Post by Nick on Jun 23, 2020 23:42:17 GMT
The Brief History of Tianjin Tianhai
Tianjin Tianhai were only formed in June 2006 as Hohhot Binhai and based in Hohhot, the capital of Inner Mongolia. A year later, Tianjin Songjiang Sports Culture Industry Co. Ltd took control of the club, uprooting them to Tianjin, China and renaming them in the process. Since then they've operated as Tianjin Quanjian and now under their current guise.
In 2017, at the start of the gold rush in Chinese football, Tianjin Tianhai (or Quanjian as they were known then) was one of the league's most ambitious clubs. They list Fabio Cannavaro as one of their former managers, with Axel Witsel and Alexandre Pato as former players. Their extravagant spending meant they finished third in the 2017 Super League season, but it was clear that level of spending couldn't continue.
After the imprisonment of former owner, Shu Yuhui, the club's bills have struggled to be paid and, just last month the club folded in real life.
Tianjin Tianhai - In Game
Chinese teams are famous for throwing money around in FM - not Tianhai (which is how I'll refer to us from now on.) We are the only club in the Chinese Super League that doesn't have any kind of sugar daddy. We have no huge financial backing, no marquee players and limited sponsorship.
While other Chinese teams can boast the likes of Hulk, Alex Teixeira, Elkeson, Oscar, Marko Arnautovic, Salomon Rondon and more, we have Leonardo as comfortably our best player and Sun Ke sitting on £82k per week. Oh, and our best defender, Kwon Kyung-Won, is on military service for three years.
The club ground shares with city rivals Tianjin TEDA in 60,000 all-seat Tianjin Olympic Centre Stadium 'Water Drop' and possesses pretty terrible facilities across the board.
- Below average training facilities
- Basic data analysis facilities
- Poor youth facilities
- Average academy coaching
- Basic youth recruitment
The Super League consists of 16 teams and we're expected to finish 15th.
The pre-season odds show you just how much of a challenge lay ahead of us. The board don't hold out too much hope of a successful season and just want us to battle bravely against the drop. We do play in the Chinese FA Cup and we're expected to reach round five.
I have played through the first season just to make sure the save was going to stick so I'll update on that tomorrow morning.