Lee Chun-soo

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Lee.
Lee Chun-Soo
이천수
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Personal information
Full name Lee Chun-Soo
Date of birth (1981-07-09) 9 July 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Incheon, South Korea
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)[1]
Playing position Forward / Winger
Club information
Current team
Incheon United
Number 10
Youth career
1997-1999 Bupyeong High School
2000–2001 Korea University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Ulsan Hyundai Horangi 36 (15)
2003–2005 Real Sociedad 13 (0)
2004–2005 Numancia (Loan) 15 (1)
2005–2007 Ulsan Hyundai Horangi 48 (17)
2007–2009 Feyenoord 12 (0)
2008 Suwon Bluewings (Loan) 3 (0)
2009 Chunnam Dragons (Subleasing) 7 (4)
2009–2010 Al-Nassr 15 (3)
2010–2011 Omiya Ardija 43 (8)
2013– Incheon United 26 (2)
National team
1999–2004 South Korea U-23 14 (7)
2000–2010 South Korea 79 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 May 2014
Lee Chun-soo
Hangul 이천수
Revised Romanization I Cheon-su
McCune–Reischauer I Ch'ŏnsu

Lee Chun-Soo (Hangul: 이천수; born 9 July 1981) is a football player from South Korea, who plays for Incheon United. He played as a forward for the national team during the 2002 World Cup, the 2004 Summer Olympics, and the 2006 World Cup.

Football career[edit]

While Lee attended Bupyeong High School, he was already expected to be the future of Korean football with Choi Tae-Uk.

In 2002, Lee scored seven goals in K-League and made the World Cup squad. After the World Cup, he moved to play for Real Sociedad of Spain, becoming the first Korean to play in the Spanish La Liga. After a mediocre season, however, he was moved on loan to fellow Spanish side Numancia, before returning to Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i of South Korea's K-League.

Though Lee joined Ulsan in mid-season, his performance proved to be invaluable to Ulsan's capture of the 2005 league title with a hat trick in the first leg of the finals. He was subsequently named the K-League's Most Valuable Player on 28 December 2005.

In the 2006 World Cup, he scored Korea's first goal with a free kick against Togo in a 2-1 win.

In summer 2008, Lee joined Feyenoord of the Netherlands but failed to adapt to the country.

In July 2008, Feyenoord officially announced Lee's loan to Korean powerhouse Suwon Samsung Bluewings for a one-year deal. But he performed poorly for Suwon and had clashes with the coaching staff. He was suspended from the K-League by Suwon.

After few months, Suwon released him and on 26 February 2009, he was loaned to the Chunnam Dragons until 31 July 2009. On 13 June 2009, he signed with the Dragons.[2] In the last week of June 2009, however, a secret contract was exposed. Feyenoord tried to transfer Lee to Al Nassr and he had trouble getting along while at Chunnam, which released him.

He also left Saudi Arabia while still under contract with Al Nassr. He eventually joined Omiya Ardija of Japan.

On 31 March 2013, He came back to the K-league, In 1381 days at the game with Daejeon Citizen.[3] Finally, On 20 April 2013, he got an assist against Ulsan Hyundai. [4]

On 25 May 2013, he score the first goal since is comeback to K-league against Busan IPark. Now he takes a role of veteran in the club to lead the juniors and seniors as one team. [5]

Club career statistics[edit]

As of 1 May 2014
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
South Korea League KFA Cup League Cup Asia Total
2002 Ulsan Hyundai Horangi K-League 18 7 3 2 0 0 - 21 9
2003 18 8 0 0 - - 18 8
Spain League Copa del Rey Supercopa de España Europe Total
2003-04 Real Sociedad La Liga 13 0 2 0 - 6 0 21 0
2004-05 Numancia 15 0 1 0 - - 16 0
South Korea League KFA Cup League Cup Asia Total
2005 Ulsan Hyundai Horangi K-League 14 7 1 0 0 0 - 15 7
2006 18 5 0 0 6 2 6 3 30 10
2007 16 5 1 0 10 2 - 27 7
Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Europe Total
2007-08 Feyenoord Eredivisie 12 0 2 0 - - 14 0
South Korea League KFA Cup League Cup Asia Total
2008 Suwon Samsung Bluewings K-League 3 0 0 0 1 1 - 4 1
2009 Chunnam Dragons 7 4 1 0 1 0 - 9 4
Saudi Arabia League Crown Prince Cup League Cup Asia Total
2009–10 Al-Nasr Saudi Premier League 16 3 0 0 0 0 - 16 3
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup Asia Total
2010 Omiya Ardija J. League Division 1 16 2 2 2 0 0 - 18 4
2011 27 6 1 0 0 0 - 28 6
South Korea League KFA Cup League Cup Asia Total
2013 Incheon United K League Classic 19 2 1 0 0 0 - 20 2
2014 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Total South Korea 120 38 7 2 18 5 6 3 151 48
Spain 28 0 3 0 - 6 0 37 0
Netherlands 12 0 2 0 - - 14 0
Saudi Arabia 16 3 0 0 0 0 - 16 3
Japan 43 8 3 2 0 0 - 46 10
Career total 219 49 15 4 18 5 12 3 264 61

International goals[edit]

Results list South Korea's goal tally first.
Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
5 April 2000 South Korea Seoul  Laos 1 goal 9-0 2000 AFC Asian Cup qualification
7 April 2000 South Korea Seoul  Mongolia 1 goal 6-0 2000 AFC Asian Cup qualification
13 September 2001 South Korea Daejeon  Nigeria 1 goal 2-2 Friendly match
16 May 2002 South Korea Busan  Scotland 1 goal 4-1 Friendly match
8 September 2004 Vietnam Ho Chi Min City  Vietnam 1 goal 2-1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
29 January 2006 Hong Kong Hong Kong  Croatia 1 goal 2-0 2006 Carlsberg Cup
22 February 2006 Syria Aleppo  Syria 1 goal 2-1 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification
13 June 2006 Germany Frankfurt  Togo 1 goal 2-1 2006 FIFA World Cup
6 February 2007 United Kingdom London  Greece 1 goal 1-0 Friendly match
29 June 2007 South Korea Seogwipo  Iraq 1 goal 3-0 Friendly match

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Brazil Nadson
K-League Most Valuable Player
2005
Succeeded by
South Korea Kim Do-Heon
Preceded by
Serbia Urumov
K-League Top Assistor
2002
Succeeded by
Portugal Edmilson
Preceded by
South Korea Song Chong-Gug
K-League Rookie of the Year
2002
Succeeded by
South Korea Jung Jo-Gook