Yan Song (footballer)
|Date of birth||20 March 1981|
|Place of birth||Dalian, China|
|Height||1.82 m (5 ft 11.7 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 October 2015.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 October 2012
Yan Song (simplified Chinese: 阎嵩; traditional Chinese: 閻嵩; pinyin: Yán Sōng) is a professional Chinese footballer who currently plays for Dalian Transcendence in the China League Two. He would begin his senior career with Dalian Shide F.C. where he quickly established himself as a left-winger known for his good ball control and dribbling skills that saw Dalian win several Chinese league titles before he was called up to represent the Chinese senior team and help guide them to a runners-up spot in the 2004 AFC Asian Cup. Since then he joined Hangzhou Greentown and then later South Korean side Jeju United FC before returning to China.
Yan Song would start his professional football career with Dalian Shide F.C. in the 1999 league season and would make an immediate impact in establishing himself within the team by playing in twenty league games and scoring four goals. The following season under a new manager in Milorad Kosanović Yan's career within the club would thrive and he would go on to win his first league title with the club. Over the next several seasons Yan would continue to established himself as an important member of the team winning four league championships and twice winning the Chinese FA Cup with Dalian Shide overall.
Yan Song transferred to Zhejiang Lücheng at the beginning of the 2008 Chinese Super League season where he established himself as a regular playing in twenty six league games and scoring four goals.
In February 2010 Yan moved to South Korean to join K-League side Jeju United, the move would see him being the fourth Chinese footballer in K-League history. The move itself turned out to be a personal disaster, while Jeju United had a relatively successfully season Yan was completely dropped from the squad and the manager Park Kyung-Hoon only played in one Korean FA Cup. The following season Yan returned to Dalian Shide at the beginning of the 2011 league season, however his return was not very successful and he only made a handful of games before he moved to top tier side Shanghai Shenhua halfway through the 2012 league season.
After his impressive displays for Dalian Shide he was eventually called up to the national team in 2002. He was called into the national team throughout 2004 playing in several Fifa world cup qualifiers and AFC Asian Cup squads. Since 2007 he has lost his position within the national team to Mao Jianqing and Du Zhenyu preferred within the subsequent squads.
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