Wang Houjun

Wang Houjun
Personal information
Full name Wang Houjun
Date of birth (1943-09-16)16 September 1943
Place of birth Ningbo, Zhejiang, Republic of China
Date of death 21 November 2012(2012-11-21) (aged 69)
Place of death Shanghai, People's Republic of China
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position(s) Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1961–1975 Shanghai Football Team ? (?)
National team
1965–1971 China 2 (1)
Teams managed
1975–1983 Shanghai Football Team (assistant)
1983–1993 Shanghai Football Team
1995–1996 Shanghai Pudong
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of November 21, 2012

Wang Houjun (simplified Chinese: 王后军; traditional Chinese: 王後軍; pinyin: Wáng Hòujūn; September 16, 1943 – November 21, 2012) was a Chinese international football player and coach.

Playing career

Wang was born in Ningbo, Republic of China on 16 September 1943. Thanks to his football fan father's influence, he began his football career when age 10. He named in the squad for the Shanghai Football Team in 1961, and enters the China national football team in 1965. In the early 70s, He was appointed captain of national team.

Management career

Wang Houjun retired in 1975 and worked as Fang Renqiu's assistant coach of Shanghai Football Team. He has been named as head coach of Shanghai Football team in 1983, succeeding Fang Renqiu whose retired from football after winning 5th National Games of the People's Republic of China.

Throughout the 1990s, the Chinese Football Association were demanding more professionalism from their football teams, Shanghai gathered sponsorship from a local company and founding Shanghai Shenhua F.C. in December 1993, Wang Houjun was replaced by Xu Genbao.

In 1995, the newly established Shanghai Pudong F.C. have announced the appointment of Wang Houjun to their first head coach. He led them to become China League Two champions that year, and promotion into the Jia B. However, he resigned for health reasons in the middle of 1996 season. In 1997, he was invited by Guangzhou Songri's new head coach Xu Genbao named as their team leader, but resigned soon.[1]

For the development of youth football, Wang Houjun started a private football school in Shanghai from 1998.[2]


He died of uremia in Shanghai, China, on November 21, 2012, at the age of 69.[3]



Shanghai Football Team


Shanghai Football Team

Shanghai Pudong


  1. ^ 王后军忆昔日带队经历 他才是职业化改革带头人 (in Chinese)
  2. ^ 揭王后军足球学校兴衰 折射青少年足球发展困局 (in Chinese)
  3. ^ 上海队前主帅王后军去世 曾任国足队长被称小诸葛 (in Chinese). Sina. 2012-11-21. Retrieved 21 November 2012.

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