Lee with Vancouver in 2011.
|Full name||Lee Young-Pyo|
|Date of birth||23 April 1977|
|Place of birth||Hongcheon, Gangwon, South Korea|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Current club||Vancouver Whitecaps FC|
|2000–2002||Anyang LG Cheetahs||77||(3)|
|2011–||Vancouver Whitecaps FC||44||(1)|
|1999–2000||South Korea U23||16||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 March 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
|Revised Romanization||I Yeong-pyo|
Lee Young-Pyo (Korean: 이영표; born 23 April 1977 in Hongcheon) is a South Korean footballer currently playing with Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Lee was recognized for his speed and dribbling skills. His former manager Martin Jol once called him "the best left-back in Holland".
Prior to playing for Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund, Lee started his professional career at Anyang LG Cheetahs (Currently FC Seoul in the Korean K-League) and then spent two years with PSV Eindhoven of the Netherlands, earning high acclaim from PSV Coach Guus Hiddink, who had previously coached Lee and South Korea during the 2002 World Cup. Recognized as the best left-back in Holland after the 2004–05 season, Tottenham signed him amidst heavy competition with several Serie A clubs. He transferred to Tottenham in August 2005. In 2006, personal trainer Levi Gale gave him advice to move to an Italian team.
In August 2006, AS Roma of Italy's Serie A tried to sign him, but he backed out at the last minute for "personal reasons." An Italian media report said religion played a part in his decision to reject the transfer offer. On 31 August 2006, Lee held a press conference in Korea and denied that religion was a factor in his decision. He said that moving to AS Roma would have been great for him in terms of football alone but he decided against it for personal reasons that he would not reveal, despite being pressed for answers by 50 attending reporters.
On 19 November 2008, Lee became the seventh Korean player to earn 100 caps in a World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia. During the 2011 AFC Asian Cup, Lee captained the national team twice after the substitutions of the regular Korean captain, Park Ji Sung.
Anyang LG Cheetahs (2000–2002)
Lee attended Konkuk University in Seoul and began his professional career with the Anyang LG Cheetahs of the Korean K-League. He featured prominently during South Korea's World Cup run and established himself on the world stage during that tournament. After a stellar 2002 FIFA World Cup, Lee followed Guus Hiddink and teammate Park Ji-Sung to PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands.
PSV Eindhoven (2003–2005)
At PSV, Lee flourished under Hiddink's guidance and soon established himself in PSV's first team. Known for his endurance, technique, and ability in both defence and attack, Lee was widely regarded as the best left-back in the Dutch Eredivisie. Lee and his compatriot Park were instrumental in PSV Eindhoven's 2005 run to the 2005 UEFA Champions League semi-final, although to their disappointment, they were knocked out by AC Milan.
Despite PSV's persistent attempts to keep him, Lee moved to the English club Tottenham Hotspur in August 2005.
Tottenham Hotspur (2005–2008)
At Tottenham, Lee was an immediate hit and earned a spot on the Premier League's best eleven in his debut week. Tottenham coach Martin Jol, at the time of his signing on 31 August 2005, touted him as "the best left-back in Holland." His form did however fluctuate in the 2005–06 season despite them being almost ever present in a defence which conceded the fourth lowest number of goals in that season.
In the beginning of 2006–07 season, Lee moved to right full-back due to Benoît Assou-Ekotto's impressive pre-season performance and an injury to regular right-back Stalteri. Lee then faced increased competition when Tottenham signed French defender Pascal Chimbonda on the final day of the transfer period. Lee also suffered a knee injury and then Tottenham offered his rights to A.S. Roma of Italy's Serie A, a move which never materialised.
Lee regained his place in the first team when Assou-Ekotto's form began to falter, most notably in a very poor performance against arch-rivals Arsenal. Lee came on as a half-time substitute in that match and was a notable improvement, and was again preferred by Jol for the starting eleven, until a season-ending knee injury sustained in a UEFA Cup Quarterfinal match against Sevilla on 5 April.
On 9 August 2007, Tottenham manager Martin Jol announced that Lee would be "fit for selection" in "one or two weeks", On 18 August 2007, Lee made his first start of the season against Derby County.
Borussia Dortmund (2008–2009)
On 10 July 2009, Lee signed for Al-Hilal for one million euros for one year, with an option by Al-Hilal to renew for a second year. He made 46 league appearances over a two-year spell at Al-Hilal. After the 2010–11 campaign, he was offered another extension, but refused and decided to leave the Riyadh-based club.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (2011–present)
Lee officially signed with Vancouver on 6 December 2011. He scored his first MLS goal for Vancouver on 28 April 2012 off a free kick against the Columbus Crew. Lee was a crucial part to Vancouver's 2012 season and was played as a right back. He was considered one of their best players on the team that year. Lee was awarded with Vancouver's 2012 Player of the Year on 21 October 2012.
Lee is known to be a devout Christian.
Club career statistics
- As of 28 July 2012
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|South Korea||League||KFA Cup||League Cup||Asia||Total|
|2000||Anyang LG Cheetahs||K-League||15||2||3||0||-||18||2|
|Netherlands||League||KNVB Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|2005–06||Tottenham Hotspur||Premier League||31||0||0||0||1||0||-||32||0|
|Saudi Arabia||League||Crown Prince Cup||League Cup||Asia||Total|
|2009–10||Al-Hilal||Saudi Premier League||22||0||4||0||4||0||6||1||36||1|
|Canada||League||Voyageurs Cup||League Cup||North America||Total|
|2012||Vancouver Whitecaps FC||Major League Soccer||23||1||0||0||-||0||0||23||1|
- Player of the year: 2012
- Results list Korea Republic's goal tally first.
|28 July 2000||Beijing||China PR||1 goal||1–0||Korea-China Annual Match|
|4 October 2000||Dubai||United Arab Emirates||1 goal||1–1 (2–3 PSO)||2000 LG Cup|
|13 October 2000||Tripoli||China PR||1 goal||2–2||2000 AFC Asian Cup|
|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|
Results list Al-Hilal club's goal tally first.
|30 March 2010||Dubai||United Arab Emirates Al-Ahli club's||1 goal||3–2||AFC Champions League 2010|
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- "Lee injury blow for spurs". football.co.uk. 16 April 2007. Retrieved 9 August 2007.
- "Welcome to Tottenhamhotspur.com – News Extra". tottenhamhotspur.com. Retrieved 9 August 2007.[dead link]
- "Tottenham offload Lee to Dortmund". BBC Sport. 27 August 2008. Retrieved 27 August 2008.
- "Lee signs extension with Borussia Dortmund". KBS. 11 December 2008. Retrieved 11 December 2008.
- "Officially: Al Hilal contracts with Lee for one season.". alhilal.com. 10 July 2009. Retrieved 12 July 2009.
- Simon Borg (6 December 2011). "Whitecaps officially announce signing of Lee Young-Pyo for the 2012 season.". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved 9 January 2012.
- "Vancouver Whitecaps FC announce 2012 Team Awards – presented by BMO Bank of Montreal". whitecapsfc.com. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
- Lee, Courtney (12 June 2006). "Christian Beliefs Will Bring Success, says South Korea Football Player". christiantoday.com. Retrieved 18 August 2007.
- MLS player profile
- Al Hilal Saudi Club
- Lee Young-Pyo – FIFA competition record
- Lee Young-Pyo at National-Football-Teams.com
- International Appearances & Goals
- Lee Young-Pyo at kleague.com
- KFA player profile (Korean)
- www.psvweb.nl profile (Dutch)