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Lee Dong-Gook
이동국
Lee Dong-Gook from acrofan.jpg
Lee with Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in 2009
Personal information
Full name Lee Dong-Gook
Date of birth (1979-04-29) 29 April 1979 (age 34)
Place of birth Pohang, Gyeongbuk, South Korea
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Number 20
Youth career
1995–1998 Pohang Steelers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2006 Pohang Steelers 37 (18)
2000–2001 Werder Bremen (loan) 7 (0)
2003–2005 Gwangju Sangmu (army) 46 (12)
2006–2008 Middlesbrough 23 (0)
2008–2009 Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 10 (2)
2009– Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 149 (87)
National team
1999 South Korea U-20 13 (6)
1999–2000 South Korea U-23 27 (19)
1998– South Korea 99 (30)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 December 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 June 2013 (UTC)
Lee Dong-gook
Hangul 이동국
Hanja 李同國
Revised Romanization I Dong-guk
McCune–Reischauer I Tongguk

Lee Dong-Gook (Hangul: 이동국) (born 29 April 1979) is a South Korean association football striker who currently plays for Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors. He is the record scorer in the K-League, and had brief spells in Europe with Werder Bremen and Middlesbrough.

Lee has earned 99 international caps for South Korea since 1998, scoring 30 goals. He has played at two FIFA World Cups, two CONCACAF Gold Cups, two AFC Asian Cups and the 2000 Olympics.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Lee started playing football for Pohang Steelers, where due to his outstanding performance in his first season, he managed to make his debut for the South Korean national team. He was then sent on loan to Werder Bremen of Germany's Bundesliga.

During six months at Werder Bremen in 2001, Lee's playing time was limited partly due to injuries.

Lee left the Steelers in 2002 to perform his military service, joining the military team Gwangju Sangmu Bulsajo. He spent two seasons there. His career recovered after he returned to Pohang in 2004.

In April 2006, Lee tore the cruciate ligaments in his knee while playing in a K-League match for the Pohang Steelers that forced him out for six months, and was unable to play in the World Cup.[1]

Middlesbrough[edit]

In January 2007, after being granted a work permit, Lee signed for English Premier League club Middlesbrough on an 18-month contract.[2] He made his debut on 24 February, coming on as an 85th minute substitute for Yakubu in the 2-1 win against Reading.[3] He scored his first goal on 29 August 2007 in a League Cup match against Northampton Town,[4] and his second in the FA Cup against Mansfield Town on 26 January 2008.[5] His contract expired at the end of the 2008 Premier League season and Middlesbrough were not looking forward to extend his contract. He received offers from clubs in Japan and Germany.[6]

Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma[edit]

Lee signed a contract with Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma in 2008. However, he was unsuccessful, and was linked another move to several K-League and J. League clubs.

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors[edit]

Lee was transferred to Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in the 2009 transfer window. He scored a brace in his debut for Jeonbuk on 15 March 2009 against Daegu FC. Lee completed his second senior hat-trick on 2 May 2009 against Jeju United. On 4 July, he scored his second hat-trick of the season against Gwangju Sangmu Phoenix. He eventually became the K-League Top Scorer in 2009 K-League, scoring 20 goals in 27 league matches. He also scored one goal in the second leg of final in K-League Championship, and Jeonbuk beat Seongnam Ilhwa by 3–1 to win the first league trophy in their history.

Lee became the K-League's all-time leading scorer with 117 goals when he got two goals in the 2012 season opener against Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma on 3 March 2012.[7]

International career[edit]

Lee was a member of the South Korea national football team at the 1998 FIFA World Cup. He also took part in the 2000 AFC Asian Cup and finished top scorer with six goals.

