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Zheng Zhi
Personal information
Full name Zheng Zhi
Date of birth 20 August 1980 (1980-08-20) (age 29)
Place of birth    Shenyang, Liaoning, China
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Celtic
Number 27
Youth career
1999–2000 Liaoling Chuangye
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Shenzhen Jianlibao
Shandong Luneng
Charlton Athletic (loan)
Charlton Athletic
067 0(14)
044 0(29)
012 00(1)
055 00(8)
013 00(0)   
National team2
2002– China 049 0(12)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 17:09, 15 March 2010 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 18:55, 14 November 2009 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

This is a Chinese name; the family name is Zheng.

Zheng Zhi (simplified Chinese: 郑智traditional Chinese: 鄭智pinyin: Zhèng Zhì, born August 20, 1980 in Shenyang, Liaoning) is a Chinese footballer who plays for Celtic in the Scottish Premier League. Starting his career as a defender, he now plays in central midfield. Zheng has played 48 games for the Chinese national team, scoring 12 times and he is also the current captain.


Club career



In 1999, his club Liaoling Chuangye were involved in legal trouble and all assets of the club were frozen, including player transfers rights. After a year without playing professional football, he was transferred to Shenzhen Jianlibao, then coached by Zhu Guanghu, his former coach in the U-23 national team. At Shenzhen he transformed himself in a playmaker, however, he played as a defender under Arie Haan in the national team.

Charlton Athletic

He joined Charlton Athletic on loan on 29 December 2006 until the end of the season, with Charlton having an option to buy him. He was the first official signing of new manager Alan Pardew, though he had been on trial with the Addicks in November 2006 under previous manager Les Reed. He had scored 29 goals for Shandong Luneng as they won the national league title earlier in the year. Zheng made his Premier League debut against Manchester United at Old Trafford when he replaced the injured Amdy Faye. His first goal came on his first start against Newcastle United in March 2007.[1]

He returned to his parent club, Shandong Luneng, at the end of the 2006–07 season per the terms of his loan deal. He played once more for Shandong in 2007, in a 6–1 defeat to Beijing Guoan, before he returned to England to join Charlton in a permanent deal in August 2007. He joined for a fee of £2million and signed a two-year contract.[2] In a March 2008 edition of British football magazine FourFourTwo, Zheng was voted the fifth best player in the Football League.[3] He scored a total of seven league goals in the Championship season. However, because of the number games he played for both Charlton and the Chinese national team he was less effective in the second half of the season as a result of fatigue.[4]

In the summer of 2008, Zheng was heavily linked with a transfer to West Bromwich Albion. Although Charlton were in negotiations with the Baggies up to the end of the transfer window,[5] the transfer failed to materialise.

On 8 July 2009, Zheng left Charlton after failing to agree a new contract with the London club following its relegation to third-tier League One.[6]


On 1 September 2009 Zheng became the second Chinese player, after Du Wei, to sign for Celtic after penning a two-year contract.[7] Manager Tony Mowbray affirmed his long held admiration for the player and expressed his delight in the signing.[8] Zheng is not able to play in Celtic's Europa League group games after UEFA confirmed he was not registered in time.[9]

He made his debut on 4 October 2009, in the Old Firm derby against Rangers. He was fouled in the box to give Celtic a penalty, scored by Aiden McGeady to make it 2-1 to Rangers. Zheng was substituted for Paddy McCourt after 70 minutes.[10]

International career

Zheng joined the U-23 national team as the only player from the third division Yi League. Under Bobby Houghton, he mainly appeared at the right back position. After Zhu Guanghu took over the national team, he appeared in midfield more often.

Zheng was the captain of the Chinese national team that competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics.[11]

Club career stats

Correct as of May 2009

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
China PR League Chinese FA Cup League Cup Asia Total
2000 Liaoning Chuangye League Two
2001 Shenzhen Jianlibao Jia A 23 3 3
2002 22 6 6
2003 16 3 3
2004 Super League 16 2 4 1 7
2005 Shandong Luneng Taishan Super League 18 10 4 2 4 4 6 5 32 21
2006 26 21 6 1 0 0 0 0 32 22
2007 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 4 2
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2006–07 Charlton Athletic Premier League 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 1
2007–08 Championship 42 7 2 1 1 1 0 0 45 9
2008–09 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total China PR
Total England
Career Total

