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Tianjin Quanjian
Tiānjīn Quánjiàn
Full name Tianjin Quanjian Football Club
Founded 6 June 2006; 12 years ago (6 June 2006)
Ground Haihe Educational Football Stadium,
Tianjin, China
Capacity 30,000
Owner Quanjian Nature Medicine
Chairman Shu Yuhui
Manager Paulo Sousa
League Chinese Super League
2017 Super League, 3rd
Website Club website

Tianjin Quanjian F.C. (Chinese: 天津权健; pinyin: Tiānjīn Quánjiàn; Mandarin pronunciation: [tʰjɛ́n.tɕín.tɕʰɥɛ̌n.tɕjɛ̂n];) 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 Haihe Educational Football Stadium that has a seating capacity of 30,000. Their current owner is Quanjian Nature Medicine who officially took over the club in December 2015.[1]


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 clubs general manager.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8] On 23 June 2014 Portuguese manager Manuel Cajuda came in for the remainder of the season.[9] The club would once again start the following season with a new manager when Croatian coach Dražen Besek joined the team 15 December 2014.[10] After a series of defeats, Besek was replaced by another Croatian in Goran Tomić who joined the management on 12 May 2015.[11]

On 7 July 2015 Quanjian Nature Medicine officially took over the club.[12] 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 clubs player transfers, particularly in the attempted signing of the Chinese international player Sun Ke.[13] 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 clubs 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.[14] 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.[15] At the start of the 2017 Chinese Super League season the owners once again decided to change the teams home colours from a light blue to an all red uniform.[16]

Name history

  • 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"[disambiguation needed])
  • 2015– "Tianjin Quanjian F.C." 天津权健 ("Tianjin Quanjian", named after a herbal medicine company)

Kit evolution



First team squad

As of 16 July 2018[19]

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

No. Position Player
1 China GK Zhang Lu (Captain)
2 China MF Li Yi Song
3 China DF Wang Jie
4 China DF Liu Yiming
6 China MF Pei Shuai
7 China MF Zhao Xuri
8 China MF Zhang Xiuwei
9 China FW Yang Xu
10 Brazil FW Alexandre Pato
15 China MF Liu Yue
16 China MF Zheng Dalun
17 China MF Su Yuanjie
18 China DF Zhang Cheng
19 China MF Wang Xiaolong
No. Position Player
21 South Korea DF Kwon Kyung-won
22 China GK Yang Jun
25 China DF Mi Haolun
26 China MF Liu Yi
27 France FW Anthony Modeste
30 China MF Song Boxuan
31 China DF Wen Junjie
32 China GK Sun Qibin
33 China DF Chu Jinzhao
37 China DF Wu Lei
38 China MF Sun Ke
39 China MF Wang Yongpo
56 China DF Qian Yumiao

Reserve squad

As of 16 July 2018

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

No. Position Player
24 China DF Pan Ximing
41 China GK Ma Zhen
42 China DF Bi Guangfu
43 China MF Dai Chunlei
44 China MF Huang Long
45 China MF Sun Ze
46 China DF Yang Junshan
47 China FW Ning Zhiwei
48 China DF Li Chunsheng
49 China GK Xu Enze
50 China MF Pang Chuntao
No. Position Player
51 China DF Lu Jiawei
52 China MF Li Qinghao
53 China MF Sun Xuelong
54 China DF Xu Dongshu
55 China MF Cui Jiaqi
57 China DF Zulpikar Dolqun
58 China MF He Youzu
59 China DF Li Yu
61 China DF Li Minghao
62 China MF Liu Zhenhong

Out on loan

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

No. Position Player
60 China DF Yan Zihao (at Jiangsu Yancheng Dingli until 31 December 2018)
China DF Yang Shanping (at Dalian Yifang until 31 December 2018)
China MF Zhang Yuan (at Guizhou Hengfeng until 31 December 2018)
Brazil FW Geuvânio (at Flamengo until 31 December 2018)

Coaching staff

Position Staff
Head Coach Portugal Paulo Sousa

Managerial history


Winners (1): 2016[15]


All-time league rankings

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[22] NH DNQ DNQ Hedong Sports Centre
2009 3 14 4 7 3 18 15 3 18 2 9[23] 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 R16 DNQ


Asian clubs ranking

As of 4 March 2018.[24]
Current Rank Country Team
60 India Pune FC
61 Thailand Bangkok United
62 Indonesia Persija Jakarta
63 Japan Vissel Kobe
64 Saudi Arabia Al-Fateh FC
65 China Tianjin Quanjian FC
66 Indonesia Arema FC
67 Iran Naft Tehran
68 Qatar Al-Gharafa
69 China Hebei China Fortune
70 Japan Vegalta Sendai

International results

As of 18 September 2018

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

Notable players

Had international caps for their respective countries.

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