Tang Yaodong
Personal information
Full name Tang Yaodong
Date of birth (1962-02-17) 17 February 1962 (age 60)
Place of birth Shenyang, China
Position(s) Centre forward
Youth career
1976–1982 Liaoning
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1991 Liaoning ? (?)
1992 Otsuka Pharmaceutical ? (?)
1993–1995 Liaoning FC ? (?)
National team
1985–1990 China 37 (4)
Teams managed
1996–2001 Liaoning Liaoqing
2002 Liaoning Xingguang
2005 Liaoning FC (assistant)
2005–2007 Liaoning FC
2008 Henan Jianye (assistant)
2008–2010 Henan Jianye
2012 Chongqing Lifan
2013–2014 Henan Jianye
2016 Shenzhen
2017 Wuhan Zall
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Tang Yaodong (Chinese: 唐尧东; born 17 February 1962 in Shenyang, China), is a Chinese football manager and former Chinese international footballer. He mainly played as a centre forward for Liaoning FC.

Playing career

Club career

Tang Yaodong began his football career playing for his hometown football club Liaoning's youth team and would later graduate to the senior team in the 1983 league season. After several seasons he would later rise to prominence when he would help them win the 1985 league title. This was to be the first of many trophies that were to follow and Tang Yaodong would play an integral part in a dominant Liaoning team that also saw them win the 1990 Asian Club Championship. Despite winning another league title he would transfer to a second tier Japanese club Otsuka Pharmaceutical in the 1992 league season. After only one season with them he would return to Liaoning FC until he retired.

International career

Tang Yaodong would make his senior debut in a friendly against Korea DPR on August 24, 1986, in a 0–0 draw.[1] Under head coach Gao Fengwen he would quickly become an integral member of the Chinese team and score his first goal against Singapore in a friendly on September 1, 1986, in a 3–0 win.[2] Tang played all three games for China at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, Korea as they were eliminated in the first round.[3] He appeared also in the 1988 AFC Asian Cup and help China come 4th within the tournament, however when China were unable to qualify for the 1990 FIFA World Cup Tang Yaodong's appearances became limited and effectively ended once Gao Fengwen left the Chinese team.

Management career

Liaoning Liaoqing and Liaoning Xingguang

After he retired he would take the position of head coach for the Liaoning Liaoqing, the youth team of Liaoning FC, in 1996 until 2001 when the youth team were allowed to participate in the third-tier China League Two. However, in 2002, they're forbidden to play in the second-tier Jia B after their promotion to it, and as a result they transferred their place in Jia B to a newly created club named Liaoning Xingguang, which Tang also moved to. He was allowed to stay with the team throughout the 2002 league season to help the team in their transition within the professional league system and took them to a respectable 6th within the league.[4] The 2003 league season would see the team sold off to SVT Group and move to Nanjing, Tang Yaodong did not follow them and remained in Liaoning with Liaoning FC where he was offered an assistant position within the team.[5]

Liaoning FC

After spending a short period as an assistant he was promoted to head coach after Liaoning's poor start to the 2005 Chinese Super League season. In his first season at Liaoning he was unable to achieve much success except to stabilize the club and lead them to midtable in his first attempt at managing a top-flight team. Liaoning's relatively poor performance even saw Tang Yaodong willing to step down before the beginning of the 2006 Chinese Super League season, however the club stood by him throughout the season even though results did not improve throughout the season.[6] This would continue once more throughout the 2007 Chinese Super League season, however Liaoning lost patience at the end the season and with Tang Yaodong's contract up for renewal they decided not to renew it.[7]

Henan Construction F.C.

On January 7, 2008, new head coach Jia Xiuquan brought in Tang Yaodong as his assistant for ambitious Chinese Super League club Henan Construction, however their reign was considered unsuccessful and Jia Xiuquan resigned on June 15 while Tang Yaodong left soon after.[8] When Portuguese Head coach Acácio Casimiro was sacked during the 2008 league season Tang Yaodong was brought back into the club as a short-term solution to help salvage the season.[9] At the beginning of the 2009 league season he remained as their manager and surprisingly the team's form dramatically improved. His reign would see Henan achieve their best ever league position of third and he would personally win the Coach of the year award.

Chongqing Lifan F.C.

On 19 April 2012, Tang was appointed as the new manager of China League One side Chongqing Lifan, replacing Lawrie McKinna who was sacked from the club five days before.[10]





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  2. ^ "China PR 3-0 Singapore". teamchina.freehostia.com. 1986-09-01. Retrieved 2012-08-25.
  3. ^ "Mens Olympic Tournament, Seoul 1988, China PR squad list". FIFA. Archived from the original on November 23, 2007. Retrieved 28 December 2009.
  4. ^ "China 2002". rsssf.com. 30 Mar 2003. Retrieved 2012-08-25.
  5. ^ "唐尧东肝肠寸断后面对现实 战昔日老友要打出虎威". sports.qianlong.com. 2005-07-05. Archived from the original on 2012-03-01. Retrieved 2012-08-25.
  6. ^ "唐尧东态度坚决提出辞职 辽足队员难舍纷纷挽留". sports.people.com.cn. 2006-05-11. Retrieved 2012-08-25.
  7. ^ "唐尧东闪电下课 辽足教练班子洗牌改走洋帅路线". sports.sohu.com. 2007-12-31. Retrieved 2012-08-25.
  8. ^ "唐尧东闪电加盟建业 前辽足主帅当助教辅佐贾帅". sports.sohu.com. 2008-01-08. Retrieved 2012-08-25.
  9. ^ "河南建业宣布卡西米罗下课 唐尧东任执行主教练". sports.eastday.com. 2008-09-15. Retrieved 2012-08-25.
  10. ^ "力帆宣布唐尧东任新帅 高层称其执教经历丰富". sports.qq.com. 2012-04-19. Retrieved 2012-08-25.