International goals

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Competition
1 29 January 2004 Shanghai, China PR  Macedonia 1–0 Friendly
2 7 February 2004 Shenzhen, China PR  Finland 2–1 Friendly
3 17 March 2004 Guangzhou, China PR  Myanmar 2–0 Friendly
4 1 June 2004 Beijing, China PR  Hungary 2–1 Friendly
5 10 July 2004 Hohhot, China PR  United Arab Emirates 2–2 Friendly
6 10 July 2004 Hohhot, China PR  United Arab Emirates 2–2 Friendly
7 17 July 2004 Beijing, China PR  Bahrain 2–2 2004 AFC Asian Cup
8 30 July 2004 Beijing, China PR  Iraq 3–0 2004 AFC Asian Cup
9 30 July 2004 Beijing, China PR  Iraq 3–0 2004 AFC Asian Cup
10 22 June 2005 Guangzhou, China PR  Costa Rica 2–0 Friendly
11 7 June 2006 Saint-Étienne, France  France 1–3 Friendly
12 6 February 2008 Al Ahli, Dubai  Iraq 1–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification





See also


  1. ^ "Charlton 2-0 Newcastle". BBC. 18 March 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/6437249.stm. Retrieved 4 September 2009. 
  2. ^ "Charlton snap up McLeod & Zheng". BBC Sport. 2007-08-09. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/charlton_athletic/6937413.stm. Retrieved 2007-08-09. 
  3. ^ "FourFourTwo 50 Best Football League Players". FourFourTwo. 2008-03-02. http://fourfourtwo.com/blogs/footballleagueawards/archive/2008/03/02/fourfourtwo-50-best-football-league-players.aspx. Retrieved 2008-08-14. 
  4. ^ "China's soccer exports face uncertain future". SINA English. 2008-05-06. http://english.sina.com/sports/p/1/2008/0506/157395.html. Retrieved 2008-08-14. 
  5. ^ "Baggies continue Zheng talks". Sky Sports. 2008-08-29. http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11698_4064939,00.html. Retrieved 2008-09-02. 
  6. ^ "Midfielder Zheng leaves Charlton". BBC Sport. 2009-07-08. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/c/charlton_athletic/8140966.stm. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  7. ^ "Celtic sign China captain Zheng Zhi". The Herald. 1 September 2009. http://www.heraldscotland.com/sport/spl/celtic/celtic-sign-china-captain-zheng-zhi-1.825681. Retrieved 1 September 2009. 
  8. ^ "Zheng Zhi gets green light from SFA". The Celtic Football Club. 4 September 2009. http://www.celticfc.net/news/stories/news_040909172051.aspx. Retrieved 4 September 2009. 
  9. ^ http://www.sportinglife.com/football/cups/uefacup/news/story_get.cgi?STORY_NAME=soccer/09/09/02/SOCCER_Celtic_Nightlead.html
  10. ^ "Rangers 2 - 1 Celtic". BBC. 4 October 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/scot_prem/8285356.stm. Retrieved 5 March 2010. 
  11. ^ Zheng and Dong head China soccer squad for Beijing | Reuters

External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Li Weifeng
China Captain
Succeeded by
Du Wei
Preceded by
People's Republic of China Li Tie
Chinese Football Association Footballer of the Year
Succeeded by
Germany Jörg Albertz
Preceded by
Serbia Branko Jelic
Chinese Football Association Footballer of the Year
Succeeded by
People's Republic of China Du Zhenyu

Simple English

Zheng Zhi
Personal information
Full name Zheng Zhi
Date of birth 20 August 1980 (1980-08-20) (age 30)
Place of birth    Shenyang, Liaoning, China
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Celtic
Number 27
Senior clubs
Years Club
Shenzhen Ping'an / Shenzhen Jianlibao
Shandong Luneng Taishan
Charlton Athletic (loan)
Charlton Athletic
National team
2002- China PR

Zheng Zhi (born 20 August 1980) is a Chinese football player. He plays for Celtic and China PR national team.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
China PRLeague Chinese FA Cup League Cup AsiaTotal
2001Shenzhen Ping'anJia-A League233233
2003Shenzhen JianlibaoJia-A League163163
2004Super League162162
2005Shandong Luneng TaishanSuper League18104244653221
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
2006/07Charlton AthleticPremier League1210000-121
China PRLeague Chinese FA Cup League Cup AsiaTotal
2007Shandong Luneng TaishanSuper League1000003242
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
2007/08Charlton AthleticLeague Championship4272111-459
ScotlandLeague Scottish Cup Scottish League Cup EuropeTotal
2009/10CelticPremier League
CountryChina PR 12245103449714559
England 6792111-7011
Scotland 0000000000
Total 18954124559721570

International career statistics


China PR national team



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