Sun Xiang

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Sun.
Sun Xiang
孙祥
Personal information
Full name Sun Xiang
Date of birth (1982-01-15) 15 January 1982 (age 35)
Place of birth Shanghai, China
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Left back
Youth career
1995–2001 Shanghai Cable 02
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2010 Shanghai Shenhua 136 (13)
2007 PSV Eindhoven (loan) 5 (0)
2008–2009 Austria Wien (loan) 19 (2)
2010–2014 Guangzhou Evergrande 110 (3)
2015–2016 Shanghai SIPG 51 (0)
National team
2000–2001 China U-20
2002–2003 China U-23
2002–2013 China 69 (5)
* 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 (simplified Chinese: 孙祥; traditional Chinese: 孫祥; pinyin: Sūn Xiáng; born 15 January 1982) is a Chinese footballer.

Club career[edit]

Shanghai Shenhua[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2][3]

PSV Eindhoven[edit]

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.[4]

Austria Wien[edit]

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.[5] He made his debut on 9 July 2008 in a 1-1 draw against SK Austria Kärnten.[6] This was followed by his first league goal for the club on 7 March 2009 in a 4-0 victory against LASK Linz.[7] When his loan period expired, he returned to Shanghai where he played for the remainder of the 2009 season.

Guangzhou Evergrande[edit]

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.[8] 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.

Shanghai SIPG[edit]

On 5 January 2015, Sun transferred to fellow Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG.[9] 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.[10] In December 2016, it was revealed that Sun was diagnosed as highly aggressive B-cell lymphoma.[11] Sun didn't clarified or confirmed the report. On 6 February 2017, Shanghai SIPG announced Sun had left the club due to "physical problems".[12]

Career statistics[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 30 October 2016
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Others Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
China PR League FA Cup CSL Cup Asia Others1 Total
2000 Shanghai Cable 02 China League Two - - - -
2001 - - - -
2002 Shanghai Shenhua Chinese Jia-A League 25 2 1 0 - 3 0 2 0 31 2
2003 25 2 4 0 - - - 29 2
2004 Chinese Super League 20 0 4 0 - 3 0 3 0 30 0
2005 22 3 2 0 - - - 24 3
2006 15 2 1 0 - 2 0 - 18 2
Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Europe Others Total
2006-07 PSV Eindhoven Eredivisie 5 0 0 0 - 4 0 - 9 0
China PR League FA Cup CSL Cup Asia Others Total
2007 Shanghai Shenhua Chinese Super League 14 2 - - - - 14 2
2008 4 0 - - - - 4 0
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 0 0 - - - - 0 0
2010 Guangzhou Evergrande China League One 14 1 - - - - 14 1
2011 Chinese Super League 25 1 - - - - 25 1
2012 25 0 2 0 - 8 0 1 0 36 0
2013 23 1 4 0 - 14 0 4 0 45 1
2014 23 0 0 0 - 10 0 0 0 33 0
2015 Shanghai SIPG 25 0 1 0 - - - 26 0
2016 26 0 1 0 - 7 0 - 34 0
Total China PR 297 16 20 0 0 0 47 0 10 0 374 16
Netherlands 5 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 9 0
Austria 19 2 4 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 27 3
Career total 321 18 24 1 0 0 55 0 10 0 410 19

1Other tournaments include A3 Champions Cup.
2Other tournaments include Chinese FA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.

International goals[edit]

As of 6 October 2011
Results list China's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
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

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Shanghai Shenhua

PSV Eindhoven

Austria Wien

Guangzhou Evergrande

International[edit]

China PR national football team

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "China 2003". rsssf.com. 18 April 2004. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Details of soccer referee investigation released to public". chinadaily.com.cn. 2011-03-31. Retrieved 2016-09-30. 
  3. ^ "China Strips Shenhua of 2003 League Title, Bans 33 People for Life". english.cri.cn. 18 February 2013. Retrieved 2016-09-30. 
  4. ^ "Dutch courage not enough for Sun Xiang". shanghaiist.com. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Sun Xiang darf gegen Kärnten auflaufen: Arbeitsbewilligung & Freigabe eingetroffen". news.at. 2008-07-09. Retrieved 2016-09-30. 
  6. ^ "AUSTRIA WIEN VS. AUSTRIA KÄRNTEN 1-1". soccerway.com. 2008-07-09. Retrieved 2016-09-30. 
  7. ^ "AUSTRIA WIEN VS. LASK LINZ 4-0". soccerway.com. 2009-03-07. Retrieved 2016-09-30. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ Valente, Allan (17 July 2016). "Demba Ba suffers horrific leg break while playing for Shanghai Shenhua". Skysports.com. Retrieved 18 July 2016. 
  11. ^ "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. 
  12. ^ "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. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Li Weifeng
China national football team captain
2012
Succeeded by
Zheng Zhi
Preceded by
Wang Shenchao
Shanghai SIPG captain
2015–2016
Succeeded by
Wang Shenchao