Research: European Talent Losing Value in Chinese Super League

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To understand how European players perform in the Chinese Super League, we compared their presence in the division since its 2004 inauguration and found players from Europe have had a declining impact in the Far East over the past 12 seasons.

Meanwhile, players from South America—most notably, Brazil—have funded the rising success of the league and resulted in a correlation emerging between the amount of South American players present in title-winning teams.

The Chinese Super League is still in its infancy when compared with the rest of the world’s top divisions, but a flurry of investment in South American stars is leading the powerhouse of the Far East to bigger and better things.

Foreign player caps mean only four non-Asian participants can play for a club at any one time, but the Chinese Super League, a division that once thrived on European imports, has turned its attention elsewhere in recent years.

During the inaugural season of the Chinese Super League in 2004, 28 of the 44 foreign players registered to play hailed from Europe—equal to roughly 63 percent of all foreign players—with Qingdao Zhongneng and Tianjin TEDA the most prolific employers of European talents at four apiece.

A quick glance at the Chinese Super League landscape of today, however, shows European players no longer hold anywhere near as prominent a role in the Far East. In contrast to the division of 13 years ago, the 2016 campaign saw just 16 Europeans feature among a cast of 82 non-Asian players—a paltry 19.5 percent compared with years gone by.

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By and large, European leagues offer better wages than their equivalents in South America, Africa and Australia, for example, and it seems evident China has exploited that as a business model by offering an alternative route to riches.

While the sheer quantity of foreign players in China may have risen rapidly over the last decade, Europe has had a withering impact on the division as their clubs opt to sign stars from other continents instead.

Guangzhou Evergrande Destined for Seventh Heaven in 2017?

For the past six seasons, the Chinese Super League title race has told a story of Guangzhou Evergrande and everybody else—the team currently managed by former Brazil, Portugal and Chelsea boss Luis Felipe Scolari has won every crown since 2011.

Guangzhou were among the first teams to truly embrace the influx of Brazilians in China, too. In fact, it seems like more than coincidence their dominion over the league has fallen in line with the club consistently signing stars from the South American powerhouse, both those with international caps and otherwise.

It also seems more than coincidence Guangzhou’s investment in South American talent has resulted in success while ignoring their European counterparts. Only two of the 24 foreign players the club has employed since 2011 have been European.

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The Brazilian trio of Paulinho, Alan Carvalho and Ricardo Goulart, helped along by Colombian Jackson Martinez, helped Guangzhou to a sixth successive Chinese Super League title in 2016. With that quartet remaining at the cash-rich club for the 2017 campaign, Guangzhou fans can afford to dream of another gong this year.

Summary:

