Yang Chen
Personal information
Date of birth (1974-01-17) 17 January 1974 (age 48)
Place of birth Beijing, China
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Position(s) Striker, midfielder
Club information
Current team
China U16
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1997 Beijing Guoan 55 (7)
1998Waldhof Mannheim (loan) 0 (0)
1998–2002 Eintracht Frankfurt 94 (21)
2002–2003 FC St. Pauli 20 (2)
2003–2005 Shenzhen Jianlibao 49 (4)
2006–2007 Xiamen Blue Lions 51 (4)
National team
1995–2004 China 35 (11)
Teams managed
2009–2010 Jiangsu Sainty (assistant)
2011–2013 Jiangsu Sainty (assistant)
2014 Guizhou Renhe (assistant)
2015–2018 Beijing Enterprises Group (assistant)
2020–2021 China U-23 (assistant)
2021– China U-16
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Yang Chen (simplified Chinese: 杨晨; traditional Chinese: 楊晨; pinyin: Yáng Chén; born 17 January 1974) is a Chinese football coach and a former player.

As a player he represented Beijing Guoan, Waldhof Mannheim, Eintracht Frankfurt, FC St. Pauli, Shenzhen Jianlibao and Xiamen Blue Lions. He is the first Chinese player to play and score in the Bundesliga while internationally he represented the China football team in the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

Club career

Born in Beijing, Yang began his professional football career with Beijing Guoan. He gradually established himself within their team during his time with them, however it was only once he had a short loan period with lower league German Waldhof Mannheim in 1998 did he show his potential as a forward. This saw Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt interested in him and were willing to make a transfer of DEM1 million for his services.[1] Being the first Chinese footballer to play in the Bundesliga he would personally thrive within the league and score eight goals to helped the team to avoid relegation to 2. Bundesliga.[2] Yang Chen would go on to be viewed as a trailblazer for Chinese footballers for his ability to score in one of the five major European football leagues and would personally go on to win the Chinese Footballer of the Year in 2000. While his time with Frankfurt was viewed as a success when new manager Felix Magath came in during the 2000–01 season Yang Chen did lose favour within the team and would have to fight back for his position before deciding to move to 2. Bundesliga team FC St. Pauli to ensure his place within the Chinese football team in preparation for the FIFA World Cup.

Yang Chen went back to his home country to play for Shenzhen Jianlibao where under the manager Zhu Guanghu his career would thrive once more and he would go on to win the 2004 Chinese Super League title. Once Zhu Guanghu left to take over the Chinese national team and Chi Shangbin came in to replace him Yang Chen and several other players immediately took a disliking to him. Throughout the 2005 league season there were numerous accusations between the management and the players. The club would decide to let the management go and several players including Yang Chen were sold off. He would go on to join Xiamen Blue Lions until they disbanded in 2007 and he decided to retire.

International career

Yang Chen also played for China at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. He is the Chinese player to have come closest to scoring in the World Cup when his volley ricocheted off the post in the 3–0 loss to Turkey in group stage.

Managerial career

In 2009, Yang obtained his coaching certificate and joined top-tier club Jiangsu Sainty as an assistant coach.[3][4] In 2010 he would leave the club to go back to Germany to study and complete his international A-level coaching badges before returning to Jiangsu Sainty as an assistant coach and team leader under Dragan Okuka.[5]

In December 2013, Yang joined Guizhou Renhe as an assistant coach and team leader, however he decided to leave them in January 2015 when he accepted the invitation of returning to his hometown of Beijing to join Beijing Enterprises Group to become their guidetrainer and an assistant coach.[6]

In April 2021, Yang was named as head coach of China U-16.[7]

Career statistics

Scores and results list China's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Template goal.
List of international goals scored by Tim Template
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 2 December 1998 Bangkok, Thailand  Cambodia 1–0 4–1 1998 Asian Games
2 3–0
3 4–0
4 10 December 1998 Bangkok, Thailand  Oman 6–1 6–1 1998 Asian Games
5 7 October 2000 Amman, Jordan  Jordan 1–0 1–1 Friendly
6 16 October 2000 Tripoli, Lebanon  Indonesia 3–0 4–0 2000 AFC Asian Cup
7 23 October 2000 Beirut, Lebanon  Qatar 3–0 3–1 2000 AFC Asian Cup
8 26 October 2000 Beirut, Lebanon  Japan 2–1 2–3 2000 AFC Asian Cup
9 22 April 2001 Xi'an, China  Maldives 7–0 10–1 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier
10 13 May 2001 Kunming, China  Indonesia 2–1 5–1 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier
11 10 December 2003 Kanagawa, Japan  Hong Kong 3–0 3–1 2003 EAFF East Asian Cup


Shenzhen Jianlibao


Variety shows

Year Name Notes
2016 Running Man episode – 283


  1. ^ "姓名:杨晨(Yang Chen)" (in Chinese). sina.com.cn. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
  2. ^ "Yang, Chen" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
  3. ^ "杨晨:未来可能会做职业教练 回北京踢球较渺茫" (in Chinese). sports.163.com. 2 January 2008. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  4. ^ "图文-江苏舜天队拍摄全家福照片 助理教练杨晨" (in Chinese). sports.sina.com.cn. 19 March 2009. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  5. ^ "舜天崛起杨晨功不可没:完成从偶像到导师的转变" (in Chinese). sports.cntv.cn. 11 October 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  6. ^ "杨晨回家感觉自己像外地人 当北控领队从严治军" (in Chinese). chinanews.com. 6 February 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  7. ^ "关于确定中国U16国家男子足球队主教练的公告" (in Chinese). Chinese Football Association. 6 April 2021. Retrieved 6 April 2021.