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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 footballer who played in the English Premier League. He is one of the most well-known footballers in China. He was 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 412,951 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Sun Jihai is the 4,950th most popular soccer player (up from 5,453rd in 2019), the 938th most popular biography from China (down from 862nd in 2019) and the 5th most popular Chinese Soccer Player.

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  • 410k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 39.98

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 28

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 4.26

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.86

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among soccer players, Sun Jihai ranks 4,950 out of 16,880Before him are Imanol Alguacil, Denis Suárez, Silvestre Varela, Héctor Zelada, Donny van de Beek, and Josué Anunciado de Oliveira. After him are Sergio Ahumada, Cristian Ansaldi, Amir Karić, Hans Mild, Jonás Gutiérrez, and Anthony Lopes.

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Among people born in 1977, Sun Jihai ranks 250Before him are Danielle Harris, Devon, Cyril Abiteboul, Kadri Simson, Tomm Moore, and Malik Bendjelloul. After him are Lauren Weisberger, Aleksandar Živković, Alen Avdić, Juan Pablo Raba, Radu Jude, and Annie Wersching.

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In China

Among people born in China, Sun Jihai ranks 938 out of 1,392Before him are Chen Guangcheng (1971), Su Bingtian (1989), Victoria Song (1987), Yang Yang (1991), Han Geng (1984), and Diao Yinan (1969). After him are Jing Tian (1988), Zhang Zilin (1984), Zhang Jike (1988), Mao Chi-kuo (1948), Xu Jinglei (1974), and Yang Xinhai (1968).


Among soccer players born in China, Sun Jihai ranks 5Before him are Li Tie (1977), Jia Xiuquan (1963), Hao Haidong (1970), and Zheng Zhi (1980). After him are Fan Zhiyi (1969), Sun Wen (1973), Wu Lei (1991), Dong Fangzhuo (1985), Li Weifeng (1978), Gao Hongbo (1966), and Jiang Jin (1968).