Dai Lin

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Dai Lin
Personal information
Full name Dai Lin
Date of birth (1987-11-28) 28 November 1987 (age 30)
Place of birth Dalian, Liaoning, China
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Shandong Luneng
Number 35
Youth career
2003–2004 Dalian Yiteng
2004–2005 Liaoning FC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Liaoning FC 71 (1)
2009 Slavija Sarajevo 0 (0)
2009–2013 Shanghai Shenhua 110 (4)
2014– Shandong Luneng 91 (3)
National team
2007–2008 China U-23 7 (0)
2010– China 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 November 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 March 2015

Dai Lin (Chinese: 戴琳; pinyin: Dài Lín; Mandarin pronunciation: [tâi lǐn]; born 28 November 1987) is a Chinese footballer who currently plays for Shandong Luneng in the Chinese Super League.

Club career[edit]

Dai Lin started his football career with Liaoning FC in 2005 and made his debut against Changsha Ginde on 14 April 2005 in a 2-0 win.[1] As a versatile player, Dai quickly established himself within the team throughout the 2005 league season and scored his first goal against Tianjin Teda on 16 July 2005 in a 1-0 win.[2] He remained with the team for several further seasons when he helped Liaoning to several midtable positions until the 2008 season which saw Liaoning relegated after a disappointing season when they were relegated on the last day of the season.[3] Despite this setback, Dai still attracted the interests from Bosnian Premier League side FK Slavija while his transfer listed price stood at £356,212. After deciding not to renew his contract with Liaoning, it was believed that he would train with FK Slavija for the start of the new season while the transfer went through.[4] He went back to China to sign with top tier side Shanghai Shenhua halfway through the 2009 season after only two months with FK Slavija at a very surprising cut-price deal that saw him go for just £44,000.[4]

Dai was quickly inserted into the team and would make his debut in a league game on 2 August 2009 against Jiangsu Sainty where he came on as a substitute for Aleksander Rodić in a 2-2 draw.[5] After that game, he would quickly go on to become a regular member of the team and score his first goal for the club against Tianjin Teda in a league game on 20 September 2009 in a 4-0 victory; however, his poor disciplinary record saw him limited to only twelve games throughout the season.[6] The following season Dai would show more maturity in defence and become a vital member within the team throughout the 2010 league season. This then saw the new manager Xi Zhikang name Dai as the club's new captain at the beginning of the 2011 league season. As the campaign went on, Shanghai would struggle within the league and Dai's performances would come into question after a 2-0 defeat to Shenzhen Ruby on 31 July 2011 when it was discovered that he was having relationship problems.[7] This would eventually see him stripped of the captaincy when Jean Tigana arrived at the club at the beginning of the 2012 league season.

On 1 January 2014, Dai transferred to fellow Chinese Super League side Shandong Luneng. He made his debut for the club in a 1-0 win against Harbin Yiteng on 7 March 2014.

International career[edit]

After gaining considerable playing time with Liaoning FC, Dai would soon be included into the Chinese under-23 national team and would take part in the 2007 Lunar New Year Cup and the 2007 Toulon Tournament where he twice saw his side lose in the final.[8] He would eventually be called up to the Chinese national football team once he became an integral member of the Shanghai Shenhua's defence and go on to make his debut against Latvia on 11 November 2010 where he came on as a substitute in a 1-0 victory.[9]



Shandong Luneng


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  3. ^ "China 2008". Rsssf.com. 2009-04-03. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  4. ^ a b "Chinese clubs at war over "fishy" Dai Lin transfer". ESPNsoccernet. 2009-07-21. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  5. ^ "比赛结果 江苏舜天2-2上海申花". Csldata.sports.sohu.com. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  6. ^ "球员资料 戴琳 2009". Csldata.sports.sohu.com. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  7. ^ "申花队长戴琳女友门致其心情低落". Dfhon.com. 2011-08-02. Archived from the original on 2014-01-02. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  8. ^ "Tournoi Espoirs de Toulon 2007". Festival-foot-espoirs.com. Archived from the original on 2013-10-04. Retrieved 2012-07-21. 
  9. ^ "China 1-0 Latvia". Teamchina.freehostia.com. 2010-11-11. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 

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