Qiu Li

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Qiu Li
Personal information
Date of birth (1981-06-06) 6 June 1981 (age 37)
Place of birth Shenyang, Liaoning, China
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder / Striker
Club information
Current team
Balestier Khalsa
Youth career
1996–1999 Changchun Yatai
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000 Changchun Yatai 2 (0)
2001–2004 Liaoning Zhongyu 2 (0)
2005Sinchi FC (loan) 22 (2)
2006 Young Lions 25 (19)
2007 Home United 28 (8)
2008–2010 Tampines Rovers 75 (33)
2011–2012 Home United 41 (23)
2013 Balestier Khalsa 19 (8)
2014 Home United 20 (6)
Total 234 (99)
National team
2008–2013 Singapore 24 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of Aug 14, 2017
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of Aug 14, 2017

Qiu Li (Chinese: 邱礼, born June 6, 1981 in Shenyang, Liaoning, China) is a naturalised Chinese-Singaporean former professional association football player.

Football career[edit]


Qiu started his senior career in Changchun Yatai and transferred to Liaoning Zhongyu in 2001. He was released by the club in 2005 as he was surplus to requirements.

Qiu was brought to Singapore to play for the now defunct S. League club, Sinchi FC. After the club decided to pull out of the S-league for the 2006 season, he stayed in Singapore and agreed on a contract with the Young Lions where he excelled with 19 goals from 25 matches played.[1] He joined Home United FC in 2007 but failed to find his form and joined Tampines Rovers FC in 2008. Impressive displays in his debuting two seasons earned him Singapore citizenship. In 2011, he joined Home United again and in 2013 he joined Balestier Khalsa after being released by Home United.

He returned to Home United for the third time in 2014.[2] However at the end of the season, he were released by the team again, and retired from playing professionally soon after.[3]

National team[edit]

Qiu made his debut for the Singapore national football team on 28 May 2008, in a friendly against Bahrain.

However, on 24 November 2008, FIFA banned Qiu from playing for Singapore because he did not meet the new criteria stating that a new citizen needs to reside in his new country for five years. Qiu Li had only lived in Singapore for 3 years. Thus he would be only eligible for international football come 2010.[4] Singapore lost two games by forfeit (3-0) during World cup 2010 qualifiers because Qiu was lined up.[5]

On 23 July 2011, Qiu Li scored his first goal for Singapore in the first leg of the World Cup Qualifier against Malaysia played at a sold out crowd at Jalan Besar Stadium. Singapore won 5–3.

He was, as of 2017, the last foreign-born footballer who received citizenship as part of Singapore's Foreign Sports Talent Scheme.[6]





Home United

Balestier Khalsa


3. http://news.asiaone.com/news/sports/qiu-li-still-looking-make-mark

4. http://news.asiaone.com/news/sports/home-uniteds-lee-kwan-woo-shoo-s-league-player-year-award

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