Europe has had a declining influence in China since its inception. In contrast, South American players (and Brazil in particular) have had an escalating effect on the league.
Guangzhou Evergrande have been among the most consistent employers of S. American/Brazilian players, and they’re on track for another title in 2017 because of it.
2004Foreign PlayersContinent
Shenzhen JianlibaoOzeias Fernando GracianoSouth America
Marek ZajacEurope
Djima OyawoleAfrica
Zoltan KovacsEurope
Shandong Luneng TaishanForeign PlayersContinent
Nicolas OuedecEurope
Vladimir MatijasevicEurope
Darko AnicEurope
Inter ShanghaiForeign PlayersContinent
Kwame AyewAfrica
Admas KolaAfrica
Ze AlcinoSouth America
Liaoning ZhongyuForeign PlayersContinent
Clemente LebeAfrica
Alen AvdicEurope
Branko SavicEurope
Dalian ShideForeign PlayerContinent
Zoran JankovicEurope
Ermin SiljakEurope
Adilson Dos SantosSouth America
Tianjin TedaForeign PlayersContinent
Alyaksandr KhatskevichEurope
Bogdan MaraEurope
Ionel GaneEurope
Ahmet DursunEurope
Jose Luiz DiazSouth America
Beijing HyundaiForeign PlayersContinent
Krisztian KeneseiEurope
Dan AlexaEurope
Branko JelicEurope
Shenyang GindeForeign PlayersContinent
Samuel AyorindeAfrica
Prince Ikpe EkongAfrica
Sead BucanEurope
Sichuan GuanchengForeign PlayersContinent
Lee Kyung-SooAsia
Miodrag PantelicEurope
Daniel NannskogEurope
Shanghai ShenhuaForeign PlayersContinent
Jorg AlbertzEurope
Saul MartinezEurope
Peter VeraSouth America
Qingdao ZhongnengForeign PlayersContinent
Josip BulatEurope
Oleksandr HolovkoEurope
Serhiy KonovalovEurope
Joaquim FerrazEurope
Chongqing LifanForeign PlayersContinent
Ivan BulatEurope
Constantin SchumacherEurope
Viorel DomocosEurope
Hugo HenriqueSouth America
2005Foreign PlayersContinent
Dalian ShideZoran JankovicEurope
Miodrag PantelicEurope
Adilson Dos SantosSouth America
Shanghai ShenhuaForeign PlayersContinent
Goran TrobokEurope
Saul MartinezEurope
Shandong Luneng TaishanForeign PlayersContinent
Predrag PazinEurope
Ionel DanciulescuEurope
Branimir PetrovicEurope
Tianjin TedaForeign PlayersContinent
Bennett MnguniAfrica
Marko ZoricEurope
Wuhan HuanghelouForeign PlayersContinent
Vicente de Paula NetoSouth America
GilsinhoSouth America
Anderson Martins PedroSouth America
Rafael Pereira PintoSouth America
Beijing HyundaiForeign PlayersContinent
Krisztian KeneseiEurope
Dan AlexaEurope
Branko JelicEurope
Qingdao ZhongnengForeign PlayersContinent
Oscar BazanSouth America
Inter ShanghaiForeign PlayersContinent
Admas KolaAfrica
Ivan BulatEurope
Ze AlcinoSouth America
Kwame AyewAfrica
Sichuan GuanchengForeign PlayersContinent
Liaoning ZhongyuForeign PlayersContinent
Clement LebeAfrica
Shanghai ZobonForeign PlayersContinent
Albert BaningAfrica
Didier NjewelAfrica
Shenzhen JianlibaoForeign PlayersContinent
Djima OyawoleAfrica
Marek ZajacEurope
Shenyang GindeForeign PlayersContinent
Sead BucanEurope
Tomas MedvedEurope
Aldo OlceseSouth America
2006Foreign PlayersContinent
Shandong Luneng TaishanPredrag PazinEurope
Igor GluscevicEurope
Aleksander ZivkovicEurope
Shanghai ShenhuaForeign PlayersContinent
Carsten JanckerEurope
Ivan JovanovicEurope
Luis RamirezNorth America
Beijing GuoanForeign PlayersContinent
Krisztian KeneseiEurope
Javier Martin MusaSouth America
Milton CoimbraSouth America
Changchun YataiForeign PlayersContinent
Marian AliutaEurope
Elvis ScottNorth America
Samuel CaballeroNorth America
Victor MenaNorth America
Dalian ShideForeign PlayersContinent
Zoran JankovicEurope
Miodrag PantelicEurope
Tianjin TedaForeign PlayersContinent
Benedict AkwuegbuAfrica
Henry MakinawaAfrica
Marko ZoricEurope
AurelioSouth America
Shanghai UnitedForeign PlayersContinent
Saul MartinezNorth America
Tiago HonorioSouth America
Aderaldo Ferreira AndreSouth America
Jonas Ciciliato MassarandubaSouth America
Renato RibasSouth America
Xiamen LanshiForeign PlayersContinent
QuinzinhoAfrica
Gabriel MelkamAfrica
Branko JelicEurope
Sasa ZimonjicEurope
Inter XianForeign PlayersContinent
Kwame AyewAfrica
Ivan BulatEurope
Wuhan GuangguForeign PlayersContinent
Roberto DemusSouth America
Rafael JaquesSouth America
Carlos EduardoSouth America
Shenzhen KingwayForeign PlayersContinent
Daniel WansiAfrica
Bogdan ZajacEurope
LiaoningForeign PlayersContinent
Clement LebeAfrica
Victor BrovchenkoEurope
Shenyang GindeForeign PlayersContinent
Ousmane BangouraAfrica
Blaz PucEurope
Jose Ilson Dos SantosSouth America
Alex AlvesSouth America
Qingdao ZhongnengForeign PlayersContinent
Velibor KopunovicEurope
Despot ViskovicEurope
Fabiano Goncalves Dos SantosSouth America
Chongqing LifanForeign PlayersContinent
Deniran OrtegaAfrica
Velibor KopunovicEurope
