|Full name||Li Xinyu|
|Date of birth||6 July 1977|
|Place of birth||Shenyang, Liaoning, China|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|1999||→ AS Nancy (loan)||6||(0)|
|2011||China Women (assistant)|
|2012–2013||Shenyang Shenbei (assistant)|
|2016||Shijiazhuang Ever Bright (caretaker)|
|2017||Jiangsu Suning (caretaker)|
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 20 October 2013|
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 20 October 2013
As a player he represented Liaoning Whowin and Shandong Luneng in the Chinese Super League and spent one season on loan at French club AS Nancy. He is also currently the top goalscorer in Chinese professional league history and won the Golden Boot Award three times in the process.
One of the premier strikers in China, Li Jinyu earned his reputation early when he was the stars of the Chinese youth team that studied in Brazil for a training programme sponsored by Shenzhen Jianlibao. This then saw him called up to the Chinese under-20 national team and gave him a chance to play in the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship which attracted the interests of French side AS Nancy who acquired him on loan for one season. Li's time at AS Nancy was not successful and he would return to China to sign with Liaoning Whowin, immediately showing his potential that was missing at AS Nancy when he became an integral member of the team that narrowly lost out on the league title in 1999. While he would personally win his first Golden Boot award in 2002, he did not win any trophies with his club Liaoning during his time with them.
At the beginning of the 2004 league season, Shandong Luneng were willing to pay 4,900,000 yuan to make him the most expensive signing in Chinese football transfer history at the time. He would immediately become an integral member of the team and would repay them by helping them win the Chinese FA Cup and Chinese Super League Cup at the end of the season. The 2006 league season would see him reach his peak when he won the league title, the Chinese FA Cup, and the Golden Boot award with the team. The 2007 league season would see him officially become the most prolific player within the league when he broke Hao Haidong's goal record, however he could not aid Shandong to another league title. Despite his tradition in scoring, his prolific goalscoring dropped during the 2008 league season when he only scored six goals, nevertheless he was still able to win another league title. By the 2010 league season, Li would become a fringe player within the team, however he would still go on to win the league title once more and decided to retire at the end of the season.
After playing in the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship for the Chinese under-20 national team, Li would immediately move to the senior team and would make his debut in a friendly against the United States in a 1-1 draw on 1 February 1997. This then saw him become a regular with the Chinese national team and saw him play in several unsuccessful World Cup qualifiers. His biggest achievement came in the 2004 AFC Asian Cup where he was an integral member of the team that was runners-up in the tournament. When China qualified for the 2007 AFC Asian Cup, then manager Zhu Guanghu dropped him from the squad to take part in the tournament because he believed that his performances were not convincing enough to be included in the squad.
Li started his managerial career by becoming the assistant coach of the Chinese women's national team and Shenyang Shenbei. On 13 May 2013, he was appointed as the new manager of China League One side Shenyang Shenbei, replacing Liu Zhicai who was sacked from the club on the same day after a string of poor results.
|Liaoning FC||1998||Chinese Jia-A League||0||0|
|AS Nancy||1998–99||French Division 1||6||0|
|Shandong Luneng||2004||Chinese Jia-A League||21||13|
- As of 3 June 2017.
|Shenyang Zhongze||13 May 2013||12 May 2014||32||12||11||9||37.50|
|Shijiazhuang Ever Bright (caretaker)||15 July 2016||30 October 2016||13||4||4||5||30.77|
|Jiangsu Suning (caretaker)||1 June 2017||11 June 2017||1||0||0||1||0.00|
- LI Jinyu at fifa.com Retrieved 2012-08-28
- China 1999 at rsssf.com 2 Jul 2001 Retrieved 2012-08-28
- China's Asian Cup reject Li makes a point with 100th goal at chinadaily.com.cn 2007-06-21 Retrieved 2012-08-28
- China 2008 Archived 2010-07-21 at the Wayback Machine at rsssf.com 3 Apr 2009 Retrieved 2012-08-28
- China PR 1-1 USA at teamchina.freehostia.com 1997-02-01 Retrieved 2012-08-28
- Soccer-China leave top scorer Li out of Asian Cup squad at uk.reuters.com Jun 15, 2007 Retrieved 2012-08-28
- 沈北官方宣布李金羽担任主教练 刘志才自动离职 Archived 2013-10-20 at the Wayback Machine at titan24.com 2013-05-14 Retrieved 2013-05-27
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