Do you know Man Utd FW Dongfang Zhou…’visiting Old Trafford’ for the first time in 15 years → never played an EPL home game before
Dong Fangzhou, the striker who signaled the rise of Chinese soccer when he joined Manchester United but was dismissed in disastrous fashion, has made a high-profile visit to his hometown club.
The Red Devils announced Dong Fangzhou’s arrival at Old Trafford on Wednesday on their official social media accounts.
“Good to see you again, Dong,” the Red Devils greeted him, before displaying the Chinese red flag. Dong Fangzhou walked down to the pitch and greeted United officials before meeting and hugging and shaking hands with former United defender Wesley Brown, who was preparing to provide commentary for the day’s broadcast.
Brown took one look at Dong and recognized him.
He’s put on quite a bit of weight, and his chin and body don’t give him away as a former soccer player.
Born in 1985, the same age as Cristiano Ronaldo and Park Joo-Young, Dong Fang Zhou played for top Chinese club Dalian before moving to United in 2004. However, he was not a work-perfect player and was immediately loaned to Royal Antwerp in Belgium for two years.
He scored 34 goals in 71 games for Royal Antwerp, showing great promise, but after returning to United in 2006, he fell out of favor. He made his Premier League debut on May 4, 2007, against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in London, England, and it remains Dongfang Zhou’s only Premier League appearance.
It was the first game after United clinched the title. The Chelsea players performed a pre-match “guard of honor” to congratulate the United players on the title, and Dongfang Zhou, who played no part in United’s victory, was applauded.
In other words, Dongfang Zhou hadn’t played a single Premier League game at Old Trafford before his 12-day visit. He did play at Old Trafford, coming on as a substitute for Alan Smith in a charity match between United and a team called the European 11 during the A-Match in March 2007. 토토사이트
He then made his official Old Trafford debut in the League Cup in September 2007 and his UEFA Champions League debut against AS Roma (Italy) in December of the same year.
However, injuries and poor performances led to his release from the club in 2008, and he bounced around between his hometown club Dalian, Polish side Legia Warsaw, and Portuguese side Portimonense before retiring in 2014 with Hebei Zhongji, the same club where former Jeonbuk striker Edu played.