Darko CordasEurope
Pavle DelibasicEurope
2007Foreign PlayersContinent
Changchun YataiGuillaume Dah ZadiAfrica
Svetoslav PetrovEurope
Elvis ScottNorth America
Samuel CaballeroNorth America
Beijing GuoanForeign PlayersContinent
Miodrag PantelicEurope
Walter MartinezNorth America
Tiago HonorioSouth America
Aderaldo Ferreira AndreSouth America
Alysson Marendaz MarinsSouth America
Igor TkalcevicEurope
Shandong Luneng TaishanForeign PlayersContinent
Predrag PazinEurope
Aleksander ZivkovicEurope
Nikola MalbasaEurope
Branko BakovicEurope
Shanghai ShenhuaForeign PlayersContinent
Saul MartinezNorth America
Hamilton RicardSouth America
Fernando CorreaSouth America
Diego AlonsoSouth America
Sergio BlancoSouth America
Dalian ShideForeign PlayersContinent
Zoran JankovicEurope
Miodrag AndelkovicEurope
Darko DrinicEurope
Tianjin TedaForeign PlayersContinent
Jurica VuckoEurope
Darko MaticEurope
Vidak BraticEurope
Taila de Souza CharlesSouth America
Marcio SantosSouth America
Wuhan GuangguForeign PlayersContinent
Vicente de Paula NetoSouth America
Bruno Lanca AndradeSouth America
Roberto AleixoSouth America
Qingdao ZhongnengForeign PlayersContinent
Benedict AkwuegbuAfrica
Igor BudisaEurope
Dumitru MituEurope
Liaoning FCForeign PlayersContinent
Clement LebeAfrica
Ryan GriffithsAustralia
Victor BrovchenkoEurope
Changsha GindeForeign PlayersContinent
Aboubakar OumarouAfrica
Garba LawalAfrica
Cedomir MijanovicEurope
Sasa ZoricEurope
Sandro Cardoso dos SantosSouth America
Zhejiang LvchengForeign PlayersContinent
Argelico FucksSouth America
Eduardo MarquesSouth America
Wagner da Silva SantosSouth America
Marcelo Rosa da SilvaSouth America
Alex Chandre de OliveiraSouth America
Henan JianyeForeign PlayersContinent
Arthur GomezAfrica
Imed Ben YounesAfrica
Ivo TrenchevEurope
Darko KremenovicEurope
Olivia FauconnierNorth America
Shaanxi BaorongForeign PlayersContinent
Ronny Carlos da SilvaSouth America
Rafael ScheidtSouth America
Sergio JuniorSouth America
Juan Manuel OliveraSouth America
Shenzhen ShangqingyinForeign PlayersContinent
Bamba MoussaAfrica
Kamata DramaneAfrica
Milson Ferreira dos SantosSouth America
Xiamen LanshiForeign PlayersContinent
QuinzinhoAfrica
Gabriel MelkamAfrica
Branko JelicEurope
Sasa ZoricEurope
2008Foreign PlayersContinent
Shandong Luneng TaishanAleksandar ZivkovicEurope
Miljan MrdakovicEurope
Luciano RatinhoSouth America
Alejandro CicheroSouth America
Shanghai Shenhua LianshengForeign PlayersContinent
Erick ScottNorth America
Emil MartinezNorth America
Matias Alberto MarchesiniSouth America
Hamilton RicardSouth America
Justo Rolando MezaSouth America
Beijing GuoanForeign PlayersContinent
Stojan IgnatovEurope
Ovidiu BurcaEurope
Elvis ScottNorth America
Walter MartinezNorth America
Tiago HonorioSouth America
Tianjin MasterkongForeign PlayersContinent
Mariko DaoudaAfrica
Darko MaticEurope
Marius RaduEurope
Jonhas Elias Pinto dos SantosSouth America
Eber Luis CucchiSouth America
Shaanxi Neo-China ChanbaForeign PlayersContinent
Vicente de Paula NetoSouth America
Ronny Carlos da SilvaSouth America
Rafael ScheidtSouth America
Changchun YataiForeign PlayersContinent
Guillaume Dah ZadiAfrica
Gabriel MelkamAfrica
Dumitru MituEurope
Elvis ScottNorth America
Samuel CaballeroNorth America
Guangzhou GPC ZhongyiForeign PlayersContinent
Ismael Enrique AlvaradoEurope
Luis RamirezNorth America
Diego de Lima BarcelosSouth America
Jose Filho DuarteSouth America
Ismael Enrique AlvaradoSouth America
Qingdao Shengwen JongyiForeign PlayersContinent
Jean-Paul NdekiAfrica
Dragan StancicEurope
Marko SocanacEurope
Mitchel BrownNorth America
Zhejiang GreentownForeign PlayersContinent
Karim BenounesAfrica
Mohamed AbougrishaAfrica
Ahmed Salah HosnyAfrica
Yordan VarbanovEurope
Slavco GeorgievskiEurope
ValdoSouth America
Henan SiwulaojiaoForeign PlayersContinent
Obi MonekeAfrica
Ivo TrenchevEurope
Emmanuel OlisadebeEurope
GilsinhoSouth America
Douglas Roberto dos SantosSouth America
Changsha GindeForeign PlayersContinent
Nevil DedeEurope
Milan NikolicEurope
Sandro Cardoso dos SantosSouth America
Tales Rejane CabeceiraSouth America
Aboubakar OumarouAfrica
Shenzhen Xiangxue ShangqingyinForeign PlayersContinent
Johnson MacabaAfrica
Edson Ferreira da SilvaSouth America
Felipe Arruda MenegonSouth America
Michel Marcio ValenzuelaSouth America
Chengdu BladesForeign PlayersContinent
Kim Yong-JunAsia
Igor TkalcevicEurope
Demar StewartNorth America
Aurelicio Neres RodriguesSouth America
Denilson SouzaSouth America
Dalian HaichangForeign PlayersContinent
James ChamangaAfrica
Kaloyan KaradzhinovEurope
Georgi ChilikovEurope
Vedran CeliscakEurope
Dragan VukmirEurope
