Adelaide United has a sister club in the form of Chinese based, Qingdao Red Lions Football Club. Located in the sub-provincial city of Qingdao in the Shandong province, the team is also owned by Adelaide United Chairman, Piet van der Pol, and his consortium after founding the club from scratch in March 2016.
The Red Lions spent the initial three years of their existence in the fourth tier, before gaining promotion to the third division known as China League Two ahead of the 2019 season. Qingdao avoided relegation in their maiden campaign in the third tier, finishing two points above the drop zone.
Adelaide and Qingdao incidentally became sister cities in 2014, building on from a sister state relationship between South Australia and Shandong which was established back in 1986 and has since evolved into a prosperous partnership.
The Shandong province is also one of the most affluent regions in the country, renowned for its wine and agricultural industry among other products and commodities.
Having a sister club in China provides a unique opportunity and important link for Adelaide United as it brings together a group mentality approach, allowing for cross promotions.
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