Li Zhe (footballer)

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Li Zhe
Personal information
Full name Li Zhe
Date of birth (1981-06-20) June 20, 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Shenyang, Liaoning, China
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Guangzhou R&F
Number 17
Youth career
Liaoning Youth
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002 Huludao Whowin
2003-2010 Nanjing Yoyo 166 (9)
2011- Guangzhou R&F 58 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 November 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

Li Zhe (Chinese: 李喆; pinyin: Lǐ Zhé; born 20 June 1981 in Shenyang, Liaoning) is a professional Chinese footballer currently plays as a defender for Guangzhou R&F in the Chinese Super League.

Club career[edit]

Li Zhe started his football career with his hometown football club Liaoning FC's youth team where he would go on to be promoted to the club's second team named Huludao Whowin in the 2002 Chinese league season. The club Huludao Whowin were allowed to play within the second tier of the Chinese football pyramid and within his debut season Li would go on to aid the club finish sixth within the league at the end of the campaign.[1] In the 2003 league season Liaoning FC would decide to sell Huludao Whowin to the SVT Group who formed a new club called Nanjing Yoyo. This saw the whole squad move to Nanjing as part of the deal and Li would stay with Nanjing Yoyo for several seasons where he established himself as regular within the team as they achieved mid-table mediocrity.

On July 21, 2010 Li and the entire first team of Nanjing Yoyo went on strike because of unpaid wages amounting up to 8 million Yuan, before a league game against Guangzhou Evergrande F.C. and this saw the club's youth players used as they were thrashed a Chinese record of 10-0.[2] The first team would not be able resolve their wage dispute with the club and the team ultimately went on a losing streak that saw them relegated. With the club in continued financial difficulties and still unable to pay their players they disbanded in 2011.[3] At the start of the 2011 league season he was free to join second tier club Shenzhen Phoenix before they moved to Guangzhou and changed their name to Guangzhou R&F.[4] With his new club he would win promotion with them and in the 2012 Chinese Super League he would score his first league goal for the club on March 10, 2012 against Beijing Guoan in a 3-1 victory.[5]


  1. ^ China 2002 at 30 Mar 2003 Retrieved 2012-07-16
  2. ^ 图文-南京有有工资欠条曝光 为工资斗争到底 at 2010-07-22 Retrieved 2012-07-18
  3. ^ 南京有有注册乙级失败解散 足协:别总想靠政府 at 2011-05-07 Retrieved 2012-07-18
  4. ^ 富力地产低调接手深圳凤凰 望学恒大模式入主足球 at 2011-06-25 Retrieved 2012-07-18
  5. ^ Guangzhou R&F vs. Beijing Guoan 3 - 1 at 10 March 2012 Retrieved 2012-07-18

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