In 2002, Lee was not chosen by Guus Hiddink to represent South Korea in 2002 World Cup. Fans called him "Lazy Genius," because they felt that he did not fully use his potential. This is also because Hiddink emphasized strong stamina, great power, and agile speed, which are the categories that Lee struggles in, except power.[8][9] He later admitted that he spent his days drinking and did not watch a single game that took place during the 2002 World Cup.[10]

Lee was coach Dick Advocaat's first-choice selection at forward for Korea ahead of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, but a knee injury suffered in a K-League match forced him to miss the tournament.[1]

On 1 November 2007 Lee was banned from the national team for twelve months after it was revealed that he, along with team captain Lee Woon-Jae, teammates Kim Sang-Sik and Woo Sung-Yong, went on a late night drinking spree with several female employees during the Asian Cup, in which Korea received third place.[11]

Unlike the other members who were involved in this incident, because Lee played for Middlesbrough in England, the KFA could not ban him from his club team matches.[12]

Lee was listed onto the South Korea national football team line up for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He came on as a substitute in a game against Uruguay.

Personal life[edit]

Lee married Lee Soo-Jin, a former Miss Korea of 1997, in December 2005.[13] On 14 August 2007, he became a father of twin girls.[14]

Honours[edit]

Individual[edit]

Club[edit]

Pohang Steelers
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors

Career statistics[edit]

As of 25 July 2012
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
1998 Pohang Steelers K-League 15 7 9 4 24 11
1999 15 7 4 1 19 8
2000 7 4 1 0 - 8 4
Germany League DFB-Pokal Other Europe Total
2000–01 Werder Bremen Fußball-Bundesliga 7 0 0 0 - 0 0 7 0
South Korea League KFA Cup League Cup Asia Total
2001 Pohang Steelers K-League 17 3 0 0 - 17 3
2002 21 7 0 0 - 21 7
2003 Gwangju Sangmu Bulsajo 27 11 0 0 - - 27 11
2004 19 1 2 0 4 3 - 25 4
2005 0 0 0 0 1 0 - 1 0
Pohang Steelers 17 3 3 0 7 4 - 27 7
2006 10 7 0 0 0 0 - 10 7
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2006–07 Middlesbrough Premier League 9 0 2 0 0 0 - 11 0
2007–08 14 0 2 1 2 1 - 18 2
South Korea League KFA Cup League Cup Asia Total
2008 Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma K-League 10 2 0 0 3 0 - 13 2
2009 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 29 21 4 4 3 1 - 36 26
2010 28 12 0 0 2 1 5 3 35 16
2011 29 16 1 0 0 0 6 9 36 25
2012 40 26 1 1 - 6 4 47 31
Total South Korea 284 127 11 5 34 14 17 16 346 162
Germany 7 0 0 0 - 0 0 7 0
England 23 0 4 1 2 1 - 29 2
Career total 314 127 15 6 36 15 17 16 382 164

[15]

Korea Republic national team
Year Apps Goals
1998 8 0
1999 0 0
2000 10 8
2001 6 1
2002 4 0
2003 1 0
2004 10 8
2005 15 4
2006 9 1
2007 7 0
2008 0 0
2009 4 0
2010 10 3
2011 2 0
2012 8 5
2013 5 0
Total 99 30

International goals[edit]

