Gu Guangming

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Gu Guangming
Personal information
Full name Gu Guangming
Date of birth (1959-01-31) January 31, 1959 (age 58)
Place of birth Shaoguan, Guangdong, China
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6.1 in)
Playing position Right Wing Forward
Youth career
1975–1978 Guangdong Junior Team
1977–1978 China National Junior Team
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1985 Guangdong
1986–1987 TuS Koblenz
1987–1992 SV Darmstadt 98 107 (8)
National team
1979–1985 China (7)
Teams managed
1995–1998 Guangzhou SongRi F.C.
2006–2007 Guangzhou Pharmaceutical
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of February 15, 2012.

Gu Guangming (Chinese: 古广明; Chinese: 古廣明; pinyin: Gǔ Guǎngmíng; born January 31, 1959 in Guangzhou) is a former Chinese professional football player and manager. Nicknamed "The Weatherfish" because of his ability to dribble out of tight spaces on the flanks and in the corners while avoiding tackles,[1] Gu played for the Guangdong provincial team in the semi-professional Chinese Jia League from 1976 to 1985 and became the second Chinese player to play in a European professional league[2] when he played for SV Darmstadt 98 in the German 2. Bundesliga from 1987 to 1992.[3] On the international level, he played for the China national team from 1979 to 1985, participating in the 1982 and the 1986 FIFA World Cup qualifications.[4]


Gu was considered a highly talented young player and joined top tier Chinese Jia League side Guangdong provincial team by the 1976 league season. He soon went on to play for the Chinese National Junior Team before Gu went on to see his club win the Chinese league title at the end of the 1979 league season before being called up to the Chinese national team for the first time.[5] With the national team he went on to be in the squads that took part in the 1980 and 1984 AFC Asian Cup third placed team, while also participating in the 1982 and the 1986 FIFA World Cup qualifications.

In 1985, Gu suffered a broken right tibia injury in a domestic match against the Beijing football team,[1][4] and was forced out of all competitions for almost two years. In 1987, he made a comeback in Germany and played for five seasons with SV Darmstadt 98 in the 2. Bundesliga from 1987 to 1993,[3] becoming the first footballer from the People's Republic of China to play in a European professional league.[6]





  • National Best XI: 1980–1983
  • AFC All-Star Team: 1985
  • Voted "Favorite Football Player in China" by fans: 1986


  1. ^ a b "Gu Guangming Profile at Baidu" (in Chinese). Retrieved June 10, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Saga over As Dong Joins Man Utd". January 18, 2007. Retrieved June 10, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Gu Guangming" (in German). Retrieved June 10, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Gu Guangming Profile at Sina" (in Chinese). Retrieved June 10, 2012. 
  5. ^ Lewis, Tom (October 22, 2009). "China 1979". RSSSF. Archived from the original on June 7, 2014. Retrieved June 10, 2012. 
  6. ^ 细数留洋20年欧陆航线:先驱古广明董方卓创新时代 (in Chinese). January 16, 2007. Retrieved June 10, 2012. 

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