Wuhan Zall

Founded In
Wuhan, China PR

About Wuhan Zall

Wuhan Zall Professional Football Club was established in 2009. The team emerged from the ashes of Wuhan Guanggu Football Club, who decided to withdraw from the football league after a dispute with the Chinese Football Association. In the aftermath, the Hubei Province soccer association opted to form a new side in the area, utilising the old team's youth academy players. The club is currently owned by Wuhan Zall Development Holding Co. Ltd.

Initially operating under the name Hubei Greenery, Wuhan Zall were forced to start play at the bottom of the league system, China League Two. At the conclusion of their first season, the team took on Hunan Billows in the championship match. Although they lost the game via a penalty shootout, their second place finish that year was enough to gain the team promotion to China League One ahead of the 2010 season.

After finishing 5th in 2010 and 7th in 2011, the club made a difficult start to the 2012 China League One season, hanging around mid-table for the the first six weeks. Due to the team's poor performance, manager Jose Carlos de Oliveira was sacked and replaced by Zheng Xiong, initially on a temporary basis. Under Zheng Xiong's management, performances improved significantly and Wuhan Zall achieved their biggest success to date, as they finished in 2nd place. As a result, they gained promotion to the top flight, the Super League, for the first time.

The side's notable former players include Wang Wenhua, who previously competed for Wuhan Guanggu and remained loyal to the team when it reformed; as well as Vicente de Paula Neto, who was the club's top scorer in their successful 2012 promotion campaign.

Wuhan Zall's home games currently take place at the Xinhua Road Sports Center in Wuhan, Hubei. The venue is able to hold up to 36,000 spectators for football matches.   

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