Gao Fengwen

Gao Fengwen (Chinese: 高丰文; born 23 November 1939 in Kaiyuan) is a Chinese football coach and a former international football player.

Gao Fengwen
Personal information
Full name Gao Fengwen
Date of birth (1939-11-23) 23 November 1939 (age 80)
Place of birth Kaiyuan, Liaoning, China
(Kaiyuan, Fengtien, Manchukuo)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1957–1973 Liaoning FC
National team
1965–1973 China PR
Teams managed
1981–1983 China PR U-20
1984–1985 China PR U-16
1986–1990 China PR
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

Gao Fengwen was a promising young footballer and would play for Liaoning FC before being called up to the Chinese national team in 1965 where he was honoured with being the team's captain.[1] Unfortunately the Chinese Cultural Revolution saw his career severely shortened and he was unable to play in any major international tournaments. He did, however play in several small tournaments and was able to represent his country on several occasions before he retired.

Management careerEdit

After he retired Gao Fengwen went to Yemen in 1974 and then to Burundi in 1977 to teach for several years before returning in 1979 back to China where he took a training course in coaching before being offered the Chinese youth team position. During his reign he would lead China into the 1982 AFC Youth Championship where China came second before also taking on the Chinese U-16 team in the 1985 FIFA U-16 World Championship where he would lead them to a quarterfinals position.[2] After his experiences with the previous Chinese teams he would go on to promoted to the Chinese senior team on December 25, 1986 where his first assignment was to make sure China qualify for the 1988 AFC Asian Cup. After successfully achieving this he would then lead the senior team in the Football at the 1988 Summer Olympics for the first time. While it was an achievement that China took part in their first ever Olympics at the football the tournament was however considered very disappointing and the team were unable to score a single goal. Given the chance of another tournament only a few months later with the 1988 AFC Asian Cup Gao's fortunes would change and this time he would lead China to a more successful tournament and lead China to semifinals position where he narrowly missed out leading China to the final after losing to Korea Republic in extra time.[3] Gao would also narrowly miss out in leading China to qualify for the 1990 Fifa World Cup after losing to Qatar in the final game in dying the minutes of the game and elimination from the qualifiers. Despite this, Gao kept his job and he led China in the Football at the 1990 Asian Games; however, this tournament turned out to be a disaster after they lost to Thailand and were eliminated, which lead Gao to resign. Leaving management behind, he will start his own football school in 1996.


  1. ^ "高丰文|高丰文数据|高丰文资料|近况|进球|新闻|比赛-搜达足球网". Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2010-08-03.
  2. ^ "高丰文:中国足球不能停在1988 唯改变08才进步-搜狐体育". Retrieved 2010-08-03.
  3. ^ "Match details / line-up: South Korea – China (Asian Cup 1988 Qatar)". Retrieved 2010-08-03.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
China national football team captain
Succeeded by
Qi Wusheng