Lee with Vancouver in 2011.
|Full name||Lee Young-pyo|
|Date of birth||23 April 1977|
|Place of birth||Hongcheon, Gangwon, South Korea|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|2000–2002||Anyang LG Cheetahs||60||(3)|
|2012–2013||Vancouver Whitecaps FC||65||(1)|
|1999–2000||South Korea U23||14||(1)|
|2002||South Korea U23 (WC)||9||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
|Revised Romanization||I Yeong-pyo|
Lee Young-pyo (Korean: 이영표; Korean pronunciation: [i.jʌŋ.pʰjo]; born 23 April 1977) is a retired South Korean footballer. Lee was recognized for his speed and dribbling skills. His former manager Martin Jol once called him "the best left-back in Holland".
Prior to playing for PSV Eindhoven and Tottenham Hotspur, Lee started his professional career at FC Seoul, then known as Anyang LG Cheetahs in the Korean K League and then spent two years with PSV Eindhoven of the Netherlands, earning high acclaim from PSV Coach Guus Hiddink, who had previously coached Lee and South Korea during the 2002 World Cup. Recognized as the best left-back in the Netherlands after the 2004–05 season, Tottenham signed him amidst heavy competition with several Serie A clubs. He transferred to Tottenham in August 2005.
On 19 November 2008, Lee became the seventh Korean player to earn 100 caps in a World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia. During the 2011 AFC Asian Cup, Lee captained the national team twice after the substitutions of the regular Korean captain, Park Ji-sung.
- 1 Career
- 2 Personal life
- 3 Career statistics
- 4 Honours
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Anyang LG Cheetahs
Lee attended Konkuk University in Seoul and began his professional career at FC Seoul, then known as Anyang LG Cheetahs of K League. He contributed to team's 2000 K League title and 2001–02 Asian Club Championship runner-up. Lee played for the South Korea national team in the 2002 FIFA World Cup and assisted two winning goals against Portugal and Italy by cross. He followed Guus Hiddink and teammate Park Ji-sung to PSV Eindhoven after the success in the World Cup.
At PSV, Lee flourished under Hiddink's guidance and soon established himself in PSV's first team. Known for his endurance, technique, and ability in both defence and attack, Lee was widely regarded as the best left-back in the Dutch Eredivisie. Lee and his compatriot Park were instrumental in PSV Eindhoven's run to the 2005 UEFA Champions League semi-final, although to their disappointment, they were knocked out by AC Milan. Despite PSV's persistent attempts to keep him, Lee moved to the English club Tottenham Hotspur in August 2005.
At Tottenham, Lee was an immediate hit and earned a spot on the Premier League's best eleven in his debut week. Tottenham coach Martin Jol, at the time of his signing on 31 August 2005, touted him as "the best left-back in Holland." His form did however fluctuate in the 2005–06 season, despite being almost ever present in a defence which conceded the fourth lowest number of goals in that season.
In the beginning of 2006–07 season, Lee moved to right full-back due to Benoît Assou-Ekotto's impressive pre-season performance and an injury to regular right-back Paul Stalteri. Lee then faced increased competition when Tottenham signed French defender Pascal Chimbonda on the final day of the transfer period. Lee also suffered a knee injury and in August 2006, Tottenham offered his rights to A.S. Roma of Italy's Serie A, but he backed out at the last minute for "personal reasons". An Italian media report said religion played a part in his decision to reject the transfer offer. On 31 August 2006, Lee held a press conference in Korea and denied that religion was a factor in his decision. He said that moving to Roma would have been great for him in terms of football alone but he decided against it for personal reasons that he would not reveal, despite being pressed for answers by 50 attending reporters.
Lee regained his place in the first team when Assou-Ekotto's form began to falter, most notably in a very poor performance against arch-rivals Arsenal. Lee came on as a half-time substitute in that match and was a notable improvement, and was again preferred by Jol for the starting eleven, until a season-ending knee injury sustained in a UEFA Cup Quarterfinal match against Sevilla on 5 April.
On 9 August 2007, Tottenham manager Martin Jol announced that Lee would be "fit for selection" in "one or two weeks". On 18 August 2007, Lee made his first start of the season against Derby County. He continued to play regularly for Tottenham in the 2007-08 season, along with League Cup appearances against Blackpool, Manchester City and Arsenal. He missed the final but earned a medal for his contributions.
