Li Leilei

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Li Leilei
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Personal information
Full name Li Leilei
Date of birth (1977-06-30) June 30, 1977 (age 40)
Place of birth Beijing, China
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Beijing Guoan (Goalkeeping coach)
Youth career
1989–1996 Bayi Youth
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2003 Bayi Football Team 70 (0)
2004–2005 Shenzhen Jianlibao 35 (0)
2006–2012 Shandong Luneng 111 (0)
Total 216 (0)
National team
2005–2007 China 23 (0)
Teams managed
2012– Beijing Guoan (Goalkeeping coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 October 2012
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 October 2012

Li Leilei (simplified Chinese: 李雷雷; traditional Chinese: 李雷雷; pinyin: Lǐ Léiléi; born June 30, 1977 in Beijing) is a former Chinese football goalkeeper and current goalkeeping coach of Beijing Guoan.

Club career[edit]

Li Leilei started his career with second tier club Bayi Football Team in the 1999 Chinese league season and would go on to become their first choice goalkeeper. With them he would gain promotion at the end of 2000, however after three seasons in the top tier the club were relegated at the end of the 2003 league season and disbanded due to financial difficulties brought about by professional football.[1] This saw Li Leilei join another top tier club in Shenzhen Jianlibao where he was immediately made the club's first choice goalkeeper by the team's Head coach Zhu Guanghu and had an extremely successful debut season with them by winning the 2004 Chinese Super League.[2] The following season wasn't to prove as successful for Li Leilei, however he still drew the interests from Shandong Luneng who he transferred to for 5 million yuan at the beginning of the 2006 league season.

At Shandong he would once again make an immediate impact within the team by establishing himself as their first choice goalkeeper of the league and cup 2006 double winning campaign.[3] By now Li Leilei had also established himself as China's main goalkeeper and by the 2008 league season he would continue his pivotal role for the club by again winning the Chinese Super League title.[4] By the end of the 2009 league season the Shandong Head coach Ljubiša Tumbaković had left the club after a disappointing season and was replaced by Branko Ivanković who decided to promote the youngster Yang Cheng as first choice goalkeeper, which saw Li Leilei limited to a single appearance throughout the 2010 campaigned as he watched Shandong win another league title. At the end of the 2011 league season he did not make a single appearance for Shandong and with his contract having finished Li Leilei decided to retire from football.[5]

International career[edit]

Li Leilei was given the chance to make his senior debut on May 29, 2005 against Republic of Ireland by the recently appointed Chinese Head coach Zhu Guanghu in a match China lost 1-0.[6] During this period he was playing understudy to Liu Yunfei until the sudden retirement of Liu Yunfei in 2006 established Li Leilei as first choice goalkeeper in the run up to the 2007 AFC Asian Cup.[7] Within the tournament Li Leilei would play the first two group games before injury ruled him out for the final group game.[8]

Coaching career[edit]

Li became the goalkeeping coach of his hometown club Beijing Guoan in December 2012.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Li Leilei's father, Li Songhai (李松海), was also a football goalkeeper.



Shenzhen Jianlibao
Shandong Luneng


China PR national football team


  1. ^ "Chinese military football team disbanded". Dec 29, 2003. Retrieved 2012-06-12. 
  2. ^ "China 2004". 7 Apr 2005. Archived from the original on 2012-09-29. Retrieved 2012-06-12. 
  3. ^ "Shandong Luneng, Chinese record-breakers". 23 Oct 2006. Retrieved 2012-06-12. 
  4. ^ "China 2008". 3 Apr 2009. Archived from the original on 2010-07-21. Retrieved 2012-06-12. 
  5. ^ "李雷雷40岁驰骋绿茵梦破碎 前国门一遗憾难弥补". 1 May 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-12. 
  6. ^ "中国 0-1 爱尔兰". 2005-03-29. Retrieved 2012-06-12. 
  7. ^ "Seven promises from the East". 1 June 2005. Retrieved 2012-06-12. 
  8. ^ "China PR 2-2 Iran AFC Asian Cup". 15 July 2007. Retrieved 2012-06-12. 
  9. ^ "李雷雷出任守门员教练 称回国安是一直的梦想". 16 December 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 

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