Zhou Lin

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Zhou Lin
Personal information
Date of birth (1981-02-04) February 4, 1981 (age 36)
Place of birth Tianjin, China
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 0.8 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1998–1999 Chongqing Lifan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2006 Chongqing Lifan 119 (0)
2007–2010 Guangzhou F.C. 64 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 Jan 2012.
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Zhou.

Zhou Lin (Chinese:周麟) (born February 4, 1981) is a Chinese football player who last played for Guangzhou F.C. as a defender.

Club career[edit]

Chongqing Lifan[edit]

Zhou Lin began his professional football career when he was able to break into the Chongqing Lifan first-team during the 1999 league season after previously playing for their youth team. Under head coach Lee Jang-Soo he was able to quickly establish himself within the team and even help Chongqing win the 2000 Chinese FA Cup, however once Lee Jang-Soo left Chongqing found themselves struggling to remain within the top tier. Despite Chongqing constantly struggling within the league and several managerial changes Zhou Lin would still remain a constant regular first-team member within the team until Chongqing were finally relegated in the 2006 league season and were willing to let Zhou Lin leave the club.[1]

Guangzhou Pharmaceutical[edit]

He would move to second tier side Guangzhou Pharmaceutical at the beginning of the 2007 league season where he would quickly become an integral member of the team that won the league and gain promotion to the Chinese Super League.[2] Returning to the top tier Zhou Lin immediately helped establish Guangzhou within the league and saw them finish middle of the table. The following season was, however to prove more differcult for him as head coach Shen Xiangfu preferred using different defenders that saw his playing time limited. Nevertheless, he was still given the chance to play against Beijing Guoan F.C. on June 28, 2009 but his performance was extremely disappointing and the game ended in a 1–1 draw that saw the vice-captain Xu Liang publicly criticize his performance. This would see infighting between the two breakout and while Shen Xiangfu tried to end the infighting Zhou was frozen out of the team.[3] At the end of the season both Xu Liang and Shen Xiangfu left the club, however despite this he was allowed to leave the club once his contract ended.

Club career stats[edit]

Last update: 30 October 2010

Season Team Country Division Apps Goals
1999 Chongqing Lifan  China 1 0 0
2000 Chongqing Lifan  China 1 5 0
2001 Chongqing Lifan  China 1 12 0
2002 Chongqing Lifan  China 1 24 0
2003 Chongqing Lifan  China 1 22 0
2004 Chongqing Lifan  China 1 15 0
2005 Chongqing Lifan  China 1 20 0
2006 Chongqing Lifan  China 1 21 0
2007 Guangzhou Pharmaceutical  China 2 22 0
2008 Guangzhou Pharmaceutical  China 1 24 0
2009 Guangzhou Pharmaceutical  China 1 18 0
2010 Guangzhou Evergrande  China 2 0 0


Chongqing Lifan

Guangzhou Pharmaceutical


  1. ^ "周麟回家反戈一击". news.sohu.com. 2007-04-07. Retrieved 2012-09-29. 
  2. ^ "China 2007". rsssf.com. 18 Apr 2008. Archived from the original on October 17, 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-29. 
  3. ^ "沈祥福急召全队研究内讧 责令徐亮周麟今晨公开检讨". sports.sina.com.cn. 2009-06-29. Retrieved 2012-09-29. 

External links[edit]

  • [1] Player stats at sohu.com
  • [2] Player profile at football-lineups.com