Choi Yong-soo

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Choi.
Choi Yong-soo
Personal information
Date of birth (1973-09-10) September 10, 1973 (age 41)
Place of birth Busan, South Korea
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Manager (Former Forward)
Club information
Current team
FC Seoul (manager)
Youth career
1992–1993 Yonsei University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–2000 LG Cheetahs / Anyang LG Cheetahs 111 (44)
1997–1998 Sangmu (military service) ? (?)
2001–2003 JEF United Ichihara 73 (54)
2004–2005 Kyoto Purple Sanga 33 (20)
2005 Júbilo Iwata 15 (1)
2006 FC Seoul 2 (0)
Total 234 (119)
National team
1993 South Korea U-20 9 (4)
1994–1996 South Korea U-23 34 (18)
1995–2003 South Korea 69 (27)
Teams managed
2011– FC Seoul
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Choi Yong-soo
Hangul 최용수
Hanja 崔龍洙
Revised Romanization Choe Yongsu
McCune–Reischauer Ch'oe Yongsu

Choi Yong-soo (born September 10, 1973) is a former professional footballer and current manager of FC Seoul. He spent his professional career playing in Korea and Japan as a striker.

Choi represented South Korea at the 1996 Summer Olympics, 1998 FIFA World Cup, and 2002 FIFA World Cup.

Playing career[edit]

Club career[edit]

Choi played the forward position for LG Cheetahs / Anyang LG Cheetahs / FC Seoul in South Korea's K League and other various clubs in Japan's J-League. He is considered one of the FC Seoul's legends.

International career[edit]

Choi has played in 1996 Summer Olympics and also represented his country at 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cup. In Australia and Pakistan, Yong-soo is known as "Younis Choi", given to him in recognition of his low, swerving shots on goal - much like the signature delivery bowled by Pakistani cricketer Waqar Younis.

Managerial career[edit]

He was appointed as assistant coach of FC Seoul in January 2006. In April 2011, he was promoted as the caretaker coach. After leading club to a fifth place, he was named as club's permanent coach in December 2012 and won 2012 K-League.

Statistics[edit]

Club career[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Korea Republic League KFA Cup League Cup Asia Total
1994 LG Cheetahs K League 29 9 - 6 1 - 35 10
1995 21 9 - 7 2 - 28 11
1996 Anyang LG Cheetahs K League 16 4 1 0 6 1 - 23 5
1997 Sangmu None - - -
1998 - - -
1999 Anyang LG Cheetahs K League 20 12 3 5 7 2 - 30 19
2000 25 10 9 4 2 1 36 15
Japan League Emperor's Cup J. League Cup Asia Total
2001 JEF United Ichihara J. League 1 26 21 3 4 5 2 - 34 27
2002 23 16 4 3 1 0 - 28 19
2003 24 17 0 0 2 0 - 26 17
2004 Kyoto Purple Sanga J. League 2 33 20 1 0 - - 34 20
2005 Júbilo Iwata J. League 1 15 1 0 0 1 0 4 2 20 3
Korea Republic League FA Cup League Cup Asia Total
2006 FC Seoul K League 2 0 0 0 0 0 - 2 0
Country Korea Republic 113 44 4 5 35 10 2 1 154 60
Japan 121 75 8 7 9 2 4 2 142 86
Total 234 119 12 12 44 12 6 3 296 146

International career [1][edit]

Korea Republic national team
Year Apps Goals
1995 5 1
1996 0 0
1997 15 11
1998 24 13
1999 0 0
2000 5 0
2001 6 2
2002 8 0
2003 6 0
Total 69 27

International goals[edit]

Results list South Korea's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1
January 31, 1995 Hong Kong Hongkong  Colombia 1 goals 1-0 1995 Carlsberg Cup
3
May 28, 1997 South Korea Daejeon  Hong Kong 2 goals 4-0 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
4
June 14, 1997 South Korea Suwon  Ghana 1 goal 3-0 1997 Korea Cup
5
August 24, 1997 South Korea Daegu  Tajikistan 1 goal 4-1 Friendly match
8
September 6, 1997 South Korea Seoul  Kazakhstan 3 goals 3-0 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
9
September 12, 1997 South Korea Seoul  Uzbekistan 1 goal 2-1 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
10
October 11, 1997 Kazakhstan Almaty  Kazakhstan 1 goal 1-1 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
12
October 18, 1997 Uzbekistan Tashkent  Uzbekistan 2 goals 5-1 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
13
January 27, 1998 Thailand Bangkok  Egypt 1 goal 2-0 1998 King's Cup
14
January 29, 1998 Thailand Bangkok  Thailand 1 goal 2-0 1998 King's Cup
15
January 31, 1998 Thailand Bangkok  Egypt 1 goal 1-1 (5-4 PSO) 1998 King's Cup
16
February 7, 1998 New Zealand Auckland  New Zealand 1 goal 1-0 Friendly match
17
April 18, 1998 Republic of Macedonia Skopje  Macedonia 1 goal 2-2 Friendly match
18
May 27, 1998 South Korea Seoul  Czech Republic 1 goal 2-2 Friendly match
20
December 2, 1998 Thailand Bangkok  Turkmenistan 2 goals 2-3 1998 Asian Games
22
December 4, 1998 Thailand Bangkok  Vietnam 2 goals 4-0 1998 Asian Games
24
December 7, 1998 Thailand Bangkok  Japan 2 goals 2-0 1998 Asian Games
25
December 11, 1998 Thailand Bangkok  Kuwait 1 goal 1-0 1998 Asian Games
26
September 13, 2001 South Korea Daejeon  Nigeria 1 goal 2-2 Friendly match
27
November 13, 2001 South Korea Gwangju  Croatia 1 goal 1-1 Friendly match

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 25 November 2014
Team Nation From To Record
G W D L Win % GF GA GD
FC Seoul South Korea 26 April 2011 Present 190 99 50 41 52.11 301 191 +110
Total 190 99 50 41 52.11 301 191 +110

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

LG Cheetahs / Anyang LG Cheetahs / FC Seoul

Manager[edit]

FC Seoul

Individual[edit]

Player[edit]

Manager[edit]

Personal life[edit]

He divorced his wife in November 2006 after a 15-month-long marriage. His former wife, a one-time contestant in a Miss Korea pageant, went through the legal procedures to take half the estate properties under Choi's name per their prenuptial agreement.[2]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
South Korea Ahn Jung-hwan
K League Most Valuable Player
2000
Succeeded by
South Korea Shin Tae-yong
Preceded by
South Korea Jung Kwang-seok
K-League Rookie of the Year
1994
Succeeded by
South Korea Roh Sang-rae
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kang Chun-ho
Anyang LG Cheetahs captain
1999–2000
Succeeded by
Kim Gwi-hwa