Guangzhou Evergrande Football Club was established as a professional team in January 1993, although the team's roots date back to the foundation of Guangzhou Football Team in June 1954. In recent seasons, the side has achieved significant success in Chinese football and in 2012, the club hired Italian World Cup winning coach, Marcello Lippi, as their manager.
Early in 2010, the club was relegated from the top flight to China League One as punishment for their part in a match fixing scandal. It was found that back in 2006, the club had paid a substantial amount of money to an opponent in exchange for a guaranteed win. In the aftermath, Evergrande Real Estate Group purchased the club and expressed their desire to invest substantially in the team.
The team has since repaid their investment with high levels of success. In 2010, they won China League One and gained promotion to the Super League. In 2011, their first season back in the top flight, they were crowned champions. They followed that success with a second Super League title win in 2012, becoming its first ever back-to-back winners in the process. In addition, 2012 also saw Guangzhou Evergrande lift the Chinese FA Cup and the Chinese FA Super Cup.
Brazilian striker Muriqui currently holds the club record for most goals in all competitions. Since Evergrande RE's purchase of the club, they have signed a number of high-profile talents, including Chinese international players like Gao Lin, Sun Xiang and Zheng Zhi. Paraguayan international Lucas Barrios is the team's record signing, having cost Guangzhou Evergrande €8.5 million in May 2012.
The team play their home matches at Tianhe Stadium, which first opened in 1987. Over the years, the venue has hosted a number of significant sporting events, including the first ever FIFA Women's World Cup final in 1991. It is currently able to seat a maximum of 58,500 spectators.