Tuesday, February 20, 2007

the first Chinese player to appear at the Champions league

Chinese player Sun Xiang earned his place in the Champions League history books on Tuesday.

Left back Sun Xiang made his debut in the duel between Eindhoven PSV and Arsenal on Tuesday night in Eindhoven, making him the first Chinese soccer player playing at European Champions League.

Five minutes after Sun Xiang's teammate Edison Mendez scored the goal for the host team, PSV head coach Ronald Koeman sent Sun Xiang to the field, helping create the history for the Chinese.

"This is the first Chinese player to appear at the Champions league, it is good for China," Koeman told Xinhua after the match.

Koeman said he made this decision from the "technical way", and Sun Xiang got this chance because of his "quality".

"Last Saturday, he started in the team. He had a good position, he did very well during the past half an hour," he added.

Sun Xiang, for himself, said he was "very happy with" and "proud of" becoming the first Chinese player playing at the European Champions League.

"I'm well prepared. I did not feel pressure when the head coach sent me to the field," the 25-year-old told Xinhua.

"The head coach told me that my task is to defend the winger, and I lived up to this task," he added.

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