Sun Jihai

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Sun Jihai (Chinese: 孙继海; pinyin: Sūn Jìhǎi; Mandarin pronunciation: [swə́n tɕî xàɪ]; born 30 September 1977) is a Chinese former professional footballer who played in the English Premier League. Sun is one of the most well-known footballers in East Asia, as he is the first East Asian footballer to score in the Premier League when he scored a goal for Manchester City in October 2002, and also the first Chinese footballer to score in the UEFA Cup. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sun Jihai has received more than 489,035 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). Sun Jihai is the 4,958th most popular soccer player (down from 4,926th in 2019), the 998th most popular biography from China (down from 935th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Chinese Soccer Player.

Memorability Metrics

  • 490k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 43.68

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 31

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 4.63

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.94

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


Among soccer players, Sun Jihai ranks 4,958 out of 21,273Before him are Nico Claesen, Arthur Numan, Gheorghe Ciolac, Augusto Magli, Chiaki Yamada, and Virgilio Levratto. After him are Guy Lacombe, Ricardinho, Marco Borriello, Gianfranco Bedin, Aleksandar Ivoš, and Mami Kaneda.

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Among people born in 1977, Sun Jihai ranks 192Before him are Gerard Way, Daniel Sanabria, Emilíana Torrini, Robert Moreno, Devin Ratray, and Fabrício Werdum. After him are Axwell, Diego Placente, Rebecca Mader, Heo Sung-tae, Max Mirnyi, and A.J. Styles.

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In China

Among people born in China, Sun Jihai ranks 998 out of 1,610Before him are Xie Jun (1970), Hu Jun (1968), Liao Yiwu (1958), Wang Hao (1983), Yuja Wang (1987), and Zhang Shichuan (1890). After him are Yang Yang (1991), Chen Kun (1976), Fei Junlong (1965), Su Tong (1963), Jin Xing (1967), and Luo Yunxi (1988).


Among soccer players born in China, Sun Jihai ranks 4Before him are Jia Xiuquan (1963), Hao Haidong (1970), and Zheng Zhi (1980). After him are Fan Zhiyi (1969), Sun Wen (1973), Li Weifeng (1978), Li Tie (1977), Dong Fangzhuo (1985), Wu Lei (1991), Ma Mingyu (1970), and Jiang Jin (1968).