Xavier Chen

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Xavier Chen
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Personal information
Full name Xavier Chen
Date of birth (1983-10-05) 5 October 1983 (age 33)
Place of birth Sint-Agatha-Berchem, Brussels, Belgium
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
KV Mechelen
Number 14
Youth career
1991–2003 Anderlecht
2003–2005 KV Kortrijk
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 KV Kortrijk 38 (0)
2007–2013 KV Mechelen 124 (0)
2013–2015 Guizhou Renhe 75 (2)
2016– KV Mechelen 3 (0)
National team
2001–2002 Belgium U19 11 (0)
2011–2016 Chinese Taipei 7 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 March 2016 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 October 2015 (UTC)

Xavier Chen (Chinese: 陳昌源/夏維耶, born 5 October 1983) is a Belgian-born Taiwanese footballer who plays predominantly as a right back. He currently plays for KV Mechelen in the Belgian Pro League, the top flight of football in Belgium. He began his youth career with Anderlecht. He has also played for KV Kortrijk (2003–2007) and Guizhou Renhe (2012–2016).

Early years[edit]

Chen was born to a Taiwanese father and a French mother. His paternal grandfather is a former diplomat who still lives in Taiwan. He completed his master's degree in Law at Université libre de Bruxelles, making him the only active European first division football player in the modern era to have obtained such a degree.[citation needed]

Club career[edit]

Chen started his senior career in KV Kortrijk, but gained recognition in his first stint with KV Mechelen, where he became captain. Due to the inconvenience of traveling back and forth between Belgium and Taiwan, Chen decided to move to Chinese side Guizhou Renhe when he accepted CTFA's invitation to play for the national team. In January 2016, Chen returned to KV Mechelen, stating that he only wanted to play for a maximum of three years in China. A few Chinese teams showed interest to sign him, but he ultimately decided to return to his country of birth.

International career[edit]

Chen's eligibility to play for Chinese Taipei was discovered by the Chinese Taipei Football Association public relations director Chen Chia Ming in 2009,[1] and Chen was invited to play for the national team. China Football Association had also made an attempt to recruit Chen three months after CTFA. On 24 May 2011, encouraged by his relatives in Taiwan, Chen elected to play for Chinese Taipei.[2][3]

Chen made his international debut against Malaysia on 3 July 2011 and scored the winning goal. This marked the first time in 10 years that Chinese Taipei beat an opponent that was ranked in the FIFA top 150. The attendance of the game was a record breaking at 15,335, which was 10,000 higher than the average. On 9 October 2015, Chen scored CTFA's third goal in a 5–1 victory over Macau.

At the end of the 2nd round of Asian zone qualifying where Chinese Taipei finished joint bottom of the group pointless Chen stated in April 2016 he would never again make himself available for selection by the national team, due to the fact that the CTFA reneged on their promise to reimburse the cost of air tickets to and from Taiwan from January onwards.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 3 July 2011 Taipei Municipal Stadium, Taipei, Taiwan  Malaysia 3–2 3–2 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying
2. 9 October 2015 Taipei Municipal Stadium, Taipei, Taiwan  Macau 3–1 5–1 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Guizhou Renhe

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Online game helps Taiwan unearth soccer talent". Taipei Times. 10 June 2010. Retrieved 2011-06-11. 
  2. ^ 點頭代表中華男足-夏維耶身分證 拚最速件 (in Chinese). China Times. 24 May 2011. 
  3. ^ 世足賽披台灣戰袍 夏維耶還缺身分證 (in Chinese). Liberty Times. 25 May 2011. 

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