From Beijing To Guangzhou: A Look At The Rest Of The Teams That Make Up The CSL

The CSL’s fanbase is growing year on year with the 2018 season set to be the most anticipated in a while. Many teams look set to battle for the top spots as well as those who’ll be fighting for relegation. Us at Chinese Super League UK certainly cannot wait.

What better way to get you ready for the upcoming season than by doing a profile on each side, except for Dalian Yifang and Beijing Renhe, for whom you can find in-depth pieces by clicking on either team.

Beijing Guoan:

Stadium: Workers’ Stadium, Capacity of 66,161

Manager: Roger Schmidt

Star Players: Cedric Bakambu, Renato Augusto

Last Seasons’ Finish: 9th

Honours: 1 Chinese Super League – 2009. 5 Jia A Leagues – 1957,1958, 1973, 1982, 1984. 4 Chinese FA Cups – 1985, 1996, 1997, 2003

Predicted Finish: 4th-6th

Changchun Yatai:

Stadium: Development Area Stadium, Capacity of 25,000

Manager: Chen Jingang (Caretaker)

Star Players: Odion Ighalo, Lasse Vibe

Last Seasons’ Finish: 7th

Honours: 1 Chinese Super League- 2007, 1 Chinese League One Title- 2003.

Predicted Finish: 11th-16th

Chongqing Lifan:

Stadium: Chongqing Olympic Sports Center, Capacity of 58,680

Manager: Paulo Bento

Star Player: Alan Kardec

Last Seasons’ Finish: 10th

Honours: 2 Chinese League 1 titles- 1996, 2014. 1 Chinese FA Cup – 2000

Predicted Finish: 11th-16th

Guangzhou Evergrande:

Stadium: Tianhe Stadium, Capacity of 58,500.

Manager: Fabio Cannavaro

Star Players: Ricardo Goulart, Nemanja Gudelj

Last Seasons’ Finish: 1st

Honours: 7 Chinese Super League Titles- 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017. 5 Chinese League 1 Titles- 1956, 1958, 1981, 2007, 2010. 2 Chinese FA Cups- 2012, 2016. 3 Chinese Super Cups- 2012, 2016, 2017. 2 AFC Champions League Titles- 2013, 2015.

Predicted Finish: 1st

Guangzhou R&F:

Stadium: Yuexiushan Stadium, Capacity of 18,000

Manager: Dragan Stojkovic

Star Player: Eran Zahavi

Last Seasons’ Finish: 5th

Honours: N/A

Predicted Finish: 7th-10th

Guizhou Hengfeng:

Stadium: Guiyang Olympic Sports Centre, Capacity of 52,888

Manager: Gregorio Manzano

Star Players: Mario Suarez, Nikica Jelavic

Last Seasons’ Finish: 8th

Honours: 1 Chinese League Two Title- 2012.

Predicted Finish: 11th-16th

Hebei CFFC:

Stadium: Langfang Stadium, Capacity of 30,000

Manager: Manuel Pellegrini

Star Players: Gervinho, Javier Mascherano, Ezequiel Lavezzi

Last Seasons’ Finish: 4th

Honours: N/A

Predicted Finish: 3rd

Henan Jianye:

Stadium: Zhengzhou Hanghai Stadium, Capacity of 29,860

Manager: Dragan Talajic

Star Players: Christian Bassagog, Ricardo Vaz Te

Last Seasons’ Finish: 14th

Honours: 3 Chinese League One Titles- 1989, 2006, 2013. 2 Chinese League Two Titles- 1982, 1999.

Predicted Finish: 11th-16th

Jiangsu Suning:

Stadium: Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre, Capacity of 61,443

Manager: Fabio Capello

Star Players: Alex Teixeira, Benjamin Moukandjo

Last Seasons’ Finish:12th

Honours: 2 Chinese League One Titles- 1992, 2008. 1 Chinese League Two Title- 1997

Predicted Finish: 11th-16th

Shandong Luneng:

Stadium: Jinan Olympic Sports Centre, Capacity of 56,808

Manager: Li Xiaopeng

Star Players: Papiss Cisse, Graziano Pelle

Last Seasons’ Finish: 6th

Honours: 4 Chinese Super League Titles- 1999, 2006, 2008, 2010. 5 Chinese FA Cups- 1995, 1999, 2004, 2006, 2014. 2 Chinese Super Cups- 1995, 2015.

Predicted Finish: 7th-10th

Shanghai Shenhua:

Stadium: Hongkou Football Stadium, Capacity of 33,060

Manager: Wu Jingui

Star Players: Giovanni Moreno, Obafemi Martins, Fredy Guarin

Last Seasons’ Finish: 11th

Honours: 3 Chinese Super Leagues- 1961, 1962, 1995. 4 Chinese FA Cups- 1956, 1991, 1998, 2017. 3 Chinese Super Cups- 1995, 1998, 2001.

Predicted Finish: 7th-10th

Shanghai SIPG:

Stadium: Shanghai Stadium, Capacity of 56,000

Manager: Vitor Pereira

Star Players: Hulk, Oscar

Last Seasons’ Finish: 2nd

Honours: 1 Chinese League One Title- 2012. 1 Chinese League Two Title- 2007

Predicted Finish- 2nd

Tianjin Quanjian:

Stadium: Haihe Educational Football Stadium, Capacity of 30,000

Manager: Paulo Sousa

Star Players: Anthony Modeste, Axel Witsel, Alexandre Pato

Last Seasons’ Finish: 3rd

Honours: 1 Chinese League One Title- 2016

Predicted Finish: 4th-6th

Tianjin Teda:

Stadium: Tianjin Olympic Centre Stadium, Capacity of 54,696. Temporarily at Tianjin Tuanbo Football Stadium which holds 22,320.

Manager: Uli Stielike

Star Players: Felix Bastians, John Obi Mikel

Last Seasons’ Finish: 13th

Honours: 3 Chinese Super Leagues- 1960, 1980, 1983(Shared). 1 Chinese League One Title- 1998. 2 Chinese FA Cups- 1960, 2011.

Predicted Finish: 11th-16th

Right so now that’s done, there is only one more thing we can do…Wait until next week for the first round of fixtures in the new season which includes a cracker of a game in the Guangzhou derby. How do you see the CSL playing out this year, any shocks?

All I know is there’s sure to be drama so make sure you tune in.