Zhang Xizhe

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Zhang Xizhe
张稀哲
Personal information
Full name Zhang Xizhe
Date of birth (1991-01-23) 23 January 1991 (age 26)
Place of birth Wuhan, Hubei, China
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Beijing Guoan
Number 10
Youth career
1998–2004 Qinhuangdao Football School
2005–2006 Beijing Black Horse
2006–2009 Beijing Guoan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2014 Beijing Guoan 122 (24)
2010 Beijing Guoan Talent (loan) 5 (2)
2015 VfL Wolfsburg 0 (0)
2015– Beijing Guoan 46 (7)
National team
2009–2010 China U-20 9 (2)
2012–2013 China U-23 7 (2)
2011– China 17 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 May 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 May 2017

Zhang Xizhe (simplified Chinese: 张稀哲; traditional Chinese: 張稀哲; pinyin: Zhāng Xīzhé; born 23 January 1991) is a Chinese footballer who currently plays for Beijing Guoan in the Chinese Super League.

Club career[edit]

Zhang Xizhe started his football career with Beijing Guoan when he made his debut for the club on 30 August 2009 in a 1-1 draw against Shandong Luneng.[1] He was then loaned to S.League side Beijing Guoan Talent during the 2010 season.[2] He made his debut and scored his first goal for the club on 12 March 2010 in a 3-1 win against Geylang United.[3] He returned to Beijing in July 2010 and scored his first goal for the club on 22 August 2010 in a 2-2 draw against Henan Jianye.[4] As he grew in experience, he was awarded the Chinese Football Association Young Player of the Year award in the 2012 season. The 2013 season was Zhang's breakout season for Beijing, scoring eleven goals and assisting twelve goals in thirty league games.

On 16 December 2014, Zhang transferred to Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg after yet another successful season for Beijing.[5][6] Zhang made his unofficial debut for Wolfsburg during a winter training camp on 14 January 2015 as he came off the bench to assist Bas Dost's second goal in a 4-1 win against Ajax Cape Town.[7] Even though he made the matchday squad for several matches, Zhang failed to make a single appearance for Wolfsburg during his time with the club.

On 15 July 2015, Zhang returned to Chinese Super League side Beijing Guoan after just six months with VfL Wolfsburg.[8] He made his return debut for the club on 20 July 2015 in a 0-0 draw against Shanghai SIPG. He scored his first goal for the club since his return on 20 September 2015 in a 1-0 win against Jiangsu Sainty.

International career[edit]

Zhang was called up to the Chinese under-20 national team in 2009 and took part in the 2010 AFC U-19 Championship qualifying campaign where he scored two goals from five appearances. At the 2010 AFC U-19 Championship, he played in every game as China lost in the quarterfinals at the tournament. On 29 March 2011, then manager Gao Hongbo decided to hand Zhang his debut in a 2-2 draw against Costa Rica in an experimental team that also saw Lang Zheng, Jin Jingdao, Lü Peng, Ma Chongchong and Ye Weichao make their first appearances.[9] He scored his first goal for China on 6 September 2013 in a 6-1 win against Singapore.[10] On 5 March 2014, Zhang scored a penalty in the final match of 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification in a 3-1 loss against Iraq which ensured that China advanced to the 2015 AFC Asian Cup as the best third-placed team, beating Lebanon on goal differential.[11]

International goals[edit]

As of 12 November 2015
Scores and results list China's goal tally first.
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 6 September 2013 Olympic Stadium, Tianjin, China  Singapore 3–1 6–1 Friendly international
2. 5 March 2014 Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates  Iraq 1–3 1–3 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualifier
3. 12 November 2015 Helong Stadium, Changsha, China  Bhutan 12–0 12–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier

Career statistics[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 19 May 2017 [12]
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
China PR League FA Cup CSL Cup Asia Total
2009 Beijing Guoan Chinese Super League 1 0 - - 0 0 1 0
Singapore League Singapore Cup League Cup Asia Total
2010 Beijing Guoan Talent S.League 5 2 0 0 0 0 - 5 2
China PR League FA Cup CSL Cup Asia Total
2010 Beijing Guoan Chinese Super League 8 2 - - - 8 2
2011 28 1 4 1 - - 32 2
2012 26 4 2 0 - 5 1 33 5
2013 30 11 3 1 - 8 0 41 12
2014 29 6 3 1 - 7 0 39 7
Germany League DFB-Pokal League Cup Europe Total
2014-15 VfL Wolfsburg Bundesliga 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0
China PR League FA Cup CSL Cup Asia Total
2015 Beijing Guoan Chinese Super League 11 1 0 0 - - 11 1
2016 25 6 4 0 - - 29 6
2017 10 0 1 1 - - 11 1
Total China PR 168 31 17 4 0 0 20 1 205 36
Singapore 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2
Germany 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 173 33 17 4 0 0 20 1 210 38

International statistics[edit]

National team
Year Apps Goals
2011 1 0
2012 0 0
2013 8 1
2014 1 1
2015 1 1
2016 4 0
2017 2 0
Total 17 3

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Beijing Guoan

VfL Wolfsburg

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 张稀哲首秀险些破门 罗宁力挺之人内定接班陶队 at sports.163.com 2009-08-31 Retrieved 2012-09-19 (Chinese)
  2. ^ 国安四小天鹅无缘中超联赛 转战新加坡联赛锻炼 at sports.sohu.com 2010-03-01 Retrieved 2012-09-19 (Chinese)
  3. ^ Geylang United vs. Beijing Guoan S 1-3 at soccerway.com 12 March 2010 Retrieved 2012-09-19
  4. ^ 19岁新星梅开二度轰世界波 北京连丢2球2-2平河南 at sports.sina.com.cn 2010-08-22 Retrieved 2012-09-19 (Chinese)
  5. ^ "Bundesliga: Wolfsburg signing Zhang Xizhe gains 50 million TV audience in China". Sky Sports. 16 December 2014. Retrieved 29 January 2015. 
  6. ^ XIZHE ZHANG BEIM VFL WOLFSBURG VORGESTELLT at bundesliga.de 2014-12-16 Retrieved 2013-12-30 (Chinese)
  7. ^ "ZHANG MAKES CONVINCING DEBUT IN WOLFSBURG FRIENDLY WIN". Bundesliga. 14 January 2015. Retrieved 29 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "Wolfsburg's Zhang heads back to China". 15 July 2015. 
  9. ^ China PR 2-2 Costa Rica at teamchina.freehostia.com 2011-03-26 Retrieved 2012-09-19
  10. ^ 热身-于大宝郑龙各两球两新星传射 国足6-1新加坡 at sports.sina.com.cn 2013-09-06 Retrieved 2013-09-06
  11. ^ 专访张稀哲:踢点球时没想过压力 惊险!死里逃生 at sports.sohu.com 2014-03-06 Retrieved 2014-12-29
  12. ^ 张稀哲

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