As was pointed out in GGW posts of March this year Du Wei, captain of China’s East Asian Championship winning team, has re-established himself as a highly rated international player. On the back of this success he became the key pre-season signing for  Greentown,  the green and white wearing club from the beautiful Chinese city of Hangzhou. (see Chinese Torture Parts One and Two)

At last, after 6 games of the new Chinese Super League season, with a  well- marshalled  defence ensuring a clean sheet for the second successive game, Hangzhou Greentown managed to obtain their first victory. The first 5 games had seen two home draws surrounded by three away defeats, leaving Hangzhou anchored to the bottom of the table with just 2 points. Their 6th game was another away one, meaning 4 trips on the road in their first half dozen games. They travelled to Chongqing to take on local side Lifan.

1-0 up at halftime with a goal from Luis Ramirez,  Hangzhou never looked like losing and although they did not score again the Greentown team ended up comfortable winners. The three points gained from this first victory still left them at the bottom of the table but this time as one of a group of 4 clubs on 5 points.

The ultra modern Hangzhou Stadium where Du Wei plies his trade

With two of the next three games at their modern new stadium where they are unbeaten this season, hopefully they can begin the climb out of the relegation places into the mid table safety that realistically should be the height of their ambition this season. With no less than 5 teams on 7 points and 1 on 6 points, a couple more wins  should bring them to relative safety.

Of the three Hondurans signed just before the season started two, the internationalists  centre back cum defensive midfielder  Sabillon and experienced forward Luis Ramirez have quickly become established first team regulars. Wilson Palacios’s older brother Jerry is finding it harder to settle in and has been on the bench for most of the games. The coach Wu Jingui is optimistic that his team can consolidate themselves in the Super League and avoid another relegation like last season when they only survived due to the forced relegation for corruption of two clubs that finished above them.

GGW will continue report regularly on the progress of this green and white clad Chinese club under the determined leadership of Du Wei.