Wang Tao (footballer, born 1970)
Wang Tao (Simplified Chinese: 王涛) (born 22 April 1970) is a former Chinese international football player who played as a striker. After his retirement he helped establish the newly formed Beijing Baxy football team and would become their chairman until he left in 2011.
|Full name||Wang Tao|
|Date of birth||22 April 1970|
|Place of birth||Dalian, China|
|Height||1.94 m (6 ft 4 1⁄2 in)|
|1989–1993||Dalian Football Team||?||(?)|
|1994–1999||Dalian Wanda FC||126||(57)|
|2000–2001||→ Beijing Guoan (loan)||40||(23)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:00, 14 march 2010 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:00, 14 march 2010 (UTC)
Wang Tao was a highly prolific striker who rose to prominence with Dalian Wanda FC during the period when the Chinese league moved towards full professionalism. Benefiting from professional league system Wang Tao became a highly prolific striker and aided the team to win the 1994 league title, while personally coming second in the top goal scorers chart. This led to several further titles and Dalian becoming the dominant team within the league, however while he saw his team mates quickly establish themselves within the national team Wang Tao would have to wait until a friendly against USA on January 29, 1997 in a 2-1 victory before he was given his chance to make an impact at the international stage. Wang Tao would, however only make one further international appearance despite his consistent goalscoring form until the 2000 league season saw his team mate Wang Peng take him over at Dalian and Chinese football team. Wang Tao would then join Beijing Guoan where he ended his football career.
- Chinese Jia-A League: 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998
- Chinese Super Cup: 1997
- Player profile at sodasoccer.com
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