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Lee Chun-soo
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Lee with Incheon United in 2013
Personal information
Full name Lee Chun-soo
Date of birth (1981-07-09) 9 July 1981 (age 40)
Place of birth Incheon, South Korea
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Position(s) Forward
Youth career
1994–1996 Bupyeongdong Middle School
1997–1999 Bupyeong High School
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Korea University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i 36 (15)
2003–2005 Real Sociedad 13 (0)
2004–2005Numancia (loan) 15 (0)
2005–2007 Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i 48 (17)
2007–2009 Feyenoord 12 (0)
2008Suwon Samsung Bluewings (loan) 3 (0)
2009Jeonnam Dragons (loan) 7 (4)
2009–2010 Al-Nassr 16 (3)
2010–2011 Omiya Ardija 43 (8)
2013–2015 Incheon United 67 (5)
Total 260 (52)
National team
1999–2000 South Korea U20 14 (20)
1999–2004 South Korea U23 21 (11)
2006 South Korea U23 (WC) 6 (0)
2000–2008 South Korea 78 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 November 2015
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 May 2014
Lee Chun-soo
Hangul
이천수
Hanja
李天秀
Revised RomanizationI Cheon-su
McCune–ReischauerI Ch'ŏnsu

Lee Chun-soo (Korean이천수; born 9 July 1981) is a retired South Korean football player. He played as a forward for the South Korea national team at the 2002 and 2006 editions of the FIFA World Cup.

Early life[edit]

As early as his teen years at Bupyeong High School, Lee was already highly touted as the future of Korean football along with another promising youngster in Choi Tae-uk. Lee, Choi and teammate Park Yong-ho were nicknamed the "Bupyeong Trio", leading their school to three South Korean national high school championships in 1999.[2] Lee and Choi also played together for the South Korean national team at the 2002 FIFA World Cup three years later.

In 1999, Lee was selected as a member of the South Korea under-20 team for the Bangabandhu Cup. He scored five goals against Thailand in his debut game.[3] He also scored both goals in the following game, where South Korea defeated Brazil 2–0. He was also a member of the South Korea under-23 team at the 2000 Summer Olympics. He almost missed a crucial penalty in a group match against Morocco, but succeeded in scoring the rebound.[4]

Playing career[edit]

2002 World Cup[edit]

At the 2002 FIFA World Cup held in his home country, Lee played in all seven games for South Korea. Despite playing as a substitute in five games leading up to the quarter-finals, he showed his quick dribbling ability as well as his tenacious defense, becoming an important contributor of the South Korean team in the process.[5] He started the semi-final match against Germany, but displayed a greediness for goal with little regard for teamwork. Still, he almost proved effective with a memorable shot saved by Oliver Kahn.[5]

Challenge in Spain[edit]

That same year, Lee also showed his talent in the K League by recording seven goals and nine assists in 18 games in his first professional season.[6] After becoming a World Cup semi-finalist and the top assist provider of the K League at the tender age of 19, he was named the Asian Young Footballer of the Year by the Asian Football Confederation.[7] In July of 2003, he joined the runners-up of the 2002–03 La Liga, Real Sociedad, becoming the first Korean to play in La Liga. However, after a mediocre season, he was loaned out to fellow La Liga side Numancia, and ultimately returned to South Korea. He was unable to score in La Liga in his two years there.[8]

Prime[edit]

Though Lee failed in Spain due to the difference in level between La Liga and the K League, he was still one of the best South Korean footballers. Though he joined Ulsan in mid-season, his performance proved to be invaluable to Ulsan's capture of the 2005 league. He especially scored a hat trick in the first leg of the championship final.[9] He was subsequently named the K League's Most Valuable Player on 28 December 2005.[10]

The next year, he left a memorable game against Gamba Osaka at the A3 Champions Cup. He played only 45 minutes of the game due to a cold, but scored a hat-trick.[11] At the 2006 FIFA World Cup, he played as a starter unlike at the 2002 World Cup. He scored Korea's first goal with a free kick against Togo in a 2–1 win.[12]

Incidents and controversies[edit]

In the summer of 2008, Lee joined Feyenoord of the Eredivisie. He got the second chance to play in Europe, but failed to adapt to the Netherlands. While he competed in Feyenoord, he was scammed in his country, and took a two-week vacation to solve the problem.[13] He had difficulty concentrating on football due to his case of fraud, and Feyenoord officially announced Lee's loan to South Korean team Suwon Samsung Bluewings on a one-year deal in July 2008. Even in Suwon, his stint was ill-received: he performed poorly, had clashes with the coaching staff, and was banished from the K League. After a few months, Suwon released him from the banishment, and he could be loaned to Jeonnam Dragons on 26 February 2009.

In June 2009, he claimed a dual contract with Feyenoord that he cannot reject his transfer if a club suggest a high salary to him, and he joined a Saudi club Al-Nassr in the middle of the season. However, the dual contract did not exist in reality, and he was prohibited from joining the K League again after Jeonnam got to know the truth.[14] In March 2010, he left Al-Nassr because the club did not give his wages for three months.[15] He joined a J1 League club Omiya Ardija, and played in Japan for a year and a half.

