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View from West Lake: Hangzhou Greentown 0-0 Qingdao Jonoon

Season Opener: Ice Breaker Match Stays Cool in Hangzhou

On a cool and hazy afternoon Hangzhou Greentown opened its 2012 Chinese Super League campaign with a cagey 0-0 tie against Qingdao Jonoon. The match, which marked the return to Huanglong Stadium, remained scoreless thanks to solid goalkeeping from both sides coupled with some woeful finishing. Both managers, new to their positions, can take positive feedback from their season openers, as well as several bright individual performances.

The opening 15 minutes saw cautious approaches from both sides, limiting the number of players pushing forward. Encouraged by a colorful display in attack on the left wing from Renatinho, Hangzhou started to threaten the Qingdao goal. It almost paid off when Du Wei’s header off a Renatinho’s freekick crashed just wide. As the half time mark approached Hangzhou gained momentum, while Qingdao frustratingly picked up several yellow cards and was thankful to go into the locker room without conceding.

The second half saw a complete reversal of roles. Qingdao’s midfield controlled much of the match, creating several chances for a wasteful Zhu Jianrong, otherwise Greentown’s Han Feng was always ready to collect in goal. Greentown nearly capitalized on a counter through Fabricio, who did well to beat the last defender, but shot wide of the mark. Otherwise much of Hangzhou’s second half advances were somewhat easily thwarted.

Clearly, it’s going to take time to develop more team chemistry for the ‘Green Samurais’, especially in transition. The center of the park was largely dominated by Qingdao’s Gabriel Melkam in both directions. Renatinho looks to be a revelation signing with his first performance, but can he deliver results? Overall, both teams will be happy to come away with a tie. Hangzhou, with its new coaching staff and 5 new foreign players, can consider this an “icebreaker match” to hopefully give Okada and co. areas to develop and what to anticipate from Chinese Super League opposition.

Pic: The much anticipated return to Hangzhou’s Huanglong Stadium gave only moments of celebration for eager fans.

Trevor has always been a student of the game, thus becoming a teacher and ambassador for the sport was only natural. In 2010 he joined Sinobal Football Club in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, a grassroots football club founded in 1998. First starting as a player, then as a youth and first team assistant coach, now Trevor spends most of the time coordinating international projects with the club. These include school football co-op projects, China Grassroots Football Foundation in rural areas of China, Street Football, China Grassroots Football exhibition, and finding new opportunities/events to popularize, enhance, and project grassroots football in China. For WEF Trevor contributes primarily on happenings away from the CSL, where, arguably, Chinese football needs the most development. Although coverage on Hangzhou Greetown FC, a partner of Sinobal FC,is to be expected. If you are interested in contacting Trevor or finding out more about grassroots football in China contact trevor.lamb@sinobal.net.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Phollandire

    12/03/2012 at 23:48

    How many attented this match?

  2. Rovertlamb

    13/03/2012 at 14:46

    19,623

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