Dong Liqiang
Personal information
Date of birth (1965-08-20) 20 August 1965 (age 56)
Place of birth Liaoning, China
Position(s) Defender, Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1996 Liaoning FC
1997–1999 Shenzhen Ping'an
National team
1988–1993 China 21 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Dong Liqiang (Chinese: 董礼强; born 20 August 1965 in Liaoning) is a Chinese assistant football coach and a former international player.

As a player he won six league titles and the 1989-90 Asian Club Championship with Liaoning FC before ending his career with Shenzhen Ping'an. While internationally he represented China in the 1988 Asian Cup and 1992 Asian Cup. Since retiring he moved to assistant management and had coached Shenyang, Nanjing Yoyo F.C., Shenzhen Ping'an Kejian, Liaoning FC and Henan Jianye.

Playing career

Dong Liqiang would join the senior team of Liaoning FC in the 1986 season and would be part of the squad that won the Chinese FA Cup that campaign.[1] The following season, he would start to establish himself as a physically strong and fierce defender within the team and went on to win 1987 league title with Liaoning.[2] After an impressive start to his career the Head coach of the Chinese team Gao Fengwen called him into the squad for the 1988 AFC Asian Cup and played him in the semi-final game against South Korea, which China lost 2-1 after extra time.[3] He returned to club football and helped establish Liaoning as the dominant team within Chinese football by winning several further league titles with the club and the 1989-90 Asian Club Championship making them the first Chinese team to win the premier Asian continental championship.[4] Despite his club success his international career would ultimately be mired by his performance within the 1990 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC) campaign when on the 17 October 1989 match against United Arab Emirates he was responsible for their two late goals, which saw China lose the match 2-1 and ultimately a place within the World Cup.[5] He was eventually able to rectify his mistakes when in the 1992 AFC Asian Cup China faced United Arab Emirates once again and he played in the team that beat them 4-3 in extra time to win the third place match within the tournament.[6] After spending his whole career with Liaoning and nearing the end of his career he would decide to leave his hometown club and joined second tier football club Shenzhen Ping'an in the 1997 league season where he helped guide them to a runners-up spot within their division a promotion to the top tier.[7] He would spend two more seasons with the club as they remained within the division before he retired at the end of the 1999 campaign.

Career statistics

International statistics

Year Competition Apps Goal
1988–1992 Asian Cup 7 0
1989–1993 FIFA World Cup qualification 8 0
1988 Asian Cup Qualifier 3 0
1992–1993 Friendly 3 0
1990 Dynasty Cup 3 0
Total 21 0

Honours

Liaoning FC

References

  1. ^ "China 1986". rsssf.com. 2009-10-22. Retrieved 2015-05-12.
  2. ^ "China 1987". rsssf.com. 2009-10-22. Retrieved 2015-05-12.
  3. ^ "Asian Cup 1988 Katar » Halbfinale » Südkorea - China 2:1". weltfussball.de. Retrieved 2015-05-12.
  4. ^ "Champions' Cup 1989/90". rsssf.com. 2003-11-12. Retrieved 2015-05-12.
  5. ^ "董礼强:队员精力一定要集中". china.com.cn. 2001-08-25. Retrieved 2015-05-12.
  6. ^ "Asian Cup 1992 Japan » 3. Platz » China - VA Emirate 4:3". weltfussball.de. Retrieved 2015-05-12.
  7. ^ "China League 1997". rsssf.com. 2003-06-21. Retrieved 2015-05-12.