Date of birth
(1981-06-06) 6 June 1981 (age 34)
Association football player
Singapore national football team (Forward), Balestier Khalsa FC (#10 / Forward)
Qiu Li - Player Highlight Reel
Qiu Li (Chinese: 邱礼, born June 6, 1981 in Shenyang, Liaoning, China) is a naturalised Chinese-Singaporean professional association football player. He currently plays as a midfielder/striker for the Balestier Khalsa in the S. League.
- Qiu Li Player Highlight Reel
- AFC Cup Preview Tampines Rovers v Pune Qiu Li Hulk Man Utd
- Football career
AFC Cup Preview -- Tampines Rovers v Pune, Qiu Li, Hulk & Man Utd
Qiu started his senior career in Changchun Yatai and transferred to Liaoning Zhongyu in 2001. He was released by the club in 2005 as he was surplus to requirements.
Qiu was brought to Singapore to play for the now defunct S. League club, Sinchi FC. After the club decided to pull out of the S-league for the 2006 season, he stayed in Singapore and agreed on a contract with the Young Lions where he excelled with 19 goals from 25 matches played. He joined Home United FC in 2007 but failed to find his form and joined Tampines Rovers FC in 2008. Impressive displays in his debuting two seasons earned him Singapore citizenship. In 2011, he joined Home United again and in 2013 he joined Balestier Khalsa after being released by Home United.
Qiu made his debut for the national team on 28 May 2008, in a friendly against Bahrain.
However, on the 24th of November 2008, FIFA banned Qiu from playing for Singapore because he did not meet the new criteria stating that a new citizen needs to reside in his new country for five years. Qiu Li had only lived in Singapore for 3 years. Thus he would be only eligible for international football come 2010. Singapore lost two games by forfeit (3-0) during World cup 2010 qualiyers because Qiu was lined up.