Ji So-yun

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Ji So-yun
지소연
Ji So-Yun.jpg
Ji in 2010
Personal information
Date of birth (1991-02-21) 21 February 1991 (age 28)
Place of birth Seoul, South Korea
Height 1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Chelsea
Number 10
Youth career
2006–2008 Dongsan Info & Industry HS
2009–2010 Hanyang Women's University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2013 INAC Kobe Leonessa 48 (21)
2014– Chelsea 80 (29)
National team
2007–2008 South Korea U17 15 (11)
2007–2010 South Korea U20 17 (13)
2006– South Korea 117 (54)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 May 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 June 2019
Ji So-yun
Hangul
지소연
Hanja
池笑然
Revised RomanizationJi Soyeon
McCune–ReischauerChi Soyŏn

Ji So-yun (Korean: 지소연, Korean pronunciation: [tɕi.so.jʌn]; born 21 February 1991) is a South Korean professional footballer who plays for Chelsea in the FA Women's Super League and the South Korean national team.

Club career[edit]

Ji lining up for Chelsea in 2014
Ji lining up for Chelsea in 2014.

Ji started her career in Japan, playing for L. League champions INAC Kobe Leonessa between 2011 and 2013. In November 2013, Ji was subject to a transfer bid from English club Chelsea.[2] She agreed to a two-year contract in January 2014.[3] When the transfer was officially confirmed later that month, Chelsea manager Emma Hayes said of Ji: "She is one of the best midfielders in the world and our fans will love her."[4] In one of her final matches for the Japanese club, Ji scored against her soon to be new club, Chelsea in the International Women's Club Championship final.[5]

Ji was named Players' Player of the Year after her first season in England, as Chelsea narrowly missed out on the FA WSL 1 league title on the last day of the season.[6] She was named PFA Women's Players' Player of the Year in April 2015 and was also named in the PFA WSL Team of the Year.[7][8]

At the 2015 FA Women's Cup Final, staged at Wembley Stadium for the first time, Ji scored the only goal of the match to win the Cup for Chelsea.[9] In October 2015 she also scored in Chelsea's 4–0 win over Sunderland which secured the club's first FA WSL title and a League and Cup "double".[10]

On 1 April 2018, Ji made her 100th appearance for Chelsea in a 1–1 draw against Arsenal.[11]

International career[edit]

Ji has represented South Korea at under-17 level and was part of the under-20 team that finished as the runners-up at the 2009 AFC U-19 Women's Championship and third at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.[12]

In October 2006, Ji made her senior team debut while playing at the 2006 Peace Queen Cup. On 30 November 2006, she became the youngest goalscorer (15 years, 282 days) for the South Korean senior team, after scoring two goals against Chinese Taipei at the 2006 Asian Games.[12][13]

Ji is the all-time top goal scorer of the South Korean women's national football team with 54 goals.[13]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list South Korea's goal tally first.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 11 May 2019[14]
Club League Season League Cup[a] League Cup[b] Continental[c] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
INAC Kobe Leonessa Nadeshiko League 1 2011 16 8 4 0 20 8
2012 16 4 3 0 6 3 25 7
2013 16 9 4 6 9 3 2 1 31 19
Total 48 21 11 6 15 6 2 1 76 34
Chelsea FA WSL 1 2014 12 3 2 2 5 4 19 9
2015 14 5 4 3 4 2 4 0 26 10
2016 16 5 4 5 1 0 2 0 23 10
2017 7 4 3 2 10 6
2017–18 14 6 3 2 5 1 6 3 28 12
2018–19 17 6 3 1 2 0 8 2 30 9
Total 80 29 19 15 17 7 20 5 136 56
Career total 128 50 30 21 32 13 22 6 212 90

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

INAC Kobe Leonessa

Chelsea

International[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2015 World Cup" (PDF).
  2. ^ "Chelsea Ladies FC interested in signing Ji So-yeon". Arirang. 29 November 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Korean footballer Ji So-yun to sign two-year deal with Chelsea Ladies". Arirang. 3 January 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Chelsea Ladies sign South Korean midfielder Ji So-Yun". BBC Sport. 28 January 2014. Retrieved 30 January 2014.
  5. ^ Bond, Steve (8 December 2013). "Chelsea Ladies lose to Inac Kobe Leonessa despite defiant late rally". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Chelsea's Ji So-Yun named WSL player's player of the year". BBC Sport. 14 November 2014. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  7. ^ a b c "Who won what? PFA award winners in full". BBC Sport. 26 April 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Chelsea midfielder Ji So-yun is the PFA Women's Player of the Year". Sky Sports. 27 April 2015. Retrieved 27 April 2015.
  9. ^ Aloia, Andrew (1 August 2015). "How Chelsea won the Women's FA Cup". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  10. ^ Garry, Tom (4 October 2015). "WSL 1: Chelsea Ladies 4–0 Sunderland Ladies". BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  11. ^ "Ladies report: Arsenal 1 Chelsea 1". Chelsea F.C. 1 April 2018. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  12. ^ a b "[한국축구유망주60] 지소연: 여자축구의 미래이자 희망" [Ji So Yeon & apos; Future of women's football and hope] (in Korean). Korea Football Association. 30 June 2015. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  13. ^ a b c "각종기록" [Various records]. kfa.or.kr (in Korean). Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  14. ^ "Ji So-yun profile". Soccerway. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  15. ^ a b c d "Chelsea's South Korean star eyes World Cup success". FIFA. 31 March 2019. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  16. ^ "PFA awards: Leicester and Spurs dominate Premier League team". BBC Sport. 21 April 2016. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  17. ^ a b Association, Press (26 April 2019). "PFA Women's Team of the Year: Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City dominate". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 May 2019.

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