Li Xiaopeng (footballer)
|Full name||Li Xiaopeng|
|Date of birth||20 June 1975|
|Place of birth||Qingdao, China|
|Height||1.82 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Li Xiaopeng (simplified Chinese: 李霄鹏; traditional Chinese: 李霄鵬; pinyin: Lǐ Xiāopéng; born 20 June 1975) is a Chinese football manager and a former international player. As a football player he would spend his entire professional football career playing for Shandong Luneng, while internationally he would be a participant of the 2000 AFC Asian Cup, 2002 FIFA World Cup and 2004 AFC Asian Cup.
Li Xiaopeng was a highly promising young player who was playing for the Shandong Luneng youth team before graduating to senior team during the 1994 league season, however it was not until the following season when he played in seventeen league games and score four goals did he start to show his prominence. While he remained a consistent squad regular within the team for the next few seasons it was not until Slobodan Santrač became manager of the team at the beginning of the 1999 league season did Li Xiaopeng really start to become a vital member within the midfield when he aided the team to a league and cup double at the end of the season. Well regarded in China for his good ball-control and vision in passing within the team he would aid Shandong to win another Chinese FA Cup and Chinese Super League cup in 2004. This saw Shandong have another chance to play in the rebranded AFC Champions League where despite being a defensive midfielder he would score a stylish first goal for Shandong Luneng with a lob from 40 meters during an ACL game in 2005 in the 7–2 second leg loss against Al-Ittihad (Jeddah), which was to be one of his last achievement before he retired in 2006.
While Li Xiaopeng was part of the squad that won the AFC U-17 Championship in 1992 he would have to wait until 3 September 2000 before he made his senior international debut in a friendly against Iraq in 4–1 victory. This would be impressive enough for him to be included in the squad for 2000 AFC Asian Cup where despite playing a small role within the tournament he nevertheless saw China finish fourth. After the tournament he would start to form a successful partnership with Li Tie in midfield that saw China qualify for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, which saw him score his debut goal United Arab Emirates in a 3–0 victory during qualifying. While China's debut in the World Cup was not successful Li Xiaopeng still retained his place within the team until the 2004 AFC Asian Cup which saw the emergence of Zhao Junzhe as his replacement.
After he retired Shandong offered him a position as the boss of media presentation, however due to his high profile within China he was linked to numerous management positions. He would eventually go on to achieve the necessary coaching certificates required for a management position and he was expected to become an assistant within the Chinese Football Association. On 8 August 2010 he would accept the position of interim head coach for the Chinese women's team up to the 2010 Asian Games, which made him the youngest coach to ever manage the team. At the Football at the 2010 Asian Games Li would guide the team to the semi-finals where they lost 1–0 to Japan's women team. This would be good enough for Li to be offered an extension to his contract and Li was given the job to guide the China's women team through the 2012 Summer Olympics qualifiers, however the team failed to make it to the tournament and Li resigned as coach.
As a player
- AFC U-17 Championship: 1992
- "Lǐ, Xiāopéng". nationalfootballteams.com. Retrieved 3 August 2010.
- "China 1999". rsssf.com. 2 July 2001. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 3 August 2010.
- "China PR 4–1 Iraq". teamchina.freehostia.com. 3 September 2000. Retrieved 3 August 2010.
- "China PR 3–0 United Arab Emirates". teamchina.freehostia.com. 25 August 2001. Retrieved 3 August 2010.
- "前国脚李霄鹏增援朱氏内阁 国足教练组继续年轻化". sports.sina.com.cn. 12 April 2007. Retrieved 3 August 2010.
- "Li Xiaopeng to coach China women". Asian Football Confederation. 8 August 2010. Retrieved 1 October 2010.