Shen Si
申思
Personal information
Full name Shen Si
Date of birth (1973-05-01) May 1, 1973 (age 48)
Place of birth Shanghai, China
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
Shanghai Shenhua
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–2001 Shanghai Shenhua 160 (25)
2002–2004 Shanghai International 58 (3)
2005–2006 Shanghai Zobon 7 (0)
Total 225 (28)
National team
1995–2002 China[1] 39 (3)
Teams managed
2006–2007 Shanghai Zobon
2009–2010 Pudong Zobon F.C.
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Shen Si (Chinese: 申思) (born 1 May 1973 in Shanghai) is a former Chinese international footballer who played as a left midfielder where he gained a reputation for his technical and free kick skills, which saw him become a runner-up in the 2004 Free Kick Masters. After representing Shanghai Shenhua and Shanghai International as a player he took up managing Pudong Zobon F.C. before being relieved of his position after it was revealed that he was involved in fixing a game in the 2003 Chinese Jia-A League season while he was a player. On October 15, 2010, he was detained by the police for his involvement in fixing a league game against Tianjin Teda F.C. on November 30, 2003 and was sentenced to six years imprisonment on June 13, 2012.

Playing career

Shen Si would go to several specialist sport schools during his youth before being picked up by Shanghai Shenhua and the Chinese U-23 team. At Shenhua he would start his career at the dawn of China's first fully professional league season in the 1994 league season where he quickly establish himself as a vital player within the squad before going on to win the league title in the 1995 league season.[2] At Shenhua, Shen would add the 1998 Chinese FA Cup medal to his collection and become a regular for the Chinese national team, which saw him included in the 2000 AFC Asian Cup in a tournament that saw China finish fourth. Despite becoming the club's captain at Shenhua by 2001 in 2002 Shen decided to make a big money move to local rivals Shanghai International who were willing to pay 9.4 million Yuan and wages equivalent to 20,000 US dollars per week to make Shen one of the best paid players in Chinese football. His move would eventually see Shanghai International become title contenders and they just missed out of the title at the end of the 2003 league season.[3] The following season saw Shen spend most of the season injured, due to his age and his wages the club would off load him to second tier club Shanghai Zobon where Shen would eventually retire.

Management career

He became the care-taker manager of Pudong Zobon during the 2009 season and later was offered the position on a permanent basis. Under his stewardship, the team ranked 9th in the China League One at the end of season. In the 2010 season Shen Si led his team to a flying start but experienced a string of mediocre results afterward. Throughout the term Pudong Zobon was fighting against relegation. On October 15, 2010, he was reported to have been detained by the police and was said to be involved in fixing the game during his stint at Shanghai Zhongyuan. He was absent from the subsequent matches of Pudong Zobon.[4] Shortly afterward the club announced that his place was taken by the assistant manager Huang Zhenhua. At the end of the 2010 season, Pudong Zobon won its battle against relegation and ranked 10th.

Match-fixing

See also: 2003–2009 Chinese football match-fixing scandals § Shanghai International vs Tianjin TEDA in 2003

On October 15, 2010, Shen was reported to have been detained by the police and was said to be involved in fixing the November 30, 2003 league game against Tianjin Teda F.C. during his stint as a player at Shanghai International. The allegations suggests that Shen was bribed by former Tianjin Teda general manager Yang Yifeng a total of 12 million Yuan to lose the game and that Shen had asked teammates Qi Hong, Jiang Jin and Li Ming (1975) to help him.[5] After being arrested by the police Qi Hong along with Shen were later released on bail while the police traced back 2 million Yuan from their accounts, after a lengthy wait Shen was found guilty of match-fixing as was sentenced to six years imprisonment on June 13, 2012 and fined 500,000 Yuan while his associates were given five and a half each.[6]

Honours

Player

Shanghai Shenhua[7]

References

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  2. ^ "China League 1995". rsssf.com. 19 Jun 2003. Retrieved 2012-06-24.
  3. ^ "China 2003". rsssf.com. 18 Apr 2004. Retrieved 2012-06-24.
  4. ^ "传申思被专案组带走协查 手机关机失踪已达四天". sports.163.com. 2010-10-15. Retrieved 2012-06-24.
  5. ^ "Shanghai stars held in soccer graft probe". shanghaidaily.com. 2010-10-18. Retrieved 2012-06-24.
  6. ^ "Match-fixing led to stars' downfall". shanghaidaily.com. 2012-06-14. Retrieved 2012-06-24.
  7. ^ "Shen, Si". National-football-teams.com. 2019-08-29. Retrieved 2019-08-29.