Gao Lin

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Gao Lin
郜林
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Personal information
Full nameGao Lin
Date of birth (1986-02-14) 14 February 1986 (age 34)
Place of birth Zhengzhou, Henan, China
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Striker / Winger
Club information
Current team
Shenzhen F.C.
Number -
Youth career
1999–2001 Qinhuangdao Football School
2001–2004 Shanghai Shenhua
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2005–2009 Shanghai Shenhua 71 (14)
2010–2019 Guangzhou Evergrande 259 (93)
2020– Shenzhen F.C. 0 (0)
National team
2004–2005 China U-20
2006–2008 China U-23
2005– China 109 (22)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 24 February 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 December 2019
Gao Lin
Chinese

Gao Lin (Chinese :郜林; pinyin :Gào Lín; born 14 February 1986) is a Chinese footballer who currently plays for Shenzhen F.C. in the China League One. He is currently the all-time top goalscorer for the club with 113 goals and has also made the most appearances for the club. He is considered one of China's most technical strikers and is known by the nickname Gaolinsmann (Chinese :郜林斯曼; pinyin :Gàolínsīmàn; Mandarin pronunciation: [kâu lǐn sí mân] ).

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Club career

Shanghai Shenhua

Gao Lin started his football career with Shanghai Shenhua in 2005 where he made his league debut on 21 August 2005 in a 1-0 win against Liaoning Zhongyu, coming on as a substitute for Xie Hui. [1] While his height and heading ability were quickly utilized, Gao was unable to establish himself as an immediate first team regular within the team throughout the subsequent seasons and often found himself playing on the flanks. It was only once Xie left Shanghai at the end of the 2007 league season before Gao started to really establish himself as a regular first team member, playing as striker once more. In the 2008 season, he would score eight goals in 21 league appearances to help guide Shanghai to a runners-up position. [2]

Despite having his most productive season with Shanghai and establishing himself within the Chinese national team. Gao's contract was up for renewal and his club would transfer list him in early 2009. This saw him linked with his hometown club of Henan Construction as well as K-League club Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors; however, nothing materialized from these rumours after Gao decided to eventually stay at the club when it was announced that Shanghai and Gao had come to terms about a contract renewal which would expire in 2012. [3]

Guangzhou Evergrande

Gao in his debut match for Guangzhou Evergrande in 2010. Gao Lin.jpg
Gao in his debut match for Guangzhou Evergrande in 2010.

On 10 March 2010, Gao transferred to Guangzhou Evergrande, who were newly relegated to China League One in the fallout of a match-fixing scandal. However, the club's new owners, Evergrande Real Estate Group, were able to tempt Gao with a lucrative 3,000,000 yuan a year deal to play within the second tier. [4] He made his debut for the club on 3 April 2010 in a 3-1 against Beijing BIT, also scoring his first two goals for the club. [5] On 30 October 2010, Guangzhou successfully finished as second tier champions for the second time with a 3-1 win against Hunan Billows. Gao's first half hat-trick in this match ensured that he finished the season as the second tier top goalscorer, having scored 20 goals.

Although Guangzhou signed a several players to strengthened the team's attacking power including Darío Conca and Cléo in the 2011 season, Gao was still a regular in the team, playing mostly as a left winger and scoring 11 goals in 29 appearances. Guangzhou eventually won the top tier league title for the first time in the club's history as Gao won his first top tier league title with the club.

Gao scored his first goal of the season on 15 May 2012 in a 2-1 win against Buriram United in the 2012 AFC Champions League, ending a goal drought that stretched 1403 minutes. [6] On 20 May 2012, he scored his first league goal of the season in a 1-0 win against Qingdao Jonoon which ended a run of 936 minutes without a goal in the league. [7] On 27 October 2012, Gao scored the decisive goal, assisted by Conca, in injury time in a 1-0 win against Liaoning Whowin to give Guangzhou their second top tier league title and they became the first team ever in the league's history to defend the title. [8]

In the first leg of the 2012 Chinese FA Cup final, Gao received two yellow cards in less than three minutes at the start of the 80th minute. The first yellow card was for dissent on a questionable tackle. The second one came after protesting and dissent which earned him a red card and suspended him from playing in the second leg. On 12 November 2012, Gao was fined by the CFA for $200,000 for his actions in the first leg of the final. [9] Later, Gao took to Weibo to publicly apologize to his millions of followers and said he "deserved to be punished" because it will help him "to not do it again in the future". [10] Later in November 2012, he was selected as one of the two forwards in the 2012 Chinese Super League Team of the Year alongside Cristian Dănălache of Jiangsu Sainty.

During the 2013 season, his role shifted from an attacking role to an assister as he provided many assists to the foreign contingent of Elkeson, Dario Conca and Muriqui. Throughout both the 2013 season and 2013 AFC Champions League, his style of play included more flair as he attempted bicycle kicks and back-heel passes which many plaudits lauded. Gao was a cog in the engine of Guangzhou as he helped it through its golden year to win its third successive top tier league title. In the league-winning game, he scored the third goal for the club on 6 October 2013 in a 4-2 win against Shandong Luneng. This was the second time in which Gao has scored in a league-winning game.

Shenzhen F.C.

Gao Lin joined Shenzhen F.C. for a free transfer agent on Feb 24 2020.

