Chen Zhizhao

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Chen Zhizhao
陈志钊
Personal information
Full name Chen Zhizhao
Date of birth (1988-03-14) 14 March 1988 (age 29)
Place of birth Panyu, Guangdong, China
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Guangzhou R&F
Number 32
Youth career
2003–2006 Shanghai Shenhua
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 Citizen 23 (2)
2009–2013 Shanghai Shenxin 48 (13)
2012–2013 Corinthians (loan) 2 (0)
2014–2015 Beijing Guoan 35 (5)
2016– Guangzhou R&F 17 (1)
National team
2017 China B
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 October 2016.

Chen Zhizhao (simplified Chinese: 陈志钊; traditional Chinese: 陳志釗; pinyin: Chén Zhìzhāo: born 14 March 1988), known as Zizao in Brazil, is a Chinese footballer who currently plays for Guangzhou R&F in the Chinese Super League.

Club career[edit]

Chen Zhizhao started his football career playing for Shanghai Shenhua's youth academy; however, he was unable to break into their first team. He then transferred to Hong Kong First Division League side Citizen AA at the beginning of the 2007-08 league season where he would make his debut for the club against Lanwa Redbull in the first game of the season in a 0-0 draw.[1] He quickly established himself within the team and would play in 13 league games and see Citizen come second within the league. Throughout the season he would also play in all of Citizen's cup games and would score his first goal against Eastern AA on 24 November 2007 in a Hong Kong Senior Shield game that Citizen lose 3-1.[2] His following goals would come in the Hong Kong FA Cup where he scored against Eastern AA on 10 May 2008 in a semifinal game that saw them win 1-0.[3] This was then followed by a goal in the final of the FA Cup win against Wofoo Tai Po on 18 May 2008 that saw Citizen win 2-0.[4]

Chen moved back to mainland China and signed a five-year contract with Nanchang Hengyuan on 26 February 2009.[5] He scored three goals as Nanchang finished second in the China League One and won promotion to the Chinese Super League for the first time. He scored ten goals and assisted eight times in thirty appearances which secured Nanchang's stay in the top flight for the next season.

Chen was linked with Liga de Honra side C.D. Trofense in January 2011. Trofense was interested with Chen, but Nanchang blocked this transfer. According to Chen's contract with the club on 26 February 2009, if a non-Chinese football club provided a bid of around €200,000 for him before 26 February 2011, then Nanchang would accept the transfer without any condition.[5] However, Nanchang insisted that €200,000 was provided by Chen's agency instead of the Portuguese club; besides, in the new contract which signed in early 2010, there were no related contract terms, so they had enough reasons to block this transfer.[6][7] Chen refused to return to the club after this incident.[8] He didn't make any appearances for the club in the 2011 season and instead played for Panyu Pearl, a futsal team in his hometown.

In February 2012, Chen was loaned to Campeonato Brasileiro Série A side Corinthians until 31 December 2013.[9] He made his debut for Corinthians in a 2–0 defeat against Cruzeiro on 17 October 2012, coming on for Welder at the 80th minute. Chen made his first start for the club on 20 January 2013, assisting the first goal in a 1-1 draw against Paulista. On 11 March 2013, Chen was called up to the Chinese national team by then manager José Antonio Camacho to be a part of the squad that would face Iraq during 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification.[10] He returned to his parent club Shanghai Shenxin after the 2013 season.

On 28 February 2014, Chen transferred to fellow Chinese Super League side Beijing Guoan.[11] He received a ban of four matches at the beginning of 2014 season by Chinese Football Association for age falsification which he changed his age from 14 March 1988 to 14 March 1989.[12] He made his debut for the club on 24 March 2014 in a 2–0 win against Shanghai Greenland. He scored his first goal for the club on 27 April 2014 in a 1–0 win against Harbin Yiteng.

On 22 December 2015, Chen transferred to his hometown club Guangzhou R&F in the Chinese Super League.[13] On 4 March 2016, he made his debut in a 2–1 home defeat against Hebei China Fortune.[14] He scored his first goal for the club on 21 August 2016 by shooting the winner in the 87th minute against Chongqing Lifan, which gave Guangzhou R&F a 5–4 away win.[15]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 30 October 2016 [16]
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Season Club Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup AFC Cup Senior Shield Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Citizen AA 2007-08 13 0 1 3 2 0 - 1 1 18 3
2008-09 10 2 2 0 0 0 - 2 0 12 2
Club Season League CFA Cup League Cup Champions League Super Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Shanghai Shenxin 2009 18 3 - - - - 18 3
2010 30 10 - - - - 30 10
2011 0 0 0 0 - - - 0 0
Club Season Série A Campeonato Paulista Copa do Brasil Copa Libertadores N/A Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Corinthians 2012 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 0
2013 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 - 4 0
Club Season League CFA Cup League Cup Champions League Super Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Beijing Guoan 2014 21 4 3 0 - 0 0 - 24 4
2015 14 1 2 0 - 4 0 - 20 1
Guangzhou R&F 2016 17 1 4 0 - - - 21 1
All 125 21 15 1 1 0 4 0 3 2 148 24

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Citizen AA
Corinthians

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Match Results: 2007-09-09 at hkfa.com Retrieved 2012-07-17
  2. ^ Match Results: 2007-11-24 at hkfa.com Retrieved 2012-07-17
  3. ^ Match Results: 2008-05-10 at hkfa.com Retrieved 2012-07-17
  4. ^ Match Results: 2008-05-18 at hkfa.com Retrieved 2012-07-17
  5. ^ a b 陈志钊身陷与南昌队“合同监” 想转会葡甲球队 at chinanews.com 2011-06-18 Retrieved 2012-07-17 (Chinese)
  6. ^ 揭秘陈志钊留洋失败始末 不回南昌或三年无球踢 at sports.163.com 2011-02-18 Retrieved 2012-07-17 (Chinese)
  7. ^ 陳志釗本賽季留洋夢碎 at soccer.sina.com.hk 2011-03-11 Retrieved 2012-07-17 (Chinese)
  8. ^ 陳志釗下定決心不回頭 仲裁失敗也不回南昌 Archived April 7, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. at Retrieved 2012-07-17 (Chinese)
  9. ^ "Zizao" é o novo reforço do Corinthians at corinthians.com.br 28/02/12 Retrieved 2012-07-17 (Portuguese)
  10. ^ Sem jogar pelo Corinthians, Zizao é convocado para amistoso da seleção chinesa
  11. ^ 国安正式宣布陈志钊加盟 签约3年身披23号球衣 at sports.sohu.com 2014-02-28 Retrieved 2014-02-28
  12. ^ 陈志钊及海归新星因改年龄已被执行停赛4场 at sports.sina.com 2014-03-23 Retrieved 2016-12-21
  13. ^ 广州富力官方宣布陈志钊加盟 国安飞翼签约五年 at sports.sohu.com 2015-12-22 Retrieved 2015-12-22
  14. ^ 中超-热鸟建功罗森文染红 华夏2-1富力中超首胜 at sports.sina.com 2016-03-04 Retrieved 2017-05-12
  15. ^ 中超-陈志钊绝杀肖智2球 进球大战富力5-4力帆 at sports.sina.com 2016-08-21 Retrieved 2017-05-12
  16. ^ "陈志钊". sodasoccer (in Chinese). 

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Tales Schütz
Hong Kong FA Cup
Top Scorer
(with Giovane)
2007–08
Succeeded by
Chan Siu Ki