Li Weifeng

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Li Weifeng
李玮峰
Li Weifeng.jpg
Personal information
Full name Li Weifeng
Date of birth (1978-12-01) 1 December 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth Changchun, Jilin, China
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Tianjin Teda
Number 5
Youth career
1990–1995 Tianjin Locomotive
1996–1998 Shenzhen Jianlibao Youth
1998 Tianjin Locomotive
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2005 Shenzhen Ping'an 151 (8)
2002–2003 Everton (loan) 1 (0)
2006–2008 Shanghai Shenhua 49 (8)
2008 Wuhan Guanggu 2 (0)
2009–2010 Suwon Bluewings 48 (2)
2011– Tianjin Teda 104 (3)
National team
1998–2011 China 112 (14)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 May 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 May 2015
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Li.

Li Weifeng (simplified Chinese: 李玮峰; traditional Chinese: 李瑋峰; pinyin: Lǐ Wěifēng; born 1 December 1978 in Changchun, Jilin) is a Chinese footballer who currently plays for Tianjin Teda in the Chinese Super League.

Club career[edit]

Li Weifeng started his football career with Tianjin Locomotive's youth academy before he was spotted by the Chinese national youth program to study football abroad in a training program sponsored by Jianlibao.[1] This then saw him called up to the Chinese under-20 national team and given a chance to play in the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship. Upon his return from the tournament Li was returned to his initial youth team of Tianjin Locomotive until top tier club Shenzhen Ping'an showed an interest in him, not wanting to lose a promising young player a contract dispute would arise until a fee of 800,000 yuan was reportedly agree upon.[2] In the 1998 league season he made his debut for the club and quickly established himself at the heart of the teams defense, guiding them to a 12th place finish and doing enough to avoid relegation.[3]

In the following seasons with Shenzhen, Li establish himself as an integral member of the team and would go on to represent his country in the 2002 FIFA World Cup. With the exposure of the tournament, a short trial at Premier League side Everton immediately followed as part of an Everton deal with Chinese sponsor Kejian. His time at Everton he only made two appearances, playing once in the league against Southampton and once in the league cup against Wrexham.[4][5] He was unable to make an impact at the club and returned to Shenzhen after the 2002-03 season.[6]

In the 2003 league season, Li returned from his loan spell at Everton and was immediately incorporated back into the team. He was soon made club captain by then manager Zhu Guanghu and within his second spell at the club he would lead them to the 2004 Chinese Super League title for the first time in the clubs history.[7] After that success, Zhu Guanghu was offered the Chinese Head coach position and Chi Shangbin came in as his replacement. Unfortunately for Chi, results significantly deteriorated under his reign and Li along with several other members of the team in Li Yi and Yang Chen publicly criticized his management which resulted in his resignation.[8]

In the beginning of the 2006 season, Li left Shenzhen due to the club's financial difficulties and followed many of his teammates out of the club. Shanghai Shenhua bought him for 6 million yuan despite reported interest from Serie A side Fiorentina.[9] In 2008, Li transferred from Shanghai to Wuhan Guanggu due to a lack of playing time for the league runners-up, reuniting him with his former manager Zhu Guanghu who also coached him in the Chinese national team as well as in Shenzhen. Soon after the transfer, Li was involved in an on-the-field incident which resulted in him being suspended for eight games by the Chinese Football Association.[10] Already on the verge of relegation, Wuhan amounted protests against this ruling which the club deemed to be unjust and extremely damaging to its chance to survive in the top flight. After its efforts were proven to be futile, Wuhan withdrew from the league and was disbanded and Li did not appear in any games for the rest of the season.[11]

Because of Wuhan's withdrawal, most of its non-local and highly paid players were put on the transfer list at the end of the season with Li among one of them. Because of his reputation, high wage demands, gigantic transfer fee, and the unserved eight game suspension, Li was a hard commodity to move despite being perceived as heads and shoulders above the rest of the Chinese defenders. But the new AFC Champions League rule came to his rescue as it allowed all tournament participants to have one foreign Asian player. Attracting heavy interest from both the Japanese and Korean leagues, Li moved to K-League side Suwon Samsung Bluewings in January 2009, signing a two-year contract for a reported $400,000 and reuniting him with another one of his former managers. Some pundits suggested that Li moved on a free transfer because Wuhan's withdrawal made all of its players free agents under FIFA's rules. However, Wuhan immediately released statements announcing its intention to obstruct the move if it was not at least partly remunerated and media reports stated that Li would pay his former club himself in order to play for the Korean outfit.[12] In his debut appearance, he was sent off against Sparta Prague in a friendly match in Hong Kong; however, Li redeemed himself in his first official match for Suwon in an AFC Champions League match against Kashima Antlers by scoring the opening goal which they won 4-1.[13]

Li returned to China before the 2011 season and signed with Chinese Super League side Tianjin Teda on 18 January 2011.[14]

International career[edit]

Li made his first appearance for the Chinese national team on 22 November 1998 in a friendly match against South Korea, which ended in a 0-0 draw.[15] His performances for the national team would see him called up to the 2000 AFC Asian Cup and 2002 FIFA World Cup squads. In 2003 he was promoted to team captain by then manager Arie Haan and would lead China to a runners-up position in the 2004 AFC Asian Cup.[16] In September 2006, he was banned from the national team for attacking an opposing player and hence earning his sixth red card in fourteen months during an AFC Champions League game with Shanghai Shenhua. His position as captain of the national team was stripped and later assigned to Zheng Zhi.[17]

