Welcome to Qingdao Huanghai Yaki Yen

Spanish born Taiwanese defender Yaki Yen posted on his Instagram this week that he has left Changchun Yatai to join Chinese League One side Qingdao Huanghai.

Yen was born in the city of Puerto del Rosario, Spain to a Taiwanese father and a Spanish mother and has represented Taiwan seven times, scoring one goal. He is one of the very few Taiwanese internationals playing professional football abroad, for Taiwan to develop and improve more in Asia they need to get more players playing abroad like him. 

He made his Taiwanese debut in Tehran against Iraq on 9th September 2015, with his one goal coming against Thailand via a stunning header. Both these games were in Taiwan’s World Cup qualifying where they finished bottom of the group, but it is a position all Taiwanese players are striving to improve on under the guidance of English manager Gary White. Yaki will be hoping to remain a part of that this year by putting in good performances for Qingdao.

Yaki made 23 appearances for Changchun Yatai before leaving the club at the end of the season which should prove to be a valuable experience for joining his new club Qingdao Huanghai.

Like all the other Taiwanese players playing in China he finds himself in League one, he will be hoping that he can perform as well as Taiwanese star players Chen Po-Liang and Chen Hao-Wei who have done exceptionally well at their current clubs.

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