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Zhejiang Yiteng F.C.

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Zhejiang Yiteng
Zhèjiāng Yìténg
Full nameZhejiang Yiteng Football Club
Founded1988; 32 years ago (Amateur)
1994 (Professional)
GroundShaoxing China Textile City Sports Center
ChairmanCui Yi 崔毅
LeagueChina League Two
2019League Two, 16th
WebsiteClub website

Zhejiang Yiteng Football Club (simplified Chinese: 浙江毅腾; traditional Chinese: 浙江毅騰; pinyin: Zhèjiāng Yìténg), or Yiteng Football Club (Simplified Chinese: 毅腾足球俱乐部, for official ownership reasons) is a professional Chinese football club that participates in the China League Two division under licence from the Chinese Football Association (CFA). The team is based in Shaoxing, Zhejiang and their home stadium is the Shaoxing City Sports Centre Stadium that has a seating capacity of 20,000. Their majority shareholder is Cui Yi (崔毅) and the Yiteng Group.

They were founded as an amateur team in 1988 and called Dalian Tielu (Railway). They took part in China's national leagues before becoming a professional team when the Yiteng Group gained ownership of the club. After years of stagnation the club was moved to Harbin where they have since predominantly remained and gained their first silverware, which was the 2011 China League Two title. Since then, they gradually improved their league standing and gained promotion to China's top tier when they came second within the 2013 China League One division.



In April 1988 the club was established as Dalian Tielu (Railway) and soon joined the Chinese national leagues at the bottom of the pyramid in the third tier at the beginning of the 1989 league season.[1] After the team's debut performance the club's appearances within the national leagues became sporadic because they were an amateur team at a time when the league was being restructured as a fully professional unit. When professionalism arrived to the Chinese leagues in the 1994 league season, the club had started being funded by the Yiteng Group on February of that year. The funding helped to establish them as semi-professional unit and then soon after a fully professional team in the third division.[2] Xu Yin and Cheng Xianfei were appointed as joint managers. They came third in the league and were promoted to the second tier.[3]

The club's time in the second tier was not a success and at the end of the 1995 league season they finished tenth in the league and were relegated back into the third division.[4] The Yiteng Group took full control of the club in 1996, and by the following season merged the team with local lower league rivals Dalian Shunfa. With the merger the owners were hoping for promotion and by the 1999 league campaign they believed that they had assembled a squad capable of achieving this. They did not reach the division play-offs that season because Mianyang Fenggu had exactly the same points and goal difference as them after the last-placed odd number team was taken out of the equation.[5] The Chinese Football Association decided that the only way to settle the issue was that the two teams should draw lots to see who would qualify for the play-offs, however the club lost. The chairman Cui Yi and the Yiteng Group were so aggrieved that they decided to pull out of the competition the following season and sold their squad to Dalian Shide F.C. for 8 million Yuan.[6]

After the Yiteng Group had formed significant business ties within Harbin, Heilongjiang, Cui Yi decided that it was a good time for the club to re-enter the national leagues on December 20, 2005. They registered with the Chinese FA the new name of the club called Harbin Yiteng and took part at the bottom of the Chinese pyramid in the third tier for the start of the 2006 Chinese league two division. The club moved in the 30,000 capacity Hagongda Stadium and they quickly won promotion at the end of the season after coming runners-up to Beijing Institute of Technology FC.[7] The club struggled in the division and had a Chinese record sixteen game winless streak, however the team were able to avoid relegated that season. They moved to Yantai in Shandong on March 2008 and played in the 45,000 capacity Yantai Sports Park Stadium. They also replaced their red kit with a new all-blue outfit, however the changes did not work and they were relegated at the end of the 2008 league season. They briefly moved back to Dalian until April 1, 2011 when they returned to Harbin where their fortunes changed and they won their first championship, the 2011 China League Two division, and promotion back into the second division.[8] Under Duan Xin reign as manager Harbin continued their good form in the second tier and at the end of the 2013 league season he would guide the club to second within the division and promotion to the top tier for the first time in their history.[9]

At the start of the start of the 2014 Chinese Super League, former assistant Wang Helong was promoted to Head coach while Duan Xin remained as manager.[10] The club started in the Chinese Super League with a nine-game losing streak. It ended on the 4 May 2014 when they beat local rivals Changchun Yatai 3–1 to claim their first top flight win, thanks to goals from Dori, Han Deming and Ricardo Steer.[11] On 19 July 2014 Marijo Tot was brought in as the new head coach, however he was unable to reverse the club's fortunes and the team were relegated at the end of the season.[12]

Yiteng F.C. moved to Shaoxing and changed their name as Zhejiang Yiteng F.C. in the 2016 season. In October 2018, when Yiteng back to Harbin and play with Heilongjiang F.C., they experienced a horrible treatment from fans. People called them "go back to Dalian""idiots", and game result end with 1:1.[13] In January 2019, they relegated to the third-tier after failing to apply a League One license, despite finishing 12th in the last season.[14]

One thing needs to be mentioned, the club press officer Yuhao Zhang plays an important role in team management. He always stands out to fight people who against Yiteng and already became the core value of team diplomacy.

