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Yunnan Flying Tigers F.C.

March 18, 2019

Yunnan Flying Tigers Football Club (Chinese云南飞虎足球俱乐部) is a professional Chinese football clu based in LijiangYunnan and their home stadium is the Lijiang Sports Development Centre Stadium that has a seating capacity of 22,400. The clubs current major investors are the Kunming Minjian Mechanical & Electrical Equipment Limited Company along with Lijiang Materials Co. Ltd. and Lijiang Lijiang Taihe Group.

History[edit]

After the disbandment of Yunnan Lijiang Dongba F.C. in 2006 it was decided by the Yunnan Sports Bureau, Yunnan Football Association, Lijiang Municipal People’s Government, Lijiang Sports Bureau and Lijiang Football Association to help form another professional football team to help represent the province.[1] This was realised on September 2012 when Lijiang Jiayunhao F.C. was officially registered within the Chinese football association to participate the 2013 China League Twodivision and by December 5, 2012 Niu Hongli was appointed as their first Head coach.[2] The Lijiang Sports Development Centre Stadium was chosen as their home location and the team played in an all green home kit.[3] On May 6, 2013 Kunming Minjian Mechanical & Electrical Equipment Limited Company along with Lijiang Materials Co. Ltd. and Lijiang Lijiang Taihe Group. would all become major investors within the team.[4][5]

In their debut season the club would reach the divisions play-off where they were knocked out in the quarter-finals by Hebei Zhongji 3-2 on aggregate.[6] By the 2015 league season the club would change their crest and colours to blue.[7] After several seasons where they continued to reach the division play-off the club finally gained promotion when the clubs Head coach Zhang Biao lead them to win the division after defeating Baoding Yingli Yitong F.C. 2-0 in the play-off final. In January 2017, Lijiang Jiayunhao F.C. changed their name to Yunnan Lijiang F.C..[8] Their nickname Flying Tigers is a homage to the famous 1st American Volunteer Group in World War II, nicknamed the Flying Tigers, based at Yunnan in China.[9]

In January 2018, Yunnan Lijiang F.C. changed their name to Yunnan Flying Tigers F.C..[10] The club was revealed for arrearage of salary at the end of 2018 season.[11]On 26 February 2019, Yunnan Flying Tigers officially quit from Chinese professional league system.[12]

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