Yang Jun (footballer)

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Yang Jun
杨君
Personal information
Full name Yang Jun
Date of birth (1981-06-10) 10 June 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Tianjin, China
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Shenyang Zhongze
Number 1
Youth career
1997 Tianjin Locomotive
1999-2000 Qingdao Yizhong Hainiu
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001-2006 Qingdao Jonoon 65 (0)
2005 Changchun Yatai (loan) 6 (0)
2006 Beijing Guoan (loan) 4 (0)
2007-2009 Tianjin Teda 109 (0)
2011-2013 Guangzhou Evergrande 40 (0)
2014- Shenyang Zhongze 28 (0)
National team
2001 China U-20
2002 China U-23
2002-2009 China 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 November 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 October 2013

Yang Jun (Chinese:杨君 Pinyin: Yáng Jūn; born 10 June 1981 in Tianjin) is a Chinese footballer who currently plays for Shenyang Zhongze in the Chinese League One.

Club career[edit]

Yang Jun was considered an outstanding young talented goalkeeper and was quickly spotted by the Chinese youth system before top tier side Qingdao Yizhong Hainiu took him into their side and promoted him into their senior side by the 2001 league season.[1] At Qingdao, who had changed their name to Qingdao Jonoon, he would not have to wait long before he would establish himself as a team regular by the end of the 2002 league season when he made twenty league appearances at the end of the season.[2] For the next several seasons, he was the club's first choice goalkeeper until he was willing to join high flying second tier club Changchun Yatai and immediately win promotion for them, however he was unable to establish himself within the team and was loaned out to Beijing Guoan but the subsequent move was unsuccessful and he only played four games for them.[2]

Changchun Yatai were willing to let Yang Jun go and he would transfer to top tier side Tianjin Teda at the beginning of the 2007 league season where he was immediately chosen as the club's first choice goalkeeper as well as quickly becoming a prominent member of the team. The next season would see him have his most successful season with the club when in the 2008 league season he would aid the club to a top four finish and qualification for the AFC Champions League for the first time.[3] The 2009 AFC Champions League was not successful for the club and while he played in the first four games of the groups stages he was rested for the remaining two after the team could not progress, however Yang still played in every league game throughout the season and even captained the team during absence of club captain Wang Xiao for a short period. At the end of the season the team finished in a disappointing sixth and the club were willing to let Yang go, however they could not find a buyer and as with his teammate Han Yanming the club stopped paying his wages so Yang went to his old club Tianjin Locomotive to train on his fitness.[4] Yang later signed for Guangzhou Evergrande before the 2011 season.

Yang played understudy to Li Shuai in the first half of 2011 season. On 12 May 2011, Yang made his debut for Guangzhou Evergrande in the second round of 2011 Chinese FA Cup as a substitute for Li Shuai in the final minutes, hoping to make impress in the penalty shootout. However, Guangzhou finally lost to Shaanxi Renhe 12–11.[5] Yang gained his Super League debut on 29 May 2011 after Li Shuai suffered injury in the match against Changchun Yatai.[6] He performed well during Li Shuai's absence and when the Li returned from injury, Yang kept his place for Guangzhou Evergrande and helped the club win their first Super League champions in the 2011 season. His position was threaten by Li Shuai after Italian manager Marcello Lippi took charge the club. He became the second choice goalkeeper in September 2012 and the third choice goalkeeper in the 2013 season after Chinese international Zeng Cheng joined the club.

In February 2014, Yang transferred to China League One side Shenyang Zhongze on a free transfer.[7]

International career[edit]

Yang won his first cap for Chinese national team on 7 December 2002, in an international friendly against Syria. He was selected for the Chinese national team in the 2007 AFC Asian Cup where he played understudy to Li Leilei. He played one game in the tournament for China in 2007 against Uzbekistan which China lost 3-0, effectively knocking China out of the tournament.[8]

Honours[edit]

Qingdao Jonoon

Guangzhou Evergrande

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