On 1 March 2010, Evergrande Real Estate Group took over Guangzhou FC for a fee of ￥100 million and the name of the club was officially changed as Guangzhou Evergrande FC.
The head coach of the club during the 2010 season is Lee Jang-Soo from South Korea. With several prominent players joining the club during that season, including Brazilian striker “Muriqui” (Luiz Guilherme da Concei??o Silva) and crucial members of the Chinese national team such as Zheng Zhi, Gao Lin and Sun Xiang, Guangzhou Evergrande FC became League One champions of that season. The club returned to the top flight with three rounds remaining in the league, which brought back hope for the football fans in Guangzhou, and Gao Lin finished that season with the second tier top scorer.
During the 2011 season, Guangzhou Evergrande FC further strengthened its squad with the purchase of Dario Conca, a super star who had been named MVP of Campeonato Brasileiro Série A in both 2009 and 2010. The club set a domestic record for the longest run of 44 unbeaten League matches during that season. Although the team was promoted to the Chinese Super League in the first year, they immediately clinched the league title in late September 2011 despite there were four games yet to play, which made them the “Kaiserslautern in China”. Brazilian Muriqui was the top scorer in the league, and was named Chinese Football Association Footballer of the Year.
During the 2012 season, Marcello Lippi was named as the head coach of Guangzhou Evergrande FC. This marks the beginning of an era in which world famous coaches started to join in the Chinese Super League. During that season, Guangzhou Evergrande FC won the league for the second time in a row, becoming the first team in China to win the Super League title twice in a row, while also securing the Chinese FA Cup and Super Cup to become triple winners for 2012. They also qualified to the quarter finals during their debut in the AFC Champions League.
On 9 October 2012, the opening ceremony for the Evergrande Football School, which is a product of strategic cooperation between the Evergrande Group and Real Madrid, was held. The Evergrande Group invested 1.1 billion yuan for the football school. This marks the beginning of an era in which the Evergrande Group would be devoted to the development of young players in China in order to “revive Chinese football and to cultivate football stars”.
In the 2013 season, by scoring 78 goals and winning 77 points unprecedentedly in the league, Guangzhou Evergrande FC claimed the domestic league title three times in a row, with Lippi named the Coach of the Year and Conca named Chinese Football Association Footballer of the Year. The newly signed Brazilian striker Elkeson topped the scorer’s sheet, and Zeng Cheng, who joined the club that year, was named Best Goalkeeper.
The club also won the 2013 AFC Champions League in the final against FC Seoul, after drawing 2-2 in the first leg in Seoul and 1-1 in the second leg in Guangzhou, becoming the first Chinese side to win the tournament ever since the reforming of Chinese football clubs. By winning the continental title, the club completed their goal of “winning the title of AFC Champions League within 5 years” with two years still remaining. This made them to be the AFC Club of the Year, and the team captain Zheng Zhi became the AFC Footballer of the Year, while Muriqui was named AFC Foreign Player of the Year, AFC Champions League Top Scorer and MVP of the AFC Champions League.
By winning the AFC Champions League, Guangzhou was assured a place in the 2013 FIFA Club World Cup, entering in the quarter-finals, beating the African champions Al Ahly 2–0. The club finished fourth place on the international stage.
The club further strengthened their squad by purchasing Diamanti and Gilartino in the 2014 season. In June 2014, Alibaba Group became another shareholder by investing 1.2 billion yuan to the club, and the name of the club was officially changed into “Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao FC”. The team claimed their fourth domestic league title during that year, which made them the first team to win the Chinese Super League title for four consecutive times. Elkeson’s 28 league goals during that season not only made him the top scorer again, but also set a new record in China. They also advanced to the quarterfinals of the AFC Champions League three times in a row. In November 2014, former FIFA World Player of the Year Fabio Cannavaro became the executive head coach of the club.
Guangzhou purchased two Brazilian players – Goulart and Alan – with two record-breaking transfer fees at the beginning of the 2015 season, while Scolari was named head coach of the club in June. Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao FC made their IPO in November that year, which made them the first Asian football club to go on public.
Despite the injuries which impeded the club at the beginning of that season, Guangzhou eventually claimed its fifth consecutive Chinese Super League titles after staying unbeaten for 26 consecutive rounds. This made Scolari to be awarded best coach of the 2015 Chinese Super League, and Goulart became MVP of the league, while Zeng Cheng won the best goalkeeper award for the second time.
On 21 November 2015, the club won its second continental championship in three years, defeating Al Ahli 1-0 on aggregate in the 2015 AFC Champions League Final. Again, Guangzhou was awarded AFC Club of the Year, and Ricardo Goulart became AFC Foreign Player of the Year, AFC Champions League Top Scorer and MVP of the AFC Champions League.
In the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup, Guangzhou won 2-1 against Club América in the quarter-finals with a header before the final whistle. The team finished fourth in the tournament. Later in that year, the club renewed contracts with several players including Zheng Zhi, Gao Lin, Feng Xiaoting, Zeng Cheng, Huang Bowen, Zheng Long and Liu Jian.
Before the 2016 season began, Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao FC signed Colombian international Jackson Martínez from Atlético de Madrid for 42 million euros, which turned out to be the highest transfer compensation in the history of the club. The club won the Chinese Super Cup with a 2-0 victory over Jiangsu Suning FC in February after renewing its contract with Ricardo Goulart.
At present, Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao FC is believed to be the most successful and most influential football club in Asia.