Qingdao Jonoon

Founded In
1990 / 1993
Location
Qingdao, China PR

Qingdao Jonoon

About Qingdao Jonoon

Qingdao Jonoon Football Club was first established back in 1990. The side turned professional in 1993 and then, in 2004, the club was bought out by the Qingdao Jonoon Group, a cable manufacturer. The team's nickname is The Sea Bulls.

The conclusion of the 1994 season saw Qingdao Jonoon win the Jia-B League and gain promotion to the top tier of Chinese professional football for the first time. However, they struggled adapt and lost their top tier status after just one year. The team returned to the top division ahead of the 1997 season and has remained there ever since, becoming a charter member of the inaugural, re-branded Chinese Super League in 2004.

Aside from their lower division wins, major honours have been largely out of reach for the club. Their one national success came in 2002, when they lifted the Chinese FA Cup, beating Liaoning FC in the final of the competition. Later in the year, Qingdao Jonoon were runners up in the Chinese FA Super Cup. The team's best performance in an international tournament came in 1995. Having been invited to compete in that year's Queen's Cup, they ended up in third place.

Chinese international footballer Qu Bo began his professional career with the team and won the Young Player of the Year award in 2000, as well as the FA Cup in 2002. Some of the other notable players to have represented the side include Chen Gang, Liu Jian and Jiang Ning, all of whom also played for the national team.

Qingdao Jonoon's home stadium is Qingdao Tiantai Stadium, which first opened back in 1933. The ground, which is also referred to as Qingdao First Stadium, has been used by the club permanently since 2007. It is currently able to hold a maximum of 20,525 supporters.