Hao Haidong

Hao Haidong (simplified Chinese: 郝海东; traditional Chinese: 郝海東; pinyin: Hǎo Hǎidōng; born 9 May 1970)[2] is a Chinese former international footballer. He currently holds the record for being China's top goalscorer.

Hao Haidong
Personal information
Full name Hao Haidong
Date of birth (1970-05-09) 9 May 1970 (age 50)
Place of birth Qingdao, Shandong, China
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
1980–1986 Bayi FC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1996 Bayi FC 48 (19)
1997–2004 Dalian Shide 130 (78)
2005–2006 Sheffield United 0 (0)
Total 178 (97)
National team
1992–2004 China 107 (41[1])
Teams managed
2004 Dalian Shide (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

As a player he represented Bayi FC, Dalian Shide and Sheffield United in a career that saw him win six league titles and two Chinese FA Cup. Along with a Chinese Football Association Player of the Year award and three Chinese Jia-A League Top goalscorer awards. Since retiring he had a brief spell at management with Dalian Shide and was the General manager at Hunan Shoking before being Chairman of Tianjin Songjiang, which he left in 2012.[3][4] Hao married former badminton champion Ye Zhaoying in summer 2019.[5]

Club careerEdit

Bayi FCEdit

Hao Haidong would make a name for himself by rising through the ranks with Bayi FC. On 31 July 1994, Hao was involved in an on-the-pitch brawl with Craig Allardyce, son of former English manager Sam Allardyce, in Bayi's league match with Guangdong Hongyuan. This resulted in Hao and Allardyce receiving a half-year ban by the Chinese Football Association and thus Hao was not allowed to play for the Chinese national team in the 1994 Asian Games.[6] While his personal performances with Bayi remained impressive, the team were not genuine title contenders anymore due to the club's struggles with professionalism and a requirement that all their players remain active People's Liberation Army members.[7] With a significantly improved salary and a chance to win more silverware he would transfer to reigning league champions Dalian Shide at the beginning of the 1997 league season for a club record fee of 2,200,000 yuan at the time.[8]

Dalian ShideEdit

His move to Dalian Shide would be a huge success and he would win the league title and Chinese FA Super Cup as well as also personally winning the Golden Boot and Golden Ball award in the 1997 season.[9] The following season, Hao would continue to add to his medal collection with another league title and more personal awards while barely losing the Asian Club Championship as well.[10] While Hao would be applauded for his football achievements and was even starting to be known as the "Chinese Alan Shearer", he would also show a darker aspect of his game after being fined for attacking a player on 15 March 1998 and was suspended for two games. This would also be followed by a year suspension by the Asian Football Confederation for spitting at a referee during the Asian Cup Winners' Cup.[11] Due to the suspension, Hao would miss out on much of the 1999 league season, however this wouldn't hinder him at all and his prolific goalscoring would continue to see him win several more league titles, the Chinese FA Cup and the Asian Cup Winners' Cup runners-up medal.[12] His stature within Dalian Shide would be so high that when then manager Milorad Kosanović left the club, Hao was immediately brought in as a caretaker to manage the team during the absence of a full-time manager.

Sheffield UnitedEdit

In January 2005, Hao was nearing the end of his career and received the chance to play abroad as English Championship side Sheffield United were increasingly interested in gaining access to a potentially lucrative footballing market and saw Hao as a symbolic first step in achieving this. Dalian Shide would release him as a gesture of goodwill following his record of good service towards the club and Sheffield United decided to make the transfer symbolic when Hao joined them for a record low transfer fee at the time by signing for £1 in 2005.[13] In January 2005, Hao joined Sheffield United where he suffered from injuries and worked mainly as a coach in Sheffield's academy. His only appearance came as a substitute in the 2005–06 FA Cup on 7 January 2006 in a 2–1 loss against Colchester United.[5][14] With no further opportunities, Hao retired and returned to China.[5]

International careerEdit

Hao enjoyed a stellar international career by playing at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and is the record top goalscorer with 41 goals for the Chinese national team. Hao is considered to be the best striker from China in the past two decades.

Personal lifeEdit

By his ex-wife Chen Yi Hao has a son, Runze Hao (郝润泽), who is also a professional football player,[15] and a daughter named Hao Runhan (郝润涵). Hao married former badminton champion Ye Zhaoying in summer 2019.[5]

Political viewsEdit

On 4 June 2020, on the 31st anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, Hao and Ye Zhaoying publicly denounced the Chinese Communist Party, including for its mishandling of professional sports, Tibet, Hong Kong, and the coronavirus pandemic. "Football in China is a reflection of the country ... it’s not the players that make it worse, it’s the bureaucrats that damage the whole business by ignoring the rules", they said. They advocated the formation of a "New Federal State of China", a proposal supported by Chinese dissident Miles Kwok and American political strategist Steve Bannon.[16][17] In response, the Chinese Communist Party first issued statements harshly criticizing Hao and Ye, and then altered course to expunge all references to them from the Chinese-accessible internet -- the Weibo accounts of Hao and Ye were deleted, and their online profiles on major portals in China – Sina Sports and Tencent Sport – were expunged.[5] Six days later, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Hao and Ye reiterated their criticism of one-party rule in China and restated their willingness to advocate for human rights despite potential political and personal costs: "There are many people who think the same way as we do but they don't dare to speak up inside the country -- and they are becoming less and less willing to speak."[18]

