|Full name||Gao Lin|
|Date of birth||14 February 1986|
|Place of birth||Zhengzhou, Henan, China|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Playing position||Striker / Winger|
|1999–2001||Qinhuangdao Football School|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 July 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Gao Lin (Chinese: 郜林; pinyin: Gào Lín; born 14 February 1986 in Zhengzhou) is a Chinese footballer who currently plays for Guangzhou Evergrande in the Chinese Super League. He is considered one of China's most technical strikers and is known by the nickname Gaolinsmann (Chinese: 郜林斯曼).
Gao Lin started his professional football career with Shanghai Shenhua in 2005 where he made his league debut on 21 August 2005 in a 1-0 victory against Liaoning Zhongyu, coming on as a substitute for Xie Hui. While his height and heading ability were quickly utilized, Gao was unable to establish himself as an immediate first team regular within the team throughout the subsequent seasons and often found himself playing on the flanks. It was only once Xie left Shanghai Shenhua at the end of the 2007 league season before Gao started to really establish himself as a regular first team member, playing as striker once more. In the 2008 season, he would score eight goals in twenty one league appearances to help guide Shanghai to a runners-up position at the end of the season.
Despite having his most productive season with Shanghai and establishing himself within the Chinese national team. Gao's contract was up for renewal and his club would transfer list him in early 2009. This saw him linked with his hometown club of Henan Construction as well as K-League club Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, however nothing materialized from these rumours after Gao decided to eventually stay in Shanghai where on 21 February 2009, it was announced that Shanghai and Gao had come to terms about a contract renewal which would expire in 2012.
On 10 March 2010, Gao moved to Guangzhou Evergrande, who were newly relegated to China League One in the fallout of a match-fixing scandal. However, the club's new owners, Evergrande Real Estate Group, were able to tempt Gao with a lucrative 3,000,000 yuan a year deal to play within the second tier. Gao made his China League One debut for Guangzhou against Beijing BIT on 3 April and scored two goals in this match. On 30 October 2010, Guangzhou successfully achieved League One champions for the second time with a 3–1 victory at home to Hunan Billows. Gao Lin's first half hat-trick in this match ensured he finish the season with the League One top scorer, having scored 20 goals, six more than the 14 scored by second-placed Ye Weichao.
Although Guangzhou signed a few strong players to strengthened the team's attacking power including Argentinian Darío Conca and Brazilian Cléo in the 2011 season, Gao was still a regular starting role on the team. He played mostly as the left winger on the field and scored 11 goals in 29 appearances, which was his career high in the first tier league. In this season, Guangzhou successfully achieved Super League champion for the first time in the club's history as Gao won his first first tier league title with the club.
On 15 May 2012, Gao scored his first goal of the season for Guangzhou in a 2–1 away victory against Buriram United in the AFC Champions League, ending a goal drought that stretched 1403 minutes. On 20 May 2012, he scored his first league goal of the season against Qingdao Jonoon in a 1–0 victory, which ended a run of 936 minutes without a goal in the domestic league. On 27 October 2012, Gao scored the decisive goal, assisted by Conca, in the injury time against Liaoning Whowin to give Guangzhou Evergrande their second Super League title and became the first team ever to defend the CSL title.
During the 2012 Chinese FA Cup, Gao received two yellow cards in less than three minutes at the start of the 80th minute. The first yellow card was for dissent on a questionable tackle against a Guizhou Renhe player. The second one came after protesting and dissent which earned him a red card and expelled from playing in the 2nd leg. Later on 12 November 2012, Gao was fined by the CFA for $200,000 USD for his actions in the 1st leg of the final. Later, Gao took to Weibo to publically apologize to his millions of followers and said he "deserved to be punished" because it will help him "to not do it again in the future". Later in November 2012, he was selected as one of the two forwards in the 2012 Chinese Super League Team of the Year. He was the only Chinese forward alongside Romania's Cristian Dănălache of Jiangsu Sainty.
In 2013, his role shifted from an attacking role to an assister in which he provided many assists to the foreign contingent of Elkeson, Dario Conca and Muriqui. Through both the 2013 season and 2013 AFC Champions League, his style of play included more flair as he attempted bicycle kicks and back-heel passes which many lauded. Gao was a cog in the engine of Guangzhou in which he helped it through its golden year to its third success league title. In the league-winning game, he helped the scoring by scoring the third goal for Guangzhou against Shandong Luneng at the away game. This was the second time which Gao has scored in a league-winning game.
Gao made his senior international debut against South Korea on 31 July 2005 in the 2005 East Asian Football Championship where he was sent off mistakenly in the 5th minute by Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura, however the East Asian Football Federation cancelled Gao's red card and apologized to him the next day. After that inauspicious start to his international career, Gao would gradually start to impose himself within the team and despite making his debut in 2005 for the senior national team, Gao would have to wait to score his first goal for China on 21 January 2009 against Vietnam in a 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification game where he scored a hat-trick.
Gao scored a goal against South Korea in 2010 East Asian Football Championship and helped the Chinese national team beat South Korea for the first time ever, ending the team's Koreaphobia. Gao made his debut as a captain for the Chinese national football team on 22 February 2012 and scored in a 2-0 friendly home victory against Kuwait.
- As of 10 July 2014
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Others||Total|
|China PR||League||FA Cup||CSL Cup||Asia||Others1||Total|
|2005||Shanghai Shenhua||Chinese Super League||5||0||1||0||0||0||-||-||6||0|
|2010||Guangzhou Evergrande||China League One||23||20||-||-||-||-||23||20|
|2011||Chinese Super League||29||11||2||0||-||-||-||31||11|
- Chinese Super League: 2011, 2012, 2013
- China League One: 2010
- Chinese FA Cup: 2012
- Chinese FA Super Cup: 2012
- AFC Champions League: 2013
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