Yang Zhi (footballer)

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Yang.
Yang Zhi
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Personal information
Full name Yang Zhi
Date of birth (1983-01-15) 15 January 1983 (age 32)
Place of birth Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Beijing Guoan
Number 22
Youth career
2001–2002 Guangdong Youth
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Guangdong Xiongying 48 (0)
2005– Beijing Guoan 282 (0)
National team
2006– China 37 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 July 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 July 2015

Yang Zhi (Chinese: 杨智; pinyin: Yáng Zhì; born 15 January 1983) is a Chinese footballer who currently plays for Beijing Guoan in the Chinese Super League.

Club career[edit]

Yang Zhi started his football career at second tier side Guangdong Xiongying after graduating from their youth academy. He quickly established himself within the squad in the 2002 season with Guangdong, playing in 26 league games.[1] The following season he would play in a further 22 league games for Guangdong and help take them to tenth place in the league.[2] His performances caught the eye of Beijing Guoan, and with the chance to play in the Chinese Super League, he transferred to them at the beginning of the 2005 league season where he once again quickly established himself as their first-choice goalkeeper within the team by playing in 21 league games in his debut season.[1] The following seasons saw him become an integral member of the team and by the 2009 league season he had aided them to win the top tier title. During the preseason of the 2012 season, Yang sustained an injury in a friendly and was out for most of the season. He returned to his starting role as goalkeeper for Beijing during the 2013 season.

International career[edit]

After his consistent performances for Beijing Guoan, Yang was called up to the Chinese national team on 10 August 2006 for a friendly against Thailand where he came on as a substitute for Li Leilei in a 4-0 victory.[3] He would later make his competitive debut the following year against in a 1-0 win Myanmar on 28 October 2007 during 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification.[4] It was not until the introduction of then manager Gao Hongbo that saw Yang promoted to the national team's first-choice goalkeeper when he named him within his first game in a 1-1 draw against Germany on 29 May 2009.[5]



Beijing Guoan


China PR national football team



  1. ^ a b "Yáng, Zhì". National Football Teams. Retrieved September 18, 2012. 
  2. ^ "China 2004". rsssf.com. Apr 7, 2005. Retrieved September 18, 2012. 
  3. ^ "China PR 4–0 Thailand". teamchina.freehostia.com. August 10, 2006. Retrieved September 18, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Myanmar China, PR AFC Asia Qualifying 2010". football-lineups.com. 28 Oct 2007. Retrieved September 18, 2012. 
  5. ^ "China PR 1–1 Germany". teamchina.freehostia.com. May 29, 2009. Retrieved September 18, 2012. 

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