Liaoning WhowinForeign PlayersContinent
Delain SasaAfrica
Raman KirenkinEurope
Jefferson FeijaoSouth America
Jose Roberto LuciniSouth America
Wuhan South Asia Optics ValleyForeign PlayersContinent
Cesar La PagliaSouth America
Danilo Moreira SerranoSouth America
Gustavo Saibt MartinsSouth America
Emerson Roberto Conceicao AleixoSouth America
Pablo MunhozSouth America
2009Foreign PlayersContinent
Beijing GuoanWilliam Paul ModiboAfrica
Ryan GriffithsAustralia
Joel GriffithsAustralia
Darko MaticEurope
Emil MartinezNorth America
Changchun YataiForeign PlayersContinent
Gabriel MelkamAfrica
Matt MckayAustralia
Sadriddin AbdullaevAsia
Branimir SubasicEurope
Elvis ScottNorth America
Samuel CaballeroNorth America
Ricardo SteerNorth America
Henan JianyeForeign PlayersContinent
Obi MonekeAfrica
Song Tae-LimAsia
Emmanuel OlisadebeEurope
NettoSouth America
Shandong Luneng TaishanForeign PlayersContinent
Roda AntarAsia
Aleksandar ZivkovicEurope
Miljan MrdakovicEurope
Sandro Cardoso dos SantosSouth America
Alejandro CicheroSouth America
Shanghai ShenhuaForeign PlayersContinent
Mark MilliganAustralia
Vyacheslav HlebEurope
Yanko ValkanovEurope
Andres OperEurope
Aleksander RodicEurope
Hernan BarcosSouth America
Tianjin TedaForeign PlayersContinent
Mark BridgeAustralia
Zaynitdin TadjiyevAsia
Jean-Philippe CailletEurope
Damiano TommasiEurope
Alin ChitaEurope
Eber Luis CucchiSouth America
Chengdu BladesForeign PlayersContinent
Brendon SantalabAustralia
Ryang Myong-IIAsia
Oumar KondeEurope
Demar StewartNorth America
Roen NelsonNorth America
Auricelio Neres RodriguesSouth America
Agnaldo Novaes dos SantosSouth America
Dalian ShideForeign PlayersContinent
Alain MasudiAfrica
James ChamangaAfrica
Jeon Woo-KeunAsia
Ahn Jung-HwanAsia
Adan VergaraSouth America
Guangzhou GPCForeign PlayersContinent
Luis RamirezNorth America
Diego de Lima BarcelosSouth America
Diogo de Lima BarcelosSouth America
Ismael Enrique AlvaradoSouth America
Jiangsu SaintyForeign PlayersContinent
Aleksandr KletskovAsia
Carlos Mario Ceballos AgualimpiaSouth America
Eleilson Farias de MouraSouth America
GeninhoSouth America
Rodolfo Kumbrevicius Andorno de OliveiraSouth America
Carlos CeballosSouth America
Leiner Gomez ViafaraSouth America
ShenzhenForeign PlayersContinent
Mouchid Iyane LyAfrica
Massamasso TchangaiAfrica
Aleksey NikolaevAsia
Marko ZoricEurope
Hernan BarcosSouth America
Adonis Soares PavaniSouth America
Renan Augustinho MarquesSouth America
Shaanxi RenheForeign PlayersContinent
Edison JosephAfrica
Jonas SalleyAustralia
Marvin AvilaNorth America
Vicente de Paula NetoSouth America
Ronny Carlos da SilvaSouth America
Estevao Alvarenga ToniatoSouth America
Qingdao JonoonForeign PlayersContinent
Abdoul-Aziz NikiemaAfrica
Pascal KondaponiAfrica
Hussein Alaa HusseinAsia
Lee Tae-YoungAsia
Hugo CarreiraEurope
Dragan StancicEurope
Marko SocanacEurope
Changsha GindeForeign PlayersContinent
Billy MwanzaAfrica
Sim Jae-WonAsia
Kim Eun-JungAsia
Lee Sang-IIAsia
Jefferson FeijaoSouth America
Hangzhou GreentownForeign PlayersContinent
Moses SakyiAfrica
Ernest Jeremiah ChukwumaAfrica
Andre de Mello SilvaSouth America
Chongqing LifanForeign PlayersContinent
Liron ZarkoEurope
Johnny Woodly LambertNorth America
Jose Filho DuarteSouth America
Ailton Goncalves da SilvaSouth America
Edgar MartinezSouth America
2010Foreign PlayersContinent
Shandong Luneng TaishanFred BensonEurope
Sinisa RadanovicEurope
Julio Cesar de LeonNorth America
Carlos SantosSouth America
Tianjin TedaForeign PlayersContinent
Alfred EmuejerayeAfrica
Aleksandr KletskovAsia
Farhod TojiyevAsia
Marko ZoricEurope
Rodolfo RodriguezNorth America
Luciano OlguinSouth America
Jose Luis VillanuevaSouth America
Shanghai ShenhuaForeign PlayersContinent
Ali DiabAsia
Matias VillavicencioSouth America
Vicente de Paula NetoSouth America
Aderaldo Ferreira AndreSouth America
Duvier RiascosSouth America
Jean Michel N’LendAfrica
Beijing GuoanForeign PlayersContinent
Ryan GriffithsAustralia
Joel GriffithsAustralia
Darko MaticEurope
Walter MartinezNorth America
ValdoSouth America
Dalian ShideForeign PlayersContinent
James ChamangaAfrica
Ahn Jung-HwanAsia
Martin KamburovEurope
Borko VeselinovicEurope
Porfirio Lopez MezaNorth America
Jose Luis LopezNorth America
Marcio SennaSouth America
Liaoning WhowinForeign PlayersContinent
Boubacar DiarraAfrica
Chris CoyneAustralia
Islom InomovAsia
AndrezinhoSouth America
Felipe de Oliveira ConceicaoSouth America
GilcimarSouth America
Henan JianyeForeign PlayersContinent
Obi MonekeAfrica
Amado DialloAfrica
Song Tae-LimAsia
Emmanuel OlisadebeEurope
Milos BajalicaEurope
Goran GavrancicEurope
NettoSouth America
