Woon-Jae with Suwon Samsung Bluewings in 2009
|Date of birth||26 April 1973|
|Place of birth||Cheongju, Chungbuk, South Korea|
|Height||1.82 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|1994–1995||Kyung Hee University|
|1996–2010||Suwon Samsung Bluewings||267||(0)|
|2000–2001||→ Sangmu (Army)|
|1992–1996||South Korea U-23||16||(0)|
|2002||South Korea U-23||9||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
|Revised Romanization||I Un-jae|
Lee Woon-jae (Korean: 이운재; born 26 April 1973) is a South Korean former football goalkeeper who last played for Chunnam Dragons in the K-League. He was part of Korea's 1994, 2002, 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cup campaigns. In South Korea, he is also known as "Spider Hands".
Suwon Samsung Bluewings
Lee moved to Suwon from Kyung Hee University, making his debut for the K-League club in 1996. He made over 100 appearances during his first spell with the club before moving to Sangmu, the sports division of the Republic of Korea Armed Forces while serving his mandatory two-year period of military service. He returned to Suwon in 2002 and remained at the club since, amassing over 200 league appearances for the club.
Lee has been a member of the South Korea national team since the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. He was a part of the 1994 World Cup squad in the United States and was substituted into the game against Germany after starting goalkeeper Choi In-young conceded three goals. At the 2002 World Cup, Lee was selected in South Korea manager Guus Hiddink's squad and was first-choice goalkeeper ahead of Kim Byung-ji. In 2006, he started for Korea at the 2006 World Cup in Germany, ahead of younger high-profile goalkeepers such as Kim Young-kwang. He captained the side at the 2007 Asian Cup in place of the injured Kim Nam-il.
Lee is well known for saving vital penalties during international competitions. At the 2002 World Cup, he made football history during the quarter-final between Spain and South Korea, which ended in a draw and went to penalties. After both sides scored their first three penalties, Korea scored its fourth goal, and Lee blocked Spain's fourth shot, taken by the 21-year-old winger Joaquín. Korea scored its fifth penalty and went on to the semi-finals against Germany. In addition, he saved a total of three shootout penalties during the 2007 Asian Cup, two against Iran and one against Japan (they would win both matches and finish third overall). Before the 2007 Asian Cup match against Bahrain, Lee was suspended for a year after he sneaked out from his hotel room and went on a drinking binge in an Indonesian bar along with South Korean teammates Kim Sang-sik, Woo Sung-yong and Lee Dong-gook.
Lee is one of two players (the other being Rigobert Song of Cameroon) to be selected for the 2010 World Cup that were also selected for the 1994 World Cup. He is one of seven players from Asia to play in four different World Cups.
He played his last game for the national team in a friendly against Nigeria on 11 August 2010 in a 2–1 victory, subsequently retiring from international football.
- As of 7 November 2011
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|South Korea||League||KFA Cup||League Cup||Asia||Total|
International career statistics
|Korea Republic national team|
International clean sheets
- Results list South Korea's goal tally first.
- K-League Best 11: 1999, 2002, 2004, 2008
- K-League Most Valuable Player: 2008
- Korean FA Cup Most Valuable Player: 2009
- Suwon Bluewings
- K-League (4): 1998, 1999, 2004, 2008
- Korean FA Cup (2): 2002, 2009
- K-League Cup (4): 1999 (Daehan Fire Insurance Cup), 1999 (Adidas Cup), 2005, 2008
- Korean Super Cup (2): 1999, 2005
- AFC Champions League (1): 2001–02
- Asian Super Cup (1): 2002
- A3 Champions Cup (1): 2005
- Pan-Pacific Championship (1): 2009
- List of South Korean footballers
- South Korea national football team
- List of Koreans
- List of Korea-related topics
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Lee Woon-Jae.|
- Lee Woon-jae – K League stats at kleague.com
- Lee Woon-jae – National Team Stats at KFA (in Korean)
- Lee Woon-jae – FIFA competition record
- Lee Woon-jae at National-Football-Teams.com
- International Appearances & Goals
- Naver Sports Record (in Korean)
|South Korea captain
|Chunnam Dragons captain