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14/08/2015 On this day in 1998: Chinese takeaway

Sifting through the annals of Crystal Palace FC, we recall the signings of Fan Zhiyi and Sun Jihai.

15/10/2001 Fan Zhiyi off to Dundee

Chinese international Fan Zhiyi has signed for Scottish Premier League side Dundee FC for 300,000.

10/10/2001 Premiership clubs interested in Fan

Blackburn, Everton and Fulham have all expressed an interest in transfer-listed Fan Zhiyi.

08/10/2001 Fan's tears of joy

Fan Zhiyi got all emotional with the news that China have qualified for the World Cup finals for the first time in their history.

01/10/2001 Palace linked with Sunderland defender

The Eagles are linked with a move for Black Cats defender Darren Williams as a possible replacement for Fan Zhiyi who is said to be signed by Dundee in the next few days.

28/09/2001 Fan for sale

Chinese international defender Fan Zhiyi has been put on the transfer list by manager Steve Bruce.

21/09/2001 Jordan confirms Scottish interest in Fan

Chairman Simon Jordan confirmed rumours reporting that SPL side Dundee United have made an enquiry about Fan Zhiyi.

21/08/2001 Popovic to make his debut against Orient

Palace new signing Tony Popovic is set to make his debut tonight, replacing Chinese international Fan Zhiyi - who is now away on international duty for his country.

10/07/2001 Jordan wants Zhiyi to snub China

Eagles defender Fan Zhiyi has been warned by chairman Simon Jordan to stay at Selhurst Park instead of playing for his country.

20/04/2001 Early return?

Chinese defender Fan Zhiyi could earn an early return from his international call up if his country does well in their World Cup qualifier against the Maldives.

18/04/2001 Fan to miss games

Crystal Palace will be without inspirational Chinese defender Fan Zhiyi remaining four Division One matches. Zhiyi has been called up to China's World Cup squad to play a set of World Cup qualifiers.

13/04/2001 Loan spell over

Matthew Upson will return to Arsenal now that Palace have failed to to keep the defender on loan at Selhurst Park for the rest of the season. Alan Smith wil now try to secure influential defender Fan Zhiyi's services for the crucial last few games of the season.

04/04/2001 Fan to miss games

Defender Fan Zhiyi is set to miss the final four games of the season after being called up by his country. Zhiyi is part of a 24-man squad picked by China coach Bora Milutinovic who will participate in a pre-World Cup training camp in Beijing.

30/03/2001 Defenders back

Defenders Fan Zhiyi and Craig Harrison are very likely to return to the Crystal Palace side when Crewe Alexandra visit Selhurst Park on Saturday. Both players have been out for quite a while with injuries and/or suspension.

02/03/2001 Fan back in action

Alan Smith will be happy to welcome back Fan Zhiyi to his squad for the game against Preston North End at Selhurst Park on Saturday. The Chinese central defender missed the past 8 matches because of a hamstring injury.

23/02/2001 Fan still out

Eagles defender Fan Zhiyi is still out with a hamstring injury and won't be available for the away game against Sheffield United on Saturday. Zhiyi picked up the injury against Sunderland earlier in the year.

21/02/2001 Fan to Middlesboro?

Rumours are going around that Middlesbrough are ready to meet Palace's asking price for defender Fan Zhiyi. Boro boss Terry Venables was at Palace when the Chinese international joined the Selhurst Park club in 1998.

12/02/2001 Zhiyi back soon?

Crystal Palace are hoping that Chinese international Fan Zhiyi will return from injury to face Sheffield United on Saturday week. Zhiyi picked up a hamstring injury in the FA Cup replay against Sunderland almost one month ago.

01/02/2001 Fan signs new deal

The official Crystal Palace web site reports that Chinese international Fan Zhiyi has signed a new contract with the club. The defender signed a deal that keeps him at Selhurst Park until the end of the 2002/2003 season.

26/01/2001 Fan rejects offer

Crystal Palace star Fan Zhiyi has rejected an offer to sign a new deal at the club saying he wants to play in the Premiership. The Chinese internatinal was offered a three-year contract earning around 12,000 a week.

19/01/2001 Problems in defence

Crystal Palace manager Alan Smith is facing defensive problems for the game against Gillingham at Selhurst Park this weekend. The Eagles will be without Fan Zhiyi, Hayden Mullins and Craig Harrison.

18/01/2001 Zhiyi injury worries

Crystal Palace are still in doubt about the full extent of the damage to Fan Zhiyi's hamstring injury. He picked up the injury in Wednesday's FA Cup defeat against Sunderland at Selhurst Park.

16/01/2001 Sunderland FA Cup replay preview

Fan Zhiyi returns to the squad after missing Sunday's 3-0 win over Nottingham Forest at the City Ground - he suffered from a dead leg but has now recovered.

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