Zeng Xuelin

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Zeng Xuelin
曾雪麟
Personal information
Full nameZeng Xuelin
Date of birth(1929-12-02)2 December 1929
Place of birth Siam
Date of death 11 February 2016(2016-02-11) (aged 86)
Place of death Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1949–1950 Guangzhou
1951–1953 Southwest Military Region
1954–1955 Bayi Football Team
1955–1957 China PR White
1957–1959 Tianjin
National team
1955–1957 China PR White
Teams managed
1959–1972 Tianjin
1972 Beijing Youth
1973–1982 Beijing
1983–1985 China PR
1998 Shenzhen Ping'an (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Zeng Xuelin (Chinese: 曾雪麟; 2 December 1929 – 11 February 2016) was a Thailand-born Chinese football manager and former player.

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As a player he represented Guangzhou, Southwest Military Region, Bayi Football Team and Tianjin while internationally he played for what is now known as the Chinese PR under-23 football team. After retiring as a player he moved into coaching where he had successful reigns at Tianjin and Beijing where he won several league titles before managing the Chinese national football team. After leaving the Chinese national team he would mainly move away from management except for a brief spell when he joined Shenzhen Ping'an on a caretaker bases.

Bayi Football Team

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Playing career

While Zeng Xuelin was born in Siam (now Thailand), he moved back with his family to China and settled in Meixian in the Guangdong Province at the age of seven. After finishing high school, he joined the Chinese People's Liberation Army and played for the Guangzhou Army team where he played amateur football in the regional leagues before going to university where he played for the Southwest Military Region football team while he was studying. [1] As part of the Liberation Army he was selected for their top football club Bayi Football Team and studied football in Hungary. When his time ended with Bayi, he was selected to be a part of the China national white team (as Chinese B national team), which was allowed to participate in the league game during that time. In 1957, the White Team had moved to Tianjin, and eventually became Tianjin F.C.; he was the team captain for two seasons, and helped the team to win second place of the first Chinese National Games in 1959 before he officially retired.

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Tianjin Municipality in Peoples Republic of China

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Management career

Before he retired from Tianjin he became the player-coach in February 1959, and officially became the team manager in 1960, where he achieved considerable success early within his reign when he won the 1960 Chinese Jia-A League league title and Chinese FA Cup in the same year. [2] The club were constant title contenders throughout his reign despite seeing the Cultural Revolution severely stunting the team's development. Nevertheless, despite there not being any major tournaments held within China the club held on to Zeng when they also made him a consultant within the club. This lasted until 1972 when Beijing football club offered him the youth coach position before he would soon take over the senior side. Once again Zeng was quick to achieve success when he won the 1973 league title in his first season. [3] He continued to make Beijing constant title contenders throughout his reign, which lasted close to ten years and despite not adding more silverware towards the club he would make sure his reign at the club would end on a high when the club won the 1982 league title before taking the Chinese national football team management position. [4] With the national team the team easily qualified for the 1984 AFC Asian Cup where he led the team to a runner-up position within the tournament. After a successful campaign the Chinese public were expecting more from the national team and after a good start in qualification for the 1986 FIFA World Cup the Chinese team were unexpected knocked out from qualification when they lost to Hong Kong who beat them 2-1 on March 19, 1985 in a game that would see Zeng fired. [5]

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Cultural Revolution socio-political movement in China

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Death

On 11 February 2016, Zeng died at his home in Shenzhen, aged 86. [6]

Shenzhen Prefecture-level and Sub-provincial city in Guangdong, Peoples Republic of China

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Manager

Tianjin

Beijing

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