Changchun YataiForeign PlayersContinent
Lee Se-InAsia
Milos MihajlovEurope
Johnny Woodly LambertNorth America
Samuel CaballeroNorth America
Sebastian SettiSouth America
NeiSouth America
Ricardo SteerSouth America
Shaanxi RenheForeign PlayersContinent
Mohamed KallonAfrica
Jonas SalleyAustralia
Ivan BrecevicEurope
Cedric SabinEurope
Milos BajalicaEurope
Lyle MartinNorth America
Celio Ferreira dos SantosSouth America
Jiangsu SaintyForeign PlayersContinent
Victor AgaliAfrica
Aluspah BrewahAfrica
Park Jae-HongAsia
Eber Luis CucchiSouth America
Eleilson Farias de MouraSouth America
GeninhoSouth America
Pedro Henrique MartinsSouth America
ShenzhenForeign PlayersContinent
Hussein Alaa HusseinAsia
Vyacheslav HlebEurope
Yanko ValkanovEurope
Andy NageleinEurope
Aleksandr ZivkovicEurope
Chris KillenAustralia
Ivan VicelichAustralia
Tiago HonorioSouth America
Nanchang HengyuanForeign PlayersContinent
Adel AbdullahAsia
Asqar JadigerovAsia
Kevaughn ConnellNorth America
BetoSouth America
Francisco Alex MoraesSouth America
Alexsandro da SilvaSouth America
Qingdao JonoonForeign PlayersContinent
Lee Jon-MingAsia
Lee Yoon-SupAsia
Ninoslav MilenkovicEurope
Stjepan JukicEurope
Ivan VukomanovicEurope
Aleksandr RodicEurope
Tomislav MisuraEurope
Chongqing LifanForeign PlayersContinent
Mariko DaoudaAfrica
Andrew MwesigwaAfrica
Cho Se-KwonAsia
Bruno SiklicEurope
Dusan DokicEurope
Johnny Woodly LambertNorth America
Jose Filho DuarteSouth America
Changsha GindeForeign PlayersContinent
Akanni-Sunday WasiuAfrica
Woo Choo-YoungAsia
Frane CacicEurope
Sandro Cardoso dos SantosSouth America
2011Foreign PlayersContinent
Guangzhou EvergrandeDario ConcaSouth America
CleoSouth America
MuriquiSouth America
PaulaoSouth America
Cho Won-HeeAsia
Renato CajaSouth America
Beijing GuoanForeign PlayersContinent
Darko MaticEurope
Walter Julian MartinezNorth America
FrancoisAfrica
Ladji KeitaAfrica
Joel GriffithsAustralia
Roberto Calmon FelixSouth America
DaviSouth America
Liaoning WhowinForeign PlayersContinent
Dean HeffernanAustralia
ValdoSouth America
Jean Michel N’LendAfrica
Vladimir BogdanovicEurope
Kim You-JinAsia
Jiangsu SaintyForeign PlayersContinent
EleilsonSouth America
Paolo de la HazaSouth America
Cristian DanalacheEurope
Aleksandar JevticEurope
Kamoliddin TajievAsia
Alex WilkinsonAustralia
Bruce DjiteAustralia
Shandong Luneng TaishanForeign PlayersContinent
FabianoSouth America
ObinaSouth America
RicardoAfrica
Julio Cesar de LeonNorth America
Roda AntarAsia
Renato SilveSouth America
Qingdao JonoonForeign PlayersContinent
Eber LuisSouth America
Leo SanSouth America
Gabriel MelkamAfrica
Aziz IbrahimovAsia
Ildar MagdeevAsia
Changchun YataiForeign PlayersContinent
DoriSouth America
NeiSouth America
Modeste M’bamiAfrica
Yovanny ArrecheaSouth America
Anzur IsmailovAsia
Radomir KokovicEurope
Hangzhou GreentownForeign PlayersContinent
Randy DiamondNorth America
Luis RamirezNorth America
Paulo PezzolanoSouth America
Sebastian VazquezSouth America
Adam GriffithsAustralia
Matias MasieroSouth America
Shaanxi RenheForeign PlayersContinent
WilsonSouth America
Fabio FirmaniEurope
Derek RiordanEurope
Milos BajalicaEurope
Dino DjulbicAustralia
Tomas OravecEurope
Tianjin TedaForeign PlayersContinent
Luciano OlguinSouth America
Marius BilascoEurope
Marko ZoricEurope
Song Chong-GugAsia
Kwon JipAsia
Obiora OditaAfrica
Shanghai ShenhuaForeign PlayersContinent
Facundo Perez CastroSouth America
Luis SalmeronSouth America
Juan Camilo AnguloSouth America
Eisner Ivan LoboaSouth America
Duvier RiascosSouth America
Abdulkader DakkaAsia
Dalian ShideForeign PlayersContinent
Carlos AdrianoSouth America
Martin KamburovEurope
Murod KholmukhamedovAsia
James ChamangaAfrica
Ahn Jung-HwanAsia
Jeon Kwang-JinAsia
Kim Jin-KyuAsia
Henan JianyeForeign PlayersContinent
Marcos FloresSouth America
FabaoSouth America
NettoSouth America
Christopher KatongoAfrica
Lee Joon-YeobAsia
Thiago JeffersonSouth America
RomuloSouth America
Nanchang HengyuanForeign PlayersContinent
CamiloSouth America
di CarmoSouth America
JohnnySouth America
Paulo RobertoSouth America
Ko Jae-SungAsia
Jonathan RamisSouth America
Diego VeraSouth America
Chengdu BladesForeign PlayersContinent
Brendon SantalabAustralia
RomeroSouth America
John HutchinsonEurope
Jonas SalleyAustralia
Adam KwasnikAustralia
ShenzhenForeign PlayersContinent
Ronald RiveroSouth America
Rony FloresNorth America
Chris KillenAustralia
Janez ZavrlEurope
Takashi RakuyamaAsia
Seiichiro MakiAsia
Ermin RakovicEurope
2012Foreign PlayersContinent
Guangzhou EvergrandeDario ConcaSouth America
CleoSouth America
MuriquiSouth America
PaulaoSouth America
Cho Won-HeeAsia
Lucas BarriosEurope