Career statistics[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
China PR League FA Cup CSL Cup Asia Total
1998 Shenzhen Ping'an Chinese Jia-A League 11 2 0 0 - - 11 2
1999 23 1 - - 23 1
2000 24 0 - - 24 0
2001 24 1 0 0 - - 24 1
2002 10 0 0 0 - - 10 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2002-03 Everton Premier League 1 0 0 0 1 0 - 2 0
China PR League FA Cup CSL Cup Asia Total
2003 Shenzhen Jianlibao Chinese Jia-A League 24 3 3 0 - - 27 3
2004 Chinese Super League 13 1 3 0 1 0 - 17 1
2005 22 0 2 0 6 0 5 0 35 0
2006 Shanghai Shenhua Chinese Super League 27 4 2 1 - 3 0 32 5
2007 22 4 - - 2 0 24 4
2008 0 0 - - - 0 0
2008 Wuhan Guanggu Chinese Super League 2 0 - - - 2 0
South Korea League KFA Cup League Cup Asia Total
2009 Suwon Bluewings K-League 24 1 5 1 2 0 5 2 36 4
2010 24 1 5 0 5 0 9 0 43 1
China PR League FA Cup CSL Cup Asia Total
2011 Tianjin Teda Chinese Super League 24 1 3 0 - 7 0 34 1
2012 28 0 1 0 - 5 0 34 0
2013 27 1 1 0 - - 28 1
2014 19 1 1 0 - - 20 1
2015 6 0 0 0 - - 6 0
Total China PR 306 19 16 1 7 0 22 0 351 20
England 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
South Korea 48 2 10 1 7 0 14 2 79 5
Career total 355 21 26 2 15 0 36 2 432 25

International goals[edit]

Results list China's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 12 December 1998 Thailand Bangkok  Oman 5–0 6–1 1998 Asian Games
2 26 January 2000 Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City  Guam 4–0 19–0 2000 AFC Asian Cup qualifier
3 3 September 2000 China Shanghai  Iraq 1–0 4–1 Friendly international
4 3 September 2000 China Shanghai  Iraq 3–1 4–1 Friendly international
5 22 April 2001 China Xi'an  Maldives 10–1 10–1 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier
6 13 May 2001 China Kunming  Indonesia 1–1 5–1 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier
7 7 September 2001 Qatar Doha  Qatar 1–1 1–1 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier
8 15 September 2001 China Shenyang  Uzbekistan 1–0 2–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier
9 16 February 2003 China Wuhan  Estonia 1–0 1–0 Friendly international
10 17 November 2004 China Guangzhou  Hong Kong 7–0 7–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier
11 22 February 2006 China Guangzhou  Palestine 2–0 2–0 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualifier
12 21 October 2007 China Foshan  Myanmar 7–0 7–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier
13 25 May 2008 China Kunshan  Jordan 2–0 2–0 Friendly international
14 15 November 2011 Singapore Singapore  Singapore 2–0 4–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Shenzhen Jianlibao

Shanghai Shenhua

Suwon Bluewings

Tianjin Teda

International[edit]

China PR national football team

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "中国“阿贾克斯”天津火车头 走出李玮峰、李毅" (in Chinese). sports.163.com. 2007-10-29. Retrieved 2015-02-16. 
  3. ^ "China League 1998". rsssf.com. 2003-07-16. Retrieved 2015-02-16. 
  4. ^ "Wrexham 0-3 Everton". BBC. 1 October 2002. Retrieved 22 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Pahars punishes Everton". BBC. 11 September 2002. Retrieved 22 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Chinese defender leaves Everton". BBC. 20 January 2003. Retrieved 22 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "Shenzhen Jianlibao win super league title". newsgd.com. 2004-11-25. Retrieved 2015-02-17. 
  8. ^ "Shenzhen has given in to "ruffian" players". en.people.cn. 2005-05-19. Retrieved 2015-02-17. 
  9. ^ "李玮峰抵达上海 蓝魔球迷机场迎接感动大头" (in Chinese). people.com.cn. 2006-02-01. Retrieved 2015-02-20. 
  10. ^ "国安震怒主裁执法不公 高层威胁要退出中国足坛" (in Chinese). sports.sohu.com. 2008-09-29. Retrieved 2015-02-20. 
  11. ^ "足协维持李玮峰处罚 武汉宣布罢赛正式退出中超" (in Chinese). sports.sohu.com. 2008-10-01. Retrieved 2015-02-20. 
  12. ^ "Li Weifeng is Suwon bound". FIFA. 2009-02-12. Retrieved 2015-02-20. 
  13. ^ "Suwon Bluewings vs. Kashima Antlers 4-1". uk.soccerway.com. 2009-03-11. Retrieved 2015-02-20. 
  14. ^ 李玮峰已正式加盟天津泰达足球俱乐部 (in Chinese). sports.enorth.com.cn. 2011-01-18. Retrieved 2015-02-20. 
  15. ^ "李玮锋106场国际A级比赛记录 102次首发进13球" (in Chinese). Titan24. 2008-07-28. Retrieved 2015-02-20. 
  16. ^ "Asian Cup 2004 China » Finale » China - Japan 1:3" (in German). weltfussball.de. Retrieved 2015-02-20. 
  17. ^ "国足动员会又强调整风 李玮峰遭到撤职停赛重罚" (in Chinese). sports.enorth.com.cn. 2006-10-03. Retrieved 2015-02-20. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ma Mingyu
China national football team captain
2003–2006
Succeeded by
Zheng Zhi
Preceded by
Xiao Zhanbo
Shanghai Shenhua F.C. captain
with Jiang Kun
2007
Succeeded by
Du Wei
Preceded by
Zheng Zhi
China national football team captain
2011
Succeeded by
Sun Xiang