Lu Lin (footballer)

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Lu Lin
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Personal information
Date of birth (1985-02-03) 3 February 1985 (age 32)
Place of birth Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Guangzhou R&F
Number 23
Youth career
2000–2002 Guangzhou F.C.
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Xiangxue Pharmaceutical ? (?)
2003–2010 Guangzhou Evergrande 148 (23)
2011 Guangdong Sunray Cave 24 (9)
2012– Guangzhou R&F 129 (15)
National team
2005 China U-20 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 October 2016.
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Lu.

Lu Lin (Chinese: 卢琳; pinyin: Lú Lín; born 3 February 1985 in Guangzhou) is a Chinese football player who currently plays for Guangzhou R&F as a Midfielder in the Chinese Super League.

Club career[edit]

Lu Lin was the product of the Guangzhou Pharmaceutical youth team and would soon be sent off to their satellite youth team Xiangxue Pharmaceutical to play within the 2002–03 Hong Kong First Division League before he broke into the Guangzhou senior team during the 2003 Chinese league season. With his good technical ability and awareness he would also break into the Chinese U-20 football team and play in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship.[1] Upon his return he would go on to establish himself as a regular with Guangzhou and was part of the team that won the 2007 China League One division and promotion to the 2008 Chinese Super League.[2]

Within the top tier Lu would help establish Guangzhou as mid-table regulars until the club was found guilty of match-fixing in 2006 and were punished with relegation at the end of the 2009 Chinese Super League season.[3] Despite this Lu would remain faithful towards the club and was part of the team that went on to immediately win promotion back into the top tier at the end of the 2010 league season.[4] Lu would, however decide to move to second tier club Guangdong Sunray Cave on a free transfer in February 2011 to gain more playing time. On 13 July, Lu Lin scored Guangdong's second goal in a friendly against Liverpool in a 4-3 loss.

Lu signed a three-year-contract with Guangzhou R&F in December 2011 and would go on to represent them on more than 100 occasions. Lu is from Guangzhou and during his long career has only played professional football for Guangzhou-based teams which, combined with his displays on the pitch, makes him a favourite of the fans.[5] This was confirmed on 8 May 2016 when Lu played his 300th competitive game for a professional team based in Guangzhou.[6] He extended his contract with the club until the end of 2018 on 7 November 2016.[7]

International career[edit]

He would rise to prominence when he was called up to the Chinese U-20 football team in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in the Netherlands and scoring a free kick in the 4-1 win over Panama in the group stage.[8]

Lu Lin has also represented Guangdong Province in the annual Guangdong-Hong Kong Cup, including in 2014 when his two goals helped Guangdong to victory.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

Statistics accurate as of match played 30 October 2016.[10]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
China PR League FA Cup CSL Cup Asia Total
2003 Guangzhou F.C. Chinese Jia-B League 8 0 0 0 - - 8 0
2004 China League One 32 8 0 0 - - 32 8
2005 16 5 0 0 - - 16 5
2006 21 4 1 0 - - 22 4
2007 20 4 - - - 20 4
2008 Chinese Super League 29 2 - - - 29 2
2009 15 0 - - - 15 0
2010 China League One 7 0 - - - 7 0
2011 Guangdong Sunray Cave 24 9 2 0 - - 26 9
2012 Guangzhou R&F Chinese Super League 28 1 1 1 - - 29 2
2013 26 2 2 2 - - 28 4
2014 25 6 1 0 - - 26 6
2015 26 3 2 0 - 7 1 35 4
2016 24 3 6 1 - - 30 4
Total China PR 301 47 15 4 0 0 7 1 323 52

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Guangzhou F.C.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIFA Player Statistics: LU Lin". fifa.com. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  2. ^ "China 2007". rsssf.com. 18 Apr 2008. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  3. ^ "Chengdu Blades demoted". fifa.com. 23 February 2010. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  4. ^ "China 2010". rsssf.com. 21 Jun 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  5. ^ "On the buses – a Guangdong Hong Kong cup expedition : Wild East Football". wildeastfootball.net. Retrieved 2016-03-12. 
  6. ^ "富力TV|卢琳300场,威震越秀山-富力TV报道". www.gzrffc.com.cn. Retrieved 2016-05-20. 
  7. ^ "富力官宣续约本土三将 凝聚力量铸南岳足球根基". Sina. 7 November 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2016. 
  8. ^ "4:1 (2:1) - FIFA.com - Previous Tournaments". fifa.com. 17 June 2005. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  9. ^ "Lu Lin the hero again as Guangdong win the cup : Wild East Football". wildeastfootball.net. Retrieved 2016-03-12. 
  10. ^ 卢琳 at sodasoccer Retrieved 2015-11-01 (Chinese)

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