Kim Young-GwonAsia
Jiangsu Guoxin SaintyForeign PlayersContinent
Sergey KrivetsEurope
EleilsonSouth America
Cristian DanalacheEurope
Aleksandar JevticEurope
Kamoliddin TajievAsia
Miljan MrdakovicEurope
Beijing GuoanForeign PlayersContinent
Darko MaticEurope
Joffre GuerronSouth America
Frederic KanouteAfrica
ReinaldoSouth America
ManuEurope
FrancoisAfrica
Andrija KaluderovicEurope
Guizhou MoutaiForeign PlayersContinent
Zlatan MuslimovicEurope
Rafa JordaEurope
NanoEurope
Ruben SuarezEurope
Dino DjulbicAustralia
Gustavo RodasSouth America
Dalian AerbinForeign PlayersContinent
Fabio RochembackSouth America
Lee AddyAfrica
Seydou KeitaAfrica
Peter UtakaAfrica
Daniel MullenAustralia
Mile SterjovskiAustralia
Gustavo CanalesSouth America
Changchun YataiForeign PlayersContinent
CassioSouth America
WeldonSouth America
MarquinhosEurope
Edixon PereaSouth America
Anzur IsmailovAsia
Marko LjubinkovicEurope
Guangzhou R&FForeign PlayersContinent
Rafael CoelhoSouth America
DaviSouth America
JumarSouth America
Yakubu AiyegbeniAfrica
Rostyn GriffithsAustralia
LeonardoSouth America
Tianjin TedaForeign PlayersContinent
Vladimir JovancicEurope
Velice SumulikoskiEurope
Sjoerd ArsEurope
Lucian GoianEurope
Milan SusakAustralia
Akpo SodjeEurope
Shanghai ShenhuaForeign PlayersContinent
MoisesSouth America
Giovanni MorenoSouth America
Didier DrogbaAfrica
Nicolas AnelkaEurope
Joel GriffithsAustralia
Mario BozicEurope
Mathieu MansetEurope
Liaoning WhowinForeign PlayersContinent
Pablo BrandanSouth America
Vlatko GrozdanoskiEurope
Milos TrifunovicEurope
Kim You-JinAsia
Hangzhou GreentownForeign PlayersContinent
FabricioSouth America
MazolaSouth America
RenatinhoSouth America
Jeong Dong-HoAsia
Kim Dong-JinAsia
Shandong Luneng TaishanForeign PlayersContinent
Leonardo PisculichiSouth America
Gilberto MacenaSouth America
Simao Mate JuniorAfrica
Jose OrtigozaSouth America
Roda AntarAsia
FabianoSouth America
ObinaSouth America
Qingdao JonoonForeign PlayersContinent
Bruno MeneghelSouth America
Leo SanSouth America
Gabriel MelkamAfrica
Aziz IbrahimovAsia
Krunoslav LovrekEurope
Dalian ShideForeign PlayersContinent
Carlos AdrianoSouth America
Martin KamburovEurope
Ricardo EstevesEurope
James ChamangaAfrica
Park Dong-HyunAsia
Shanghai ShenxinForeign PlayersContinent
Antonio FlavioSouth America
JohnnySouth America
Jailton ParaibaSouth America
Anselmo TadeuSouth America
Jonas SalleyAustralia
Henan JianyeForeign PlayersContinent
AdailtonSouth America
NettoSouth America
Isaac ChansaAfrica
Christopher KatongoAfrica
Son Jeung-JoonAsia
Marcos FloresSouth America
Enis HajriAfrica
2013Foreign PlayersContinent
Guangzhou EvergrandeDario ConcaSouth America
ElkesonSouth America
MuriquiSouth America
Kim Young-GwonAsia
Lucas BarriosSouth America
Shandong Luneng TaishanForeign PlayersContinent
Leonardo PisculichiSouth America
Vagner LoveSouth America
Gilberto MacenaSouth America
Roda AntarAsia
Ryan McGowanAustralia
Marius NiculaeEurope
Beijing GuoanForeign PlayersContinent
Darko MaticEurope
Joffre GuerronSouth America
Frederic KanouteAfrica
Peter UtakaAfrica
Egor KrimetsAsia
Andre LimaSouth America
Guizhou RenheForeign PlayersContinent
Zvjezdan MisimovicEurope
Zlatan MuslimovicEurope
Rafa JordaEurope
NanoEurope
Jonas SalleyAustralia
Dalian AerbinForeign PlayersContinent
Fabio RochembackSouth America
Guillaume HoarauEurope
Seydou KeitaAfrica
Nabil BahaAfrica
Daniel MullenAustralia
Peter UtakaAfrica
Guangzhou R&FForeign PlayersContinent
Eddy BosnarAustralia
Rafael CoelhoSouth America
DaviSouth America
Yakubu AiyegbeniAfrica
Rostyn GriffithsAustralia
JumarSouth America
Shanghai ShenxinForeign PlayersContinent
Antonio FlavioSouth America
JohnnySouth America
KiezaSouth America
Jailton ParaibaSouth America
Michael MarroneAustralia
Shanghai ShenhuaForeign PlayersContinent
Rolando SchiaviSouth America
Patricio ToranzoSouth America
DadyAfrica
Giovanni MorenoSouth America
Firas Al-KhatibAsia
Shanghai SIPGForeign PlayersContinent
Daniel McBreenAustralia
Luis CabezasSouth America
Ransford AddoAfrica
Iban CuadradoEurope
Bernie Ibini-IseiAustralia
Chris DickinsonAfrica
Liaoning WhowinForeign PlayersContinent
Pablo BrandanSouth America
EduSouth America
Milos TrifunovicEurope
James ChamangaAfrica
Shavkat MullajanovAsia
Tianjin TedaForeign PlayersContinent
AndrezinhoSouth America
BareSouth America
Eder LimaSouth America
Carmelo ValenciaSouth America
Erik PaartaluAustralia
Dinelson LimaSouth America
Vladimir JovancicEurope
Hangzhou GreentownForeign PlayersContinent
MazolaSouth America
Davy Claude AnganAfrica
Masashi OguroAsia
Luka ZinkoEurope
Kim Dong-JinAsia
Marek JarolimEurope
Jiangsu SaintyForeign PlayersContinent
