Yang Chen is the first Chinese player to enter European top-5 league.On 1 July 1998, Yang Chen moved to Eintracht Frankfurt, wearing the number 21 shirt, for a fee of 3.75 million RMB (approx. DM 1 million). He played four seasons for Eintracht Frankfurt, making 23 appearances and scoring 8 goals in the 98-99 Bundesliga season, 27 appearances and scoring 4 goals in the 99-00 Bundesliga season and 15 appearances and scoring 4 goals in the 00-01 Bundesliga season.
As a key player for China national team, Yang Chen has took part in 2002 FIFA World Cup.In the third game against Turkey, Yang Chen had a great shot that hit the post. Although he didn’t help his team to achieve their goal, it was the pinnacle of Yang Chen’s career.
On 2003, Yang Chen left Frankfurt and returned to China to join the Shenzhen team and helped them win the 2004 Chinese Super League title. He then moved to the now defunct Xiamen Blue Lions in 2006 and became captain of the team.Aftet Xiamen Blue Linos failed to avoid relegation on season 2007 and finally dissolved in 2008, Yang Chen decided to retire.
After retirement，Yang Chen successfully passed his coaching qualification test in 2008.After 13 years of hard work,on 2021,Yang Chen becomes Head Coach of China U16 Men’s National Football Team.