Liu Yu (footballer)
|Date of birth||May 12, 1985|
|Place of birth||Chengdu, Sichuan, China|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 10.9 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 October 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 June 2011
Liu Yu started his professional football career in 2004 with top tier club Sichuan Guancheng when he made his league debut against Beijing Guoan on March 16, 2004 in a 1-1 draw in Sichuan's first game of the season. He would quickly establish himself as Sichuan's first choice left-back and would feature in sixteen league games throughout the season. By the next season he would continue to be a prominent member of the team, however he found himself without a club at the beginning of the 2006 Chinese Super League when Sichuan Guancheng disbanded.
Without a club Liu Yu would move to reigning league champions Dalian Shide F.C. where he would make his league debut against Liaoning F.C. on March 18, 2006 in a 2-0 win. Once again he would quickly establish himself within the team and become their first choice left-back and make twenty league appearances in his debut season. By the next season Zhai Yanpeng regained his place as Dalian's left-back and Liu Yu was allowed to leave by the end of the season. This saw Liu Yu join fellow Chinese Super League team Henan Construction and while he was a regular throughout the season he only remained with them for one season before joining Chengdu Blades at the beginning of the 2009 Chinese Super League season.
At Chengdu, he immediately established himself as the club's first choice fullback and helped guide the team to mid-table safety in his first season; however, despite that, the club were relegated to the second tier when it was discovered that they fixed several games in 2007 to help them in their process for promotion to the top tier. Liu Yu decided to remain faithful towards the club and continued to be a vital member of the team, where he scored his first goal against Anhui Jiufang F.C. on September 11, 2010 in a league game that Chengdu won 4–0. By the end of the league campaign, Liu guided the club to second in the league and immediate promotion back into the Chinese Super League.
After an impressive league season with Chengdu Blades where Liu Yu would win promotion with the club he would be called up to the senior team in a friendly On March 29, 2011 in a friendly against Honduras and would aid China to a 3-0 victory.
Chinese League Career Statistics
Statistics accurate as of match played 30 October 2016.
|Season||Club||League||League||CFA Cup||CSL Cup||Asia||Total|
|2004||Sichuan Guancheng||Chinese Super League||17||0||3||0||1||0||-||-||21||0|
|2010||China League One||23||1||-||-||-||-||-||-||23||1|
|2011||Chinese Super League||11||0||1||0||-||-||-||-||12||0|
|2014||Chongqing Lifan||China League One||26||0||1||0||-||-||-||-||27||0|
|2015||Chinese Super League||23||3||0||0||-||-||23||3|
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