Shanghai Shenhua Football Club is one of the oldest professional football clubs in the Chinese Super League. The club has a long and distinguished history, having first been founded in 1951 and being one of the founding ten clubs of the Chinese Football Association that same year. The club have had their ups and downs throughout the decades, with various successes and relegations, but in the last few years they have established themselves as a solid mid-table side in the Chinese Super League.
The team play their home matches at the Hongkou Football Stadium, which is located in the Hongkou district of Shanghai. The stadium is one of the largest professional football stadiums in China and has capacity for over 33,000 spectators. Shenhua have consistently attracted healthy attendance figures with their passionate supporters, and the atmosphere at a game is almost always electric.
The team are owned and operated by the Shanghai International Port Group and are one of the few teams in the Chinese Super League to be owned by a large corporate company. The ownership has allowed the club to achieve a certain level of financial stability and allowed them to make strategic investments in their squad and in other areas such as youth team development.
Shenhua have recorded some impressive success in their time, most recently winning the Chinese Cup in 2012. In addition, the club have also achieved some success in international competitions such as reaching the quarter-finals of the Asian Champions League in 2007.
The current playing squad is mainly a mixture of experienced domestic stars and young homegrown talents, all of whom are aiming to lead the club to more success in the future. With a passionate support and a team of determined players, Shenhua have all the ingredients to become a successful team again in the near future.