Du Wei (footballer)

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Du Wei
杜威
Personal information
Full name Du Wei
Date of birth (1982-02-09) 9 February 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Luoyang, Henan, China
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Shandong Luneng
Number 3
Youth career
1995–2001 Shanghai Cable 02
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2010 Shanghai Shenhua 159 (12)
2005–2006 Celtic (loan) 0 (0)
2010–2012 Hangzhou Greentown 66 (9)
2012– Shandong Luneng 46 (6)
National team
2000–2001 China U-20
2002–2003 China U-23
2001– China 68 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 May 2014
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Du.

Du Wei (Chinese: 杜威; pinyin: Dù Wēi; born 9 February 1982) is a Chinese footballer who currently plays for Shandong Luneng in the Chinese Super League.

Du initially gained recognition for his performances with Shanghai Shenhua which resulted in a call-up from the China national football team and participation in the 2002 FIFA World Cup. This would see foreign interests come from Scottish club Celtic in the form of a loan, however an extension to the loan was never taken up and he returned to Shanghai where he captained them for several seasons before joining Hangzhou Greentown and Shandong Luneng as well as captaining his national team in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup.

Club career[edit]

Du Wei started his professional football career in 2000 playing for third tier football club Shanghai Cable 02 where he was able to play in central defence or defensive midfield before the club were taken over by top tier club Shanghai Shenhua in 2002. At Shenhua, he would immediately command a regular position within the team and by his second season with them he would win the last Chinese Jia-A League league title in 2003 before it was renamed as the Chinese Super League.[1] Unfortunately in 2013 the Chinese Football Association would revoke the title after it was discovered the Shenhua General manager Lou Shifang had bribed officials to be bias to Shenhua in games that season.[2][3]

In the 2004 season, Du Wei would miss much of it through injury and the team would dramatically miss his services, finishing tenth within the league.[4] When he returned from injury, his impressive displays for Shenhua would see Scottish Premiership club Celtic interested in him and his agent Edmund Chu, president of RAMP Management Group, would oversee his move to the Scottish Premier League at the 2005–06 season, on a six-month short term contract, which was hoped to lead to a long term contract. At Celtic, he would make several appearances on the bench before he would finally make his debut in the Scottish Cup third round tie against Clyde on 9 January 2006 in a shock 2–1 defeat.[5] His uninspiring first team debut saw him substituted at half time by Celtic manager Gordon Strachan with his performance seeing him being outplayed by the opposition. After that display, he was dropped from the team and his loan was cut short with him returning to Shanghai.[6]

Back at Shanghai Shenhua, he would continue to command a regular starting place within the team and would eventually become the team's captain by the 2008 league season, however after a disappointing 2009 campaign where Shenhua finished in fifth, the club were willing to listen for offers on him. After a protracted transfer period, he would join top tier side Hangzhou Greentown on 10 March 2010 where he would keep wearing the shirt number 5 for the following season.[7] He would also be named as the club's captain and would immediately settle in the teams defence where he was partnered with his previous teammate Ng Wai Chiu and help guide the club to their best ever league position of fourth and a chance to play in the AFC Champions League for the first time.[8] Leading Hangzhou Greentown into their debut AFC Champions League campaign, he would play in five games as they were knocked out in the group stages, however this was to prove to be the highlight of his career with them as the club couldn't improve upon their previous season league campaign and finished in eighth.[9]

On 3 July 2012, halfway through the 2012 league season, Du was allowed to transfer to fellow top tier side Shandong Luneng.[10] On 7 July 2012, he was immediately placed within the team and made his debut for his new club in a league game against Guizhou Renhe where he also scored as his club won 3–1.[11]

International career[edit]

Du Wei would captain the Chinese under-20 national team and lead them into the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship in Argentina where they were knocked out in the last sixteen by Argentina.[12] His performance within the tournament would see him win the Asian Young Footballer of the Year award[13] and he would then rapidly rise through the Chinese youth teams to graduate into the senior Chinese national football team when he made his debut against Trinidad and Tobago in a friendly on 5 August 2001 in a game that China won 3–0.[14] This led to several further games and despite his lack of experience he was called up into the squad that played at the 2002 FIFA World Cup.[15][16] Due to injury, he was dropped from the national team in the 2004 AFC Asian Cup that reached the final where Arie Haan preferred to play Zheng Zhi in defence.[17] Du was able to regain his position within the national team after the tournament and was recalled for the 2007 AFC Asian Cup squad. When Gao Hongbo became the new Chinese head coach, he chose Du as his captain and he led China to win the 2010 East Asian Football Championship.

