Lu Lin (footballer)
|Date of birth||3 February 1985|
|Place of birth||Guangzhou, Guangdong, China|
|Height||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|2011||Guangdong Sunray Cave||24||(9)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 October 2016.
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. 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.
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. 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. 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. This was confirmed on 8 May 2016 when Lu played his 300th competitive game for a professional team based in Guangzhou. He extended his contract with the club until the end of 2018 on 7 November 2016.
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.
Statistics accurate as of match played 30 October 2016.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|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|
|2008||Chinese Super League||29||2||-||-||-||29||2|
|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|
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