Song Ui-young

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Song Ui-young
Personal information
Full name Song Ui-young
Date of birth (1993-11-08) 8 November 1993 (age 25)[1]
Place of birth Incheon, South Korea
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Home United
Number 8[3]
Youth career
Cheong Wang Middle School[4]
Yeouido High School[4]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011 Roasso Kumamoto 18 (2)
2012Home United (loan) 6 (0)
2012 Suwon City 11 (2)
2013– Home United 107 (22)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 September 2018

Song Ui-young (Hangul: 송의영, born 8 November 1993) is a South Korean professional footballer who currently plays as a midfielder for S.League club Home United. Song started off playing primarily as a striker in his youth career, but was subsequently converted to be an attacking midfielder. Song is also well known as a footballer for his high work rate and excellent technical ability.[5]

Early life[edit]

Song was born in Incheon, South Korea, and spent most of his childhood divided between school and football. Song was known as a quiet child during his schooling days, but stood out for his footballing skills and passion for the sport. He was scouted during his last year of elementary school to join Cheong Wang Middle School, a school renowned for its footballing programme. Song had to leave home and move to the school dormitory as the school premises were situated in the Gyeonggi-do province, away from Incheon where he had grown up in.[6]

Youth career[edit]

At the age of 13, Song began training with the school team of Cheong Wang Middle School. In the final year of middle school, Song was made the captain of the school team. His head coach then, also put in a recommendation during his graduation for him to attend his high school education at Yeouido High School, which was known for its affiliations with K.League Classic club Suwon Samsung Bluewings.[6]

By the recommendation of his coach from Yeouido High School, Song left South Korea at the age of 19 to pursue footballing opportunities in Singapore. Song's move to Singapore was eased by the presence of Home United's assistant coach Baek Jong-seok, whom he shared an apartment with. Song subsequently joined Home United's youth team, which participates in the Prime League.[6]

Club career[edit]

Roasso Kumamoto[edit]

Song briefly joined J.League Division 2 side Roasso Kumamoto in 2011. During his one season stint with the Japanese side, he made a total of 18 competitive appearances for the team, with 12 of the 19 appearances coming off the bench. He scored three goals for the Japanese side.

Suwon City[edit]

Following his short spell with Roasso Kumamoto, Song returned to South Korea, where he joined Suwon City to partake in the K.League Challenge league for the 2012 season. Song made a total of 14 competitive appearances with 8 appearances coming off the bench for his club. He score 2 decisive goals against Cheonan City and Chungju Hummel to secure a 1–2 and 2–1 win respectively for his side.[7]

Home United[edit]

After Song's move abroad to join Home United's youth team in the Prime League, he was quickly promoted to join the first team which competes in the S.League, Singapore's top tier of competitive football. On 12 July 2012, Song made his debut appearance for the Protectors in the uniformed derby against Warriors FC. He played a total of 46 minutes in his first competitive match for the club, which subsequently ended in a 0–3 loss for his side.

Home United coach, Philippe Aw, was chosen to manage the Singapore Selection side for the 2016 Sultan of Selangor Cup. Song was selected in the 18-man squad for the cup tie that took place at the Shah Alam Stadium on 7 May 2016. He came on as a substitute in the 56th minute, and played the remainder of the match which eventually ended 1-1 (3-4 on penalties) in a win for the Singapore Selection team.[8]

Song has played a big part in spearheading attack as a false 9. Alongside Sharil Ishak he enjoyed a prolific start to the 2018 campaign, despite encountering an injury that ruled him out for half the season Song played a pivotal role in helping the club to a second place finish (securing the ACL playoff slot for the protectors) as well as it's highest AFC cup finish (quarter-finals) .

Style of play[edit]

Having been initially deployed as a Defensive midfielder by Lee Lim-Saeng. Song gradually moved towards more offensive roles under Aidil Sharin, being played as a box-to-box, attacking midfielder, Winger, Second striker as well as a poacher.[9] Despite having been injury prone throughout his career, Song retained his remarkable pace and dribbling ability, allowing him to spearhead attacks by taking defenses head-on. He is also noted as a remarkable finisher.

International career[edit]

During an interview conducted with Song in 2016, he stated that he was open to the idea of representing Singapore internationally. Song is a S Pass holder, and will meet the residency requirements of five years set by FIFA by the end of 2016 for him to become a naturalized Singapore citizen. Ex-Singapore national team coach Bernd Stange, also rated Song as one of the foreign players plying their trade in the S.League that can improve the national football team if they were to be naturalized.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 6 October 2018.[7]
Club Season J. League Division 2 Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Asia Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Roasso Kumamoto 2011 18 2 0 0 0 0 18 2
Club Season K.League Challenge KFA Cup K.League Cup Asia Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Suwon City 2012 11 2 0 0 0 0 11 2
Club Season S.League Singapore Cup Singapore League Cup Asia Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Home United 2012 6 0 1 0 0 0 7 0
2013 22 2 4 1 3 1 29 4
2014 20 2 6 1 3 0 1 0 30 3
2015 20 1 1 0 2 0 23 1
2016 19 5 1 0 0 0 20 5
2017 13 2 5 0 0 0 7 3 25 5
2018 13 10 3 1 0 0 11 9 27 20
2019 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 113 22 21 3 8 1 19 12 161 38
Career total 142 26 21 3 8 1 19 12 190 42

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Home United[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Song Ui-Young". Goal.com. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Song Ui Young - Basic Information". ONEFOOTBALL.com. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  3. ^ "S.League". hufc.sg. Home United Football Club. Archived from the original on 22 April 2016. Retrieved 27 May 2016. Jersey No: 8, Name: SONG UIYOUNG (SOUTH KOREA), Position: MIDFIELDER, Age: 23
  4. ^ a b "An Interview with Song Ui Young". hufc.sg. Home United Football Club. Archived from the original on 31 December 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  5. ^ a b Chua, Siang Yee (8 April 2016). "Song open to the idea of playing for Singapore, Football News & Top Stories". The Straits Times. Singapore Press Holdings. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  6. ^ a b c "An Interview with Song Ui Young". Home United Football Club. 5 November 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Korea Republic - Ui-Young Song - Profile with news, career statistics and history". Soccerway. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  8. ^ Tan, Kenneth (7 May 2016). "Singapore win Sultan of Selangor Cup on pens". ESPN FC. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  9. ^ https://www.fourfourtwo.com/sg/features/songs-feeling-right-home-singapore

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