Lee Geum-min

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Lee Geum-min
Lee with her Manchester City shirt in 2019
Personal information
Date of birth (1994-04-07) 7 April 1994 (age 27)
Place of birth South Korea
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 5+12 in)
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Brighton & Hove Albion
Number 9
Youth career
Hyundai Info-Tech HS
Ulsan College
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2017 Seoul 57 (26)
2018–2019 Gyeongju KHNP 36 (21)
2019–2021 Manchester City 3 (1)
2020–2021Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 18 (3)
2021- Brighton & Hove Albion 2 (1)
National team
2009–2010 South Korea U17 11 (3)
2011–2014 South Korea U20 15 (6)
2013– South Korea 48 (16)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 Sept 2021
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 Sept 2021

Lee Geum-min (Korean이금민, Korean pronunciation: [i.ɡɯm.min] or [i] [kɯm.min]; born 7 April 1994) is a South Korean footballer who plays as a forward for the South Korea national team. She currently plays in the FA WSL for Brighton & Hove Albion having previously played for Manchester City.

Club career[edit]

Seoul (2015–2017)[edit]

On 4 November 2014, Lee was drafted first overall by Seoul.[1] She finished the 2015 season with six goals and two assists in 18 appearances. The following season, she scored nine goals and registered four assists in 18 appearances. In her final season with Seoul, Lee scored eleven goals and had six assists in 21 appearances.[2]

Gyeongju KHNP (2018–2019)[edit]

In 2018, Lee joined Gyeongju KHNP.[3] On 23 April 2018, she made her debut in a 0–0 draw with Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels.[4] On 14 May 2018, she scored twice in a 3–0 away victory against Changnyeong.[5] In her final game for Gyeongju KHNP Lee scored a hat-trick as her team won 3–0 away at Boeun Sangmu, having previously scored two goals in the previous match, her last at home, a 5–2 win over Suwon.[6]

Manchester City (2019–present)[edit]

On 7 August 2019, Manchester City announced they had signed Lee on a two-year contract. A video of Lee dancing to a BTS song on her initiation gained over a quarter of a million views on Twitter.[7] Lee made her WSL debut for Manchester City on 7 September 2019 coming on as a second-half substitute against Manchester United at the Etihad. The match broke the record attendance for a WSL match at 31,213.[8] Lee made her UEFA Women's Champions League debut and first City start in a 7–1 away win at Swiss team FF Lugano 1976 on 12 September 2019.[9] Lee scored her first goal for Manchester City on 12 October 2019, coming on as a late substitute at home to Birmingham City to seal a 3–0 victory for City.[10]

Loan to Brighton & Hove Albion (2020–21)[edit]

On 24 July 2020 it was announced Lee had joined WSL team Brighton & Hove Albion on loan for the 2020–21 season with head coach Hope Powell describing the signing as "a real coup."[11] Lee made her debut for Brighton in the season opener, a 2–0 home win against Birmingham on Sept 6 2020.

Lee made her FA Cup debut on September 27, 2020 starting in Brighton's Quarter-Final also against Birmingham City.[12]

On 7 February 2021 Lee was part of the Brighton team that ended Chelsea's 33-match unbeaten run with a 2-1 victory for the Seagulls.[13] Her first goal for Brighton, a header, came in the Away fixture at Reading on 2 May 2021. Her second, a spectacular long-range hit, coming just 35 seconds later when she intercepted the ball from Reading's kick-off. It was described as an immediate contender for WSL goal of the season.[14] Lee then went on to score in Brighton's next fixture, an end-of-season game at home to Bristol. [15]

Brighton & Hove Albion (2021–present))[edit]

Lee signed for Brighton from Manchester City in August 2021.[16]

Lee was on target for Albion in their 2021/21 WSL season opener against West Ham, which was played at the Amex Stadium. It was the South Korean’s fourth goal in her last three WSL games, including the final two matches of last season. [17]

International career[edit]

Lee was a member of the under-16 team that won the 2009 AFC U-16 Women's Championship and was in the under-17 squad that claimed the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup the following year.[18] She made two appearances at the 2011 AFC U-19 Women's Championship, scoring two goals against Australia in a 4–2 win. In 2013, she helped South Korea win the 2013 AFC U-19 Women's Championship and qualify for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.[19] Lee was selected by Korea for the 2015 Women's World Cup[20] and the 2019 Women's World Cup.[21]

Women's Super League Career statistics[edit]

As of matches played 12 Sept 2021
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup ChampionsLeague Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester City 2019–20 FA WSL 3 1 0 0 2 0 3 0 8 1
Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 2020–21 FA WSL 18 3 1 0 2 0 20 3
Brighton & Hove Albion 2021–22 FA WSL 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1
WSL Career total 23 5 1 0 4 0 3 0 30 5




  1. ^ "이금민, WK리그 1순위로 서울시청행(종합)" (in Korean). Yonhap News Agency. 4 November 2014. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Player stats" (in Korean). Korea Women's Football Federation (KWFF). Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  3. ^ "[WK리그] '강철체력' 이금민 "힘들지만 뛰는 게 좋아요"" (in Korean). Naver. 24 April 2018. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Match Report: Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels 0–0 Gyeongju KHNP" (in Korean). Korea Women's Football Federation (KWFF). 23 April 2018. Archived from the original on 25 April 2018. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  5. ^ "March Report: Changnyeong 0–3 Gyeongju KHNP" (in Korean). Korea Women's Football Federation (KWFF). 14 May 2018. Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Gyeongju W - South Korea: Results". www.soccer24.com. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  7. ^ City, Manchester (14 August 2019). "Throwing some shapes stateside!". @ManCity. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  8. ^ "Manchester City seal win in front of record crowd". BBC Sport. 7 September 2019.
  9. ^ "Women's Champions League: Manchester City thrash Lugano 7-1 in last 32 first leg". 12 September 2019. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  10. ^ "Manchester City top WSL table". 12 October 2019. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  11. ^ "Lee Geum-min: Striker joins Brighton on loan from Manchester City". BBC Sport. 24 July 2020.
  12. ^ "Brighton team". 27 September 2020.
  13. ^ "Brighton seal shock win at WSL leaders Chelsea". 7 February 2021.
  14. ^ "WSL goal of the season? Brighton's Geum-Min Lee hits long-range stunner". 2 May 2021.
  15. ^ "Bristol City relegated after Maya Le Tissier, Lee Geum-min and Inessa Kaagman goals seal win for the Seagulls". 9 May 2021.
  16. ^ {{|date=2021-08-13|title=Brighton sign South Korean Striker on permanent deal|url=https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/58200283/%7Caccess-date=2021-09-09%7Cwebsite=BBC%7Clanguage=en-GB}}
  17. ^ {{|date=2021-08-13|title=Why South Korea star striker Geummin Lee is 'waxing lyrical' at Brighton|url=https://www.brightonandhoveindependent.co.uk/sport/football/brighton-and-hove-albion/why-south-korea-star-striker-geummin-lee-is-waxing-lyrical-at-brighton-3374614%7Caccess-date=2021-09-09%7Cwebsite=Brighton And Hove Independent|language=en-GB}}
  18. ^ "Lee lauds her South Korean soul sisters". FIFA. 17 August 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  19. ^ "Lee Geummin (이금민) player profile" (in Korean). Korea Football Association (KFA). Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  20. ^ "World Cup Squad Number 2015". women's soccer united.
  21. ^ "World Cup Squads 2019". fox sports.

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