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The Best Soccer Players from China 

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Updated June 14, 2019 2.6k votes 524 voters 49.1k views 182 items

List of the best soccer players from China. List includes the top soccer (or “football”) players from China, along with photos when available. This list of best Chinese soccer players is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest players are at the top of the list. If you're searching for a particular famous Chinese soccer player you can use the "search" box to find what you're looking for.

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This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Chinese footballers?" and "Who is the greatest Chinese soccer player of all time?"

You can click on the names of these popular soccer players of China in order to get more information about each one. If you're a sports lover then you can use this list of popular Chinese soccer players to discover some new athletes that you might really enjoy watching.
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Gao Leilei Midfielder from Beijing, China
Gao Leilei (Simplified Chinese: 高雷雷; born July 15, 1980) is a Chinese footballer who plays for Spanish club SD Ponferradina as an attacking midfielder.
2
Sun Jihai Defender from Dalian, China
Sun Jihai (Chinese: 孙继海; pinyin: Sūn Jìhǎi; Mandarin pronunciation: [swə́n tɕî xài]; born 30 September 1977) is a Chinese former footballer who played in the English Premier ...more
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Hao Haidong Forward from Qingdao, China
Hao Haidong (simplified Chinese: 郝海东; traditional Chinese: 郝海東; pinyin: Hǎo Hǎidōng; born 9 May 1970) is a Chinese former international footballer. He currently holds the record for being ...more
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Forward and Midfielder from China, Hong Kong
Cheung Chi Doy (or transliterated as Chang Tse Da; born 30 March 1941) is a Hong Kong former professional footballer. Started his career in native Hong Kong, in the British Empire, he also ...more
5
Wang Xiao Defender from Shenyang, China
Wang Xiao may refer to: Wang Xiao (politician) (王晓), party chief of Xining Wang Xiao (footballer, born 1979) (王霄) Wang Xiao (footballer, born 1992) (王啸) Wang Xiao (actress) (王晓)
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Goalkeeper from Shanghai, China
Mike Ivanow (born January 4, 1947 in Shanghai, China) is a retired U.S. soccer goalkeeper who was born in Shanghai, China. He spent eight seasons in the North American Soccer League and was a ...more
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Yin Xifu Midfielder from Dalian, China
Yin Xifu (simplified Chinese: 殷锡福; traditional Chinese: 殷錫福; pinyin: Yīn Xífú) (born 3 March 1982) is a Chinese football coach and a former footballer who played as a left ...more
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Shi Jun Forward from Dalian, China
Shi Jun (Chinese: 石俊; Pinyin: Shí Jùn; born 9 October 1982 in Dalian, Liaoning) is a Chinese footballer who plays as a striker who currently plays for China League Two side Hebei
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Fan Weijun Defender and Forward from Shanghai, China
Fan Weijun (in Chinese: 樊偉軍, born 20 November 1978), is a Chinese former football player. He was capable of playing at all outfield positions. On 3 July 2014, Fan was charged with conspiracy to ...more
10
Zhang Wenzhao Defender and Forward from Anshan, China
Zhang Wenzhao (Chinese: 张文钊; pinyin: Zhāng Wénzhāo; Mandarin pronunciation: [ʈʂáŋ wə̌n ʈʂáu]; born 28 March 1987) is a Chinese footballer who currently plays for Beijing ...more
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Li Ming Midfielder from Jinan, China
Li Ming (Chinese: 李明; pinyin: Lǐ Míng; born 26 January 1971) is a Chinese football coach and a former international player. As a footballer, he played as a midfielder who spent is whole ...more
12
Gao Hongbo Forward from Beijing, China
Gao Hongbo (Chinese: 高洪波; pinyin: Gāo Hóngbō; born January 25, 1966 in Beijing) is a retired Chinese football striker and head coach of China League One side Beijing Enterprises. He ...more
13
Zhang Yuning Forward from Shenyang, China
Zhang Yuning may refer to: Zhang Yuning (footballer, born 1977) (Chinese: 张玉宁; pinyin: Zhāng Yùníng), Chinese retired footballer, who played for Liaoning FC, Shanghai Shenhua, ...more
14
Lee Wai Man Defender from China, Hong Kong
Lee Wai Man (Chinese: 李偉文; Jyutping: lei5 wai5 man4, born 18 August 1973 in Hong Kong), is a Hong Kong professional football player who mainly plays as a defender. He had also played as other ...more
15
Tan Wangsong
Tan Wangsong (simplified Chinese: 谭望嵩; traditional Chinese: 譚望嵩; pinyin: Tán Wàngsōng; born December 19, 1985 in Chengdu, Sichuan) is a Chinese footballer who currently plays as a ...more
16
Hu Zhijun Forward from Guangzhou, China
Hu Zhijun (Chinese: 胡志军; pinyin: Hú Zhìjūn; Mandarin pronunciation: [xǔ ʈʂɻ̩̂ tɕýn]; born July 24, 1970) is a retired Chinese football player. He won the first Golden Boot ...more
17
Yang Lin Defender and Forward from Dalian, China
Yang Lin (Chinese: 杨林; born March 14, 1981 in Dalian) is a retired Chinese football player. He is the manager of China League Two club Guangxi Baoyun currently.
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Li Haiqiang Midfielder from Meizhou, China
Li Haiqiang (simplified Chinese: 李海强; traditional Chinese: 李海強) is a Hong Kong former professional football player. He played for various professional clubs and Hong Kong national football team. ...more
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Defender and Forward from Dalian, China
Jia Xiuquan (simplified Chinese: 贾秀全; traditional Chinese: 賈秀全; pinyin: Jiǎ Xiùquán; born 23 March 1963 in Dalian, Liaoning) is a Chinese football Manager and former international
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Ma Mingyu Midfielder from Chongqing, China
Ma Mingyu (simplified Chinese: 马明宇; traditional Chinese: 馬明宇; pinyin: Mǎ Míngyǔ; born 10 August 1972, in Chongqing, Sichuan) is a former Chinese International football player. He ...more
21
Midfielder from Shenyang, China
Zhao Junzhe (Chinese: 肇俊哲; pinyin: Zhào Jùnzhé; born 19 April 1979) is a retired Chinese footballer who predominantly played for Liaoning F.C. in the Chinese Super League.
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Qi Hong Midfielder from Shanghai, China
Qi Hong (Chinese: 祁宏; pinyin: Qí Hóng; born June 3, 1976 in Shanghai) is a former Chinese international footballer who played as an attacking midfielder or shadow striker ...more
23
Pei Encai
Pei Encai (Chinese: 裴恩才; pinyin: Péi ēncái; born 1 December 1953) is a Chinese football manager and a former player.
24
Zheng Bin Midfielder from Wuhan, China
Zheng Bin (simplified Chinese: 郑斌; traditional Chinese: 鄭斌; pinyin: Zhèng Bīn; born July 4, 1977) is a Chinese football coach and a former internal who played as a Left Midfielder or ...more
25
Liu Haiguang Forward from Shanghai, China
Liu Haiguang (Chinese: 柳海光; pinyin: Liǔ Hǎiguāng; born July 11, 1963 in Shanghai) is a former Chinese international footballer who spent the majority of his career playing for the Shanghai Team, ...more