|Full name||Chen Zhizhao|
|Date of birth||14 March 1988|
|Place of birth||Panyu, Guangdong, China|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Playing position||Winger / Attacking midfielder|
|Current club||Beijing Guoan|
|2012–2013||→ Corinthians (loan)||2||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 December 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Chen Zhizhao (simplified Chinese: 陈志钊; traditional Chinese: 陳志釗; pinyin: Chén Zhìzhāo; born 14 March 1988), known as Zizao in Brazil, is a Chinese footballer who currently plays for Beijing Guoan in the Chinese Super League.
Chen Zhizhao originally began his football career playing for the Shanghai Shenhua youth team, however he was unable to break into their senior team. He would move to Hong Kong football team Citizen AA at the beginning of the 2007-08 league season to start his professional football career where he would make his competitive debut against Lanwa Redbull in the first game of the season in a 0-0 draw. He quickly established himself within the team and would play in 13 league games and see Citizen come second within the league. Throughout the season he would also play in all of Citizen's cup games and would score his first goal against Eastern AA on 24 November 2007 in a Hong Kong Senior Shield game that Citizen lose 3-1. His following goals would come in the Hong Kong FA Cup where he scored against Eastern AA on 10 May 2008 in a semifinal game that saw them win 1-0. This was then followed by a goal in the final of the FA Cup win against Wofoo Tai Po on 18 May 2008 that saw Citizen win 2-0.
Chen moved back to mainland China and signed a five-year contract with Nanchang Hengyuan on 26 February 2009. He scored three goals as Nanchang finished second in the China League One and won promotion to the Chinese Super League for the first time. Chen's first Super League season was fantasy. He scored 10 goals and assisted 8 times in 30 appearances, which secured Nanchang's stay in the top flight for the next season. He was voted by fans as the most valuable player of the club in the 2010 league season.
Chen was linked with Liga de Honra side C.D. Trofense in January 2011. Trofense was interested with Chen, but Nanchang Hengyuan blocked this transfer. According to Chen's contract with Nanchang Hengyuan on 26 February 2009, if a non-Chinese football club provided a bid of around €200,000 for him before 26 February 2011, then Nanchang would accept the transfer without any condition. However, Nanchang Hengyuan insisted that €200,000 was provided by Chen's agency instead of the Portuguese club, besides, in the new contract which signed in early 2010, there were no related contract terms, so they had enough reasons to block this transfer. Chen refused to return Nanchang after this incident. He didn't make any appearance in the 2011 league season and played for Panyu Pearl, a futsal team in his hometown instead.
In February 2012, Chen was loaned to Campeonato Brasileiro Série A side Corinthians until 31 December 2013. He made his debut for Corinthians in a 2-0 defeat against Cruzeiro on 17 October 2012, coming on for Welder at the 80th minute. Chen made his first start for the club on 20 January 2013, assisting the first goal in a 1-1 draw against Paulista. He returned to Shanghai Shenxin after the 2013 season.
On 11 March 2013, Chen, despite barely playing for Corinthians, was called up to the Chinese national football team by then manager José Antonio Camacho to be a part of the squad that would face Iraq during 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification.
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|Club||Season||Série A||Campeonato Paulista||Copa do Brasil||N/A||Copa Libertadores||Total|
Notes and references
- Match Results: 2007-09-09 at hkfa.com Retrieved 2012-07-17
- Match Results: 2007-11-24 at hkfa.com Retrieved 2012-07-17
- Match Results: 2008-05-10 at hkfa.com Retrieved 2012-07-17
- Match Results: 2008-05-18 at hkfa.com Retrieved 2012-07-17
- 陈志钊身陷与南昌队“合同监” 想转会葡甲球队 at chinanews.com 2011-06-18 Retrieved 2012-07-17 (Chinese)
- 揭秘陈志钊留洋失败始末 不回南昌或三年无球踢 at sports.163.com 2011-02-18 Retrieved 2012-07-17 (Chinese)
- 陳志釗本賽季留洋夢碎 at soccer.sina.com.hk 2011-03-11 Retrieved 2012-07-17 (Chinese)
- 陳志釗下定決心不回頭 仲裁失敗也不回南昌 at Retrieved 2012-07-17 (Chinese)
- "Zizao" é o novo reforço do Corinthians at corinthians.com.br 28/02/12 Retrieved 2012-07-17 (Portuguese)
- 国安正式宣布陈志钊加盟 签约3年身披23号球衣 at sports.sohu.com 2014-02-28 Retrieved 2014-02-28
- Sem jogar pelo Corinthians, Zizao é convocado para amistoso da seleção chinesa
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