Tao Wei (footballer, born 1966)

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Tao Wei
Personal information
Full name Tao Wei
Date of birth (1966-01-11)January 11, 1966
Place of birth Beijing, China
Date of death August 27, 2012(2012-08-27) (aged 46)
Place of death Jinan, Shandong, China
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
0000–1992 Beijing Guoan
1992–1994 AS Dragon
1994–1996 Sichuan Quanxing 3 (0)
National team
China U20
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 April 2010
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 April 2010

Tao Wei (simplified Chinese: 陶伟; traditional Chinese: 陶偉; pinyin: Táo Wěi; January 11, 1966 – August 27, 2012) was a Chinese football player and commentator for CCTV sports channel.


Tao began playing professionally for home team Beijing Football Team and China national under-20 football team at 1980s. He transferred to Tahiti Division Fédérale club AS Dragon at 1992. Tao joined Sichuan Quanxing in 1994, when the first season of Chinese professional football league Chinese Jia-A League began.

Tao retired from his playing career in 1996. In 1999, he launched a youth football club called Huijia Cheetah (汇佳猎豹). He went on to become active as a commentator, providing analysis to CCTV sports channel for Fußball-Bundesliga.

Personal life[edit]

Tao married the Chinese actress Lü Liping in Los Angeles, on January 16, 1999. They divorced at August 2, 2001.[1] He remarried in August 2011 and his son was born in March 2012, five months before his death.[2]


Tao was found dead at a hotel in Jinan, Shandong province on August 27, 2012. After investigation, local police concluded that there was no evidence of homicide or suicide, the cause of death was sudden cardiac death.[3][4]


  1. ^ "结婚离婚都是谜——吕丽萍与陶伟情感始末(图)". yule.sohu.com. 2001-08-19. Retrieved 2012-08-25.
  2. ^ "陶伟遗孀:希望坐下商量分财产 闹到法院影响孩子". sports.163.com. 2013-05-28. Retrieved 2018-06-05.
  3. ^ "央视足球评论员陶伟济南酒店内猝死". 163.com. 2012-08-28. Retrieved 2013-01-17.
  4. ^ "CCTV Football Commentator Confirmed Dead". English.cri.cn. 2005-04-15. Retrieved 2012-08-28.

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