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SBD Global/January 23, 2013/Franchises

China's Hebei Province Named Home To Second-Division Football Club

China's Hebei province "welcomed its first second-division" football team in more than two decades when Shijiazhuang Yongchang Junhao FC announced its transfer from Fujian province to Shijiazhuang in Hebei, according to Tang Zhe of the CHINA DAILY. The team, formerly known as Fujian Junhao FC, finished third in the second league last season and will this year be based at Shijiazhuang Yutong Int'l Sports Center (CHINA DAILY, 1/21). WILD EAST FOOTBALL's B. Cheng noted the team showed off its new colors and logo on Friday and is being talked about as the "second Evergrande," ready to spend 1B RMB ($161M) during the offseason to earn a Chinese Super League spot. Xu Tao has been named the team's chairman (WILD EAST FOOTBALL, 1/21).
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