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Happy 6.1! – Can you guess who they are?

It’s June 1st again! For those who don’t know the significance of June 1st, it is a holiday in China dedicated to the children. Primary schools in China get a day off and the holiday is known as 六一國際兒童節 (June 1st International Children’s Festival).

Although it is one day late, ‘s Smari would like to show you six photos of various Chinese footballers. Can you guess who they are?

Photo 1:

Hint 1: The only twin brothers to play for the Chinese National Team.

Hint 2: One of the brothers was the first Chinese to play in the Eredivisie.

Answer (please highlight below to reveal): Sun Xiang and Sun Ji (孫祥 + 孫吉)



Photo 2:

Hint 1: One of few Manchu football players to represent the Chinese National Team.

Hint 2: Has a legendary status for Liaoning F.C, his status is almost equivalent to Paul Scholes for Manchester United.

Answer (please highlight to reveal): Zhao Junzhe (肇俊哲, the reasons I compared him to Paul Scholes are Zhao Junzhe has played for Liaoning from his youth career and captained for a long-time, which is rather similar to Paul Scholes’ status for Manchester United)

Photo 3:

Hint 1: Known for his free-kick ability.

Hint 2: Made his name after the Korea vs. China and France vs. China games.

Answer (please highlight to reveal): Deng Zhuoxiang (鄧卓翔)

Photo 4: 

Hint 1: One of only four Chinese football players to play in the English Premier League.

Hint 2: Dubbed “glass leg” for his constant injuries…

Hint 3: Featured in ‘s Bcheng‘s recent article…

Answer (please highlight to reveal): Li Tie (李鐵)


Photo 5:

Hint 1: He is one of the few Chinese players to have settled in South Korea.

Hint 2: He is currently the youngest scorer in the Chinese Super League.

Answer (please highlight to reveal): Huang Bowen (黃博文)

Photo 6:

Hint (left player): The first Chinese player to win the Korean League Cup.

Hint (right player): Holds a legendary status among Chinese and Korean netizens, main protagonist of the infamous Eul-Yong Ta

Answer (please highlight to reveal): Li Weifeng and Li Yi (李瑋峰 + 李毅)


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Ever since witnessing Yang Chen’s near goal opportunity in the game of China vs. Turkey in World Cup 2002 from his bed at 3am, Smari has developed an avid interest in following the Chinese national team. He had seen how the Chinese team was worshiped as gods during the World Cup 2002 and Asian Cup 2004, and how they are treated like shit since the failure to qualify for the World Cup 2006. Smari joined Wild East Football as a contributor because he realized there is a need for the world to know about Chinese football. There is an almost bare minimum amount of English language forums or websites that strictly talk about Chinese football, the Chinese Super League, the Chinese national team, etc. The world needs to know that Chinese football is not about Shaolin football, corruption, diving, and cheating; we are about playing with our heart to bring smiles to our already embarrassed fans. Smari hopes he would be able to witness the improvement of Chinese football and spend all his life savings to watch Guojiadui’s second World Cup appearance at whatever venue, even a warzone. Apart from writing/translating Chinese football news, Smari loves playing mahjang, imitating how Samri Nasri dribbles in the Emirates pitch, watching how Adam Johnson terrorizes his rivals, learning bar tending to make up his reason for consistent drunkenness, being artistically weird by shooting abstract photos, and defeating boringism in his mundane life. He also loves traveling, and he hopes to have his own apartment that is filled with national team jerseys from every country he visited. Smari often attributes his depression to the current dire state of Chinese football, let’s hope he won’t turn insane soon.

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