Career statisticsEdit

International goalsEdit

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 8 November 1992 Hiroshima Big Arch, Hiroshima, Japan   United Arab Emirates 1–1 1–1 (4–3 PSO) 1992 AFC Asian Cup
2 22 May 1993 Al Hassan Stadium, Irbid, Jordan   Pakistan 4–0 5–0 1994 FIFA World Cup qualifier
3 12 June 1993 Chengdu Sports Centre, Chengdu, China   Pakistan 2–0 3–0 1994 FIFA World Cup qualifier
4 26 October 1995 Workers Stadium, Beijing, China   Colombia 1–0 2–1 Friendly international
5 30 January 1996 Mong Kok Stadium, Hong Kong   Macau 6–1 7–1 1996 AFC Asian Cup qualifier
6 1 February 1996 Mong Kok Stadium, Hong Kong   Philippines 1–0 7–0 1996 AFC Asian Cup qualifier
7 1 February 1996 Mong Kok Stadium, Hong Kong   Philippines 2–0 7–0 1996 AFC Asian Cup qualifier
8 1 February 1996 Mong Kok Stadium, Hong Kong   Philippines 4–0 7–0 1996 AFC Asian Cup qualifier
9 28 June 1996 Beijing, China   New Zealand 1–0 2–0 Friendly international
10 17 July 1996 Beijing, China   Uruguay 1–1 1–1 Friendly international
11 25 September 1996 Seoul, South Korea   South Korea 1–0 1–3 Friendly international
12 26 November 1996 Guangzhou, China   South Korea 1–1 2–3 Friendly international
13 16 December 1996 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates   Saudi Arabia 1–0 3–4 1996 AFC Asian Cup
14 29 January 1997 Kunming Tuodong Sports Center, Kunming, China   United States 1–0 2–1 Friendly international
15 23 February 1997 Merdeka Stadium, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia   Finland 2–1 2–1 1997 Dunhill Cup
16 2 March 1997 Merdeka Stadium, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia   Bosnia and Herzegovina 3–0 3–0 1997 Dunhill Cup
17 20 April 1997 Workers Stadium, Beijing, China   Myanmar 2–0 5–0 Friendly international
18 11 May 1997 Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe, Tajikistan   Tajikistan 1–0 1–0 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier
19 25 May 1997 Thong Nhat Stadium, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam   Vietnam 3–1 3–1 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier
20 22 June 1997 Workers Stadium, Beijing, China   Vietnam 2–0 4–0 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier
21 26 September 1997 Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar   Qatar 1–1 1–1 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier
22 10 October 1997 Kazma SC Stadium, Kuwait City, Kuwait   Kuwait 1–0 2–1 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier
23 6 November 1997 King Fahd Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia   Saudi Arabia 1–1 1–1 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier
24 27 June 1998 Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand   Thailand 3–0 3–0 Friendly international
25 10 December 1998 Supachalasai Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand   Oman 1–0 6–1 1998 Asian Games
26 14 December 1998 Supachalasai Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand   Turkmenistan 3–0 3–0 1998 Asian Games
27 16 January 2000 Tianhe Stadium, Guangzhou, China   Uruguay 1–0 1–0 2000 Four Nations Tournament
28 23 January 2000 Thong Nhat Stadium, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam   Philippines 4–0 8–0 2000 AFC Asian Cup qualifier
29 26 January 2000 Thong Nhat Stadium, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam   Guam 1–0 19–0 2000 AFC Asian Cup qualifier
30 26 January 2000 Thong Nhat Stadium, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam   Guam 9–0 19–0 2000 AFC Asian Cup qualifier
31 26 January 2000 Thong Nhat Stadium, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam   Guam 10–0 19–0 2000 AFC Asian Cup qualifier
32 26 January 2000 Thong Nhat Stadium, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam   Guam 12–0 19–0 2000 AFC Asian Cup qualifier
33 5 August 2001 Shanghai Stadium, Shanghai, China   Trinidad and Tobago 1–0 3–0 2001 Four Nations Tournament
34 25 August 2001 Shenyang Olympic Sports Center Stadium, Shenyang, China   United Arab Emirates 3–0 3–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier
35 13 October 2001 Shenyang Olympic Sports Center Stadium, Shenyang, China   Qatar 3–0 3–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier
36 3 February 2004 Tianhe Stadium, Guangzhou, China   Finland 2–1 2–1 Friendly international
37 18 February 2004 Tianhe Stadium, Guangzhou, China   Kuwait 1–0 1–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier
38 31 March 2004 Siu Sai Wan Sports Ground, Hong Kong   Hong Kong 1–0 1–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier
39 9 June 2004 TEDA Football Stadium, Tianjin, China   Malaysia 1–0 4–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier
40 21 July 2004 Workers Stadium, Beijing, China   Indonesia 2–0 5–0 2004 AFC Asian Cup
41 30 July 2004 Workers Stadium, Beijing, China   Iraq 1–0 3–0 2004 AFC Asian Cup
Correct as of 7 October 2015[19]

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Bayi FC[20]

Dalian Shide[20]

IndividualEdit

ReferencesEdit

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