Hamdi SalihiEurope
EleilsonSouth America
Cristian DanalacheEurope
Aleksandar JevticEurope
Kamoliddin TajievAsia
Sergey KrivetsEurope
Changchun YataiForeign PlayersContinent
Eder BaianoSouth America
EninhoSouth America
IsacSouth America
Jan RezekEurope
Anzur IsmailovAsia
Matt MckayAustralia
Ze CarlosSouth America
Qingdao JonoonForeign PlayersContinent
Pablo CaballeroSouth America
GustavoSouth America
Bruno MeneghelSouth America
Gabriel MelkamAfrica
Joel GriffithsAustralia
George MouradAsia
Sherzod KarimovAsia
Wuhan ZallForeign PlayersContinent
Garra DembeleAfrica
BentleyAfrica
Jacques FatyAfrica
Milos StojanovicEurope
Cho Won-HeeAsia
SantosSouth America
Novak MartinovicEurope
2014Foreign PlayersContinent
Guangzhou EvergrandeElkesonSouth America
Rene JuniorSouth America
Alessandro DiamantiEurope
Alberto GilardinoEurope
Kim Young-GwonAsia
MuriquiSouth America
Beijing GuoanForeign PlayersContinent
Pablo BatallaSouth America
Darko MaticEurope
Dejan DamjanovicEurope
Erton FejzullahuEurope
Ha Dae-SungAsia
Joffre GuerronSouth America
Peter UtakaAfrica
Guangzhou R&FForeign PlayersContinent
DaviSouth America
Abderrazak HamdallahAfrica
Aaron SamuelAfrica
Park Jong-WooAsia
Jang Hyun-SooAsia
Ken IlsoEurope
Shandong Luneng TaishanForeign PlayersContinent
Lucas ViatriSouth America
Paulo AndreSouth America
Paulo HenriqueSouth America
Giovanni MorenoSouth America
Cho Byung-KukAsia
Luis Carlo RuizSouth America
Firas Al-KhativAsia
Shanghai East AsiaForeign PlayersContinent
Ransford AddoAfrica
Imad KhaliliAsia
Iban CuadradoEurope
Tobias HysenEurope
Daniel McBreenAustralia
Guizhou MoutaiForeign PlayersContinent
Zvjezdan MisimovicEurope
HyuriSouth America
Mike HankeEurope
Krzysztof MaczynskiEurope
Jonas SalleyAustralia
Zlatan MuslimovicEurope
Tianjin TedaForeign PlayersContinent
AndrezinhoSouth America
BareSouth America
Eder LimaSouth America
Carmelo ValenciaSouth America
Mohammed Ali KhanAsia
Jiangsu SaintyForeign PlayersContinent
EleilsonSouth America
EliasSouth America
Edison TolozaSouth America
Roda AntarAsia
Yoon Sin-YoungAsia
Dejan DamjanovicEurope
Shanghai GreenlandForeign PlayersContinent
Lucas ViatriSouth America
Paulo AndreSouth America
Paulo HenriqueSouth America
Giovanni MorenoSouth America
Cho Byung-KukAsia
Luis Carlos RuizSouth America
Firas Al-KhatibAsia
Liaoning WhowinForeign PlayersContinent
Kevin OrisEurope
Derick OgbuAfrica
Aleksandar JevticEurope
James ChamangaAfrica
Josh MitchellAustralia
Billy CeleskiAustralia
Artyom FiliposyanAsia
Shanghai ShenxinForeign PlayersContinent
EvertonSouth America
JohnnySouth America
Jailton ParaibSouth America
Peter UtakaAfrica
Lim You-HwanAsia
KiezaSouth America
Radomir DalovicEurope
Hangzhou GreentownForeign PlayersContinent
Gilberto MacenaSouth America
Anselmo RamonSouth America
Davy Claude AnganAfrica
Luka ZinkoEurope
Son Dae-HoAsia
Changchun YataiForeign PlayersContinent
Walter IglesiasSouth America
EninhoSouth America
Szabolcs HusztiEurope
Fatos BecirajEurope
Anzur IsmailovAsia
Rafael CoelhoSouth America
Henan JianyeForeign PlayersContinent
Nando RafaelAfrica
Rafael MarquesSouth America
Ryan JohnsonAfrica
Gibril SankohAfrica
Lee Ji-NamAsia
Dalian AerbinForeign PlayersContinent
Esteban SolariSouth America
Bruno MeneghelSouth America
Niklas BackmanEurope
Leon BenkoEurope
Nashat AkramAsia
Harbin YitengForeign PlayersContinent
Adam HughesAustralia
DoriSouth America
RodrigoSouth America
Ricardo SteerSouth America
Choi Hyun-YeonAsia
Noh Hyung-GooAsia
2015Foreign PlayersContinent
Guangzhou Evergrande TaobaoElkesonSouth America
Ricardo GouldartSouth America
PaulinhoSouth America
RobinhoSouth America
Kim Young-GwonAsia
Alan CarvalhoSouth America
Rene JuniorSouth America
Shanghai SIPGForeign PlayersContinent
Dario ConcaSouth America
DaviSouth America
Asamoah GyanAfrica
Tobias HysenEurope
Kim Ju-YoungAsia
Jean Evrard KouassiAfrica
Shandong Luneng TaishanForeign PlayersContinent
Walter MontilloSouth America
AloisioSouth America
Diego TardelliSouth America
Junior UrsoSouth America
JucileiSouth America
Beijing GuoanForeign PlayersContinent
Pablo BatallaSouth America
KleberSouth America
Darko MaticEurope
Dejan DamjanovicEurope
Ha Dae-SungAsia
Erton FejzullahuEurope
Henan JianyeForeign PlayersContinent
IvoSouth America
Eddi GomesEurope
Javier PatinoAsia
Mateusz ZacharaEurope
Jung In-WhanAsia
Shanghai Greenland ShenhuaForeign PlayersContinent
Giovanni MorenoSouth America
Avraam PapadopoulosEurope
Mohamed SissokoAfrica
Demba baAfrica
Tim CahillAustralia
Paulo HenriqueSouth America
Stoppila SunzuAfrica
Shijiazhuang Ever BrightForeign PlayersContinent
Eiour GuojohnsenEurope
Ruben MicaelEurope