Return to South Korea[edit]

After leaving Omiya Ardija, Lee did not join any foreign professional club for a year, and hoped to play in South Korea. Jeonnam Dragons released his indefinite banishment after watching his behavior including three apologies at the stadium.[16] On 31 March 2013, he came back to the K League after 1,381 days with Incheon United in a game against Daejeon Citizen.[17] After a slow start, he finally got an assist against Ulsan Hyundai on 20 April 2013.[18] On 25 May 2013, he scored his first goal since his comeback against Busan IPark. While at the club, he took the role of veteran to lead the juniors and seniors as one team.[19]

On 5 November 2015, he announced his retirement as a player. His final performance came in March 2016 in an international fixture between Korea and Lebanon. [20]

After retirement[edit]

In 2005, he took a special seminar at Goyang Baekyang Middle School with Chung Mong-joon, president of the Korea Football Association.

In June 2014, he starred in the SNL Korea corner "GTA Soccer Game Winning Eleven" alongside Kim Min-kyo.

In December 2015, he appeared on the King of Mask Singer and displayed his singing skills.

As of March 2016, he is a commentator for JTBC3 Fox Sports.

In June 2021, Lee signed a contract with DH Entertainment.[21]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 1 May 2016[1][6]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i 2002 K League 18 7 3 2 0 0 21 9
2003 K League 18 8 0 0 18 8
Total 36 15 3 2 0 0 39 17
Real Sociedad 2003–04 La Liga 13 0 2 0 6 0 21 0
Numancia (loan) 2004–05 La Liga 15 0 1 0 16 0
Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i 2005 K League 14 7 1 0 0 0 15 7
2006 K League 18 5 0 0 6 2 6 3 30 10
2007 K League 16 5 1 0 10 2 27 7
Total 48 17 2 0 16 4 6 3 72 24
Feyenoord 2007–08 Eredivisie 12 0 2 0 14 0
Suwon Samsung Bluewings (loan) 2008 K League 3 0 0 0 1 1 4 1
Jeonnam Dragons (loan) 2009 K League 7 4 1 0 1 0 9 4
Al-Nassr 2009–10 Saudi Professional League 16 3 0 0 0 0 16 3
Omiya Ardija 2010 J1 League 16 2 2 2 0 0 18 4
2011 J1 League 27 6 1 0 0 0 28 6
Total 43 8 3 2 16 4 6 3 46 10
Incheon United 2013 K League 1 19 2 1 0 20 2
2014 K League 1 28 1 0 0 28 1
2015 K League 1 20 2 0 0 20 2
Total 67 5 1 0 68 5
Career total 260 52 15 4 18 5 12 3 305 64

International goals[edit]

Results list South Korea's goal tally first.
Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
5 April 2000 Seoul  Laos 1 goal 9–0 2000 AFC Asian Cup qualification
7 April 2000 Seoul  Mongolia 1 goal 6–0 2000 AFC Asian Cup qualification
13 September 2001 Daejeon  Nigeria 1 goal 2–1 Friendly match
16 May 2002 Busan  Scotland 1 goal 4–1 Friendly match
8 September 2004 Ho Chi Minh City  Vietnam 1 goal 2–1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
29 January 2006 Hong Kong  Croatia 1 goal 2–0 2006 Carlsberg Cup
22 February 2006 Aleppo  Syria 1 goal 2–1 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification
13 June 2006 Frankfurt  Togo 1 goal 2–1 2006 FIFA World Cup
6 February 2007 London  Greece 1 goal 1–0 Friendly match
29 June 2007 Seogwipo  Iraq 1 goal 3–0 Friendly match

Honours[edit]

Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i

Feyenoord

Suwon Samsung Bluewings

Incheon United

South Korea U23

South Korea

Individual

Filmography[edit]

Television shows[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes Ref.
2021 Golden Eleven 2 tvN Consultant [35]
Brad PT & GYM Carry MBC Every1 Participant with Shim Ha-eun [36]

Web shows[edit]

Year Title Network Role Ref.
2021 Ssangssang Invitational Naver TV, YouTube Cast Member [37]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ [올림픽] 한국축구 모로코에 1:0 첫 승 (in Korean). Maeil Business Newspaper. 17 September 2000. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
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  8. ^ "(LEAD) Controversial footballer Lee Chun-soo returns to pro league". Yonhap News Agency. 22 February 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2021.
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  35. ^ Ahn Tae-hyun (15 September 2021). "축구 유망주 발굴 '골든일레븐' 시즌2로 돌아온다" ['Golden Eleven' to discover soccer prospects returns with season 2]. NEWS1 (in Korean). Retrieved 15 September 2021 – via Naver.
  36. ^ Park Jin-hee (22 October 2021). "이천수-심하은, MBC에브리원 예능 '브래드PT&GYM캐리' 제작발표회" [Lee Cheon-soo and Shim Ha-eun, MBC Every1 entertainment 'Brad PT & GYM Carry' production presentation] (in Korean). Newsis. Retrieved 22 October 2021 – via Naver.
  37. ^ Choi Na-young (9 December 2021). "김이나♥︎조영철→야옹이♥︎전선욱, 파격 예능 동반출격('쌍쌍 인비테이셔널')" [Ina Kim ♥︎ Jo Young-cheol → Meow ♥ ︎ Jeon Seon-wook, scramble for a special entertainment together ('Ssangsou Invitational')] (in Korean). OSEN. Retrieved 9 December 2021 – via Naver.

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