Anhui football was reborn in the fire and won the final battle after the chaos in the armor.

  Sohu Sports News: Even though it was full of endless rumors, the Anhui team beat Guangxi with a total score of 5-2 in the third place final of the Chinese Football League II in 2008. Since Lepusheng started to build the team, it took Anhui team eleven years to succeed in Chongjia.

  If you are not an Anhui fan, you don’t know how hard this moment has come. In 1998, Anhui Lepusheng met Qingdao Hailifeng in the quarter-finals of the second division. At that time, Lepusheng had won Qingdao twice in the group stage, but in this knockout, Anhui team was eliminated by the opponent’s penalty. The Football Night of Central Five once reported the final of China B. At that time, the Anhui team was called the "old second-class team", and the hat of this old second-class team could finally be taken off in 2007. Let’s review the stormy course of Anhui team. Anhui is the last province in central and eastern China with a professional team, but Anhui fans should still be proud of this team. After eleven years of suffering, it finally ended in the cold wind that looked bleak at the end of 2007.

  Anhui Football before Professionalization: Only One Class A Experience

  Anhui’s team-building history can be traced back to 1930, when the Anhui team participated in the football match of the 4th National Games held in April. At that time, it lost to Tianjin 0-9 in the second group preliminaries and missed the semi-finals. Subsequently, Anhui team participated in the 5th and 6th National Games in 1933 and 1936, and lost to Guangdong team 0-18 and Hong Kong team 0-19 respectively.

  In 1965, 1975, 1979 and 1983, Anhui team participated in the football preliminaries of the second, third, fourth and fifth national games in new China, and only in 1979 did it enter the final stage of the fourth national games, and the other three games were eliminated in the preliminaries. In the fourth national games, Anhui team was 0: 4 Shandong, 0: 2 PLA, 0. From 1987 to 2005, from the Sixth National Games to the Tenth National Games, Anhui teamed up to participate in the men’s soccer competition.

  From 1958 to 1982, Anhui team participated in 12 national football leagues (including non-divisional preliminaries). In 1982, it won the fourth place in the second division, and entered the first division for the first time in history (quite later A and Super League). In 1984, Anhui team won the 16th place in the first division, and won 8 victories, including a 1-0 victory over Shanghai. This year, Anhui team was relegated. Then from 1985 to 1988, Anhui team struggled for four years in the second division, and was dissolved because of the Olympic gold medal strategy of the provincial sports bureau.

  Lepson era: three years of armor-piercing, heroes full of tears.

  In 1996, Anhui Lepusheng Club, which was invested by Hainan Lepusheng, was established, with Zhang Jingtian as the head coach. In this year, Anhui Lepusheng qualified at the end of the second-division group stage, but the football craze has risen in Anhui. In November of the same year, Lepusheng Group invited Bayi, Liaoning Hangxing and Jinan Taishan General (Shandong Luneng) to hold the 96 Hefei Football Championship. At that time, Anhui Lepusheng narrowly defeated Jinan Taishan General 2-3.

  In 1997, Anhui Lepusheng was coached by Dalian native Guo Xinyuan, ranking sixth in the Eastern Division of the Second Division and failing to reach the final. In 1998, Lepusheng Group acquired Guangxi Yinli, an old-fashioned B-team, which won the eighth place in A-B in 1992. Anhui Lepusheng rebuilt a new team based on Guangxi Yinli, which was coached by former Guangxi Yinli coach Luo Dengren. Lepusheng reached the B-League finals and narrowly lost Qingdao Hailifeng in the quarter-finals. After the game, the appearance of Lepson players crying was photographed by the reporter of "Football Night" of Central Five.

  After three years of failure in rushing to the first division, Lepusheng Group had no interest in investing in football. The team was resold to Wuhan Yaqi for 1.2 million yuan, and then transferred to Mianyang, Sichuan by Wuhan Yaqi. Many of them experienced the case of "A B Five Rats" at the end of 2001.

  Post-Lepson Era: Six Years of Chaos

  In 1999 and 2000, Anhui did not team up to participate in the second division. In 2001, it was reported that Hefei intended to form a second-division team. In April 2002, A B Qingdao Hailifeng transferred the team home to Hefei and renamed it Hefei Chuangyi. It should be pointed out that this is a successful commercial operation, but it is not a football industry operation. Qingdao Hailifeng eliminated Anhui Lepusheng in 1998, and this time we invited them in. Hailifeng reaped rich sponsorship fees and ticket income from Hefei. At the end of this year, Qingdao Hailifeng moved out of Hefei, and Hefei Chuangyi disappeared.

  In 2003, Anhui Football Sports Management Center registered a second-class team, Anhui Cyclone, which was later renamed as Anhui Laomingguang. In 2003, Anhui team was re-established. This team needs to remember No.5 central defender Li Zhijun. Li Zhijun played for Lepusheng in Anhui in 1998. In 2003 and 2004, two bad second-division seasons, almost all Anhui fans were reluctant to mention the 2004 season, when the team played extremely badly. Even so, in the 21st round in October, 2004, more than 100 Anhui fans went to Shanghai to watch the match between Anhui Laomingguang and Shanghai Jiucheng. At that time, Anhui team lost 2-0 to its opponent, while Shanghai Jiucheng later changed its name to Shanghai Liancheng, and this season, it merged with Shanghai Shenhua to win the A3 League championship.

  2005-2007: The Last Battle

  From 2005 to 2007, the three-year B-class journey of Jiuhuashan (Jiufang) in Anhui Province almost cloned the journey of Lepusheng in Anhui Province from 1996 to 1998. In 2005, the Anhui team reached the quarter-finals with the fourth place in the Southern District. Their opponent was Huitong in Tibet, the top player in the Northern District, whose boss was Wang Po, and the Tibetan side even invited Nian Wei Su as a consultant. Anhui eliminated its opponents 1-1 and 1-0 in two rounds, but was eliminated by Beijing Hongdeng in the semi-final.

  In 2006, the national second-division league was the most stable season for Anhui team in the past 30 years. Anhui team ranked first in the second-division joint southern district with 37 points in 16 battles, and it was the team with the most points in the group stage. Qingdao was defeated 4-1 in the quarterfinals and lost to Harbin Yiteng 8-9 in the semi-finals. This is the most stable season for Anhui team. Even in 2007, the performance of Anhui army was not as good as that of the previous year.

  In 2007, Anhui team experienced various unfavorable factors such as changing coaches and default rumors, but Anhui team still resisted the pressure and rushed to the first class. Now, all Anhui fans should enjoy this moment, and nothing else needs to be said. (Sohu Sports Qian Kun)

Editor: Liu Xinlong