Yang Pu (footballer)
|Full name||Yang Pu|
|Date of birth||30 March 1978|
|Place of birth||Beijing, China|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Full back / Defensive midfielder (retired)|
|Current club||North Korea (assistant coach)|
|2009–2014||Beijing Guoan (Head of Youth department)|
|2014–present||North Korea (assistant coach)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 2009.
† Appearances (Goals).
Yang Pu (simplified Chinese: 杨璞; traditional Chinese: 楊璞; pinyin: Yáng Pú; born 30 March 1978 in Beijing) is a Chinese football manager and former player, He is currently the assistant coach of the North Korean soccer team.
He played his entire professional football career for Beijing Guoan predominately as a holding midfielder, left back and left winger where he was also their captain. As an international player his greatest achievement was being a participant at the 2002 FIFA World Cup squad where he played in two matches.
Yang Pu started his professional football career for Beijing Guoan in the 1998 league season and due to versatility to also play as a midfield he would quickly become a squad regular. By the 2000 league season he had firmly established himself as their first choice left-back and became an integral member of the team. Despite several management changes he would remain a loyal member to the club and win his first piece of siverware with the 2003 Chinese FA Cup. His loyalty to the club would pay-off when he was named as their captain in the 2007 league season, however due to injury he rarely actually captained the team. At the end of the 2009 league season Yang Pu retired due to a persistent right knee injury, however despite this he was able to lead Beijing Guoan to the league title even though he missed much of the league season.
Yang Pu made his senior international debut in friendly against his ancestral country North Korea on August 3, 2001 in a 2-2 draw. Though predominately a left back or left midfielder he was used was in a variety of positions for the Chinese football team and this versatility quickly saw him become a regular within the squad. Increasingly pushing for a place in the Chinese starting line-up he would be a participant at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and even play in two group games. With the introduction of Sun Xiang and Yan Song he saw his time limited within the team and he would play his last game against Kuwait on October 13, 2004 in a Fifa World Cup qualifier that China lost 1-0.
- "Brazil China, PR World Cup 2002". football-lineups.com. 08-Jun-02. Retrieved 2012-09-17.
- "Turkey China, PR World Cup 2002". football-lineups.com. 13-Jun-02. Retrieved 2012-09-17.
- "8名球员别国安一队 杨璞退役隋东亮有望当教练". news.xinhuanet.com. 2009-12-07. Retrieved 2012-09-17.
- "China PR 2-2 Korea DPR". teamchina.freehostia.com. 2001-08-03. Retrieved 2012-09-17.
- "BBC SPORT". news.bbc.co.uk. 29 May 2002. Retrieved 2012-09-17.
- "China PR 0-1 Kuwait". teamchina.freehostia.com. 2004-10-13. Retrieved 2012-09-17.
- 2002 China Team Player Profile at BBC website
- Yang Pu at National-Football-Teams.com
- Player stats at Football-lineups.com