|Full name||Dai Lin|
|Date of birth||November 28, 1987|
|Place of birth||Dalian, Liaoning, China|
|Height||1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Current club||Shanghai Shenhua|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 November 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Dai Lin started his professional football career with Liaoning Zhongyu in 2005 with his debut match against Changsha Ginde F.C. on the 14th of April in a 2-0 win. A versatile player Dai Lin quickly established himself within the team throughout the league season and scored his first goal against Tianjin Teda on July 16 in a 1-0 win. He remained with the team for several further seasons when he helped Liaoning to several mid-table positions until the 2008 Chinese Super League saw Liaoning relegated after a disappointing season when they were relegated on the last day of the season. Despite this setback Dai Lin still attracted the interests from Bosnian side FK Slavija while his transfer listed price stood at £356,212. After deciding not to renew his contract with Liaoning it was believed that he would train with FK Slavija for the start of the new season while the transfer went through. Dai Lin however went back to China with top tier side Shanghai Shenhua half way through the 2009 Chinese league season after only two months with the Bosnian team at a very surprising cut-price deal that saw him go for just £44,000.
At Shenhua he was quickly inserted into their team and would make his debut in a league game on August 2, 2009 against Jiangsu Sainty where he came on as a substitute for Aleksander Rodić in a 2-2 draw. After that game he would quickly go on to become a regular member of the team and score his first goal for the club against Tianjin Teda F.C. in a league game on September 20, 2009 in a 4-0 victory, however his poor disciplinary record saw him limited to only twelve games throughout the season. The following season Dai Lin would show more maturity in defence and become a vital member within the team throughout the 2010 league season, this then saw the new manager Xi Zhikang name Dai Lin as the club's new captain at the beginning of the 2011 league season. As the campaign went on Shenhua would struggle within the league and Dai Lin's performances would come into question after a 2-0 defeat to Shenzhen Ruby on July 31 when it was discovered that he was having relationship problems. This would eventually see Dai Lin stripped of the captaincy when Jean Tigana arrived at the club at the beginning of the 2012 league season.
After gaining some considerable playing time with Liaoning Zhongyu, Dai Lin would soon be included into the Chinese U-23 team and would take part in the 2007 Lunar New Year Cup and the 2007 Toulon Tournament where he twice saw China lose in the final. He would eventually graduate to the men's senior team once he became an integral member of the Shanghai's defence and go on to make his debut in a friendly against Latvia on November 11, 2010 where he came on as a substitute in a 1-0 victory.
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