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Du Wei leaves Hangzhou Greentown for Shandong Luneng

In a surprise move, former Chinese National Team captain and Celtic F.C. central defender confirmed a transfer from Hangzhou Greentown to Shandong Luneng for a reported minimum of RMB 10 million. Du Wei’s departure leaves Hangzhou Greentown with the task of replacing the team captain, defensive stalwart, and leading scorer thus far in the 2012 season.

Du Wei arrived at Hangzhou Greentown in 2010 and in the same year helped the club achieve its best ever finish, fourth place, in the CSL and first bid in the Asian Champions League. Before Hangzhou Du Wei was a regular fixture for Shanghai Shenhua and spent a loan spell at Celtic F.C. in 2006. The 30-year-old’s experience will be sorely missed at Greentown, a club dominated by youth, as well as his offensive threat that has already tallied four goals this season.

The move is reported to be financially motivated, with Shandong offering an improved contract and Hangzhou Greentown cashing in on the in-form player during a period of financial difficulties for the club. However, Greentown coach Okada has stated his reluctance to part with the defender and is known to have insisted Du remain part of Greentown after previous offers from Wuhan and Guangzhou R&F. Nonetheless Du joins a list of Hangzhou Greentown players who have left in the last six months including Rong Hao (RMB 12 million to Guangzhou Evergrande), Xiang Jinpeng (RMB 8 million to Dalian Aerbin), collectively amounting to over RMB 30 million in money coming in.

With the loss of such an impact player comes speculation of an incoming transfer at Greentown FC. Then again, Okada has been increasingly relying on upcoming youth of Greentown and is likely to wait until after this Sunday’s fixture away against Qingdao to make any kind of decision. Regardless, the departure of no. 5 will be missed by the Greentown faithful.

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. Steve

    04/07/2012 at 16:54

    How many weeks of Anelka’s salary would it take to afford a Du Wei or 2? Back-of-an-envelope calculation says a few weeks of Le-Stroll-Around-Nonchelantly would have been better spent here…

  2. Kimo

    05/07/2012 at 20:19

    Hmm…I wonder whether Okada is regretting that he decided to coach Greentown.

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