Yu Dabao

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Yu.
Yu Dabao
于大宝
Personal information
Full name Yu Dabao
Date of birth (1988-04-18) 18 April 1988 (age 27)
Place of birth Qingdao, Shandong, China
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker / Winger
Club information
Current team
Beijing Guoan
Number 19
Youth career
1997–2000 Qingdao Hainiu
2001 Guangdong Mingfeng
2002–2003 Qingdao Hailifeng
2006–2007 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Qingdao Hailifeng 28 (7)
2007–2009 Benfica 0 (0)
2007 Aves (loan) 9 (1)
2008 Olivais Moscavide (loan) 12 (2)
2009 Mafra (loan) 10 (4)
2010–2011 Tianjin Teda 47 (13)
2012–2014 Dalian Aerbin 84 (17)
2015– Beijing Guoan 15 (1)
National team
2004–2006 China U-17 23 (17)
2010– China 28 (7)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 June 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 June 2015

Yu Dabao (simplified Chinese: 于大宝; traditional Chinese: 于大寶; pinyin: Yú Dàbǎo; born 18 April 1988) is a Chinese footballer who plays for Beijing Guoan in the Chinese Super League.

Club career[edit]

Yu Dabao started his football career playing for second tier side Qingdao Hailifeng and was soon called up to the Chinese under-17 national team. With the under-17 side, he went to the 2004 AFC U-17 Championship and was quickly regarded as one of the best prospects in China because of his aerial and counterattacking abilities saw China win the tournament.[1] This saw many clubs reportedly interested in the Yu including Ajax, Newcastle United, and Rangers; however, he decided to join Benfica on a three-year deal. In his debut match, only five days and three training sessions after he arrived in Portugal, Yu scored three goals and assisted a fourth in a reserve match against Portimonense.

Due to Yu's strong performances for Benfica's reserves, he was given the chance of training with the senior team during preseason and was thus officially added to the club's first team. He made his debut for the club on 26 September 2007 during a Taça da Liga game in a 0-0 draw against Estrela da Amadora, winning 5-4 on penalties. He was then soon loaned out to second tier club C.D. Aves to gain more first team action and then third tier club Olivais Moscavide but was unable to save them from relegation as they suffered defeat in the last match of the season, for which they needed a win to survive.[2] Speculation grew that Yu was willing to leave Benfica after his loan period at C.D. Mafra ended and by 13 May 2009 Yu revealed in a telephone interview that he was about to leave Portugal to spend the offseason holiday back in his homeland, however, he received a call from Benfica asking him to stay in Lisbon until further notice.

By February 2010, Yu's contract with Benfica had ended and he went on trial with Major League Soccer club FC Dallas, however he was unable to receive a contract with them.[3] He moved back to China and signed a contract with Tianjin Teda before the start of the 2010 season.[4] His move turned out to be a big success and he went on to win the 2011 Chinese FA Cup, which saw him become one of the most sought-after players in China and in the morning of 27 February 2012, it was reported that Yu transferred to reigning league champions Guangzhou Evergrande for a reported fee of ¥15 million.[5] However, Guangzhou withdrew from the transfer talk in the afternoon that day and he transferred to the newly promoted side Dalian Aerbin the next day.

On 27 December 2014, Yu transferred to fellow Chinese Super League side Beijing Guoan after Dalian was relegated at the end of the 2014 season.[6]

International career[edit]

After becoming a regular for Tianjin Teda, Yu was called up to the Chinese national team by then manager Gao Hongbo to make his international debut in a 3-0 win against Estonia on 18 December 2010. After making several further appearances, he scored his first goal for China on 22 February 2012 in a 2-0 unofficial friendly win against Kuwait. Yu did not have to wait long before he scored his first official goal when he scored in a 3-1 win on 29 February 2012 against Jordan in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification match.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

Season Club League League FA Cup League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2004 Qingdao Hailifeng China League One 8 0 0 0 - - - - 8 0
2005 2 0 0 0 - - - - 2 0
2006 18 7 2 1 - - - - 20 8
2006–07 Benfica Primeira Liga 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2007–08 Aves Liga de Honra 9 1 0 0 0 0 - - 9 1
2008–09 Moscavide Segunda Divisão 12 2 0 0 0 0 - - 12 2
2009–10 Mafra 10 4 0 0 0 0 - - 10 4
2010 Tianjin Teda Chinese Super League 22 6 - - - - - - 22 6
2011 25 7 2 1 - - 6 1 33 9
2012 Dalian Aerbin 27 6 2 0 - - - - 29 6
2013 29 8 4 1 - - - - 33 9
2014 28 3 0 0 - - - - 28 3
2015 Beijing Guoan 15 1 1 0 - - 8 2 24 3
Total 205 45 11 3 1 0 14 3 231 51

International goals[edit]

As of 16 June 2015 [8]
Scores and results list China's goal tally first.
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
22 February 2012 Helong Stadium, Changsha, China  Kuwait 2–0 2–0 Friendly international
1. 29 February 2012 Guangzhou University City Stadium, Guangzhou, China  Jordan 3–1 3–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier
2. 22 March 2013 Helong Stadium, Changsha, China  Iraq 1–0 1–0 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualifier
3. 28 July 2013 Olympic Stadium, Songpa-gu, South Korea  Australia 1–0 4–3 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup
4. 6 September 2013 Olympic Stadium, Tianjin, China  Singapore 1–0 6–1 Friendly international
5. 2–1
6. 27 March 2015 Helong Stadium, Changsha, China  Haiti 2–2 2–2 Friendly international
7. 31 March 2015 Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre, Nanjing, China  Tunisia 1–1 1–1 Friendly international
8. 16 June 2015 Changlimithang Stadium, Thimpu, Bhutan  Bhutan 4–0 6–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier
9. 6–0
1:Non FIFA 'A' international match

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Tianjin Teda

Country[edit]

China U17

References[edit]

  1. ^ 姓名:于大宝(Yu Dabao) at sina.com.cn Retrieved 2012-07-16
  2. ^ 本菲卡紧急召于大宝归队 中国前锋下赛季去向或有进展 at sports.sina.com.cn 2009-05-13 Retrieved 2012-07-16
  3. ^ Practice Observations: Kick Start at espn.go.com 02/03/2010 Retrieved 2012-07-16
  4. ^ 于大宝:加盟泰达因为想家 未来还将继续留洋梦 at sports.163.com 2010-02-28 Retrieved 2012-07-16
  5. ^ 于大宝正式加盟广州恒大 at sports.163.com 2012-02-27 Retrieved 2012-07-16
  6. ^ 国安与于大宝签约三年 at sports.qq.com 2014-12-27 Retrieved 2014-12-29
  7. ^ China PR - Jordan at fifa.com 29 February 2012 Retrieved 2012-07-16
  8. ^ Matches of Yu Dabao

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