Xiao Zhi (Chinese: 肖智; pinyin: Xiāo Zhì; born on May 28, 1985) is a professional Chinese football player who currently plays as Striker or Right Midfielder for Guangzhou R&F in the Chinese Super League.
|Full name||Xiao Zhi|
|Date of birth||May 28, 1985|
|Place of birth||Luoyang, Henan, China|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 1 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Striker, Right Midfielder|
|2002–2003||Shanghai COSCO Huili|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of November 11, 2018|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of January 24, 2019
Xiao Zhi started his football career with second tier football club Nanjing Yoyo, where he would establish himself as a regular within the team before he was sold to his local football club Henan Jianye for 1.3 million Yuan. With his new club he would play within the top tier and make his debut for them on March 11, 2007 when he made his first league appearance against Beijing Guoan in a 0-0 draw. Due to his versatility to play as a winger or striker he would find significant playing time and score his first goal against Changchun Yatai on November 4, 2007 in a 3-2 victory. By the end of season he would make 23 league appearances and though these often came as a substitute he would still play a large part in Henan's establishment in the Chinese Super League.
On January 27, 2016, Xiao transferred to fellow Chinese Super League side Guangzhou R&F. He played 25 times in the league that season, scoring six goals. Xiao signed a contract extension with R&F on January 25, 2017.
Statistics accurate as of match played November 11, 2018.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|China PR||League||FA Cup||CSL Cup||Asia||Total|
|2003||Nanjing Yoyo||Chinese Jia-B League||9||0||-||-||9||0|
|2004||China League One||19||4||0||0||-||-||19||4|
|2007||Henan Jianye||Chinese Super League||24||1||-||-||-||24||1|
|2013||China League One||29||6||2||0||-||-||31||6|
|2014||Chinese Super League||21||2||3||5||-||-||24||7|
- Scores and results list China's goal tally first.
|1.||7 June 2017||Tianhe Stadium, Guangzhou, China||Philippines||2–0||8–1||Friendly|
|2.||5 September 2017||Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar||Qatar||1–1||2–1||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|3.||20 January 2019||Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates||Thailand||1–1||2–1||2019 AFC Asian Cup|
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