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Changchun Yatai

Changchun Yatai
Chángchūn Yàtài
Full name Changchun Yatai FC
Founded 1996;  (1996)[1]
Ground Development Area Stadium,
Changchun, China
Ground Capacity 25,000
Chairman Liu Yuming
Manager Svetozar Šapurić
League Chinese Super League
2012 6th
Home colours
Away colours
Current season

Changchun Yatai Football Club (simplified Chinese: 长春亚泰; traditional Chinese: 長春亞泰; pinyin: Chángchūn Yàtài) is a professional Chinese football club based in the 25,000 seater Development Area Stadium in Changchun, Jilin while currently participating in the Chinese Super League where they are managed by Svetozar Šapurić. They were founded on 6 June 1996 by the Jilin Yatai Group and started in the Yi Division but failed to win promotion until they bought a position into the upper division with the merging of Bayi Chaoneng in 2000. The new team finished fifth and maintained an unbeaten record at home before finishing second the following season, however the club did not gain promotion to the Chinese Super League until they gained another runners-up position in the 2005 league season and promotion to the 2006 Chinese Super League for the first time. In the 2007 Chinese Super League they surprised everybody by winning the 2007 league title and participated in the 2008 AFC Champions League for the first time. They have since gone on to come second within 2009 Chinese Super League and also participated in the 2010 AFC Champions League.

Club history

Changchun Yatai was founded on 6 June 1996 by local conglomerate Jilin Yatai Group in Changchun, Jilin to take part in the recently fully professionalized league system, which allowed private enterprises to own their own clubs.[2] Before assembling the clubs senior team the club would make sure they had a competitive youth system by bringing in the best youth players from Shenyang before moving them into their recently created football training base at a cost of two million yuan, while the total cost of starting the whole enterprise would end up being twenty million yuan.[3] For the next several seasons the club achieved very little until they bought a position into the second tier when the club took over Bayi Chaoneng at the beginning of the 2000 league season for fifteen million yuan, while during the season the team maintained an unbeaten home record but still finished in a disappointing fifth at the end of the season.[4] The following season the clubs manager Yin Tiesheng looked like he could improve upon last years results when he guided the club to a runners-up position and what looked like promotion to the top tier for the first time, however it was soon discovered that the 6 October 2001 game that Changchun won 6–0 against Zhejiang was fixed. This saw the club denied promotion, had all offending participants banned for a year while the club had three months to reform and re-apply for a CFA playing license.[5] Despite this Yin Tiesheng stayed on and promoted future Chinese internationals Du Zhenyu, Zhang Xiaofei and Cao Tianbao from the clubs youth team which was assembled from Shenyang into the senior team. The move would eventually become a huge success and by the end of the 2003 league season Changchun would go on to win their first piece of silverware when they won the division title.[6]

Unfortunately for Changchun when they won the division title there was no promotion that season, however the club would eventually bring in a new manager in Chen Jingang who would soon see the club win promotion when he guided the club to a runners-up position at the end of the 2005 league season and promotion to the Chinese top tier for the first time.[7] In the clubs debut season within the top tier they surprised many when they finished fourth. In 2007 they won the Chinese Super League.[8] This would see Changchun allowed entry to the 2008 AFC Champions League for the first time along with Beijing Guoan and played their first game against Vietnamese football club Bình Dương F.C. on 12 March 2008 in a 2–1 victory[9] While the club finished the group runners-up only one team was allowed to go through the knock out stages and the club crashed out of the tournament, this unfortunately effected the clubs league performance and Gao Hongbo was fired during the season. The club would then eventually bring in Li Shubin to stabilize the team and through the teams consistent performances he helped guide the club to a runners-up spot at the end of the 2009 Chinese Super League season.[10] Despite achieving consistently good performances for the team the club decided that they wanted Shen Xiangfu to manage the team for the following season and within one of his first games for the club in the 2010 AFC Champions League on 9 March 2010 Changchun beat Indonesian side Persipura Jayapura 9–0, making the victory the largest ever within the AFC Champions League for a Chinese side.[11] Shen Xiangfu was however, unable to guide Changchun into the knock out stages despite there being two places up for grabs and his league performances were not impressive, despite this the club held on to him for another season where he fared little better and at the beginning of the 2012 Chinese Super League season the club brought in Svetozar Šapurić as the clubs new manager.[12]


  • As of the end of 2013 season

All-time League rankings

Season 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Division 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Position 5 5[1] 5 5 2[2] 8 1[3] 5 2 4 1 6 2 9 7 6 14
  • ^1 in group stage
  • ^2 Changchun Yatai's promotion to Jia-A league was cancelled due to match fixing.
  • ^3 no promotion

Performance in AFC competitions

2008: Group Stage
2010: Group Stage

Current squad

First team squad

As of 4 March 2013[13]

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

No. Position Player
1 China GK Mi Tianhe
2 China DF Wang Wanpeng
3 Brazil DF Éder Baiano
4 Uzbekistan DF Anzur Ismailov
7 China MF Jiang Pengxiang
8 China DF Li Xiaoting
10 Brazil FW Isac
11 China FW Zhang Wenzhao
12 China DF Lü Jianjun
13 China DF Yan Shipeng
14 China FW Cao Tianbao
15 China DF Sun Jie
16 China DF Jiang Zhe
17 China FW Cheng Changcheng
19 China FW Liu Xiaodong
20 Czech Republic FW Jan Rezek
No. Position Player
21 China FW Liu Weidong
22 China MF Li Shang
23 China MF Zhang Xiaofei
24 China MF Chen Liansheng
25 China MF Che Kai
26 China FW Pan Chaoran
27 China FW Bai Zijian
28 China GK Wu Yake
29 China GK Song Zhenyu
30 China GK Wang Xiang
31 China FW Yang He
32 China DF Li Guang
34 China MF Yan Feng
35 Brazil MF Eninho
36 China DF Pei Shuai
37 China DF Zhao Mingjian

Reserve squad

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

No. Position Player
47 China MF Wang Mingyu
50 China FW Wang Pengli
53 China MF Niu Luyuan

Coaching staff

Position Staff
Head coach Serbia Svetozar Šapurić
Assistant coaches Montenegro Vanja Grubac
Goalkeepers coach China Yang Jingdong
Fitness coach Cyprus Soteriou Christos
Team physicians China Yu Da
China Zhang Zhonglin
China Wang Wei




Former coaches

  • China Tang Pengju (1997–98)
  • China Yin Tiesheng (1999–04)
  • China Chen Jingang (2004–06)
  • Netherlands Arie Schans (Jan 1, 2005–Dec 31, 2007) (Trainer)
  • China Gao Hongbo (Jan 1, 2007–July 5, 2008)
  • China Li Shubin (interim) (July 20, 2008–Dec 31, 2008)
  • Germany Ernst Middendorp (July 27, 2008–Dec 31, 2008)
  • China Li Shubin (Jan 1, 2009–Dec 31, 2009)
  • China Shen Xiangfu (2010–11)
  • Serbia Svetozar Šapurić (Nov 24, 2011–Dec 28, 2012)
  • China Li Shubin (Dec 28, 2012–May 20, 2013)
  • Serbia Svetozar Šapurić (May 21, 2013–)


External links

  • Official Site (Chinese)
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