Zeng Cheng

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Zeng Cheng
曾诚
Personal information
Date of birth(1987-01-08) January 8, 1987 (age 26)
Place of birthWuhan, Hubei, China
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing positionGoalkeeper
Club information
Current clubGuangzhou Evergrande
Number19
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2005-2008Wuhan Guanggu14(0)
2005Persebaya (loan)34(0)
2009-2012Henan Construction97(0)
2013-Guangzhou Evergrande0(0)
National team
2009-China16(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 January 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 December 2012
 
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Zeng Cheng
曾诚
Personal information
Date of birth(1987-01-08) January 8, 1987 (age 26)
Place of birthWuhan, Hubei, China
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing positionGoalkeeper
Club information
Current clubGuangzhou Evergrande
Number19
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2005-2008Wuhan Guanggu14(0)
2005Persebaya (loan)34(0)
2009-2012Henan Construction97(0)
2013-Guangzhou Evergrande0(0)
National team
2009-China16(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 January 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 December 2012

Zeng Cheng (simplified Chinese: 曾诚; traditional Chinese: 曾誠; pinyin: Zēng Chéng; born January 8, 1987 in Wuhan, Hubei) is a Chinese footballer who currently plays for Guangzhou Evergrande in the Chinese Super League, as a goalkeeper. He is currently taking the posts as the main goalkeeper for the Chinese national football team.

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Club career

Zeng Cheng started his professional football career at top tier club Wuhan Guanggu, however he was soon loaned out to Indonesian football team Persebaya Surabaya for more playing time at the beginning of the 2005 season. On his return to Wuhan, he would be allowed to make his league debut at the end of the league season on 5 November 2005 in a 1-1 draw against Shanghai Shenhua.[1] For several seasons, Zeng Cheng would play understudy to Deng Xiaofei until Wuhan quit the league and were subsequently relegated in the 2008 season after the club's management did not accept the punishment given to them by the Chinese Football Association after a scuffle broke out during a league game against Beijing Guoan on 27 September 2008.[2]

At the beginning of the 2009 season, Zeng Cheng transferred to another Chinese Super league team Henan Construction, where he was immediately chosen as first choice goalkeeper ahead of existing goalkeeper Zhou Yajun.[3] The move turned out to be a big success and the club would finish in it highest ever position of third within the league and qualify for the AFC Champions League for the first time in the club's history.[4]

On 1 January 2013, along with Zhao Peng and Yi Teng, Zeng successfully transferred to two-time, back-to-back Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande with a free fee.[5]

International career

Due to his impressive performances at the beginning of the 2009 season, he was called into Gao Hongbo's first squad for the Chinese national football team. Zeng Cheng made his debut against Iran in a friendly international, which China won 1-0 on 1 June 2009.[6] After that game, he would become the national team's second choice goalkeeper behind Yang Zhi and be included in the squad that won the 2010 East Asian Football Championship before being included in the 2011 Asian Cup squad.

Honours

International

China PR national football team

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