Zhao Dayu
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Zhao Dayu
Zhao Dayu
Personal information
Full name Zhao Dayu
Date of birth (1961-01-17)17 January 1961
Place of birth Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
Date of death 18 March 2015(2015-03-18) (aged 54)
Place of death Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
Height 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
Position(s) Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978-1986 Guangzhou
1988-1990 Mitsubishi Motors F.C.
National team
1982-1986 China 29 (19)
Teams managed
1988 Mitsubishi Motors F.C. Youth
1999 Guangzhou Apollo
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Zhao Dayu (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: Zhào Dáyù; 17 January 1961 - 18 March 2015), also known as Tatsuyu Matsuki ( , Matsuki Tatsuyu),[1] was a Chinese coach, businessman and a former international football striker. He was a naturalized citizen of Japan.

As a footballer he played his whole career for Guangzhou F.C., where he was Nicknamed "Dwarf Tiger" because of his short sature, while internationally he was called up to the Chinese national team, where he took part in the 1984 Asian Cup. He had to retire early in 1986 due to injury and moved to Japan to become the coach of Mitsubishi Motors F.C. youth team in 1988.[2] Zhao had a brief stint at senior management with Guangzhou F.C. before concentrating on football youth development by starting up his own school named Yida football school in his hometown while outside football he moved into sportswear manufacturing with a company called Ucan.

Playing career

Zhao Dayu studied within the specialist sport schools within Guangzhou before being picked up by Guangzhou F.C., where he showed himself to be a technically gifted player before going on to break into the senior team and soon help guide the club to win promotion to the top tier when the club won the 1981 division title.[3] Zhao's performances for his club soon saw him called up to the Chinese national team, and he soon gained national attention when he scored the winning goal against Argentina in the 1984 Nehru Cup.[4] While the Nehru Cup was a friendly competition Zhao showed what he was capable of when he played in 1984 Asian Cup and helped guide China to a runner-up position within the tournament.[5] It turned out to be the highlight of his career, and in 1986 he had to retire after he was unable to overcome a persistent tibia and fibula fracture in his left leg.

In 1988, Zhao moved to Japan to become the coach of Mitsubishi Motors F.C. youth team and spent several years with his wife and family living in Japan.[6] He switched nationality from China to Japan and changed his name as Tatsuyu Matsuki (?) before returning to China in 1998.[1] He then had a brief stint with senior management when he returned to Guangzhou F.C. in 1999 as their head coach; however, it has been in youth development where Zhao has concentrated on when he formed a football school named Yida football school in his hometown of Guangzhou. He is also the owner of a sportswear company named Ucan which had secured a kit sponsorship deal with China League One club Guangdong Sunray Cave.

On 18 March 2015, Zhao died of liver cancer at Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center in Guangzhou, aged 54.[7][8]

Career statistics

International statistics

Competition Year Apps Goal
Great Wall Cup 1982-1984 5 1
Friendly 1984-1986 9 4
Asian Cup Qualifier 1984 4 6
Asian Cup 1984 6 2
World Cup Qualifier 1985 5 6
Total 29 19


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  2. ^ ":4000". sports.163.com. 2011-07-02. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "China 1981". rsssf.com. 22 Oct 2009. Archived from the original on October 22, 2012. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "China PR 1-0 Argentina". teamchina.freehostia.com. 1984-01-20. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "Asian Nations Cup 1984". rsssf.com. 21 Dec 2009. Archived from the original on October 14, 2012. Retrieved .
  6. ^ ":". cnsoccer.titan24.com. 2011-03-11. Retrieved .
  7. ^ " ". Netease. 2015-03-18. Retrieved .
  8. ^ Yi Zhao Dayu former Gold partner: He proved that all can play

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