Ownership and naming history

Year Owner Club name Sponsored team name
1988–93 Dalian Railway Bureau Dalian Tielu (Railway) Football Team
1994 Dalian Lichuang
1995 Dalian Tielu Yiteng
1996 Yiteng Group Dalian Yiteng Liantie Football Club
1997 Anshan Yiteng Liantie
2000–05 Dalian Yiteng Football Club
2006 Harbin Pharmaceutical Group Yiteng
2007 Harbin Yiteng
2008 Yantai Yiteng Hurricane
2011 Harbin Songbei Yiteng
2012–13 Harbin Yiteng
2014–15 Harbin Yiteng Football Club
2016– Zhejiang Yiteng Football Club

Current squad

As of 15 July 2019[15]

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

No. Position Player
5 DF Yu Tao
6 DF Li Hong
7 MF Wang Xin
10 MF Xie Zhaoyu
11 MF Abdusalam Wal
12 GK Lai Xiaoyu
17 MF Ge Yuxiang
18 MF Zhao Zhihao
19 MF Wang Tianci
20 MF Yang Fan
21 DF Liu Yuchen
22 DF Liu Yusheng
23 MF Fan Yang
No. Position Player
25 DF Li Xudong
26 MF Sheng Jun
27 GK Chen Yongxin
30 DF Ren Xin
31 DF Zhang Song
32 MF Azimatjan Alim
33 MF Azmat Ikram
34 MF Tan Zhenyu
37 MF Yang Qiang
39 MF Memet-Rasat Memet-Seyit
40 MF Merdan Turdi

Reserve squad

As of 15 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
1 GK Wang Jingping
2 DF Shan Haiyang
8 MF Zhang Jiarui
9 MF Han Jiabao
13 GK Li Luning
15 DF Dai Shunli
21 MF Wei Jiawei
35 GK Wu-Yao Shengxuan
36 DF Liu Chunlong
41 MF Tian Yafei
42 GK Wang Xizhe
44 FW Qi Xiongfei
45 MF Tang Guoliang
46 MF Zhang Xiaoyu
No. Position Player
47 MF Wang Zhaoqiang
48 MF Wang Zihao
49 DF Yang Xinpeng
50 DF Gui Jiamin
51 MF Almas Akli
52 MF Ouyang Shangkun
53 FW Wang Yan
54 MF Wang Xintong
56 DF Chen Haoyang
57 DF Li Jiaqi
58 FW Chen Shilong
60 DF Zhang Kaihao
61 MF Kang Yingkai
62 MF Zheng Guowei
DF Chen Yuhao

Coaching staff

Position Staff
Head Coach Giles Stille
Assistant Coach Lin Tao 林涛
Assistant Coach Mathaus Cardoso Sodre
Fitness Coach Rodrigo Garcia Quito
Goalkeeping Coach Robson De Oliveira Agondi
Team Physician Wang Zhaojun 王兆钧

Source: yitengfc.com

Managerial history

Information correct as of end of 2015 league season.[16][17][18]


Winners (1) : 2011


All-time League Rankings

Year Tier Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Pos Cup Asia Avg league att Stadium
1989 3 5 NH DNQ Dalian Locomotive stadium
1991 3 5 1 DNQ DNQ Dalian Locomotive stadium
1994 3 8 3 5 0 20 15 +5 6 2 3 NH DNQ Dalian Locomotive stadium
1995 2 22 6 4 12 20 36 −16 22 10 DNQ DNQ Dalian Locomotive stadium
1996 3 3 2 0 0 3 4 7 −3 0 4 2 DNQ DNQ Dalian Locomotive stadium
1997 3 3 2 1 0 2 5 5 0 3 3 2 DNQ DNQ Dalian Locomotive stadium
1998 3 3 DNQ DNQ Dalian Locomotive stadium
1999 3 10 3 5 2 11 8 +3 14 3 2 DNQ DNQ Dalian Locomotive stadium
2006 3 16 9 5 2 26 16 +10 32 2 DNQ DNQ Hagongda Stadium
2007 2 24 4 7 13 18 36 +18 19 12 NH DNQ Hagongda Stadium
2008 2 24 5 10 9 28 35 −7 25 13 NH DNQ City Sports Centre
2009 3 12 4 2 6 17 15 +2 14 5 1 NH DNQ Liaoning Normal University
2010 3 21 9 6 6 28 22 +6 27 1 4 NH DNQ Liaoning Normal University
2011 3 19 14 2 3 38 9 +29 36 1 W DNQ DNQ Harbin ICE Sports Center
2012 2 30 13 6 11 53 43 +10 45 4 R2 DNQ 4,002 Harbin ICE Sports Center
2013 2 30 18 6 6 55 29 +26 60 2 R3 DNQ 6,540 Harbin ICE Sports Center
2014 1 30 5 6 19 35 56 −21 21 16 R3 DNQ 26,126 Harbin ICE Sports Center
2015 2 30 11 14 5 43 31 12 47 5 R2 DNQ 20,477 Harbin ICE Sports Center
2016 2 30 11 5 14 39 49 −10 38 13 R2 DNQ 2,351 Shaoxing China Textile City Sports Center
2017 2 30 8 8 14 35 46 −11 32 13 R2 DNQ 4,005 Shaoxing China Textile City Sports Center
2018 2 30 10 7 13 43 53 −10 37 12 3 R3 DNQ 3,730 Shaoxing China Textile City Sports Center
2019 3 30 12 5 13 34 41 −7 411 16 R3 DNQ Shaoxing China Textile City Sports Center

Yiteng didn't compete in 1990, 1992–1993 and 2000–2005.


Notable players

Had international caps for their respective countries.

Categories: Football clubs in China | Association football clubs established in 1994 | 1994 establishments in China | Sport in Zhejiang

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