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Ma Lin (footballer)

Ma Lin
Personal information
Full name Ma Lin
Date of birth (1962-07-28) July 28, 1962 (age 57)
Place of birth Qiqihar, Heilongjiang, China
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position(s) Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1994 Liaoning FC
1992NKK (Loan)
1995 Dalian Wanda FC 16 (6)
National team
1984–1990 China 45 (21)
Teams managed
1996 Dalian Yiteng F.C. Assistant
2000–2003 Liaoning FC Assistant
2003–2004 Liaoning FC
2005 Chongqing Lifan
2006 Jiangsu Sainty
2008–2013 Liaoning FC
2014 Dalian Aerbin (caretaker)
2015–2017 Liaoning FC
2017–2018 Dalian Yifang
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of June 2, 2010

Ma Lin (Chinese: 马林; Chinese: 馬林; pinyin: Mǎ Lín; born on July 28, 1962 in Qiqihar, Heilongjiang) is a Chinese football manager and a former international football player.

As a player, he was a striker who represented Liaoning FC where he won six league titles and three Chinese FA Cups as well as the 1989-90 Asian Club Championship.[1] As a manager he gained his first Head coach appointment at his former club Liaoning FC. He has since gone on to manage Chongqing Lifan, Jiangsu Sainty and returned to Liaoning FC on two further occasions.

Playing career

Ma Lin began his football career playing Liaoning FC where he would show excellent ball control, skill and shooting ability as well a threatening heading ability for his height at an early age, which would soon see him win his first league title in the 1985 league season.[2] He wouldn't have to wait long before he was called up to the national team where he was included in the 1986 Asian Games and would establish himself as China's first choice striker throughout the tournament. His international career would see him play in the 1988 AFC Asian Cup, 1988 Summer Olympics and narrowly miss out on qualification for the 1990 FIFA World Cup.[3] In the domestic league Ma Lin with Liaoning FC would dominate the Chinese game where they won several league, cup as well as 1989-90 Asian Club Championship.[4] After winning everything with Liaoning Ma Lin would try his hand in a foreign league and play in the Japan Soccer League with NKK S.C. on loan, however when the loan period was finished he returned to Liaoning until the 1995 league season when he joined Dalian Wanda FC for one season before retiring as a player.

Management career

After he retired Ma Lin would take up coaching where he started off with Dalian Yiteng F.C. as an assistant before joining Liaoning once more as one of their assistants. After the team's head coach Dimitar Penev left during the 2003 league season Ma Lin would go on to be promoted as the team's manager where he would lead them to a mid-table sixth-place finish.[5] He would then be given a full season to manage the squad and go on to lead the team to an improved fourth-place finish, however despite this improvement Ma Lin was allowed to leave and was replaced by the experienced coach Wang Hongli. He would take over the management position at Chongqing Lifan at the beginning of the 2005 league season where he was unable to improve the team's fortunes as a lowly club within the top tier and left after one season. He would then take the management position at second tier side Jiangsu Sainty F.C. where he unable to aid them in their promotion push and resigned during the league season. After a short period outside management Ma Lin returned to Liaoning after Werner Lorant was sacked and was brought in to help the team in their relegation battle during the 2008 league season. Unable to achieve this the club stuck with Ma Lin and he immediately repaid their loyalty by winning the division title and re-promotion back to the top tier after only one season.

On 26 November 2017 Ma Lin was appointed the new manager at Dalian Yifang. [6] On 20 March 2018, he was sacked as manager of Dalian Yifang and replaced by Bernd Schuster. [7]



Liaoning FC


Liaoning FC


  1. ^ "China's first kings of Asia: Liaoning, 1990 - Wild East Football". Retrieved 2018-06-09.
  2. ^ "China League History". 22 Oct 2009. Archived from the original on 2014-06-07. Retrieved 2010-08-03.
  3. ^ "The black three minutes which denied China a place at Italia'90 - Wild East Football". Retrieved 2018-06-09.
  4. ^ "Asian Club Competitions 1989/90". 12 Nov 2003. Retrieved 2010-08-03.
  5. ^ "China 2003". 18 Apr 2004. Archived from the original on 2011-05-24. Retrieved 2010-08-03.
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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jia Xiuquan
China national football team captain
Succeeded by
Mai Chao
Preceded by
Mai Chao
China national football team captain
Succeeded by
Zhu Bo