Zhao Xuri

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Zhao Xuri
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Personal information
Full name Zhao Xuri
Date of birth (1985-12-03) 3 December 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Dalian, Liaoning, China
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Guangzhou Evergrande
Number 37
Youth career
2000–2001 Dalian Wanda
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002 Dalian Saidelong 0 (0)
2003–2004 Sichuan Guancheng 37 (4)
2005–2009 Dalian Shide 121 (10)
2010–2011 Shaanxi Renhe 50 (0)
2012– Guangzhou Evergrande 63 (5)
National team
2008 China U-23 2 (0)
2003– China 68 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 December 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 December 2014
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Zhao.

Zhao Xuri (simplified Chinese: 赵旭日; traditional Chinese: 趙旭日; pinyin: Zhào Xùrì; born 3 December 1985 in Dalian, Liaoning) is a Chinese footballer who currently plays for Guangzhou Evergrande in the Chinese Super League.

Club career[edit]

While Zhao Xuri started his football career with second tier club Dalian Saidelong, he did not make an impact within the team, however top tier side Sichuan Guancheng took an interest within the youngster.[1] During the 2003 league season he would quickly rise to prominence and immediately established himself as an integral member within the team by playing in 27 league games and scoring two goals in his debut season.[2] The following season was to prove significantly more difficult as Zhao Xuri was injured through most of the season only making nine appearances.[3] He was still highly regarded enough to be transferred to Dalian Shide where due to his versatility he would continue to establish himself as a regular and go on win the 2005 first division title.

Zhao transferred to Guangzhou Evergrande on 26 December 2011 along with Rong Hao, Li Jianbin and Peng Xinli.[4] He made his debut for the club in a 2-1 Chinese FA Super Cup victory against Tianjin Teda on 25 February 2012. He scored first goal for the club on 21 July 2012 in a 2-1 away victory against Henan Jianye.

International career[edit]

Zhao's performances for Sichuan Guancheng were impressive enough for an immediate call up to the senior national team to play in the 2003 East Asian Football Championship. On 7 December 2003, he would make his debut during the tournament to play in a game against South Korea that China lost 1-0.[5] During the tournament, he would go on to score his first goal against Hong Kong on 10 December 2003 in a game that China won 3-1.[6] His versatility saw him gain significant playing time and go on to selected in the squad to participate in the 2007 AFC Asian Cup where he played in two group games in an unsuccessful competition that saw China knocked out in the group stages.

In 2008, Zhao was eligible to play for the 2008 Summer Olympics squad where he played two of the three group games in the tournament.[7] Once the tournament ended, he would find himself completely dropped from the senior team until then manager Gao Hongbo brought him back into the senior team during a friendly against Germany on 29 May 2009 in a 1-1 draw.[8] After the game, Zhao would establish himself as an integral member within the Chinese squad and settle himself as the first choice defensive midfielder within the team.



Dalian Shide

Guangzhou Evergrande


China PR national football team


  1. ^ "赵旭日". sodasoccer.com. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  2. ^ "Zhào, Xùrì". National Football Teams. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  3. ^ "姓名:赵旭日". sports.sina.com.cn. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  4. ^ "恒大官方宣布签四名新援 国足三将携潜力新星加盟". sports.sina.com.cn. 2011-12-26. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  5. ^ "China PR 0-1 Korea Republic". teamchina.freehostia.com. 2003-12-07. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  6. ^ "China PR 3-1 Hong Kong". teamchina.freehostia.com. 2003-12-10. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  7. ^ "Report - Previous Tournaments - FIFA.com". fifa.com. 13 August 2008. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  8. ^ "China PR 1-1 Germany". teamchina.freehostia.com. 2009-05-29. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 

External links[edit]

  • Zhao Xuri at National-Football-Teams.com
  • [1] Player stats at football-lineups website
  • [2] Fifa player profile
  • [3] Player stats at sohu.com