Guangzhou Evergrande

Full Name: Guangzhou Evergrande FC
Nickname: South China Tigers
Mascot: South China Tigers
Founded: 1954 as Guangzhou FC
Home Ground: Tianhe Stadium; Yuexiushan Stadium
Manager/Coach: Lee Jang-Soo (South Korea)

League Champions: 2011
League Runner-Up:
FA Cup Runner-Up: 1991

Guangzhou FC has never won a top division title, but the club is still very well known for it’s style of plays, which is based on technical and quick football. It has always been a stable mid-table club.

The club faced a series of finacial difficulties in the mid-1990′s and were relegated in 1998, only managing to win promotion again in 2007.

On February 21, 2010, CFA relegated Guangzhou to China League Division 1 due to match fixing in Division 1 matches in 2006 & 2007. Just one week after their relegation, Evergrande Real Estate Group, the biggest Real Estate Group of China, took over the club for just a fee of CNY100 million (AUD$15m). Their new chairman Xu Jiayin, Chairman of Evergrande Group, is ranked 200 in Forbes Global Wealthiest List for 2011.

The club recieved huge investment and succesfully won promotion back to CSL for 2011. The club announced a budget of AUD$76m, transfer expenses reached AUD$18m in pre-season of CSL 2011, five Chinese national team players joined the club and the club also signed three new Brazilian players together with Cho Won-hee, who represented Korea at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.