International career

Gao during a match for China in 2016. Gao Lin 2016.jpg
Gao during a match for China in 2016.

Gao was part of the squad in the 2008 Summer Olympics where he played in all three group games and started in the first two games as the Chinese under-23 national team were knocked out in the group stage. [11]

Gao made his debut for the Chinese national team against South Korea on 31 July 2005 in the 2005 East Asian Football Championship where he was sent off mistakenly by referee Yuichi Nishimura; The East Asian Football Federation cancelled Gao's red card and apologized to him the next day. [12] After that inauspicious start to his international career, Gao started to impose himself within the team, and despite making his debut in 2005 for the national team, Gao had to wait until 21 January 2009 to score his first goal in a 6-1 win against Vietnam during 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification, scoring a hat-trick. [13]

Gao scored in a 3-0 win against South Korea during the 2010 East Asian Football Championship, helping China beat South Korea for the first time ever. Gao captained the national team for the first time on 22 February 2012 in a 2-0 win against Kuwait. On 10 September 2018, Gao won his 100th cap for China in a 0–0 draw against Bahrain, making him the fifth Chinese man to win 100 caps. [14]

Personal life

Gao married Wang Chen, who is a reporter and host for Shenzhen Media Group, on 3 September 2013. [15] Gao's childhood idol is the revered German striker Jürgen Klinsmann. He prefers to wear the kit number 18 while playing for the Chinese national team in honour of Klinsmann. [16]

Career statistics

Club statistics

As of 1 December 2019 [17]
Club performanceLeagueCupLeague CupContinentalOthersTotal
SeasonClubLeagueAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
China PRLeague FA Cup CSL Cup Asia Others1Total
2005 Shanghai Shenhua Chinese Super League 501000--60
2006 14220-45-207
2007 120--6110211
2008 218----218
2009 194--00-194
2010 Guangzhou Evergrande China League One 2320----2320
2011 Chinese Super League 291120---3111
2012 24630-9210378
2013 28851-133405012
2014 28820-83003811
2015 251300-111404014
2016 28773-62004112
2017 29943-100104412
2018 281000-70113611
2019 17121-100-292
TotalChina PR330107288008417121454133

1Other tournaments include A3 Champions Cup, Chinese FA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.

International statistics

National team
YearAppsGoals
200540
200640
200700
200880
2009146
2010112
2011105
201273
2013110
201492
201570
201650
201772
201871
201951
Total10922

International goals

As of 20 January 2019 [18]
Scores and results list China's goal tally first.
#DateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
121 January 2009 Yellow Dragon Sports Center, Hangzhou, China Flag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam 1–06–1 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification
22–1
36–1
41 June 2009 Olympic Sports Center Stadium, Qinhuangdao, ChinaFlag of Iran.svg  Iran 1–01–0 Friendly
518 July 2009 TEDA Football Stadium, Tianjin, China Flag of Palestine.svg Palestine 2–03–1Friendly
630 September 2009 Hohhot City Stadium, Hohhot, ChinaFlag of Botswana.svg  Botswana 1–04–1Friendly
710 February 2010 Ajinomoto Stadium, Tokyo, Japan Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 2–03–0 2010 EAFF Championship
87 September 2010 Olympic Sports Centre, Nanjing, ChinaFlag of Paraguay.svg  Paraguay 1–11–1Friendly
926 March 2011 Estadio Nacional, San José, Costa Rica Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica 1–22–2Friendly
102–2
115 June 2011 Tuodong Stadium, Kunming, ChinaFlag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan 1–01–0Friendly
128 June 2011 Olympic Sports Center, Guiyang, ChinaFlag of North Korea.svg  North Korea 2–02–0Friendly
136 October 2011 Universiade Sports Centre, Shenzhen, ChinaFlag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 2–02–1Friendly
22 February 2012 Helong Stadium, Changsha, ChinaFlag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait 1–02–0Friendly1
148 June 2012 Wuhan Sports Center Stadium, Wuhan, ChinaFlag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam 1–03–0Friendly
153–0
1615 August 2012 Shaanxi Province Stadium, Xi'an, ChinaFlag of Ghana.svg  Ghana 1–01–1Friendly
1729 June 2014 Bao'an Stadium, Shenzhen, ChinaFlag of Mali.svg  Mali 1–21–3Friendly
189 September 2014 Harbin Sports City Center Stadium, Harbin, ChinaFlag of Jordan.svg  Jordan 1–01–1Friendly
17 December 2014Evergrande Football Base, Qingyuan, ChinaFlag of Kyrgyzstan.svg  Kyrgyzstan 1–02–0Friendly1
1913 June 2017 Hang Jebat Stadium, Krubong, Malaysia Flag of Syria.svg  Syria 1–12–2 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
2031 August 2017Wuhan Sports Center Stadium, Wuhan, ChinaFlag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan 1–01–02018 FIFA World Cup qualification
2116 October 2018Olympic Sports Centre, Nanjing, ChinaFlag of Syria.svg  Syria 1–02–0Friendly
2220 January 2019 Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 2–12–1 2019 AFC Asian Cup
1:Non FIFA 'A' international match

Honours

Club

Shanghai Shenhua

Guangzhou Evergrande [19]

International

China PR national football team

Individual

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