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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 Gao Leilei is a former Chinese footballer.

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Hao Haidong Forward Hao Haidong is a former Chinese footballer who predominantly played for Dalian Shide in the Chinese Super League and is currently the chairman of Tianjin Songjiang. He is widely regarded as the ...more

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51 9
Forward, Midfielder Cheung Chi Doy is a Chinese former professional footballer. He played for Blackpool and the Republic of China. During the era, Republic of China team was represented by players from Hong Kong. ...more

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50 10
Goalkeeper Mike Ivanow 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 member of the U.S. soccer team at the 1972 ...more

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88 36
Sun Jihai Defender Sun Jihai is a Chinese footballer who currently plays for Chongqing Lifan in the Chinese Super League.

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65 30
Wang Xiao Defender Wang Xiao is a retired Chinese football player who previously played for Yunnan Hongta and Tianjin Teda F.C. as a centre-back.

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35 10
Yin Xifu Midfielder Yin Xifu is a Chinese football coach and a former footballer who played a as a left midfielder for Shanghai Shenhua, Shanghai Jiucheng and Shanghai United F.C.

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37 13
Shi Jun Forward Shi Jun is a Chinese footballer who plays as a striker.

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28 7
Zhang Wenzhao Defender, Forward, Midfielder Zhang Wenzhao is a Chinese footballer who currently plays for Shandong Luneng in the Chinese Super League.

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30 9
Fan Weijun Defender, Forward, Midfielder Fan Weijun, is a Chinese football player who is now playing in Happy Valley. He is capable of playing at all outfield positions. He joined the team in 2007 from another First Division League ...more

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24 7
Gao Hongbo Forward Gao Hongbo is a retired Chinese football striker and a current coach, who managed China national football team from 2009 to 2011. Appointed in May 2009, Gao became the youngest man to take the ...more

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24 8
Li Ming Midfielder Li Ming is a former Chinese international footballer and the current the manager of China national under-20 football team. As a footballer he was a highly respected player who played his whole ...more

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23 8
Lee Wai Man Defender Lee Wai Man, is a Hong Kong professional football player who mainly plays as a defender. He had also played as other positions on the field, including goalkeeper when he moved on to this ...more

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23 9
Zhang Yuning Forward Zhang Yuning is a former Chinese international footballer. After retiring from football he took up coaching to become the reserve team coach for Wenzhou Tomorrow until he left at the beginning ...more

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21 8
Hu Zhijun Forward Hu Zhijun is a retired Chinese football player. He won the first Golden Boot Award after scoring 17 goals in the 1994 Chinese Jia-A League.

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17 6
Li Haiqiang Midfielder Li Haiqiang is a Hong Kong professional association football player who currently plays for Tuen Mun SA. Li plays the role as a midfielder and is nicknamed "The Golden Left Foot" ...more

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19 8
Qi Hong Midfielder Qi Hong is a former Chinese international footballer who played as an attacking midfielder or shadow striker throughout his career. He is predominately remembered for his time at Shanghai ...more

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22 11
Tan Wangsong Tan Wangsong is a Chinese footballer who is a fullback for Chongqing Lifan in the Chinese Super League.

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16 6
Defender, Forward Jia Xiuquan is a Chinese football Manager and former international player. He is currently the manager for the Henan Jianye in the Chinese Super League division.

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29 20
Yang Lin Defender, Forward Yang Lin is a Chinese football player who currently plays for Hebei Elite.

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10 2
Liu Haiguang Forward Liu Haiguang is a former Chinese international footballer who spent the majority of his career playing for the Shanghai Team, however he gained distinction when he joined Yugoslav club FK ...more

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14 6
Ma Mingyu Midfielder Ma Mingyu is a retired Chinese International football player. He was predominantly remembered for his time at Sichuan Quanxing who he played for several times in his career as well as spells at ...more

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16 8
Midfielder Zhao Junzhe is a Chinese footballer who currently plays for Liaoning Whowin in the Chinese Super League.

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13 6
Parhat Azimat Parhat Azimat is a retired Chinese football player. He is of Uyghur ethnicity and was born and raised in his native Xinjiang. Now he is the manager at China League Two side Xinjiang Lottery.

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15 8
Pei Encai Pei Encai is a Chinese football manager and a former player.

