Stoppage Time – International Football Blog

China: Shandong Luneng secure third title in five years

Posted in Asian Football by peterbein on November 9, 2010
Han Peng

Han Peng's goals proved vital in Shandong Luneng's title win

Shandong Luneng have won their third Chinese Super League title in the last five years after beating nearest challengers Tianjin Teda to the 2010 championship crown by a distant thirteen points. It proved to be a stroll in the end for Shandong who were unbeaten in their last eleven games of the league season which allowed them to build such a substantial gap as other teams around them were dropping points.

Shandong Luneng were able to top the standings thanks mainly to the goals from Chinese international Han Peng. He has been a consistent performer for the club in recent seasons and managed to score a hat-trick on the last day of the season in a 5-2 drubbing of third place Shanghai Shenhua. Those goals took his tally to eighteen goals for this season which left him second in the goalscoring charts two behind Shanghai Shenhua’s Duvier Riascos. Other noteworthy performers for Shandong included Lebanese international Roda Antar who chipped in with eight goals from midfield and Zheng Zheng, a 23 year old left-back who has started in most games this season and scored three times.

Shandong Luneng qualify for the 2010 AFC Champions League along with Shanghai Shenhua, Tianjin Teda and Hangzhou Greentown whilst, at the bottom of the table, Chongqing Lifan and Changsha Ginde finished in the bottom two places which means they’ll be playing their football in China League One next season with Ghangzhou FC and Chengdu Blades replacing them in the upper house of Chinese football.

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