|Full name||Yu Tao|
|Date of birth||15 October 1981|
|Place of birth||Shanghai, China|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|1995-1999||Shanghai Cable 02|
|2000-2001||Shanghai Cable 02||12||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 October 2012.
† Appearances (Goals).
Yu Tao (simplified Chinese: 于涛; traditional Chinese: 于濤; pinyin: Yú Tāo; born October 15, 1981 in Shanghai) is a Chinese international football player who currently plays for Shanghai Shenxin as a midfielder.
Yu Tao began his football career playing for Shanghai Cable 02 before the club was taken over by Shanghai Shenhua and he was promoted to their senior side at the beginning of the 2002 league season, where he made twenty four league games and would score four goals. By the following season, he would become an integral member of the Shenhua team due to his ability to play in numerous positions in the midfield and would help them to win the league 2003 league title. Unfortunately in 2013 the Chinese Football Association would revoke the league title after it was discovered the Shenhua General manager Lou Shifang had bribed officials to be bias to Shenhua in games that season.
Despite several changes in management and the influx of players from the Shanghai United F.C. merger, Yu Tao has been a constant regular for Shanghai Shenhua throughout his career. By the 2010 league season his loyalty towards Shanghai would be rewarded when he was named the clubs captain and on May 8, 2010 in a league game against Liaoning Whowin, he would become the club's most capped player when he made his one hundred and eighty sixth league appearance for the club. This was soon followed by him also reaching 200 league appearances for the club on August 29, 2010 in a league game against Dalian Shide, which ended in a 1-1 draw.
After his impressive performances for Shanghai Shenhua in the 2002 league season, he was called into the National team for the first time. He would be called up into the Chinese managers Arie Haan's first game against Syria in a friendly on 7 December 2002 in a 3-1 win. After that game, he would become an irregular member for the national team, but this would not be enough to make the squad for the 2004 AFC Asian Cup. After several years in the international wilderness, the next Chinese manager Zhu Guanghu would call him up for a friendly against Kazakhstan on February 7, 2007 in a 2-1 victory. In preparation for the 2007 AFC Asian Cup, Zhu Guanghu included Yu Tao in several further squads but decided not in include him for the final tournament. The introduction of Gao Hongbo as the Chinese manager that saw Yu Tao given his chance of a competitive tournament when he was called him up for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup.
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- "Details of soccer referee investigation released to public" (in English). chinadaily.com.cn. 2011-03-31. Retrieved 2014-05-20.
- "China Strips Shenhua of 2003 League Title, Bans 33 People for Life". english.cri.cn. 18 February 2013. Retrieved 2014-05-20.
- "Shanghai's Two Major Soccer Clubs to Merge". China.org.cn. 2007-02-09. Retrieved 2012-04-09.
- "Shanghai Shenhua 2 - 2 Liaoning Whowin". Soccerway.com. 2010-05-08. Retrieved 2012-04-09.
- "Shanghai Shenhua 1 - 1 Dalian Shide". Soccerway.com. 2010-08-29. Retrieved 2012-04-09.
- "申鑫官方宣布 申花队长于涛正式加盟合同为期三年". Shanghai online. 2012-12-20. Retrieved 2012-12-20.
- "China 3-1 Syria". Teamchina.freehostia.com. 2002-12-07. Retrieved 2012-04-09.
- "China 2-1 Kazakhstan". Teamchina.freehostia.com. 2007-02-07. Retrieved 2012-04-09.
- Player Profile at Shanghai Shenhua website
- Player Profile at Football-lineups website
- Player Profile at Sodasoccer.com
- Yu Tao at National-Football-Teams.com
- Player stats at Sohu.com