Yu Dabao

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Yu Dabao
于大宝
Personal information
Full name Yu Dabao
Date of birth (1988-04-18) 18 April 1988 (age 25)
Place of birth Qingdao, Shandong, China
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker / Attacking Midfielder
Club information
Current club Dalian Aerbin
Number 22
Youth career
1997–2000 Qingdao Hainiu
2001 Guangdong Mingfeng
2002–2003 Qingdao Hailifeng
2006–2007 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Qingdao Hailifeng 28 (7)
2007–2009 Benfica 0 (0)
2007 Aves (loan) 9 (1)
2008 Olivais Moscavide (loan) 12 (2)
2009 Mafra (loan) 10 (4)
2010–2011 Tianjin Teda 47 (13)
2012– Dalian Aerbin 62 (14)
National team
2004–2006 China U-17 23 (17)
2010– China 24 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 April 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 April 2014

Yu Dabao (simplified Chinese: 于大宝; traditional Chinese: 于大寶; pinyin: Yú Dàbǎo; born 18 April 1988) is a Chinese footballer who currently plays for Dalian Aerbin in the Chinese Super League.

Club career[edit]

Yu Dabao started his career playing for Qingdao Hailifeng in the second tier of Chinese football and was soon called up to the Chinese under-17 national team . With the under-17 side, he went to the 2004 AFC U-17 Championship and was quickly regarded as one of the best prospects in China because of his aerial and counterattacking abilities saw China win the tournament.[1] This saw many clubs reportedly interested in the young talent including Ajax, Newcastle United, and Rangers. However, the Chinese striker decided to join Benfica on a three-year deal. In his debut match, only five days and three training sessions after he arrived in Portugal, Yu scored three goals and assisted a fourth in a junior squad Benfica match against Portimonense.

Due to Yu's strong performances for Benfica's junior squad, the striker was given the chance of training with the senior team for the preseason, and was officially added to the Benfica senior squad. Yu Dabao made his official debut with Benfica on 26 September 2007 in a Portuguese League Cup game against Estrela da Amadora, 0-0 draw with a 4-5 win on penalties, having played 90 minutes. He was then soon loaned out to second tier club Aves to gain more first team action and then third tier club Olivais Moscavide but was unable to save them from relegation as they suffered defeat in the last match of the season, for which they needed a win to survive.[2] Speculation grew that Yu was willing to leave Benfica after his loan period at Mafra ended and by 13 May 2009 Yu revealed in a telephone interview that he was about to leave Portugal to spend the offseason holiday back in his homeland China, however he received a call from Benfica asking him to stay in Lisbon until further notice.

By February 2010, Yu's contract with Benfica had ended and he went on trial with Major League Soccer club FC Dallas, however he was unable to receive a contract with them.[3] He moved back to China and signed a contract with Tianjin Teda before the start of the 2010 season.[4] His move turned out to be a big success and he went on to win the 2011 Chinese FA Cup, which saw him become one of the most sought-after players in China and in the morning of 27 February 2012, it was reported that Yu transferred to reigning league champions Guangzhou Evergrande with a reported fee of ¥15 million.[5] However, Guangzhou Evergrande withdrew from the transfer talk in the afternoon that day and he transferred to the newly promoted side Dalian Aerbin the next day.

International career[edit]

After becoming a regular for Tianjin Teda, Yu Dabao was called up by the Chinese national football team head coach Gao Hongbo to make his senior international debut against Estonia on 18 December 2010 where he came on as a substitute in a friendly, which China won 3-0. After making several further appearances, he scored his first goal for China on 22 February 2012, in a 2-0 unofficial friendly home victory against Kuwait. Yu Dabao did not have to wait long before he gained his first official goal for China when he scored in a 3-1 victory on 29 February 2012 against Jordan in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification game.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

Season Club League League FA Cup League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2004 Qingdao Hailifeng China League One 8 0 0 0 - - - - 8 0
2005 2 0 0 0 - - - - 2 0
2006 18 7 2 1 - - - - 20 8
2006–07 Benfica Primeira Liga 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2007–08 Aves Liga de Honra 9 1 0 0 0 0 - - 9 1
2008–09 Moscavide Segunda Divisão 12 2 0 0 0 0 - - 12 2
2009–10 Mafra 10 4 0 0 0 0 - - 10 4
2010 Tianjin Teda Chinese Super League 22 6 - - - - - - 22 6
2011 25 7 2 1 - - 6 1 33 9
2012 Dalian Aerbin 27 6 2 0 - - - - 29 6
2013 29 8 4 1 - - - - 33 9
2014 6 0 0 0 - - - - 6 0
Total 168 40 10 3 1 0 6 1 185 45

International goals[edit]

As of 6 September 2013 [7]
Scores and results list China's goal tally first.
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
* 22 February 2012 Helong Stadium, Changsha, China  Kuwait 2–0 2–0 Friendly (unofficial)
1. 29 February 2012 Guangzhou University City Stadium, Guangzhou, China  Jordan 3–1 3–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 22 March 2013 Helong Stadium, Changsha, China  Iraq 1–0 1–0 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification
3. 28 July 2013 Olympic Stadium, Songpa-gu, South Korea  Australia 1–0 4–3 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup
4. 6 September 2013 Olympic Stadium, Tianjin, China  Singapore 1–0 6–1 Friendly international
5. 2–1

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Tianjin Teda

International[edit]

China under-17 national football team

References[edit]

  1. ^ 姓名:于大宝(Yu Dabao) at sina.com.cn Retrieved 2012-07-16
  2. ^ 本菲卡紧急召于大宝归队 中国前锋下赛季去向或有进展 at sports.sina.com.cn 2009-05-13 Retrieved 2012-07-16
  3. ^ Practice Observations: Kick Start at espn.go.com 02/03/2010 Retrieved 2012-07-16
  4. ^ 于大宝:加盟泰达因为想家 未来还将继续留洋梦 at sports.163.com 2010-02-28 Retrieved 2012-07-16
  5. ^ 于大宝正式加盟广州恒大 at sports.163.com 2012-02-27 Retrieved 2012-07-16
  6. ^ China PR - Jordan at fifa.com 29 February 2012 Retrieved 2012-07-16
  7. ^ Matches of Yu Dabao

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