Lee Jung-soo

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Lee Jung-soo
이정수
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Personal information
Date of birth (1980-01-08) 8 January 1980 (age 34)
Place of birth Gimhae, Gyeongnam, South Korea
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Al-Sadd
Number 40
Youth career
1998–2001 Kyunghee University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Anyang LG Cheetahs / FC Seoul 29 (2)
2004–2005 Incheon United 20 (1)
2006–2008 Suwon Bluewings 46 (3)
2009 Kyoto Sanga 34 (6)
2010 Kashima Antlers 10 (3)
2010– Al-Sadd 35 (4)
National team
2008–2013 South Korea 54 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 March 2012.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 June 2012
Lee Jung-soo
Hangul 이정수
Hanja 李正秀
Revised Romanization I Jeong-su
McCune–Reischauer I Chŏngsu
This is a Korean name; the family name is Lee.

Lee Jung-soo (Korean: 이정수; born 8 January 1980) is a South Korean footballer who plays as a central defender. He is currently playing for Al-Sadd in Qatar and a member of the South Korea national football team.

He was a member of South Korea U-19 national football team.

Club career[edit]

K League[edit]

Originally he was an attacker. However, in 2003 his coach Cho Kwang-Rae advised him to switch positions to a defender because Cho's team had too many foreign attackers. He accepted the coach's suggestion.[1] He is known for his speed and goal-scoring ability even as a center back and scoring in set piece situations.

Lee started his career at FC Seoul, then known as Anyang LG Cheetahs in 2002 and stay at the club for 3 years and joined Incheon United where in his first season, the club became second place behind Busan IPark.

In 2006, Lee moved to Suwon Bluewings where in 2008 the club won not only the K-League Cup but also the K-League.

J-League[edit]

In 2009, Lee joined Japanese side Kyoto Sanga. Lee made his debut for the club in a 1–0 win over Vissel Kobe on 8 March 2009. Lee's first goal came when he scored a header in a 2–1 win over Gamba Osaka on 22 March 2009. Lee elected to the MVP from the second year in a row as he participated in J-League selection of J. League All-Star Soccer, to determine the second point, such as participation in the full team was held on 8 August.

In 22 March 2010, Lee joined another Japansese side Kashima Antlers. On 27 March 2010, Lee scored on his debut in a 3–1 win over Montedio Yamagata. His second goal came when he scored a header in a 3–1 win over Yokohama F. Marinos on 24 April 2010. After the World Cup with good performance with 2 goals in 4 appearance, Lee made his return for the club which he made his last appearance for club before moving to Qatar in a 2–1 win against Kawasaki Frontale where he scored a header which turns to be a winning goal on a 78 minutes on 17 July 2010.

Al Sadd[edit]

On 22 July 2010, he transferred to Qatar club Sadd Sports Club as his recent move to Kashima Antlers was short lived.[2]

In the 2011 AFC Champions League semi-final first leg against his former club Suwon Bluewings, Lee was involved in a heated argument with Al Sadd team-mates following Mamadou Niang's controversial second goal, which was scored after Suwon claimed to have put the ball out to allow treatment to injured players, thus inferring possession should have been returned to the Korean club. Lee said that the goal was 'unfair' and suggested Al Sadd should give a goal back although the idea was rejected. The situation prompted Lee to walk off the pitch requiring his coach Jorge Fossati to substitute him with Ibrahim Majid from the remainder of additional time.[3]

Al Sadd won the AFC Champions League final against Jeonbuk in South Korea on penalties. Lee was chosen to take a penalty but his shot hit the crossbar, making him the only Al Sadd player to miss in the penalty shootout.[4]

In June 2012, Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande confirmed their interest in signing Lee and, according to the Jinghua Times, claimed that they signed him following his contract rejection from Al Sadd.[5] However, Lee rejected the Guangzhou Evergrande offer and signed a one year extension with Al Sadd.[6] Then he went on to score 9 more goals for the team in 3 games with most of them coming from the run of play. He is now considered a legend at the club even though staying for a short time.

Career statistics[edit]

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 Anyang LG Cheetahs K-League 9 1 0 0 2 0 1+? ? 12+? 0
2003 18 1 1 0 - - 19 1
2004 FC Seoul 2 0 0 0 0 0 - 2 0
2004 Incheon United 11 0 1 0 9 0 - 21 0
2005 9 1 0 0 8 0 - 17 1
2006 Suwon Bluewings 23 2 2 0 13 0 - 38 2
2007 6 0 0 0 4 0 - 10 0
2008 17 1 1 0 7 0 - 25 1
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup Asia Total
2009 Kyoto Sanga FC J. League Division 1 34 6 0 0 1 0 - 35 6
2010 Kashima Antlers 10 3 0 0 0 0 5 1 15 4
Qatar League Emir of Qatar Cup League Cup Asia Total
2010–11 Al-Sadd Qatar Stars League 20 92 99 99 - 99 99 99 99
2011–12 Al-Sadd Qatar Stars League 99 99 99 99 - 99 99 99 99
Total South Korea 95 6 5 0 43 0 ? ? 143 6
Japan 36 7 0 0 1 0 5 1 42 8
Qatar 35 4 12 2 47 6
Career total 166 17 5 0 44 0 17 3 232 20

[7]

Korea Republic national team
Year Apps Goals
2008 5 39
2009 11 21
2010 17 36
2011 14 81
2012 7 70
Total 54 52

NB: Friendly match against Oman (on 3 June 2009) was not full A-match.

International goals[edit]

Results list South Korea's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 5 September 2009 South Korea Seoul  Australia 1 goal 3–1 Friendly match
2 18 January 2010 Spain Malaga  Finland 1 goal 2–0 Friendly match
3 12 June 2010 South Africa Port Elizabeth  Greece 1 goal 2–0 2010 FIFA World Cup
4 22 June 2010 South Africa Durban  Nigeria 1 goal 2–2 2010 FIFA World Cup
5 25 March 2011 South Korea Seoul  Honduras 1 goal 4–0 Friendly match

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Al-Sadd
Suwon Samsung
Kashima Antlers

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ <월드컵> 골 넣는 수비수 이정수 '또 한 건'(종합) (in Korean). 23 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "South Korea International Lee Jung-Soo Set To Join Al Sadd – Report". Goal.com. 22 July 2010. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Fossati empathises with Lee The-AFC.com Friday, 21 October 2011 17:23.
  4. ^ Qatar’s al-Sadd wins Asian Champions League on penalties alarabiya.net, 6 November 2011.
  5. ^ "Guangzhou Evergrande reaches agreement with South Korea international Lee Jung-Soo – report". Goal.com. 20 June 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Guangzhou Evergrande target Lee Jung-Soo pens new Al Sadd deal". Goal.com. 27 June 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  7. ^ Lee Jung-soo at National-Football-Teams.com