Zhang Shuo (footballer)

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Zhang Shuo
张烁
Personal information
Full name Zhang Shuo
Date of birth (1983-09-17) 17 September 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Beijing, China
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Guangzhou R&F
Number 29
Youth career
2000–2001 Tianjin Teda
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2010 Tianjin Teda 131 (31)
2010 Persik Kediri 10 (3)
2010–2011 Newcastle Jets 8 (1)
2011– Guangzhou R&F 51 (12)
National team
2003–2005 China PR 10 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 November 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 November 2014
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Zhang.

Zhang Shuo (Chinese: 张烁 Pinyin: Zhāng Shuò) is a Chinese professional football player who currently plays for Guangzhou R&F in the Chinese Super League as a striker. He has also played for the Chinese national football team.

Club career[edit]

Though Zhang Shuo was born in Beijing he would move to Tianjin to play for the Tianjin Teda youth team. In 2002 he would graduate to the senior team where in his debut season he would play in seven games scoring his first goal. The following season he would establish himself as a first choice regular by playing in 26 league games and scoring 6 goals.[1] He has continued to be a regular striker for Tianjin Teda despite not being the most prolific striker.

As of March 2010, it is reported that Zhang has signed a professional contract with the Indonesian Super League side Persik Kediri.[2][3]

On 6 July 2010 Zhang signed a one year deal with the Newcastle Jets for the 2010–2011 Hyundai A-League season. After a less than impressive season, where he failed to regularly make the starting team, he was released.[4]

Zhang returned to China and signed a contract with China League One club Shenzhen Phoenix (later name changed to Guangzhou R&F).[5] He scored 8 goals in 22 appearances as Guangzhou R&F finished second place in the League One and won promotion back to the top flight at the first attempt.

International career[edit]

After his impressive performances in 2003 Zhang Shuo was called up to the senior national team and made his debut in an international friendly against Chile in a 0–0 draw.[6] After several friendlies he was called up to the 2003 East Asian Football Championship squad where he made one appearance in a disappointing tournament for China PR.[7] Nevertheless Zhang Shuo would still continue to be a regular within the Chinese squad and score his first international goal in an international friendly against Lebanon on 3 July 2004 in a 6–0 thrashing.[8] This was enough for Zhang Shuo to be included in the 2004 AFC Asian Cup squad, however he did not make any appearances in the tournament.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shuò Zhāng". National Football Teams. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Zhang Shuo". soccerway.com. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Zhang Shuo". liga-indonesia.co.id. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Father and son act keep it professional". Newcastle Herald. 24 February 2011. Retrieved 28 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Zhang Shuo". soccerway.com. Retrieved 13 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "China National Football Team Database – China". Teamchina.freehostia.com. 20 August 2003. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "EAFC2003 -MATCH REPORT". Eaff.com. 10 December 2003. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "China National Football Team Database – China". Teamchina.freehostia.com. 3 July 2004. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 

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