Mario RondonEurope
Jacob MulengaAfrica
Cho Yong-HyungAsia
Rodrigo DefendiSouth America
Georgi IlievEurope
Chongqing LifanForeign PlayersContinent
Emanuel GigliottiSouth America
FernandinhoSouth America
Jael FerreiraSouth America
Issam El AdouaEurope
Adrian LeijerAustralia
GutoSouth America
JajaSouth America
Jiangsu Guoxin SaintyForeign PlayersContinent
SammirEurope
Vioar KjartanssonEurope
Solvi OttesenEurope
Marius ConstantinEurope
Sergio EscuderoAsia
EleilsonSouth America
Changchun YataiForeign PlayersContinent
Marcelo MorenoSouth America
Akos ElekEurope
Szabolcs HusztiEurope
Moussa MaazouAfrica
Anzur IsmailovAsia
Hangzhou GreentownForeign PlayersContinent
Anselmo RamonSouth America
Davy Claude AnganAfrica
Roda AntarAsia
Milos BosancicEurope
Matthew SpiranovicAustralia
Bassem BoulaabiAfrica
Imed LouatiAfrica
Liaoning WhowinForeign PlayersContinent
Paulo HenriqueSouth America
Franck BoliAfrica
Derick OgbuAfrica
Eric BicfalviSouth America
Kim Yoo-JinAsia
Josh MitchellAustralia
James ChamangaAfrica
Tianjin TedaForeign PlayersContinent
Hernan BarcosSouth America
Lucas FonsecaSouth America
WagnerSouth America
Cristian TanaseSouth America
Morteza PouraliganjiAsia
AndrezinhoSouth America
Wilmar JordanSouth America
Guangzhou R&FForeign PlayersContinent
RenatinhoSouth America
Jeremy BokilaAfrica
Aaron SamuelAfrica
Michel HerreroEurope
Jang Hyun-SooAsia
Abderrazak HamdallahAfrica
Park Jong-WooAsia
Guizhou MoutaiForeign PlayersContinent
Zvjezdan MisimovicEurope
Sejad SalihovicEurope
HyuriSouth America
Ricardo SantosSouth America
Park Ju-SungAsia
Krzysztof MaczynskiEurope
Magnus ErikssonEurope
Shanghai ShenxinForeign PlayersContinent
EvertonSouth America
JohnnySouth America
Michael BarrantesNorth America
Daniel ChimaAfrica
Ze EduardoSouth America
Lim You-HwanAsia
2016Foreign PlayersContinent
Guangzhou Evergrande TaobaoAlan CarvalhoSouth America
Ricardo GoulartSouth America
PaulinhoSouth America
Jackson MartinezSouth America
Kim Young-GwonAsia
Jiangsu SuningForeign PlayersContinent
Trent SainsburyAustralia
RamiresSouth America
Alex TeixeiraSouth America
Roger MartinezSouth America
Hong Jeong-HoAsia
JoSouth America
SammirEurope
Shanghai SIPGForeign PlayersContinent
Dario ConcaSouth America
ElkesonSouth America
HulkSouth America
Jean Evrard KouassiAfrica
Kim Ju-YoungAsia
Asamoah GyanAfrica
Shanghai Greenland ShenhuaForeign PlayersContinent
Fredy GuarinSouth America
Giovanni MorenoSouth America
Obafemi MartinsAfrica
Demba baAfrica
Kim Kee-heeAsia
Beijing GuoanForeign PlayersContinent
Renato AugustoSouth America
RalfSouth America
Burak YilmazEurope
Igor SergeevAsia
Egor KrimetsAsia
KleberSouth America
Guangzhou R&FForeign PlayersContinent
Apostolos GiannouAustralia
RenatinhoSouth America
Eran ZahaviAsia
Gustav SvenssonEurope
Jang Hyun-SooAsia
BruninhoSouth America
Hebei China FortuneForeign PlayersContinent
AloisioSouth America
Stephane MbiaAfrica
GervinhoAfrica
Gael KakutaEurope
Ersan GulumAustralia
Ezequiel LavezziSouth America
Chongqing LifanForeign PlayersContinent
Emanuel GigliottiSouth America
FernandinhoSouth America
Alan KardecSouth America
Goran MilovicEurope
Jung Woo-YoungAsia
Jael FerreiraSouth America
Yanbian FundeForeign PlayersContinent
Bubacarr TrawallyAfrica
Nikola PetkovicEurope
Ha Tae-GoonAsia
Yoon Bit-GaramAsia
Kim Seung-DaeAsia
Tianjin TedaForeign PlayersContinent
Fredy MonteroSouth America
Malick EvounaAfrica
Zainadine JuniorAfrica
Mbaye DiagneAfrica
Aleksandar JovanovicAustralia
WagnerSouth America
Liaoning WhowinForeign PlayersContinent
Michael ThwaiteAustralia
Assani LukimyaAfrica
Anthony UjahAfrica
James ChamangaAfrica
Dario VidosicAustralia
James TroisiAustralia
Ibrahima ToureAfrica
Changchun YataiForeign PlayersContinent
Marcelo MorenoSouth America
Bruno MeneghelSouth America
Darko MaticEurope
Mislav OrsicEurope
Anzur IsmailovAsia
Julien GoriusEurope
Ognjen OzegovicEurope
Henan JianyeForeign PlayersContinent
IvoSouth America
Javier PatinoAsia
Miral SamardzicEurope
Osman SowEurope
Ryan McGowanAustralia
Eddi GomesEurope
Shandong Luneng TaishanForeign PlayersContinent
Walter MontilloSouth America
GilSouth America
Graziano PelleEurope
Papiss CisseAfrica
JucileiAsia
AloisioSouth America
Diego TardelliSouth America
Hangzhou GreentownForeign PlayersContinent
Matthew SpiranovicAustralia
Denilson GabionettaSouth America
Anselmo RamonSouth America
SammirEurope
Oh Beom-SeokAsia
Tim CahillAustralia
Davy Claude AnganAfrica
Shijiazhuang Ever BrightForeign PlayersContinent
MatheusSouth America
Diego MauricioSouth America
Jean-Philippe MendyEurope
Ruben MicaelEurope
Cho Yong-HyungAsia
Mario RondonSouth America
Jacob MulengaAfrica