International goals[edit]

Results list China's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 26 February 2006 China Tianhe Stadium, Guangzhou  Palestine 1–0 2–0 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualifier
2 21 January 2009 China Yellow Dragon Sports Center, Hangzhou  Vietnam 3–1 6–1 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualifier
3 22 November 2009 China Yellow Dragon Sports Center, Hangzhou  Lebanon 1–0 1–0 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualifier
4 18 December 2010 China Zhuhai Sports Center, Zhuhai  Estonia 1–0 3–0 Friendly international

Career statistics[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

Season Team Country Division Apps Goals
2000 Shanghai Cable 02  China 3
2001 Shanghai Cable 02  China 3
2002 Shanghai Shenhua  China 1 24 0
2003 Shanghai Shenhua  China 1 23 1
2004 Shanghai Shenhua  China 1 14 1
2005 Shanghai Shenhua  China 1 17 1
2005-06 Celtic  Scotland 1 0 0
2006 Shanghai Shenhua  China 1 19 2
2007 Shanghai Shenhua  China 1 15 1
2008 Shanghai Shenhua  China 1 27 3
2009 Shanghai Shenhua  China 1 20 3
2010 Hangzhou Greentown  China 1 27 3
2011 Hangzhou Greentown  China 1 25 2
2012 Hangzhou Greentown  China 1 14 4
2012 Shandong Luneng  China 1 15 4
2013 Shandong Luneng  China 1 21 2
2014 Shandong Luneng  China 1 10 0
Total 271 27

International statistics[edit]

Year National team Apps Goals
2001 China China 3 0
2002 China China 6 0
2003 China China 0 0
2004 China China 0 0
2005 China China 5 0
2006 China China 3 1
2007 China China 6 0
2008 China China 4 0
2009 China China 15 2
2010 China China 12 1
2011 China China 10 0
2012 China China 0 0
2013 China China 4 0
Total 68 4

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Shanghai Shenhua

International[edit]

China PR national football team

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "China 2003". rsssf.com. 18 April 2004. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Details of soccer referee investigation released to public" (in English). chinadaily.com.cn. 2011-03-31. Retrieved 2014-05-20. 
  3. ^ "China Strips Shenhua of 2003 League Title, Bans 33 People for Life". english.cri.cn. 18 February 2013. Retrieved 2014-05-20. 
  4. ^ "China 2004". rsssf.com. 7 April 2005. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Clyde 2–1 Celtic". bbc.co.uk. 8 January 2006. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Du Wei Celtic stay is cut short". bbc.co.uk. 19 January 2006. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "杜威转会风波落下帷幕 朱骏兑现诺言吐露真情". sports.163.com. 25 March 2010. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "China 2010". rsssf.com. 21 June 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "AFC Champions League 2011 Match Summary: Hangzhou Greentown 2–0 Nagoya Grampus". the-afc.com. 1 March 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "杜威转会山东鲁能". sports.sina.com.cn. 3 July 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "Shandong Luneng vs. Guizhou Renhe 3–1". soccerway.com. 7 July 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "FIFA World Youth Championship Argentina 2001: Argentina – China PR 2:1". fifa.com. 27 June 2001. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  13. ^ "Fan Zhiyi Named Asian Player of the Year". People's Daily. 18 May 2002. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "中国 3–0 特立尼达和多巴哥". teamchina.freehostia.com. 5 August 2001. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  15. ^ "2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan: Brazil – China PR 4:0". fifa.com. 8 June 2002. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  16. ^ "2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan: Turkey – China PR 3:0". fifa.com. 13 June 2002. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  17. ^ "Asian Cup 2004 China Finale". weltfussball.de. 7 August 2004. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Yu Weiliang
Shanghai Shenhua F.C. captain
2004–2005
Succeeded by
Xiao Zhanbo
Preceded by
Li Weifeng & Jiang Kun
Shanghai Shenhua F.C. captain
2008–2009
Succeeded by
Cheng Liang
Preceded by
Zheng Zhi
China national football team captain
2008–2011
Succeeded by
Zheng Zhi
Preceded by
Ng Wai Chiu
Hangzhou Nabel Greentown F.C. captain
2010–2012
Succeeded by
Wang Song