Chen Po-Liang – The Best of his Generation

Chen Po-Liang is one of only a handful of professional Taiwanese football players. He is the captain of the national team and is widely regarded as the best player of his generation. He is currently playing in the Chinese second division for Hangzhou Greentown.

Before playing for Hangzhou, he started his career at one of Taiwan’s only two professional clubs – Taipower – however in his first spell at the club he didn’t make a single appearance before moving to Hong Kong Pegasus. Seven appearances and three goals later he returned to Taipower. Back in Kaohsiung with Taipower he only managed to play eight games for the club but managed to score ten goals.

These performances led to an arousal of interest from clubs based in China with Shenzhen Ruby signing Chen on the goalscoring midfielder. He only managed to stay at the club for a year, before transferring again to Shanghai Greenland Shenhua. Staying only a short time at Shenhua which was becoming something of a habit in Chen’s early career. Only thirteen games were played for Shenhua before his transfer to Hangzhou Greentown where he eventually seems settled for the first time since becoming a professional player.

Chen Po-Liang is in a small number of footballers who could be considered something of a star in Taiwan. He is often surpassed by Chen Hao-Wei due to Chen Hao-Wei’s dribbling ability that gets supporters excited which is greatly needed for football growth on the island but Chen Po-Liang is by far more integral for Taiwan’s footballing future if they are to continue to improve under the guidance of Gary White.

Chen Po-Liang evidently takes great pride in representing and captaining his country even though they reside in the lower echelons of the World Rankings and it would be very easy for him to pull a Giggs. As Gary White pushes them all to improve and drives the country forward, he will no doubt be counting heavily on Chen Po-Liangs leadership.

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