Lee Woon-jae

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Lee Woon-Jae
이운재
Lee Woon-Jae.jpg
Woon-Jae with Suwon Samsung Bluewings in 2009
Personal information
Date of birth (1973-04-26) 26 April 1973 (age 41)
Place of birth Cheongju, Chungbuk, South Korea
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Retired (Former Goalkeeper)
Youth career
1994–1995 Kyung Hee University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2010 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 267 (0)
2000–2001 Sangmu (Army)
2011–2012 Chunnam Dragons 63 (0)
Total 330 (0)
National team
1992–1996 South Korea U-23 16 (0)
2000 South Korea U-23
(as dispensation player)
1 (0)
1994–2010 South Korea 132 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Lee Woon-jae
Hangul 이운재
Hanja 李雲在
Revised Romanization I Un-jae
McCune–Reischauer I Unjae

Lee Woon-Jae (born 26 April 1973 in Cheongju) (Korean:이운재) is a retired South Korean football goalkeeper, who recently played for Chunnam Dragons in the South Korean K-League. He was part of Korea's 1994, 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cup campaigns. In South Korea he is also known as "Spider Hands".

Playing career[edit]

Suwon Samsung Bluewings[edit]

He moved to Suwon from Kyung Hee University, making his debut for the K-League club in 1996. He made over 100 appearances during his first spell with the club before moving to Sangmu which is the sports division of the Military of South Korea while serving his mandatory two-year period of military service. He returned to Suwon in 2002 and has remained at the club since then, amassing over 200 league appearances for the club.

International career[edit]

Lee has been a member of the Korea Republic national football team since the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. Lee Woon Jae was a part of the 1994 World Cup squad in the United States and was substituted into the game against Germany after the Korean goalkeeper Choi in Young conceded 3 goals. At the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Lee was selected in Guus Hiddink's squad and was first choice keeper ahead of Kim Byung Ji. In 2006, although he was at the age of 33, he still started for South Korea at the 2006 World Cup in Germany, ahead of younger high-profile goalkeepers such as Kim Young Kwang. He captained the side at the 2007 Asian Cup in place of the injured Kim Nam-Il.

Lee is well known for saving vital penalties during international competitions. In the 2002 World Cup, he made football history during the quarter-final between Spain and South Korea, which ended in a draw and went to penalties. After both sides scored their first three penalties, Korea scored its fourth goal, and Lee blocked Spain's fourth shot, taken by the 21-year old winger Joaquín. Korea scored its fifth penalty and went on to the semi-finals against Germany. In addition, he saved a total of three shootout penalties during the 2007 Asian Cup, two against Iran and one against Japan (they would win both matches and finish third overall).

Before the 2007 Asian Cup match against Bahrain, Lee was suspended for a year after he sneaked out from his hotel room and went on a drinking binge in an Indonesian bar along with South Korean teammates Kim Sang-Sik, Woo Sung-Yong and Lee Dong-Gook.

Lee is one of two players (the other being Rigobert Song of Cameroon) to be selected for the 2010 World Cup that were also selected for the 1994 World Cup. He is one of seven players from Asia to play in 4 different World Cups.

He played his last game for the national team in a friendly against Nigeria on 11 August 2010 with a victory of 2–1, and then he retired from the national team.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 7 November 2011
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
1996 Suwon Bluewings K-League 12 0 ? ? 1 0 - 13 0
1997 7 0 ? ? 10 0 - 17 0
1998 18 0 ? ? 16 0 - 34 0
1999 27 0 0 0 12 0 - 39 0
2000 Sangmu 0 - ? ? - -
2001 - ? ? - -
2002 Suwon Bluewings K-League 19 0 4 0 0 0 ? ? 23 0
2003 41 0 1 0 - - 42 0
2004 23 0 0 0 3 0 - 26 0
2005 17 0 3 0 9 0 6 0 35 0
2006 13 0 1 0 1 0 - 15 0
2007 25 0 1 0 10 0 - 36 0
2008 28 0 0 0 11 0 - 39 0
2009 25 0 5 0 1 0 5 0 36 0
2010 12 0 2 0 2 0 7 0 23 0
2011 Chunnam Dragons 30 0 2 0 4 0 - 36 0
Career total 297 0 19 0 80 0 18 0 414 0

International career statistics[edit]

[1]

Korea Republic national team
Year Apps Goals
1994 3 0
1995 0 0
1996 0 0
1997 0 0
1998 0 0
1999 2 0
2000 8 0
2001 12 0
2002 15 0
2003 14 0
2004 15 0
2005 15 0
2006 16 0
2007 8 0
2008 2 0
2009 13 0
2010 9 0
Total 132 0

International clean sheets[edit]

Results list South Korea's goal tally first.

Honours[edit]

Individual[edit]

Club[edit]

Suwon Bluewings

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lee Woon-jae at National-Football-Teams.com

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Brazil Tavares
K-League Most Valuable Player
2008
Succeeded by
South Korea Lee Dong-Gook
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Yeom Dong-Gyun
Chunnam Dragons captain
2011–2012
Succeeded by
Incumbent