|Full name||Yao Xia|
|Date of birth||28 January 1974|
|Place of birth||Chongqing, China|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking Midfielder/Striker|
|2005||→ Chengdu Wuniu (loan)||11||(4)|
|2012||Chengdu Blades (Caretaker)|
|2013||Chengdu Blades (Caretaker)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Yao Xia (Simplified Chinese: 姚夏; Pinyin: Yáo Xià) (born 28 January 1974) is a Chinese football player and coach who is currently the caretaker manager of Chengdu Blades as well as also being a former international who predominantly played as an Attacking midfielder or Striker. As a youngster he would make a name for himself with Sichuan Quanxing where due to his speed he was nicknamed Cheetah ("猎豹") by the fans. After leaving the club he would settle within another Sichuan province football team with Chengdu Blades where he stayed for several seasons until he retired from playing.
Yao Xia started his football career at Sichuan Quanxing and was part of the team that saw the club become a professional unit at the beginning of the 1994 Chinese football league season. He would rise to prominence at the end of the 1995 football league season when he played a large part in the fight against relegation for Sichuan Quanxing who survived on goal difference. From then on Yao was part of Sichuan's most successful team which came third in the 1999 top tier division, which also saw him score 11 goals and saw him personally some third within the goal scoring charts. The following season saw Sichuan once again finish third within the 2000 league season, however by 2002 Sichuan went through a disruptive ownership dispute and Yao Xia decided to leave at the end of the league campaign.
Surprisingly Yao Xia moved to Qingdao Etsong at the beginning of the 2003 football league season, a team he helped relegate in the 1995 league season. His time at Qingdao was fairly disappointing, despite playing a large part within the team Qingdao were constantly flirting with relegating and Yao was eventually loaned out to second tier football club Chengdu Wuniu. The move back to a Sichuan province football club seemed to be a personally fairly successful transfer and by the following season he would make his move permanent while the club renamed themselves Chengdu Blades. After several seasons of improving results Yao would be a vital part of the squad that won promotion to the top tier when the club came runners-up in the 2007 league campaign. Despite his advancing age Yao would still remain a constant regular within the team and his experience would help guide Chengdu to become a regular mid-table club until the end of the 2009 league season saw the club relegated when it was discovered that Chengdu Blades fixed several games during their promotion campaign and were relegated to the second tier at the beginning of the 2010 league season, nevertheless Yao decided to stay loyal and remained with the club.
Since his retirement in October 2010, his shirt number of 18 has been retired in honour of his contribution to Sichuan football by Chengdu Blades. Yao Xia's time at Chengdu Blades would further continue when he took the team leader and deputy general manager position soon afterwards before coming in as the club's caretaker manager on December 7, 2012 where he took over the club's training during the off season. On September 16, 2013 Yao was asked to once again take on the management position when the club fired Patrick Aussems after a string of results saw the club in the relegation zone, his appointment saw the club immediately win two games in a row against Yanbian Baekdu Tigers F.C. and BIT F.C..
Despite not being a regular at Sichuan Quanxing Yao Xia was a promising young player who would make his international debut against Mexico in a 3-0 loss in a friendly game on the third of November 1993. Once Yao Xia became a regular at Sichuan he would also quickly establish himself as a regular for the national team as well and play a major part in China's unsuccessful 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign. He would have more success when he was able to help China qualify for the 2000 AFC Asian Cup, however while playing a major part in qualification he was left out of the squad to actually go to the tournament. He would play his last game against Yugoslavia on March 25, 2000 in a 1-0 friendly loss.
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- "姚夏邹侑根昨宣布退役 四川足球告别了一个时代". sports.sohu.com. 2010-10-31. Retrieved 2012-09-17.
- "成都谢菲联队宣布教练组调整 姚夏任代理主教练". sports.sohu.com. 2012-12-07. Retrieved 2013-10-14.
- "成足压哨绝杀跳出降级圈 姚夏：不能高兴得太早". sports.sohu.com. 2013-09-29. Retrieved 2013-10-14.
- "40岁姚夏中甲赛场上复出 只为带领球队走出低谷". sports.sohu.com. 2014-07-23. Retrieved 2014-09-09.
- "China PR 0-3 Mexico". teamchina.freehostia.com. 1993-11-03. Retrieved 2012-09-17.
- "China PR 0-1 Yugoslavia". teamchina.freehostia.com. 2000-03-25. Retrieved 2012-09-17.
- Yao Xia's Blog
- Yao Xia at National-Football-Teams.com
- Player profile at Sina.com
- Player stats at Sodasoccer.com