Seeing that familiar face in the training team of the team, the lyrics came to mind immediately: This boy in front of me is still the original face
The 34-year-old Jiang Ning was standing in the sun-filled green field with a silly smile. Time seemed to retreat to 14 years ago. At the age of 20, he represented Qingdao Zhongneng in the Chinese Super League against Chongqing Lifan and won three yuan. Since then, he has become the youngest "hat-trick" creator in the history of China's top football league. This record has never been surpassed.
Years and years seem to treat this extremely talented young man with special preference, and cannot bear to leave marks on him. The journey away from home is not smooth, but Jiang Ning, who has been wandering for many years, has not changed his face. In 2020, the wanderer will return home with his bags, brisk footsteps and full of joy.
The name Jiang Ning is no stranger to Qingdao fans and even to fans across the country. He started his football career at the age of 8 and entered the junior college at the age of 16.
From the National Youth League to the National Youth League, to the National Olympics, and then to the national team, Jiang Ning is the main player of the team; from Zhongneng to Evergrande, R&F and China Fortune, his honor package includes the National Games champion, the FA Cup champion, Jiang Ning, the champion of the Chinese Super League, the champion of the Super Cup and the Grand Slam, is the pride of Qingdao football and the concern of Qingdao fans.
Qingdao fans’ impression of Jiang Ning began in 2004. He appeared in the Super League as a professional player for the first time under the age of 18. It was Zhongneng’s game against Shanghai International. Jiang Ning came off the bench and scored in stoppage time. The crucial goal has since become famous. In every season since then, Jiang Ning will leave a classic moment that he talks about:
In the first round of the 2005 Super League, Jiang Ning's lore helped Zhongneng beat Dalian Shide 4:3; in the fourth round of the 2006 Super League, Zhongneng beat Chongqing Lifan 4:3 away. Jiang Ning staged his first hat-trick in his career. The youngest player to perform a hat-trick in China's top leagues. This record has not been broken for 14 years. In the 13th round of the 2007 Super League, Zhongneng beat Shenzhen 2-0. Jiang Ning staged a "thousand-mile ride alone" and drove the ball for 60 long distances. Mi scored a goal; in the 2008 season, Qilu Derby, Jiang Ning quickly dribbled the ball from near the center circle, facing the chase and interception of two defenders, dribbled the ball into the right side of the penalty area and scored with a calm low shot and cheered.
In the 2009 season, Jiang Ning scored 9 goals, creating his own best result in the Super League. In the 7 seasons playing for the Zhongneng team, Jiang Ning played in 138 games in all competitions and scored 39 goals.
The pinnacle of Jiang Ning’s work in the national team dates back to the World Preliminary between the National Football Team and the Maldives in March 2016. Jiang Ning, who is under 30, opened the game in just 1 minute and 46 seconds and took Wu Lei’s pass to open the victory for the national team In the 83rd and 91st minutes, Jiang Ning scored two consecutive goals to complete the "hat-trick" in the national football. In that game, the national football won 4-0.
Every player has his own jersey number. Anyone who is familiar with Jiang Ning knows that his favorite jersey number is 21, which is also the number he wore when he debuted. This number has always belonged to him during the years. Since then, the jersey number has changed several times. Returning to Zhongneng this year, Jiang Ning still chose the number of the year, the number 21 that once belonged to him, which belongs to the fond memory of Daocheng fans. The old jersey was put on again, as if the hot-blooded young man had come across time and space without any change; as if time was only a test, and the faith planted in his heart had not diminished for a moment.
"It feels so good to be home, so comfortable and happy." Said the boy who is no longer a boy.
Nothing has changed, how can everything be the same. The former teenager Jiang Ning has become the oldest in the team, and has become a role model in the hearts of all the players and the young players. Time has brought youth into accumulation, and exudes a mature breath this autumn. In the new season and even in the far future, Jiang Ning's goal is clear: if he chooses to return to his roots, he must share the glory and disgrace with the team and the city's football career and lead the young players all the way forward.
The road is at the foot, the dream is ahead, the original intention remains unchanged, the blood remains unchanged.
On the training ground under the sun, 34-year-old Jiang Ning looked at 17-year-old Sun Weijia smiling. It was a beautiful scene.
Ningning, waiting for you ten years, welcome home.