Shijiazhuang Ever Bright F.C.

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Shijiazhuang Ever Bright Football Club (simplified Chinese: 石家庄永昌; traditional Chinese: 石家莊永昌; pinyin: Shíjiāzhuāng Yǒngchāng) is a professional football club that currently participates in the China League One under licence from the Chinese Football Association (CFA). The team is based in Shijiazhuang, Hebei and their home stadium is the Yutong International Sports Center that has a seating capacity of 38,500. Their majority shareholder is the Yongchang Real Estate who own 70% of the shares of the club.

The club was established as an amateur club named Xiamen Dongyuhang (Simplified Chinese: 厦门东屿行) on January 4, 2001 and initially played in Xiamen within the Fujian province. The club would play within the amateur leagues for several seasons until they established themselves as champions of Fujian Province in 2009. This would then lead to the club playing in the China Amateur Football League where in 2010 they claimed a runners-up spot. After this result on February 25, 2011 the club was reorganized as a professional football club when Smart Hero International Trading Limited (骏豪投资有限公司), Xiamen Dongyuhang Import & Export Co., Ltd. (厦门东屿行进出口有限公司), Xiamen City HS Sheng Industrial Co., Ltd. (厦门协晟工贸有限公司) and Xiamen City Shengxin Metal Products Co., Ltd. (厦门金盛鑫金属制) invested 10 million Yuan into the club. The name of the club was changed into Fujian Smart Hero, they moved away from the Xiamen Sports Center Stadium into the Longyan Sports Center and appointed Zhao Tuqiang as their manager. Within their debut professional season they played in the China League Two division within the 2011 league season where their home uniforms were yellow tops and black shorts. Fujian in their first season would win promotion to the 2012 China League One division via the League One relegation play-off which Fujian beat Guizhou Zhicheng 6–5 in a Penalty shootout.

In the 2012 China League One campaign Xu Hui was appointed as manager and he would lead the club to a third-place finish. This saw Yongchang Real Estate (Chinese: 永昌地产集团) interested in the team and they bought 70% shares of the club, which officially went through on January 18, 2013. The club moved to Hebei Province's capital city Shijiazhuang into the Yutong International Sports Center, changed the clubs colors to blue and the teams name into Shijiazhuang Yongchang Junhao F.C. (Chinese: 石家庄永昌骏豪足球俱乐部). On December 27, 2013 Yongchang Real Estate bought the remaining 30% shares of the club and on February 24, 2014 Shijiazhuang Yongchang Junhao F.C. changed their name to Shijiazhuang Yongchang F.C.(Chinese: 石家庄永昌足球俱乐部). In the 2014 league season Shijiazhuang Yongchang won promotion to the top tier in the first time in their history when they came runners-up within their division. The clubs first act within the top flight was to change their English name to Shijiazhuang Ever Bright F.C. (while their Chinese name still remain as 石家庄永昌) in January 2015.

In the clubs debut season within the top tier saw the club's manager Yasen Petrov able to guide the team to seventh in the league and safely away from relegation at the end of the 2015 league season. The following campaign would prove to be considerably more difficult and Yasen Petrov was relieved of his position on 14 July 2016 and replaced by Li Jinyu on a caretaker basis, after a run of bad form saw the club in a relegation battle. The club were relegated at the end of the 2016 Chinese Super League season and on 7 November 2016 brought in Afshin Ghotbi as their new coach for the following season.

As of 2 March 2018

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This page was last edited on 15 May 2018, at 14:44 (UTC).
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