Liu Yunfei

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Liu Yunfei
刘云飞
Personal information
Date of birth (1979-05-08) 8 May 1979 (age 38)
Place of birth Tianjin, China
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1996–1998 Tianjin Teda
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2005 Tianjin Teda 109 (0)
2006–2007 Shanghai Shenhua 5 (0)
National team
2002–2005 China 27 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 April 2008.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 April 2008

Liu Yunfei (Chinese:刘云飞 born May 8, 1979) is a former Chinese international football goalkeeper who played for Tianjin Teda and Shanghai Shenhua. Internationally he played within the 2004 AFC Asian Cup; however, at the height of his career he was disciplined by his club for his recreational drug use before being arrested for possessing illegal drugs, which saw him retire in 2007 at the age of only 27.

Biography[edit]

Liu started his career playing for the Tianjin Teda youth team and was soon called up to the Chinese U-23 team, where he competed with his Tianjin teammate Zong Lei for the first-choice goalkeeping spot. After returning from national duty, his development soon saw him replace Jiang Jin as the club's first-choice goalkeeper within the 2001 Chinese Jia-A League season after he made 19 league appearances for the club.[1] His breakout season saw him personally win the Jia A goalkeeper of the year award in 2001, while Jiang Jin decided to move to Shanghai Zhongyuan in 2002.

Liu was soon called up to Chinese senior team on February 15, 2002 by the Chinese Head coach Bora Milutinović in a friendly against Slovenia in a 0-0 draw.[2] While he missed out on the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Liu soon went on to establish himself as his country's first-choice goalkeeper once Arie Haan became manager for China, and once the 2004 AFC Asian Cup came around, Liu became the hero in the semi-final penalty shootout against Iran as China won 4-3 on penalties.[3]

Liu transferred to top tier side Shanghai Shenhua in 2006, where his teammate in the national team Yu Weiliang was a starter goalkeeper. He started a few games, but was suspended later for discipline problems thought to be brought about by his recreational drug use. After he stopped training Liu soon became a free agent after the contract with Shanghai Shenhua was terminated. In March 2007, Liu was arrested for possessing illegal drugs, so he retired at only age 27.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Liú, Yúnfēi at nationalfootballteams.com
  2. ^ 中国 0-0 斯洛文尼亚 at teamchina.freehostia.com
  3. ^ 中国 1-1 伊朗 at teamchina.freehostia.com
  4. ^ Police confirm ex-China goalie detained for drug use at chinaview.cn 2007-03-27

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