Ryang Yong-gi

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Ryang.
Ryang Yong-Gi
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Personal information
Full name Ryang Yong-Gi
Date of birth (1982-01-07) January 7, 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Tadaoka, Osaka, Japan
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Vegalta Sendai
Number 10
Youth career
2000–2003 Hannan University
2003–2004 Vegalta Sendai
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004– Vegalta Sendai 379 (69)
National team
2008–2013 North Korea 21 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 December 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Ryang Yong-gi
Hangul 량용기
Hanja 梁勇基
Revised Romanization Ryang Yong-Ki
McCune–Reischauer Ryang Yong-Ki

Ryang Yong-Gi (Hangul: 량용기; hanja: 梁勇基; born 7 January 1982 in Tadaoka, Osaka) is a Japanese-born North Korean footballer who plays for Vegalta Sendai in the J. League Division 1.[1]

Ryang is captain of his club where he is a creative midfielder.[2]

Ryang has made one appearance for the Korea DPR national football team in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying rounds [3] and was named as one of the North Korean squad for the 2010 AFC Challenge Cup.[4] Ryang won the Golden Boot and Most Valuable Player awards at the competition that guided Korea DPR to win the title and qualify for 2011 AFC Asian Cup.

2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami[edit]

During the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, Ryang was out driving when it hit. "I thought my tires had gone flat or I had driven over the curb, but the shaking continued and I saw the windows of shops shaking too," he recalled. "I knew it was a bad one and rushed home to see my wife." Ryang and his heavily pregnant wife spent the night sleeping in their car, fearful of further damage to buildings in an urban landscape that suffered severe wreckage.

In the aftermath of the disaster, Ryang and his teammates made frequent visits to affected areas to lend support.[5]

Club career stats[edit]

As of 3 December 2012

Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup Total
2004 Vegalta Sendai J. League Division 2 32 2 2 0 - 34 2
2005 39 6 1 0 - 40 6
2006 42 4 1 0 - 43 4
2007 48 8 1 0 - 49 8
2008 42 13 0 0 - 42 13
2009 51 14 4 1 - 55 15
2010 J. League Division 1 34 11 0 0 3 0 37 11
2011 34 4 0 0 3 0 37 4
2012 27 3 1 0 5 1 33 4
Career total 349 65 10 1 11 1 370 67

International career statistics[edit]

[6]

North Korea national team
Year Apps Goals
2008 2 0
2009 0 0
2010 8 3
2011 8 0
2012 3 1
Total 21 4

Honours[edit]

Vegalta Sendai
North Korea

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stats Centre: Ryang Yong-Gi Facts". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-06-18. 
  2. ^ "Jong poised to fire Chollima". FIFA. 2008-09-03. Retrieved 2009-06-18. 
  3. ^ Ryang Yong GiFIFA competition record
  4. ^ "梁勇基選手 2010AFCチャレンジカップ及び朝鮮民主主義人民共和国代表強化合宿参加のお知らせ". Vegalta Sendai official site. 14 January 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2010. 
  5. ^ Paul Gittings and Yoko Wakatsuki (28 August 2013). "Korea United: Football hero Ryang Yong-Gi's ambitious goal". CNN. 
  6. ^ Ryang Yong-gi at National-Football-Teams.com