Du Wei (footballer)
|Full name||Du Wei|
|Date of birth||9 February 1982|
|Place of birth||Luoyang, Henan, China|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 1 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|Hebei China Fortune|
|1995–2001||Shanghai Cable 02|
|2005–2006||→ Celtic (loan)||1||(0)|
|2015–||Hebei China Fortune||47||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 November 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 May 2014
Du initially gained recognition for his performances with Shanghai Shenhua which resulted in a call-up from the Chinese national team and participation in the 2002 FIFA World Cup. This would see foreign interests come from Scottish Premier League side Celtic in the form of a loan, however an extension to the loan was never taken up and he returned to Shanghai where he captained them for several seasons before joining Hangzhou Greentown and Shandong Luneng as well as captaining his national team in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup.
Du Wei started his football career in 2000 playing for third tier side Shanghai Cable 02 where he was able to play at centre back or defensive midfield before the club were taken over by top tier side Shanghai Shenhua in 2002. At Shanghai, he would immediately command a regular position within the team and by his second season with them he would win the last Chinese Jia-A League league title in 2003 before it was renamed as the Chinese Super League; however, the Chinese Football Association would later revoke the title in 2013 after it was discovered the team's general manager Lou Shifang had bribed officials to be biased towards Shanghai in certain matches that season.
In the 2004 season, Du would miss much of the season through injury and the team would dramatically miss his services, finishing tenth within the league. When he returned from injury, his impressive displays for Shenhua would see Scottish Premier League side Celtic interested in him and his agent Edmund Chu would oversee his move to the club during the 2005–06 season, on a six-month short term contract, which was hoped to lead to a long term contract. At Celtic, he would make several appearances on the bench before he would finally make his debut in the Scottish Cup third round tie against Clyde on 9 January 2006 in a shock 2–1 defeat. His uninspiring first team debut saw him substituted at half time by Celtic manager Gordon Strachan with his performance seeing him being outplayed by the opposition. After that display, he was dropped from the team and his loan was cut short with him returning to Shanghai.
Returning to Shanghai, Du would continue to command a regular starting place within the team and would eventually become the team's captain by the 2008 league season, however after a disappointing 2009 campaign where the club finished in fifth place, the club were willing to listen for offers on him. After a protracted transfer period, he would join top tier side Hangzhou Greentown on 10 March 2010 where he would keep wearing the shirt number 5 for the following season. He would also be named as the club's captain and would immediately settle in the teams defense where he was partnered with his previous teammate Ng Wai Chiu and help guide the club to their best ever league position of fourth and a chance to play in the AFC Champions League for the first time. Leading Hangzhou to their first ever AFC Champions League campaign, he would play in five games as they were knocked out in the group stages; however, this was to prove to be the highlight of his career with them as the club couldn't improve upon their previous season league campaign and finished in eighth.
On 3 July 2012, Du was allowed to transfer to fellow top tier side Shandong Luneng. On 7 July 2012, he was immediately placed within the team and made his debut for the club in a 3–1 win against Guizhou Renhe where he also scored his first goal for the club.
Du would captain the Chinese under-20 national team and lead them into the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship in Argentina where they were knocked out in the last sixteen by Argentina. His performance within the tournament would see him win the Asian Young Footballer of the Year award and he would then rapidly rise through the Chinese youth teams to graduate into the senior Chinese national football team when he made his debut against Trinidad and Tobago in a friendly on 5 August 2001 in a game that China won 3–0. This led to several further games and despite his lack of experience he was called up into the squad that played at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Due to injury, he was dropped from the national team in the 2004 AFC Asian Cup that reached the final where Arie Haan preferred to play Zheng Zhi in defence. Du was able to regain his position within the national team after the tournament and was recalled for the 2007 AFC Asian Cup squad. When Gao Hongbo became the new manager of the national team, he chose Du as his captain and he led China to win the 2010 East Asian Football Championship.
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- "Shandong Luneng vs. Guizhou Renhe 3–1". soccerway.com. 7 July 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
- 前国足队长杜威加盟河北华夏 at 163.com 2015-02-15 Retrieved 2015-02-15 (Chinese)
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- "Fan Zhiyi Named Asian Player of the Year". People's Daily. 18 May 2002. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
- "中国 3–0 特立尼达和多巴哥". teamchina.freehostia.com. 5 August 2001. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
- "2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan: Brazil – China PR 4:0". fifa.com. 8 June 2002. Archived from the original on 15 June 2010. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
- "2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan: Turkey – China PR 3:0". fifa.com. 13 June 2002. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
- "Asian Cup 2004 China Finale". weltfussball.de. 7 August 2004. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
- Player stats at Fifa website
- 2002 China Team Player Profile at BBC website
- Du Wei at National-Football-Teams.com
- Player stats at sohu.com
- Player stats at football-lineups website
- Profile at Celtic site
|Shanghai Shenhua F.C. captain
Li Weifeng & Jiang Kun
|Shanghai Shenhua F.C. captain
|China national football team captain
Ng Wai Chiu
|Hangzhou Nabel Greentown F.C. captain