Wednesday, March 21, 2007


Shanghai Shenhua

If you read Chinese then check out the Shanghai Shenhua website.
For those who can't this comes from the invaluble Wikipedia
Shanghai Shenhua (Simplified Chinese: 上海申花) is a Chinese Super League football club. They play at the 35,000 seat Hongkou Stadium in Shanghai, China and is owned by Zhu Jun(75%),Shanghai SVA Group, SMEG (Shanghai Media & Entertainment Group)and Huangpu Investment Ltd.(SMEG+Huangpu Investment 25%) Their head coach is Osvaldo Gimenez.
The club was founded on
10 December 1993 and was first sponsored by a local company named Shenhua (Shenhua also means "flower of Shanghai" in Chinese). At the end of 2001, Shenhua ended their sponsorship of club, then SVA and SMEG came aboard. The club changed its name to Shanghai Shenhua SVA SMEG Football Club (SFC). The team however is unique as it still retains "Shenhua" in its name while many other teams drop the name of their former sponsors completely.
The club is the most successful of the Shanghai teams, the others being
Shanghai Zobon and, formally, Inter Shanghai. Shenhua are 2 time top-tier champions and 6 time runners up. Their biggest supporters club is called Blue Devil.
In 2007, Zhu Jun, the owner of in-city rival
Shanghai United F.C. and The 9 bought a majority share of Shanghai Shenhua, thus began to merge the two clubs. The new club moved their home stadium to Yuanshen Sports Centre Stadium in Pudong, Shanghai, which was the stadium Shanghai United F.C. played in last season. In the new squad submitted for the AFC Champions League, 17 players appeared in the China national football team or the China national under-23 football team.

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