|Full name||Gao Leilei|
|Date of birth||July 15, 1980|
|Place of birth||Beijing, China|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|1996–1997||Beijing Electric Bus|
|2006–2007||→ New Zealand Knights (loan)||7||(1)|
|2010||NSC Minnesota Stars||10||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 May 2016.
Gao began his professional career with Wuhan in 1998, before moving to Beijing Guoan in 1999. It was with Beijing Guoan that Gao first gained the public notice of Chinese football community when he scored an equalizer against Liaoning in the last round of 1999 Jia A. Gao spent eight years in total at Guoan, making 121 appearances for the team and scoring 11 goals.
New Zealand and Finland
Towards the end of the 2006 season, Gao expressed his wish to leave the team and seek other options. There were speculations that Gao was going to a team in the Segunda División in Spain, but in December 2006 he was loaned to A-League club New Zealand Knights for a short period. Gao made this debut in the A-League for the Knights on December 3, 2006 against Newcastle Jets, and scored his first A-League goal in his second match against Adelaide United.
Following the dissolution of the Knights franchise, Gao moved to Finland and signed with team MyPa, and in doing so became the first Chinese footballer to play in the Veikkausliiga. Gao made his debut against FC Honka as a substitute on April 22, 2007, and made his first start for against TPS Turku on April 26, 2007.
On March 18, 2008, Gao signed a one-year contract with New Zealand club Wellington Phoenix, rejoining his former manager from the Knights, Ricki Herbert. However, Gao's contract with the New Zealand club was terminated after a reported disagreement with the front office after just 8 games. Gao was linked with a move to A-League club Perth Glory after training with the club, but was not signed.
On July 3, 2009, Gao returned to Beijing and signed a short contract with Beijing Hongdeng but, after just one month with the team, he transferred to Finland again signing with FC KooTeePee. He made his debut for FC KooTeePee on August 16, 2009 against AC Oulu.
On March 22, 2010 Gao landed in his fourth country when signed with NSC Minnesota Stars of the American USSF Division 2 Professional League. He was released by the team on June 29, 2010, having never really settled in Minnesota, and having scored just one goal in ten games for the Stars.
Return to China
Gao returned to Beijing again and joined Beijing Baxy in July 2010. He scored his first goal on the first appearance, in a 3-0 home win against Anhui Jiufang. Gao announced his retirement from professional football due to problems with injuries on 6 March 2011.
Gao made his return to football in January 2016, signing a half-year contract with Segunda División B side Cornellà. On March 19, 2016, he made his debut for Cornellà in a 2–0 home victory against Espanyol B. He extended his contract with Cornellà for one year in the summer of 2016.
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