2004 Chinese Super League

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Chinese Super League
Season 2004
Champions Shenzhen Jianlibao
Relegated N/A
AFC Champions League Shenzhen Jianlibao
Shandong Luneng Taishan
A3 Champions Cup Shenzhen Jianlibao
Matches played 132
Goals scored 363 (2.75 per match)
Top goalscorer Ghana Kwame Ayew (Inter Shanghai), 17 goals
Average attendance 10,838

The 2004 Chinese Super League is the debut season of the establishment of the Chinese Football Association Super League (中国足球协会超级联赛 or 中超), also known as the Chinese Super League. Sponsored by Siemens Mobile it is the eleventh season of professional association football league and the 43rd top-tier league season in China. The premier football league in China under the auspices of the Chinese Football Association the season started on May 15 and ended December 4 where it was planned that no teams would be relegated at the end of the season.

Promotion and relegation

Teams promoted from 2003 Jia-B League

  • None

Teams relegated after end of 2003 Jia-A League


The first Chinese Super League (CSL) season was greeted with great enthusiasm by the media and the FA, with the decision to create a new top tier league in China made in order to freshen up Chinese football. The previous ten seasons of the old Chinese first division had been successful and had improved the quality of play in China, however, the Chinese FA felt that a change was needed to give Chinese Football a further boost.

The decision to create the Chinese Super League was made before the 2003 Chinese season and of the 15 First Division teams competing in the 2003 season, it was decided that 3 would be relegated with no promotion at all from the second tier league. The remaining 12 teams would compete in the inaugural Super League season, which saw Chongqing Lifan remain within the league despite being relegated after they merged with seventh place team Yunnan Hongta.[1]

It was planned that one team would be relegated with two teams to be promoted into the CSL at the end of the season but the relegation was cancelled halfway through and so for the second season the Super League had 14 teams.


There were many controversial events during the season including the discovery that some players were betting against their own teams and losing games deliberately. Some referees were also suspected of fixing matches by awarding dubious penalty kicks and handing out cards freely. The most notorious incidents happened during two matches, one game involving Beijing Hyundai and the other Dalian Shide. In their respective matches, the players were unhappy about the referee's decisions and they protested by abandoning the match halfway. The CFA took both incidents seriously and handed out punishments by docking points off the two guilty teams.


The season produced one of the biggest upset in Chinese football history. Shenzhen Jianlibao, coached by Zhu Guanghu, was facing financial problems and owed its players several months of salary. However, motivated by their coach, they still managed to finish Champions and even more remarkably, their defence only conceded 13 goals in 22 matches, the least in the league.

Another team causing an upset at the wrong end of the table was Shanghai Shenhua who had been Champions in the previous season and during the 2004 season had played in the prestigious AFC Champions League. However, they played poorly in the 2004 season and finished 3rd from bottom, only 1 point above bottom placed team, Chongqing Lifan. If there had been relegation in the season, Shanghai would have found themselves battling against the drop.

League table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Shenzhen Jianlibao (C) 22 11 9 2 30 13 +17 42 Qualification to AFC Champions League group stage
2 Shandong Luneng Taishan 22 10 6 6 44 29 +15 36
3 Inter Shanghai 22 8 8 6 39 31 +8 32
4 Liaoning Zhongyu 22 10 2 10 39 40 −1 32
5 Dalian Shide[a] 22 10 6 6 33 29 +4 30
6 Tianjin Teda 22 7 8 7 28 29 −1 29
7 Beijing Hyundai[b] 22 8 7 7 35 33 +2 28
8 Shenyang Ginde 22 7 5 10 23 29 −6 26
9 Sichuan Guancheng 22 4 11 7 29 37 −8 23
10 Shanghai Shenhua 22 4 10 8 28 37 −9 22
11 Qingdao Zhongneng 22 4 9 9 21 28 −7 21
12 Chongqing Lifan 22 4 9 9 14 31 −17 21
Source:[citation needed]
(C) Champion.
  1. ^ Dalian Shide was docked 6 points for abandoning a match in protest of a referee's call
  2. ^ Beijing Hyundai was docked 3 points for abandoning a match in protest of a referee's call

Top scorers

Rank Scorer Club Goals
1 Ghana Kwame Ayew Inter Shanghai 17
2 China Li Jinyu Shandong Luneng Taishan 13
3 Serbia and Montenegro Branko Jelić Beijing Hyundai 11
4 China Li Xiaopeng Shandong Luneng Taishan 10
5 Sweden Daniel Nannskog Sichuan Guancheng 9
China Tao Wei Beijing Hyundai
Slovenia Ermin Šiljak Dalian Shide
6 Togo Djima Oyawolé Shenzhen Jianlibao 8
7 China Yu Genwei Tianjin Teda 7
Bosnia and Herzegovina Alen Avdić Liaoning FC
China Guo Hui Liaoning FC
Brazil Zé Alcino Inter Shanghai



  • Total attendance: 1,430,600 [2]
  • Average attendance: 10,838


Team Average Attendance
Shandong Luneng Taishan 23,636
Chongqing Lifan 15,727
Shanghai Shenhua 13,636
Tianjin Teda 13,182
Dalian Shide 11,273
Shenzhen Jianlibao 10,364
Beijing Guo'an 10,864
Inter Shanghai 8,455
Liaoning FC 7,727
Sichuan Guancheng 5,545
Shenyang Ginde 5,000
Qingdao Jonoon 4,645

See also


  1. ^ China 2004 Archived 2012-09-29 at the Wayback Machine at rsssf.com 7 Apr 2005 Retrieved 2013-01-08
  2. ^ 《深圳商报》舒桂林:中国足球在混乱中前行 at news.sportscn.com 2004-12-05 Retrieved 2013-01-08 (in Chinese)

External links

  • Results and table on RSSSF
  • League table at data.sports.sina.com.cn (in Chinese)
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