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8 2
Song Yang

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11 5
Zheng Bin Midfielder Zheng Bin is a Chinese assistant football coach who is currently with Wuhan Zall F.C. as well as also being a former international player. In his playing career he is predominantly associated ...more

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12 6
Ou Chuliang Goalkeeper Ou Chuliang is an assistant coach and former Chinese international football goalkeeper. As a player he was predominantly remembered for his time at Guangdong Hongyuan, Shanghai Shenhua and ...more

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14 8
Law Chun Bong Forward, Midfielder Law Chun Bong, is a Hong Kong professional football player who currently plays for Yokohama FC Hong Kong. He can play in many positions, mostly as a left midfielder. He is a pacey, and has good ...more

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16 10
Tang Dechao Defender, Forward Tang Dechao is a Chinese football player. He currently plays for Henan Jianye in the China League One.

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8 3
Wang Yongpo Midfielder Wang Yongpo is a Chinese footballer who currently plays for Shandong Luneng in the Chinese Super League.

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11 6
Li Xuepeng Defender, Midfielder Li Xuepeng is a Chinese footballer who currently plays for Guangzhou Evergrande in the Chinese Super League.

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9 4
Li Jinyu Forward Li Jinyu is a former Chinese footballer who predominantly played for Liaoning Whowin and Shandong Luneng in the Chinese Super League and is currently the manager of Shenyang Shenbei. He is also ...more

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7 2
Goalkeeper Qiu Shengjiong is a Chinese football goalkeeper who currently plays for Shanghai Shenhua in the Chinese Super League.

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11 6
Liang Zicheng Forward, Midfielder Liang Zicheng is a Chinese footballer who plays for Hong Kong First Division League club Eastern Salon.

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7 3
Fan Zhiyi Defender Fan Zhiyi is a Chinese former footballer who predominantly played for Shanghai Shenhua in the Chinese Jia-A League and Crystal Palace in the First Division. He was considered a trailblazer in ...more

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6 2
Li Tie Midfielder Li Tie is a former Chinese footballer who is currently an assistant coach at Guangzhou Evergrande and China national football team.

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12 9
Forward Gao Lin is a Chinese footballer who currently plays for Guangzhou Evergrande in the Chinese Super League. He is considered one of China's most technical strikers and is known by the nickname ...more

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8 5
Su Maozhen Su Maozhen is a Chinese coach and former international footballer. As a player he spent his whole career with Shandong Luneng as a successful striker where he won several league and cups with ...more

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8 5
Shen Xiangfu Shen Xiangfu is a Chinese football coach who is the current manager of Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua as well as also being a former international football player. As a player he was ...more

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7 4
Feng Feng Midfielder Feng Feng is a Chinese assistant coach and a retired football player.

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7 4
Li Yi Forward Li Yi, born June 20, 1979, is a Chinese soccer manager and former player who is currently the head coach of Chinese club Shenzhen Ruby.

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7 4
Sung Lin Yung Stephen Sung Lin Yung is a retired Chinese football player who represented the Hong Kong football team. Starting his career in China he played for the Chinese U-20 and the Chinese Olympic team ...more

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7 4
Forward Han Duan is a Chinese football forward who last played for Los Angeles Sol of Women's Professional Soccer and was a member of the Chinese National Team. Duan finished ninth with the Chinese team ...more

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7 4
Xiao Zhanbo Midfielder Xiao Zhanbo is a Chinese footballer who plays as a midfielder.

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6 3
Midfielder Zhao Xuri is a Chinese footballer who currently plays for Guangzhou Evergrande in the Chinese Super League.

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Forward Han Peng is a Chinese footballer who currently plays for Shandong Luneng in the Chinese Super League.

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10 8
Wang Xinxin Midfielder Wang Xinxin is a Chinese international football player who currently plays as a midfielder for Tianjin Teda in the China Super League.

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6 4
Sun Xiang Defender Sun Xiang is a Chinese footballer who currently plays for Shanghai SIPG in the Chinese Super League. Sun initially gained recognition for his performances with Shanghai Shenhua along with his ...more

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6 4
Wang Dong Midfielder Wang Dong is a Chinese football player who currently plays as a Midfielder for China League One side Chongqing Lifan .