|Full name||Sun Xiang|
|Date of birth||15 January 1982|
|Place of birth||Shanghai, China|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Left back|
|1995–2001||Shanghai Cable 02|
|2007||→ PSV Eindhoven (loan)||5||(0)|
|2008–2009||→ Austria Wien (loan)||19||(2)|
|* 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 30 October 2016
Sun Xiang started his football career playing for Shanghai Cable 02 before the club was taken over by Shanghai Shenhua. He was then promoted to the club's first team in the 2002 season along with his twin brother Sun Ji where they both quickly established themselves within the team. In the 2003 season, he became the club's first-choice left back and won the top tier title with the club. Unfortunately in 2013 the Chinese Football Association would revoke the league title after it was discovered the Shenhua General manager Lou Shifang had bribed officials to be bias to Shenhua in games that season.
Sun, along with Sun Ji, attracted the interests of multiple clubs abroad and had trials with Eredivisie side PSV Eindhoven in 2006, but PSV decided to not sign the pair. The club then decided to sign Sun on loan for the 2006-07 season with an option to sign him on a three-year contract at the end of the season. He made his debut for the club on 17 February 2007 in a 2-0 win against Heracles Almelo, becoming the first ever Chinese footballer to play in the Eredivisie. He made his European continental debut on 20 February 2007 in a 1-0 win against Arsenal, becoming the first ever Chinese player to play in the UEFA Champions League. Then manager Ronald Koeman remarked that Sun had an impressive debut and contributed to the game through his good vision and precise passing. After the end of his loan period, he was not offered a long-term contract with the club despite appeals from Sun to stay with the club.
On 1 July 2008, Sun was loaned to Austrian Bundesliga side Austria Wien on a one-year deal with the possibility of a one-year extension, becoming the first ever Chinese footballer to play in the Austrian Bundesliga. He made his debut on 9 July 2008 in a 1-1 draw against SK Austria Kärnten. This was followed by his first league goal for the club on 7 March 2009 in a 4-0 victory against LASK Linz. When his loan period expired, he returned to Shanghai where he played for the remainder of the 2009 season.
On 28 April 2010, Sun announced that he gave up joining A-League side Sydney FC and transferred to second tier side Guangzhou Evergrande instead. He made his debut for the club alongside Zheng Zhi on 21 July 2010 in a 10-0 win against Nanjing Yoyo. He scored his first goal for the club on 18 September 2010 in a 2-1 win against Yanbian FC. In the 2010 season, he made fourteen appearances as Guangzhou finished first place in the second tier and won promotion back to the top flight at the first attempt. The following season Sun continued to be a major part of the club that invested heavily in improving the squad; and with the club bringing in two-time Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Player of the Year winner Darío Conca, the club won its first ever top tier title in the 2011 season.
On 5 January 2015, Sun transferred to fellow Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG. He made his debut for the club on 7 March 2015 in a 2-1 win against Jiangsu Sainty. On 17 July 2016, Sun accidentally collided with Demba Ba and broke Ba's left leg in a 2-1 loss against Shanghai Shenhua. In December 2016, it was revealed that Sun was diagnosed as highly aggressive B-cell lymphoma. Sun didn't clarified or confirmed the report. On 6 February 2017, Shanghai SIPG announced Sun had left the club due to "physical problems".
- As of 30 October 2016
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Others||Total|
|China PR||League||FA Cup||CSL Cup||Asia||Others1||Total|
|2000||Shanghai Cable 02||China League Two||-||-||-||-|
|2002||Shanghai Shenhua||Chinese Jia-A League||25||2||1||0||-||3||0||2||0||31||2|
|2004||Chinese Super League||20||0||4||0||-||3||0||3||0||30||0|
|Netherlands||League||KNVB Cup||League Cup||Europe||Others||Total|
|China PR||League||FA Cup||CSL Cup||Asia||Others||Total|
|2007||Shanghai Shenhua||Chinese Super League||14||2||-||-||-||-||14||2|
|Austria||League||Austrian Cup||League Cup||Europe||Others||Total|
|2008-09||Austria Wien||Austrian Bundesliga||19||2||4||1||-||4||0||-||27||3|
|China PR||League||FA Cup||CSL Cup||Asia||Others2||Total|
|2009||Shanghai Shenhua||Chinese Super League||11||2||-||-||-||-||11||2|
|2010||Guangzhou Evergrande||China League One||14||1||-||-||-||-||14||1|
|2011||Chinese Super League||25||1||-||-||-||-||25||1|
- As of 6 October 2011
- Results list China's goal tally first.
|1||19 June 2005||Helong Stadium, Changsha, China||Costa Rica||2–2||2–2||Friendly international|
|2||31 July 2005||Daejeon World Cup Stadium, Daejeon, South Korea||South Korea||1–0||1–1||2005 East Asian Football Championship|
|3||11 October 2006||King Abdullah Stadium, Amman, Jordan||Palestine||2–0||2–0||2007 AFC Asian Cup qualifier|
|4||22 June 2008||Stadium Australia, Sydney, Australia||Australia||1–0||1–0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier|
|5||6 October 2011||New Shenzhen Stadium, Shenzhen, China||United Arab Emirates||1–0||2–1||Friendly international|
- Chinese FA Super Cup: 2002
- Chinese Super League: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
- Chinese League One: 2010
- Chinese FA Cup: 2012
- Chinese Super Cup: 2012
- AFC Champions League: 2013
- "China 2003". rsssf.com. 18 April 2004. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
- "Details of soccer referee investigation released to public". chinadaily.com.cn. 2011-03-31. Retrieved 2016-09-30.
- "China Strips Shenhua of 2003 League Title, Bans 33 People for Life". english.cri.cn. 18 February 2013. Retrieved 2016-09-30.
- "Dutch courage not enough for Sun Xiang". shanghaiist.com. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
- "Sun Xiang darf gegen Kärnten auflaufen: Arbeitsbewilligung & Freigabe eingetroffen". news.at. 2008-07-09. Retrieved 2016-09-30.
- "AUSTRIA WIEN VS. AUSTRIA KÄRNTEN 1-1". soccerway.com. 2008-07-09. Retrieved 2016-09-30.
- "AUSTRIA WIEN VS. LASK LINZ 4-0". soccerway.com. 2009-03-07. Retrieved 2016-09-30.
- 现身中甲新贵恒大训练场 孙祥不出国门留守广州 (in Chinese). sports.sohu.com. 28 April 2010. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
- 上海上港官方宣布孙祥自由身加盟球队 (in Chinese). sports.sina.com. 2015-01-05. Retrieved 2015-01-05.
- Valente, Allan (17 July 2016). "Demba Ba suffers horrific leg break while playing for Shanghai Shenhua". Skysports.com. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
- "医学专家:若所曝病历真为孙祥 那他生命有危险". Netease. 16 December 2016. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
- "王燊超或出任上港新队长 孙祥因身体原因暂离队". Sohu. 6 February 2017. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
- Sun Xiang profile with detailed statistics and biography timeline
- Player profile – doha-2006.com
- Sun Xiang at National-Football-Teams.com
|China national football team captain
|Shanghai SIPG captain