Xu Hong
Personal information
Full name Xu Hong
Date of birth (1968-05-14) May 14, 1968 (age 53)
Place of birth Dalian, Liaoning, China
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Position(s) Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1993 Team Liaoning
1994–2000 Dalian Wanda FC 142 (6)
National team
1992–1998 China 35 (2)
Teams managed
2001–2002 Dalian Sidelong
2003–2004 Sichuan Guancheng
2006 Chongqing Lifan F.C.
2008–2010 Dalian Shide F.C.
2013 Dalian Aerbin F.C.
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Xu Hong (Chinese: 徐弘; pinyin: Xú Hóng; born May 14, 1968, in Dalian) is a retired Chinese football player and football manager. He was most recently the manager of Chinese Super League team Dalian Aerbin F.C. for 63 days before he had to resign on February 19, 2013, because it was discovered by the Chinese Football Association that he manipulated a match while as a manager at Sichuan Guancheng and was given a 5-year suspension from all football activity.[1]

Playing career

Xu Hong rose to prominence in the 1994 league season with Dalian Wanda FC, when they won the first professional Chinese Jia-A League title.[2] With Dalian, he would win several more top-tier league titles in his career in a dominant Dalian team.[3] As one of the most consistent members of the Dalian team he was also named in several senior Chinese national teams, captaining his country against England in 1996.

Management career

After he retired, Xu Hong began managing the newly formed Chinese team Dalian Sidelong in the third tier. He quickly managed to get them immediately promoted to the second tier in 2002 and was able to take Dalian Sidelong second in the league.[4] However the Chinese Football Association, in there attempt to improve the league system did not allow any promotion or relegation in this season and Dalian Sidelong remained in the same league.

Xu Hong caught the attention of top-tier team Sichuan Guancheng in the 2003 league season where he took them eighth[5] and then ninth[6] the following season in the league. These unremarkable performances saw Xu Hong leave at the end of the 2004 league season. He would not work in management until the 2006 league season with consistent relegation contenders Chongqing Lifan F.C., however despite his best efforts his reign at Chongqing was extremely disappointing and they were relegated at the end of the season, which saw the immediate departure of Xu Hong.[7]

Despite being out of management for two seasons Xu Hong's ties were strong enough for him to be given the assistant post at Dalian Shide F.C. in 2008 to Milorad Kosanović. However Milorad Kosanović left as Head Coach after a very disappointing season which saw them fight against relegation. Xu Hong was brought in as a temporary Head Coach, yet impressed many at the end of the season with his coaching skills and was offered a permanent position. His resignation was accepted after a 1–2 home loss against Tianjin Teda on May 15, 2010.

Match fixing

See also: 2003–2009 Chinese football match-fixing scandals

On February 19, 2013, Xu was given a 5-year suspension from all football activity after it was discovered by the Chinese Football Association that he manipulated a match while he was manager of Sichuan Guancheng. The match in question was the league game between Sichuan Guancheng against Shaanxi Guoli F.C. on September 21, 2003, in a game that Sichuan actually won 5–1.[8] The Chinese FA claim that the General manager of Shaanxi Guoli, Wang Po told Xu to manipulate the game, however Xu has gone on to proclaim his innocence by pointing out that his team actually won the game and that he never received a penny from Wang Po who has already received a life-ban from football.[9]





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  2. ^ "China League 1994". rsssf.com. 19 Jun 2003. Archived from the original on July 27, 2014. Retrieved 2012-09-15.
  3. ^ "Rebuilding time for Chinese giants". fifa.com. 6 August 2008. Archived from the original on November 3, 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-15.
  4. ^ "China 2002". rsssf.com. 30 Mar 2003. Archived from the original on September 29, 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-15.
  5. ^ "China 2003". rsssf.com. 18 Apr 2004. Archived from the original on May 24, 2011. Retrieved 2012-09-15.
  6. ^ "China 2004". rsssf.com. 7 Apr 2005. Archived from the original on September 29, 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-15.
  7. ^ "China 2006". rsssf.com. 8 Mar 2007. Archived from the original on September 29, 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-15.
  8. ^ "媒体分析徐弘实为实德系替罪羊 已难找假球证据". sports.163.com. 2013-02-20. Retrieved 2013-02-23.
  9. ^ "十年前王珀打假球澳彩赔7000万 十年后徐弘中招". sports.163.com. 2013-02-22. Retrieved 2013-02-23.
Sporting positions Preceded byZhu Bo China national football team captain 1994-1997 Succeeded byFan Zhiyi