Chinese Super League. The clubs start in the 2013 league season was not a success and when the team went six games without a win, Zheng would resigned.[7] The former Shandong Luneng Head coach who had won the Chinese Super League, Ljubiša Tumbaković was brought in to manage the team, however despite his experience in the league he was unable to help the club avoid relegation and he was sacked before the season was finished.[8]

In 2015 the football club was sold to a private company Wuhan Zall Development Holding Co. Ltd. under the ownership of their chairman Yan Zhi and his relatives, for RMB 20,630,000.[9] After several seasons within the second tier the club brought in Li Tie as the Head Coach, a manager who had previously guided Hebei China Fortune F.C. to the top tier.[10] In his debut season Li Tie was able was able guide Wuhan to win the division championship and promotion back into the Chinese Super League at the end of the 2018 league season.[11]

Name historyEdit

  • 2009–2010: Hubei Greenery F.C. (湖北绿茵)
  • 2011: Wuhan Zhongbo F.C. (武汉中博)
  • 2012–: Wuhan Zall F.C. (武汉卓尔)

Current squadEdit

As of 1 March 2019[12]

First teamEdit

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

No. Position Player
2   DF Huang Bowen
3   DF Liu Yi
4   DF Ai Zhibo
5   DF Han Pengfei
6   DF Li Chao
7   MF Luo Yi
8   MF Yao Hanlin (captain)
9   FW Rafael Silva
10   FW Léo Baptistão
11   MF Zhou Tong
12   GK Wang Zhifeng
14   MF Zhang Haoran
15   DF Ming Tian
16   GK Dong Hengyi
17   FW Jean Evrard Kouassi
18   DF Song Zhiwei
No. Position Player
19   FW Nie Aoshuang
20   MF Li Hang
21   MF Jiang Zilei
22   DF Liao Junjian
23   GK Sun Shoubo
24   MF Wang Kai
25   MF Stéphane Mbia
26   MF Liu Yun
27   MF Tong Xiaoxing
28   MF Jiang Minwen
29   DF Xia Ao
30   MF Zhou Bozhao
31   MF Chen Ao
33   FW Chang Feiya (on loan from Guangzhou R&F)
40   FW Guo Tianyu (on loan from Shandong Luneng)

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
41   DF Du Longquan
42   MF Chen Yinjie
43   DF Xiang Hongyu
44   FW Lin Xin
45   MF Zhang Bohao
46   MF Gao Ming
47   DF Li Yiming
48   MF Mei Cong
49   GK Wang Chen
50   DF Li Yueming
51   FW Wang Yifan
52   FW Chen Luoqi
No. Position Player
53   DF Hu Zhuang
54   MF Sun Weiwen
55   MF Fan Xiaobin
56   MF Fan Xiaowei
57   MF Song Defu
58   DF Yang Xin
59   GK Jia Xinyao
  MF Li Yang
  MF Wang Xudong
  GK Zhu Zisen
  MF Huang Xiyang
  MF Li Zhichao

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
  FW Kang Zhenjie (at Jiangxi Liansheng until 31 December 2019)

Coaching staffEdit

Position Staff
Head coach   Li Tie
Assistant coach   Zheng Bin
Assistant coach   Ma Yongkang
Goalkeeping Coach   Sun Minghan
Physio   Xue Shen
Team doctor   Huang Zhuping
Team doctor   Kang Kebao

Source: sina.com

Managerial historyEdit

ResultsEdit

All-time League Rankings

Year Tier Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Pos Cup AFC Att./G Stadium
2009 3 13 8 5 0 16 2 +14 24 1 2 NH DNQ Xinhua Road Sports Center
2010 2 24 10 7 7 30 24 +6 37 5 NH DNQ
2011 2 26 8 9 9 26 28 −2 33 7 R1 DNQ
2012 2 30 16 6 8 40 29 +11 54 2 R2 DNQ 6,701
2013 1 30 3 7 20 24 58 −36 16 16 R3 DNQ 14,403 Wuhan Sports Center Stadium
2014 2 30 18 3 9 46 31 +15 57 3 R2 DNQ 8,457 Xinhua Road Sports Center
2015 2 30 8 12 10 31 30 +1 36 10 R2 DNQ 5,300
2016 2 30 12 7 11 31 33 −2 43 6 R2 DNQ 4,853
2017 2 30 13 8 9 47 40 +7 47 5 R2 DNQ 13,525 Wuhan Sports Center Stadium
2018 2 30 18 9 3 60 25 +35 63 1 R4 DNQ 6,884 Zhongnan University of Economics and Law Stadium
2019 1 30 R4 DNQ Dongxihu Sports Center
  • ^1 in group stage

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ReferencesEdit

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