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Lee Eul-Yong
이을용
Personal information
Full name Lee Eul-Yong (이을용)
Date of birth (1975-09-08) September 8, 1975 (age 43)
Place of birth Taebaek, South Korea
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Gangwon FC (coach)
Youth career
Gangneung Commerce High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995 Korea National Railroad
1996–1997 Sangmu (Army)
1998–2003 Bucheon SK 90 (11)
2002–2003Trabzonspor (loan) 19 (0)
2003–2004 FC Seoul 27 (0)
2004–2006 Trabzonspor 55 (1)
2006–2008 FC Seoul 57 (0)
2009–2011 Gangwon FC 58 (1)
Total 306 (13)
National team
1999–2006 South Korea 51 (3)
Teams managed
2012–2014 Gangwon FC (assistant)
2015–2016 Cheongju University (coach)
2017–2018 FC Seoul Reserves (coach)
2018 FC Seoul (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 3, 2012
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of June 26, 2014
Lee Eul-yong
Hangul
이을용
Hanja
李乙容
Revised RomanizationI Eul-yong
McCune–ReischauerI Ŭryong

Lee Eul-Yong (Hangul: 이을용) (born September 8, 1975) is a South Korean former football player and a coach who is currently coaching FC Seoul since 20 January. Lee was born in Taebaek, Gangwon. He attended high school in Gangneung and went on to graduate from Dankook University.

Career[edit]

He previously played for FC Seoul, Bucheon SK, and Gangwon FC in the Korean K-League, and was part of the South Korean national team at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and was one of Guus Hiddink's favorite players. He was capable of scoring free kicks similar to David Beckham's. He was notable for his goal against Turkey in the 3rd place match in the 2002 FIFA World Cup. He transferred to Trabzonspor in 2002 with the help of Tınaz Tırpan. Since 2006, he had played for FC Seoul until 2008 season. In January 2009, he completed to move to Gangwon FC.

In September 2006, after a successful match against Taiwan national football team, Lee announced that he would retire from the Korean national team to focus on FC Seoul and also to make way for younger players in the upcoming 2010 World Cup.[1][2]

Eul-yong Ta[edit]

Lee is well known by most South Koreans and other Asian football fans for a famous incident which is sometimes referred as "Eul-yong Ta (을용타)," and roughly translated as 'Eul-yong Strike/Smash'. The incident occurred during a match against China in the inaugural East Asian Cup in December 2003.

During the second half of the game, Chinese forward Li Yi kicked Lee in the shins immediately after he finished his pass. Visually upset with Li's violent play, Lee slapped Li on the back of his head. Li Yi started rolling on the pitch grabbing his head in an apparent exaggeration. For a while the entire Chinese and Korean squad ran toward the scene but further conflict did not occur, as the referee awarded a yellow card for Li and red card for Lee. Korea defeated China in the match, and Lee became the source of a popular internet meme after the incident.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 23 October 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
1998 Bucheon SK K League 1 14 3 2 0 19 0 - 35 3
1999 17 1 3 0 8 0 - 28 1
2000 27 5 3 0 10 0 - 40 5
2001 26 2 1 0 0 0 - 27 2
2002 6 0 0 0 1 0 - 7 0
Turkey League Türkiye Kupası League Cup Europe Total
2002-03 Trabzonspor Süper Lig 19 0 2 0 - - 21 0
South Korea League KFA Cup League Cup Asia Total
2003 Anyang LG Cheetahs
/ FC Seoul
K League 1 17 0 1 0 - - 18 0
2004 10 0 0 0 0 0 - 10 0
Turkey League Türkiye Kupası League Cup Europe Total
2004-05 Trabzonspor Süper Lig 26 0 3 0 - 3 0 32 0
2005-06 29 1 3 0 - 2 0 34 1
South Korea League KFA Cup League Cup Asia Total
2006 FC Seoul K League 1 14 0 2 0 0 0 - 16 0
2007 22 0 2 0 8 1 - 32 1
2008 21 0 0 0 9 0 - 30 0
2009 Gangwon FC 22 0 1 0 2 0 - 25 0
2010 17 0 0 0 0 0 - 17 0
2011 19 1 2 0 1 0 - 22 1
Total South Korea 232 12 17 0 58 1 - 307 13
Turkey 74 1 8 0 - 5 0 87 1
Career total 306 13 25 0 58 1 5 0 394 14

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Bucheon SK

Trabzonspor

FC Seoul

International[edit]

South Korea

International goals[edit]

Results list South Korea's goal tally first.
Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
June 29, 2002 Daegu, South Korea  Turkey 1 goal 2-3 2002 FIFA World Cup
September 29, 2003 Incheon, South Korea    Nepal 1 goal 16-0 2004 AFC Asian Cup qualification
June 4, 2006 Edinburgh, UK  Ghana 1 goal 1-3 Friendly match

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Lee Min-Sung
FC Seoul captain
2007–2008
Succeeded by
Kim Chi-Gon
Preceded by
Inaugural
Gangwon FC captain
2009
Succeeded by
Chung Kyung-Ho
Preceded by
Seo Dong-Hyun
Gangwon FC captain
2011
Succeeded by
Kim Eun-Jung