Wu Lei

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Wu Lei
武磊
Personal information
Full name Wu Lei
Date of birth (1991-11-19) 19 November 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Shanghai SIPG
Number 7
Youth career
2003–2005 Genbao Football Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006– Shanghai SIPG 179 (76)
National team
2007–2008 China U-17 8 (7)
2009–2010 China U-20 9 (11)
2010– China 24 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 January 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 January 2015

Wu Lei (Chinese: 武磊; pinyin: Wǔ Lěi; born 19 November 1991 in Nanjing, Jiangsu) is a Chinese footballer who currently plays for Shanghai SIPG in the Chinese Super League. He is known by the nickname China's Maradona (Chinese: 中国馬勒當拿) for his similar knack of scoring goals as Diego Maradona as an attacking midfielder.[1] Wu currently holds the record for being the youngest person to have played in a professional Chinese football match aged just 14 years and 287 days.

Club career[edit]

Wu Lei began his football career playing for third tier football club Shanghai East Asia in a 5-3 loss on 2 September 2006 against Yunnan Lijiang Dongba, making him the youngest ever player to play professional Chinese football aged 14 years and 287 days.[2] He would go on to see the club win the third tier title and promotion to the second tier at the end of the 2007 league season. On 30 August 2008, he would go on to score his first goal against Qingdao Hailifeng in a league game that Shanghai won 2-0. This made him the second youngest goalscorer in Chinese football aged 16 years and 289 days, just 47 days behind Cao Yunding's record.[3]

On 2 June 2013, Wu scored a hat trick in a match which Shanghai East Asia beat Shanghai Shenxin 6-1 and became the second youngest player to score a hat trick in the Chinese top flight.[4] He scored his second hat trick of the season in a 3-2 win against Tianjin Teda on 18 August 2013. He scored his third hat trick of the season in a 6-1 win against Qingdao Jonoon on 27 September 2013.

International career[edit]

Wu was called up to the Chinese under-20 national team in 2009 and scored nine goals in five matches during the 2010 AFC U-19 Championship qualification matches.[5] His impressive goalscoring performances would see him included in the Chinese national team squad that took part in the 2010 East Asian Football Championship where he was tried out in a 2-0 win against Hong Kong on 14 February 2010, a match which also saw China win the tournament.[6] Several months later, Wu would return to the under-20 national team for the 2010 AFC U-19 Championship and he would play in four games and score two goals while he aided China to a quarter-finals position by the end of the tournament.

Career statistics[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

Club Season Division League FA Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Shanghai SIPG 2006 3 - - - -
Shanghai SIPG 2007 3 - - - -
Shanghai SIPG 2008 2 24 4 - - - - 24 4
Shanghai SIPG 2009 2 22 6 - - - - 22 6
Shanghai SIPG 2010 2 23 10 - - - - 23 10
Shanghai SIPG 2011 2 25 12 2 0 - - 27 12
Shanghai SIPG 2012 2 30 17 0 0 - - 30 17
Shanghai SIPG 2013 1 27 15 0 0 - - 27 15
Shanghai SIPG 2014 1 28 12 0 0 - - 28 12
Totals 179 76 2 0 0 0 181 76

International goals[edit]

As of 3 January 2015 [7]
Scores and results list China's goal tally first.
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 28 July 2013 Olympic Stadium, Songpa-gu, South Korea  Australia 4–1 4–3 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup
2. 15 November 2013 Shaanxi Province Stadium, Xi'an, China  Indonesia 1–0 1–0 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualifier
3. 4 September 2014 Anshan Sports Centre Stadium, Anshan, China  Kuwait 3–1 3–1 Friendly international
4. 14 October 2014 Helong Stadium, Changsha, China  Paraguay 2–0 2–1 Friendly international
13 December 2014 Chenzhou Sports Center Stadium, Chenzhou, China  Kyrgyzstan 2–0 4–0 Friendly international1
3 January 2015 Campbelltown Sports Stadium, Campbelltown, Australia  Oman 3–1 4–1 Friendly international1
1:Non FIFA 'A' international match

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Shanghai SIPG

International[edit]

China PR national football team

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ FIFA官網贊武磊將成大師 曼聯傳奇:我帶他能踢英超 at m.soccer.sina.com.hk Retrieved 2014-12-30
  2. ^ 乙级也有上海德比:武磊上场创纪录 东亚遗憾负东巴 at sports.sina.com.cn 2006-09-03 Retrieved 2012-09-08
  3. ^ 东亚小将刷新联赛纪录 中国马拉多纳前途无量 at sports.qq.com 2008-09-02 Retrieved 2012-09-08
  4. ^ 上海德比爆大冷 武磊成中超最年轻帽子戏法球员 at sports.163.com 2013-06-03 Retrieved 2013-06-04
  5. ^ 亚足联盛赞国青惊艳表现 称宿家军表现能得满分 at news.xinmin.cn 2009-11-12 Retrieved 2012-09-08
  6. ^ Score Sheet(PDF) - EAFF : EAST ASIAN FOOTBALL FEDERATION at eaff.com February 14, 2010 Retrieved 2012-09-08
  7. ^ Wu Lei

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