Xu Liang (footballer)

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Personal information
Full name Xu Liang
Date of birth (1981-08-12) 12 August 1981 (age 39)
Place of birth Shenyang, Liaoning, China
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
2000–2001 Liaoning Youth
Senior career*
2002–2006 Liaoning FC 113 (26)
2007–2009 Guangzhou Pharmaceutical 68 (29)
2010–2012 Beijing Guoan 77 (19)
2013–2014 Shanghai Shenhua 38 (6)
2016–2018 Shenzhen FC 53 (6)
National team
2000–2001 China U-20
2002–2003 China U-23
2002–2006 China 8 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 3 November 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2 November 2014

Xu Liang (Chinese :徐亮; pinyin :Xú Liàng; Mandarin pronunciation: [ɕy̌ ljâŋ] ; born 12 August 1981 in Shenyang) is a Chinese footballer.


Club career

Xu Liang started his football career with Liaoning Youth in 2001 and eventually graduated to top tier club Liaoning FC's first team in the 2002 league season where he made 23 appearances in his debut season. [1] After establishing himself into the first team, he would be an integral member that saw Liaoning reach the final of the Chinese FA Cup in 2002. Off the field on December 6, 2004 he aided in the rescue of an injured woman who was involved in a car crash in Shenyang before taking her to hospital. [2] After five seasons with Liaoning the club admitted they were in deep financial crisis and Xu was allowed to leave the club with Beijing Guoan interested in his services, however the two club's could not agree upon the 5.5 million Yuan transfer fee. [3]

Xu would have trails with Dutch club Heracles Almelo and Russian club FC Torpedo Moscow, however any transfer fell through with neither team could willing to agree upon a reported one million Euros transfer fee. [4] [5] On December 31, 2006 he would transfer to second tier team Guangzhou Pharmaceutical for 3 million Yuan. [6] In his debut season he would quickly establish himself as vital member within the team's midfield and helped see the team win the league and gain promotion to the Chinese Super League in 2007. [7] He would help establish Guangzhou within the top tier and was made vice-captain within the team, however his outspoken personality saw him publicly criticise his teammate, Zhou Lin for having a bad game against Beijing Guoan F.C. on June 28, 2009 in a 1-1 draw, which saw infighting between the two breakout and Zhou being frozen out of the team. [8] Xu's outspoken personality was not limited to his own teammates and October 24, 2009 against Qingdao Jonoon F.C. in a 0-0 draw he would verbally tirade the referee for his decision making, which resulted in Xu receiving a five-game suspension. [9] [10]

On 12 February 2010, he was signed by Beijing Guoan after Guangzhou was relegated due to a match-fixing scandal. [11] On 4 August 2012, Xu scored from a distance of 62 meters in a league match against Dalian Shide, which is the longest goal scored in Chinese top tier history.

Xu transferred to fellow Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua on 11 December 2012. [12] After an injury plagued period with Shanghai, Xu decided to retire from football at the end of the 2014 season.

On 3 February 2016, Xu came out of retirement and joined China League One club Shenzhen FC. [13]

International career

Xu Liang would play for the Chinese under-20 football team and would make the squad for the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship where China were knocked out in the last 16 by Argentina. [14] After the tournament he was promoted to the Chinese under-23 football team but was dropped from the squad on January 26, 2002 along with Lu Jiang and Zhang Shuai for breaking team curfew rules to go out clubbing. [15] Xu was eventually brought back into the team where he participated in the 2002 Asian Games, which saw China reach the quarterfinals. [16]

Career statistics

Club statistics

Statistics accurate as of match played 3 November 2018. [17]

Club performanceLeagueCupLeague CupContinentalTotal
China PRLeague FA Cup CSL Cup Asia Total
2002 Liaoning FC Chinese Jia-A League 23071--301
2003 26530--295
2004 Chinese Super League 1850010-195
2005 20104120-2611
2006 26610--276
2007 Guangzhou Pharmaceutical China League One 2212---2212
2008 Chinese Super League 237---237
2009 2310---2310
2010 Beijing Guoan 214--60274
2011 28841--329
2012 28712-50349
2013 Shanghai Greenland 15310--163
2014 23340--273
2016 Shenzhen China League One 21200--212
2017 27400--274
2018 5000--50
TotalChina PR349862553011038791

International goals

Results list China's goal tally first.
110 August 2006 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Qinhuangdao Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 4–04–0 Friendly international



Guangzhou Pharmaceutical


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