Results list South Korea's goal tally first.
Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
17 February 2000 Los Angeles  Costa Rica 1 goal 2–2 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup
7 October 2000 Dubai  Australia 1 goal 4–2 2000 LG Cup
19 October 2000 Tripoli  Indonesia 3 goals 3–0 2000 AFC Asian Cup
23 October 2000 Tripoli  Iran 1 goal 1–1 (a.e.t.) 2000 AFC Asian Cup
26 October 2000 Beirut  Saudi Arabia 1 goal 1–2 2000 AFC Asian Cup
29 October 2000 Beirut  China PR 1 goal 1–0 2000 AFC Asian Cup
16 September 2001 Busan  Nigeria 1 goal 2–1 Friendly
10 July 2004 Gwangju  Bahrain 1 goal 2–0 Friendly
23 July 2004 Jinan  United Arab Emirates 1 goal 2–0 2004 AFC Asian Cup
27 July 2004 Jinan  Kuwait 2 goals 4–0 2004 AFC Asian Cup
31 July 2004 Jinan  Iran 1 goal 3–4 2004 AFC Asian Cup
8 September 2004 Ho Chi Minh City  Vietnam 1 goal 2–1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
17 November 2004 Seoul  Maldives 1 goal 2–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
19 December 2004 Busan  Germany 1 goal 3–1 Friendly
9 February 2005 Seoul  Kuwait 1 goal 2–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
30 March 2005 Seoul  Uzbekistan 1 goal 2–1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
8 June 2005 Kuwait City  Kuwait 1 goal 4–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
16 November 2005 Seoul  Serbia and Montenegro 1 goal 2–0 Friendly
15 February 2006 Los Angeles  Mexico 1 goal 1–0 Friendly
7 February 2010 Tokyo  Hong Kong 1 goal 5–0 2010 EAFF Championship
14 February 2010 Tokyo  Japan 1 goal 3–1 2010 EAFF Championship
3 March 2010 London  Ivory Coast 1 goal 2–0 Friendly
25 February 2012 Jeonju  Uzbekistan 2 goals 4–2 Friendly
29 February 2012 Seoul  Kuwait 1 goal 2–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
11 September 2012 Tashkent  Uzbekistan 1 goal 2–2 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
14 November 2012 Hwaseong  Australia 1 goal 1–2 Friendly

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "South Korea star out of World Cup". BBC Sport. 14 April 2006. 
  2. ^ "Middlesbrough complete Lee deal". BBC Sport (British Broadcast Corporation). 25 January 2007. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Middlesbrough 2-1 Reading". BBC Sport (British Broadcast Corporation). 24 February 2007. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Middlesbrough 2–0 Northampton". BBC. 29 August 2007. Retrieved 13 November 2009. 
  5. ^ "Mansfield 0–2 Middlesbrough". BBC. 26 January 2008. Retrieved 13 November 2009. 
  6. ^ "Trio Move On". Mfc.premiumtv.co.uk. Retrieved 4 March 2010. [dead link]
  7. ^ "‘라이언킹’ 이동국, 통산 최다 골 경신… 살아있는 전설 썼다" (in Korean). hyundai-motorsfc.com. 3 March 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Daum.net" (in Korean). News.media.daum.net. Retrieved 4 March 2010. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Daum.net" (in Korean). News.media.daum.net. Retrieved 4 March 2010. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Daum.net" (in Korean). News.media.daum.net. Retrieved 4 March 2010. [dead link]
  11. ^ "South Korea ban Boro's Dong-Gook". BBC Sport. 2 November 2007. Retrieved 2 November 2007. 
  12. ^ ""음주파동 4인방 형평성 '논란'"] 데일리 서프라이즈". dailyseop.com. Retrieved 1 January 2008. [dead link]
  13. ^ "경향닷컴" (in Korean). News.khan.co.kr. 19 December 2005. Retrieved 4 March 2010. 
  14. ^ "NO.1 경제포털 :: 매일경제" (in Korean). News.mk.co.kr. 15 August 2007. Retrieved 4 March 2010. 
  15. ^ Lee Dong-gook at National-Football-Teams.com

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Lee Woon-Jae
K-League Most Valuable Player
2009
Succeeded by
Kim Eun-Jung
Preceded by
Kim Eun-Jung
K-League Most Valuable Player
2011
Succeeded by
Dejan Damjanović
Preceded by
Dudu
K-League Top Scorer
2009
Succeeded by
Yoo Byung-Soo
Preceded by
Koo Ja-Cheol
K-League Top Assistor
2011
Succeeded by
Mauricio Molina
Preceded by
Shin Jin-Won
K-League Rookie of the Year
1998
Succeeded by
Lee Sung-Jae
Preceded by
Saša Ognenovski
AFC Champions League Most Valuable Player
2011
Succeeded by
Lee Keun-Ho
Preceded by
Jose Mota
AFC Champions League Top Scorer
2011
Succeeded by
Ricardo Oliveira