Wang Baoshan

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Wang Baoshan
Personal information
Full name Wang Baoshan
Date of birth (1963-04-13) April 13, 1963 (age 54)
Place of birth Pingyi, Shandong, China
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Guizhou Renhe
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1986 Shaanxi Province
1991–1993 Otsuka Pharmaceutical
National team
1986–1990 China 23 (2)
Teams managed
1995–1997 Foshan Fosti
1998 Yunnan Hongta
2001–2002 China U-20
2003–2004 Guangdong Xiongying
2005 Jiangsu Sainty
2005–2006 Shenzhen Jianlibao
2007–2008 China (Assist)
2009–2010 Chengdu Blades
2012 Chengdu Blades
2013–2015 Chongqing Lifan
2016– Guizhou Renhe
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of Jan 1, 2012.

Wang Baoshan (Chinese: 王宝山; born on April 13, 1963) is a Chinese soccer manager and a former international soccer player. As a player, he was predominately remembered for playing in the 1988 AFC Asian Cup before being one of the first Chinese players who went to Japan when he joined Otsuka Pharmaceutical.

Playing career[edit]

While Wang Baoshan was born in Pingyi, Shandong his family would move to Baoji in Shaanxi to see him graduate to the senior team of the Shaanxi Province football club by the 1980 Chinese league season. Unfortunately for Wang in his debut season he was part of the squad that came bottom of the league and his club were relegated at the end of the campaign.[1] His time within the second tier would see him establish himself within the team and by the 1985 league season he would help aid Shaanxi win promotion back into the top tier, which soon caught the attention of the Chinese national team.[2] With the national team he would play within the 1988 AFC Asian Cup and was part of the team that came fourth within the tournament.[3] When he returned to club football he would move to Japan and joined Otsuka Pharmaceutical before he retired.

Coaching career[edit]

Wang Baoshan got his break in club management with second tier football club Foshan Fosti in the 1995 league season and helped guide the club to a fifth-place finish.[4] For the next several seasons he would guide the club to mid-table mediocrity until the club were taken over by Xiamen Yuanhua at the beginning of the 1998 league season and was subsequently released by the club. Wang wouldn't have to wait long for a new job and would take on the position of general manager for another second tier club Yunnan Hongta, however he would quickly also serve as the club's manager for one season before he would settle on becoming the team's youth team manager for the next two seasons. His work with the youth team would quickly draw the attentions of the China U-20 team and he would lead them into the 2002 AFC Youth Championship where the team finished in a disappointing sixth-place finish. After the tournament the Chinese Football Association would decide not to renew his contract and Wang would join another second tier football club Guangdong Xiongying in the 2003 league season and guide the team to a mid-table position. The following season saw the club decide to move to Shenzhen and rename themselves Shenzhen Kejian, Wang would again guide the club to another mid-table position, however the club was severely in debt and dissolved at the end of the 2004 league season.[5]

Wang would join another second tier football club in Jiangsu Sainty, however his time with them only lasted one season when he was unable to win promotion with the club. On November 2005 Wang would receive his first attempt at the top tier when he was offered the management post at Shenzhen Jianlibao and led them into the 2006 league season. His time at the club was not very successful, he had lost the respect of the players and was floating above relegation also the club were in debt and could not afford to be relegated, which saw on September 2006 Wang being sacked as the team's manager and replaced by Xie Feng for the rest of the season.[6] Wang would take a step back from being a Head coach and take on the assistant management position with the Chinese national team where he worked under Vladimir Petrović. The Chinese Football Association would sack Petrović in June 2008 which saw the National team without a Head coach to lead them into important 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification matches, being the only assistant with top flight management experience there were rumours that Wang would lead the national team on at least a short-term basis, however the Chinese FA decided to bring in experienced coach Yin Tiesheng in instead.[7] Strangely enough on July 2008 after being sacked from Shenzhen Jianlibao the club took him back but this time as a technical advisor.

On May 2009 the Head coach position at top tier club Chengdu Blades became available after their previous manager Li Bing resigned, under Wang results would improve throughout the season and he would go on to lead the team onto a respectable seventh-place finish.[8] Despite this achievement Chengdu Blades were relegated to the second tier before the start of the 2010 league season for match fixing after it was discovered the club had fixed a match several years ago.[9] Wang decided to stay loyal towards the club and remained as manager to aid the club win immediate promotion back into the top tier at the end of the 2010 league season. Despite this achievement the club decided that they needed a new manager and brought in Lawrie McKinna for the start of the 2011 Chinese Super League season. After over a year out of management Chengdu Blades who had fallen back into the second tier asked for Wang's help half-way through the 2012 China League One season after the previous manager Niu Hongli had resigned.[10]

In 2013, Wang became the head coach of Chongqing Lifan.


  1. ^ "China 1980". 22 Oct 2009. Retrieved 2012-08-27. 
  2. ^ "China 1985". 22 Oct 2009. Retrieved 2012-08-27. 
  3. ^ "Asian Nations Cup 1988". 16 Dec 2010. Retrieved 2012-08-27. 
  4. ^ "China League 1995". 19 Jun 2003. Retrieved 2012-08-27. 
  5. ^ "深圳科健放弃转让 球队将自行解散,球员以个体形式卖出". 2005-01-16. Retrieved 2012-08-27. 
  6. ^ "王宝山下课是深足早有预谋 在陆博飞被砍前就曾预知". 2006-09-07. Retrieved 2012-08-27. 
  7. ^ "王宝山未上任先挨"板砖" 潜规则上位难服众". 2008-11-23. Retrieved 2012-08-27. 
  8. ^ "China 2009". 23 Apr 2010. Retrieved 2012-08-27. 
  9. ^ "China goes further to fight football match-fixing". February 26, 2010. Retrieved 2012-08-27. 
  10. ^ "故人回归 宝山重掌帅印". 2012-07-24. Retrieved 2013-02-05. 

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