Borussia Dortmund and Al-Hilal
On 27 August 2008, Lee transferred to German club Borussia Dortmund for an undisclosed fee. He consistently appeared early in the season and Borussia Dortmund announced that Lee's contract was extended to Summer 2010 in December but he was benched after vice-captain Dedé recovered from his injury. On 10 July 2009, Lee signed for Al-Hilal for one million euros for one year, with an option by Al-Hilal to renew for a second year. He made 46 league appearances over a two-year spell at Al-Hilal. After the 2010–11 campaign, he was offered another extension, but refused and decided to leave the Riyadh-based club.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Lee officially signed with Vancouver on 6 December 2011. He scored his first MLS goal for Vancouver on 28 April 2012 off a free kick against the Columbus Crew. Lee was a crucial part to Vancouver's 2012 season and was played as a right back. He was considered one of their best players on the team that year. Lee was awarded with Vancouver's 2012 Player of the Year on 21 October 2012 after helping the team become the first Canadian team to reach the MLS Cup Playoffs.
He played his final professional game on 27 October 2013 in Vancouver in 3–0 win against the Colorado Rapids. After scoring the first and eventual game-winning goal, 2013 MLS Golden Boot-winner Camilo Sanvezzo presented Lee with the ball during the goal celebration.
Lee is known to be a devout Christian.
- As of 20 September 2017
|Anyang LG Cheetahs||2000||K League||15||2||0||0||3||0||2||0||20||2|
|Tottenham Hotspur||2005–06||Premier League||31||0||0||0||1||0||—||32||0|
|Vancouver Whitecaps FC||2012||MLS||33||1||2||0||—||—||35||1|
- Checking seven matches in 2001–02 Asian Club Championship now, six matches are confirmed.
|South Korea U23||1999||7||1|
- Scores and results list Korea Republic's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Lee goal.
|28 July 2000||Workers' Stadium, Beijing, China||China PR||1–0||1–0||Korea-China Annual Match|
|4 October 2000||Al-Maktoum Stadium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates||United Arab Emirates||1–1||1–1 (2–3 PSO)||2000 LG Cup|
|13 October 2000||International Olympic Stadium, Tripoli, Lebanon||China PR||1–0||2–2||2000 AFC Asian Cup|
|9 February 2005||Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul, South Korea||Kuwait||2–0||2–0||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|30 March 2005||Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul, South Korea||Uzbekistan||1–0||2–1||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
Anyang LG Cheetahs
South Korea U23
- K League 1 Best XI: 2001
- Best Eleven South Korea All Time Best XI: 2010
- Vancouver Whitecaps FC Player of the Year: 2012
- 네이버 인물검색 (in Korean). Naver People Search. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
- Duerden, John. "John Duerden reports on Tottenham's new Korean star". Soccerphile.com. Soccerphile. Retrieved 18 August 2007.
- "What now for 'Berbs' and 'Bruce'?". ESPN Soccernet. Archived from the original on 11 December 2004. Retrieved 18 August 2007.
- "Lee Young-pyo Denies Jilting AS Roma Over Religion". English.Chosun.com. The Chosun Ilbo. Archived from the original on 12 March 2007. Retrieved 18 August 2007.
- "Lee injury blow for spurs". Football.co.uk. Football.co.uk. 16 April 2007. Retrieved 9 August 2007.
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- Lyon, Sam (18 August 2007). "Tottenham 4-0 Derby". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
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- "Tottenham offload Lee to Dortmund". BBC Sport. 27 August 2008. Retrieved 27 August 2008.
- "Lee signs extension with Borussia Dortmund". KBS. 11 December 2008. Retrieved 11 December 2008.
- "Officially: Al Hilal contracts with Lee for one season". AlHilal.com. Al-Hilal. 10 July 2009. Archived from the original on 12 December 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2009.
- Borg, Simon (6 December 2011). "Whitecaps officially announce signing of Lee Young-pyo for the 2012 season". MLSsoccer.com. MLS Soccer. Retrieved 9 January 2012.
- "Vancouver Whitecaps FC announce 2012 Team Awards – presented by BMO Bank of Montreal". WhitecapsFC.com. Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
- Clipperton, Joshua. "Camilo hat trick gives Whitecaps season-ending victory". TheGlobeandMail.com. The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 28 October 2013.
- Lee, Courtney (12 June 2006). "Christian Beliefs Will Bring Success, says South Korea Football Player". ChristianToday.com. Christian Today. Retrieved 18 August 2007.
- 프로축구 시상식, 19일 타워호텔서 개최 (in Korean). Yonhap News Agency. 18 December 2001.
- 차범근.홍명보.박지성, 역대 최고 베스트 11 (in Korean). Yonhap News Agency. 24 March 2010. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
- "Whitecaps FC Player Awards". Vancouver Whitecaps FC. 1 January 2018.
- Lee Young-pyo – K League stats at kleague.com (in Korean)
- Lee Young-pyo – National Team Stats at KFA (in Korean)
- Lee Young-pyo at Major League Soccer
- Al Hilal Saudi Club
- Lee Young-pyo – FIFA competition record
- Lee Young-pyo at National-Football-Teams.com
- International Appearances & Goals
- www.psvweb.nl profile (in Dutch)