Li Zhihai

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Li Zhihai
Li Zhihai.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1982-08-02) 2 August 1982 (age 34)
Place of birth Qingyuan, Guangdong, China
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0.4 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1998–2001 Guangzhou Youth
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Guangzhou Ucan ? (?)
2002–2010 Guangzhou F.C. 151 (7)
2011 Guangdong Sunray Cave 16 (0)
2012 Lam Ieng 4 (2)
2012 Shenzhen Main 2 (0)
2012 Lam Ieng 2 (0)
2012 Guangdong Sunray Cave 5 (0)
2013 Chao Pak Kei 1 (0)
2013 Guangdong Sunray Cave 1 (0)
Teams managed
2016–2017 R&F
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 December 2013.

Li Zhihai (Chinese: 李志海; Pinyin: Li Zhìhǎi; born August 2, 1982) is a former Chinese footballer .

Club career[edit]

Li Zhihai would join second tier club Guangzhou F.C. senior team at the beginning of the 2002 league season and would steadily establish himself as a regular within the squad. Over the following seasons he would become a vital member of the team and was awarded with the club captaincy where he led the team to a division championship and promotion to the Chinese Super League with Guangzhou at the end of the 2007 league season.[1] The following season, he would lead Guangzhou to a 7th-place finish at the end of the 2008 league season despite missing much of the campaign through injury.[2] The next season saw Li Zhihai miss eight games due to suspension after he fought with Tianjin Teda F.C. player Éber Luís Cucchi during a June 25, 2008 league game.[3] After missing much of the 2008 league season through suspension Li Zhihai would once again struggle with injury through much of the 2009 league season and lose the captaincy to Xu Liang. At the end of the season the club would be relegated after it was discovered that the club had fixed a match during the 2007 league campaign, despite this Li Zhihai would stay with the club to help in their push for promotion.[4]

Li Zhihai captained Guangzhou to win China League One for the first time in 2007

At the start of the 2010 league campaign Guangzhou brought in a new manager in Lee Jang-Soo who decided to bring in several new players, which saw Li Zhihai often sitting on the bench and despite helping the team win promotion back to the top tier at the end of the season was allowed to leave to second tier football club Guangdong Sunray Cave at the beginning of the 2011 league campaign. Li was promoted to the team captain in this season. However, he was suspected by the club to involve in match-fixing after his disastrous performance in a league match which Guangdong played against Shanghai East Asia in September. Although Li claimed that the charge was without evidence, he was released by Guangdong at the end of the season.

In April 2012, after spending a brief time in Macau's Campeonato da 1ª Divisão do Futebol club Lam Ieng, Li moved to China League Two club Shenzhen Main on a free transfer.[5] Li returned to Guangdong Sunray Cave who suffered defend crisis in the 2012 league season in June. He was lined up in his first returning match and insured a 2–0 away victory against Beijing Baxy on 23 June.[6] However, he was dropped from the first team again in July after Guangdong lost to Hohhot Dongjin 4–0. Li was signed by Campeonato da 1ª Divisão do Futebol club Chao Pak Kei in January 2013. He made his debut for Chao Pak Kei in a 5–0 home defeat against Lam Ieng on 20 January. He returned to Guangdong Sunray Cave again in February.[7] Li retired in the end of 2013 season and became the assistant coach of Guangdong Sunray Cave. He played as an amateur player for Zhaoqing Hengtai RE in his spare time.

Coaching career[edit]

Li joined Guangzhou R&F's youth team staff in 2016. In August 2016, Li was appointed as the manager of Hong Kong Premier League side R&F, which was the satellite team of Guangzhou R&F.[8] He led the club finished their in 10th place in the 2016–17 Hong Kong Premier League, which secured R&F's stay in the top flight for the next season.

Career statistics[edit]


As of 6 May 2017.
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
R&F Hong Kong July 2016 May 2017 23 3 1 19 13.04
Total 23 3 1 19 13.04


Guangzhou F.C.


  1. ^ China 2007 Archived October 17, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. at 18 Apr 2008 Retrieved 2012-08-04
  2. ^ China 2008 Archived July 21, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. at 3 Apr 2009 Retrieved 2012-08-04
  3. ^ 广药欲为受罚之人申诉 李志海:绝没有故意踢路易斯 at 2008-06-30 Retrieved 2012-08-04 (in Chinese)
  4. ^ Chengdu Blades demoted at 23 February 2010 Retrieved 2012-08-04
  5. ^ 前日之泉队长加盟深圳名博 足球生涯得以延续 at 2012-04-16 Retrieved 2012-08-04 (in Chinese)
  6. ^ 日之泉客场首胜主帅归功新内援 老队长回归稳固后防 at 2012-06-24 Retrieved 2012-08-04 (in Chinese)
  7. ^ 日之泉开季前迎来一位老将 绝杀恒大之战他真挺抢眼 at 2013-02-16 Retrieved 2013-02-17 (in Chinese)
  8. ^ "港超聯 梁志榮出任富力領隊兼助教". Oriental Press Group Limited. 14 August 2016. Retrieved 23 August 2016. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ye Zhibin
Guangzhou F.C. captain
Succeeded by
Zheng Zhi
Preceded by
Joel Bertoti Padilha
Guangdong Sunray Cave captain
Succeeded by
Yin Hongbo