Zhao Dayu


Age: 54

Summary: Chinese international football (soccer) player and coach who had played his whole career as a striker for the non-professional football club Guangzhou F.C., where he was nicknamed "Dwarf Tiger" because of his short stature while internationally he was called up to the Chinese national team and took part in the 1984 AFC Asian Cup, but who 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, and who also had a brief stint at senior management with Guangzhou F.C. before concentrating on football youth development by starting up his own football school named Yida in his hometown, then moved into sportswear manufacturing with a company called Ucan while outside football.

Cause of Death: Liver cancer

Born: January 17, 1961

Died: March 18, 2015

Guangzhou, China