Zhang Yuning (footballer, born 1977)

Not to be confused with Zhang Yuning (footballer, born 1997).
Zhang Yuning
Personal information
Full name Zhang Yuning
Date of birth (1977-05-25) May 25, 1977
Place of birth Shenyang, Liaoning, China
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1985–1993 Liaoning
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–2002 Liaoning 73 (34)
1995 → Beijing Shougang (loan) ? (?)
2003–2006 Shanghai Shenhua 53 (21)
2006–2007Queensland Roar (loan) 6 (0)
2008 Liaoning 0 (0)
Total 132 (55)
National team
2001–2005 China 24 (8)
Teams managed
2009 Wenzhou Tomorrow (Assistant)
2011 Shenyang Dongjin (Assistant)
2014 Fujian Broncos

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 May 2010.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 May 2010
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Zhang.

Zhang Yuning (Simplified Chinese: 张玉宁; Traditional Chinese: 張玉寧; Pinyin: Zhāng Yùníng) (born May 25, 1977 in Shenyang) 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 of the 2010 league season.


Zhang started his football career with his local football team Liaoning F.C. where he progressed to their senior team in 1994 league campaign at the dawn of full professionalism within the Chinese game.[1] He was initially loaned out to third tier club Beijing Shougang before he went on to make his debut for Liaoning where he soon made a name for himself when he was the clubs top goalscorer in the 1997 campaign.[2] By the following season he would show himself to be a prolific striker who helped guide Liaoning to promotion to the top tier.[3] Once in the top division Zhang quickly adapted to the higher demands and narrowly saw Liaoning miss out on winning the league title.[4]

As a young, tall and strong prolific centre forward, Zhang quickly caught the imagination of the Chinese tabloid press who often referred to him as the David Beckham of China, however at the height of his popularity on April 26, 2000 he was involved in a serious car accident. It was discovered that Zhang was drink driving while driving some team mates and friends home, however while Zhang sustained minor injuries his team mate Qu Leheng sustained serious injuries, which resulted in Qu being left a paraplegic and consigned to a wheelchair for life. Qu would go on to successfully sue Zhang 2.34 million yuan (282,000 US dollars) for compensation on November 22, 2004. Zhang would also go on to make a public apology to Qu and despite publicly believing that the compensation was especially high he decided to abnegate his right to ask for a retrial.[5]

While his trail to Qu went on Zhang was able to return to his football career and made his international debut against Egypt in a friendly on January 17, 2001 that ended in a 0–0 draw.[6] English club Leicester City were interested in signing Zhang on loan in November 2001 however, the Home Office was doubtful that he had not played regularly for the national team, rejecting his application for a work permit.[7] Leicester did rekindle their interest in him in November 2004, after being recommended by Bobby Houghton, though he again failed in his work permit.[8] Instead Zhang signed on for Shanghai Shenhua for a reported ten million yuan in the 2003 league season where he went on to win the league title in his debut campaign with them.[9] Unfortunately in 2013 the Chinese Football Association would revoke the league title after it was discovered the Shenhua General manager Lou Shifang had bribed officials to be bias to Shenhua in games that season.[10][11]

Unable to replicate his performances from his youth Shenhua decided to loan Zhang to Australian side Queensland Roar where he played under Frank Farina. His time at the club was not a success and he only made six appearances, which was not helped by his pack-a-day smoking habit.[12] Shenhua would eventually decide to sell Zhang back to his hometown club of Liaoning for 600,000 yuan in 2008, however he would not play for them and decided to retire at the end of the season.[13]

Career statistics

Club career stats

Last update: 23 Nov 2015

1994Liaoning China1??
1995Beijing Shougang China2??
1996Liaoning China2??
1997Liaoning China2?11
1998Liaoning China2?14
1999Liaoning China1238
2000Liaoning China11711
2001Liaoning China11911
2002Liaoning China1135
2003Shanghai Shenhua China12213
2004Shanghai Shenhua China1103
2005Shanghai Shenhua China1145
2006Shanghai Shenhua China181
06/07Queensland Roar FC Australia160
2008Liaoning China100

International goals

1February 12, 2001Thailand Sweden2–2Friendly
2February 12, 2001Thailand Sweden2–2Friendly
3February 14, 2001Thailand Thailand5–1Friendly
4February 14, 2001Thailand Thailand5–1Friendly
5February 14, 2001Thailand Thailand5–1Friendly
6August 5, 2001China Trinidad and Tobago3–0Friendly
7February 3, 2004China Finland2–1Friendly
8February 7, 2004China Finland2–1Friendly


As a player


Liaoning F.C.

Shanghai Shenhua



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  10. "Details of soccer referee investigation released to public". chinadaily.com.cn. 2011-03-31. Retrieved 2014-05-20.
  11. "China Strips Shenhua of 2003 League Title, Bans 33 People for Life". english.cri.cn. 18 February 2013. Retrieved 2014-05-20.
  12. "China's 'Beckham' latest Roar casualty". espnfc.com. January 28, 2007. Retrieved 2014-05-20.
  13. "张玉宁周末可能会登场 玉面杀手时隔两年重返中超". sports.sina.com.cn. 2008-07-11. Retrieved 2012-09-24.
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