Lee Chun-soo

This is a Korean name; the family name is Lee.
Lee Chun-Soo
Personal information
Full name Lee Chun-Soo
Date of birth (1981-07-09) 9 July 1981
Place of birth Incheon, South Korea
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Playing position Forward / Winger
Youth career
1997-1999 Bupyeong High School
2000–2001 Korea University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Ulsan Hyundai Horangi 36 (15)
2003–2005 Real Sociedad 13 (0)
2004–2005Numancia (Loan) 15 (0)
2005–2007 Ulsan Hyundai Horangi 48 (17)
2007–2009 Feyenoord 12 (0)
2008Suwon Bluewings (Loan) 3 (0)
2009Jeonnam Dragons (Subleasing) 7 (4)
2009–2010 Al-Nassr 16 (3)
2010–2011 Omiya Ardija 43 (8)
2013–2015 Incheon United 67 (5)
National team
1999–2000 South Korea U20 13 (20)
1999–2004 South Korea U23 21 (11)
2006 South Korea U23 (Wild card) 6 (0)
2000–2008 South Korea 78 (10)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 November 2015.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 May 2014
Lee Chun-soo
Hangul 이천수
Hanja 李天秀
Revised Romanization I Cheon-su
McCune–Reischauer I Ch'ŏnsu

Lee Chun-Soo (Hangul: 이천수; born 9 July 1981) is a retired football player from South Korea. He played as a forward for the national team during the 2002 World Cup, the 2004 Summer Olympics, and the 2006 World Cup.

Football career

While Lee attended Bupyeong High School, he was already expected to be the future of Korean football with Choi Tae-Uk.

In 2002, Lee scored seven goals in K-League and made the World Cup squad. After the World Cup, he moved to play for Real Sociedad of Spain, becoming the first Korean to play in the Spanish La Liga. After a mediocre season, however, he was moved on loan to fellow Spanish side Numancia, before returning to Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i of South Korea's K-League.

Though Lee joined Ulsan in mid-season, his performance proved to be invaluable to Ulsan's capture of the 2005 league title with a hat trick in the first leg of the finals. He was subsequently named the K-League's Most Valuable Player on 28 December 2005.

In the 2006 World Cup, he scored Korea's first goal with a free kick against Togo in a 2–1 win.

In summer 2008, Lee joined Feyenoord of the Netherlands but failed to adapt to the country.

In July 2008, Feyenoord officially announced Lee's loan to Korean powerhouse Suwon Samsung Bluewings for a one-year deal. But he performed poorly for Suwon and had clashes with the coaching staff. He was suspended from the K-League by Suwon.

After few months, Suwon released him and on 26 February 2009, he was loaned to the Chunnam Dragons until 31 July 2009. On 13 June 2009, he signed with the Dragons.[2] In the last week of June 2009, however, a secret contract was exposed. Feyenoord tried to transfer Lee to Al Nassr and he had trouble getting along while at Chunnam, which released him.

He also left Saudi Arabia while still under contract with Al Nassr. He eventually joined Omiya Ardija of Japan.

On 31 March 2013, He came back to the K-league, In 1381 days at the game with Daejeon Citizen.[3] Finally, On 20 April 2013, he got an assist against Ulsan Hyundai.[4]

On 25 May 2013, he scored the first goal since his comeback to K-league against Busan IPark. Now he takes a role of veteran in the club to lead the juniors and seniors as one team.[5]

On 5 November 2015, he announced his retirement as a player.

His final performance came in March 2016 in an international fixture between Korea and Lebanon [6]

Club statistics

As of 1 May 2016
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
2002Ulsan Hyundai HorangiK-League1873200-219
Spain League Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Europe Total
2003-04Real SociedadLa Liga13020-60210
South Korea League KFA Cup League Cup Asia Total
2005Ulsan Hyundai HorangiK-League1471000-157
Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Europe Total
South Korea League KFA Cup League Cup Asia Total
2008Suwon Samsung BluewingsK-League300011-41
2009Chunnam Dragons741010-94
Saudi Arabia League Crown Prince Cup League Cup Asia Total
2009–10Al-NasrSaudi Premier League1630000-163
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup Asia Total
2010Omiya ArdijaJ1 League1622200-184
South Korea League KFA Cup League Cup Asia Total
2013Incheon UnitedK League Classic19210--202
Total South Korea 16141721856319251
Spain 28030-60370
Netherlands 12020--140
Saudi Arabia 1630000-163
Japan 4383200-4610
Career total 2605215418512330564

International goals

Results list South Korea's goal tally first.
Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
5 April 2000 South Korea Seoul  Laos 1 goal 9-0 2000 AFC Asian Cup qualification
7 April 2000 South Korea Seoul  Mongolia 1 goal 6-0 2000 AFC Asian Cup qualification
13 September 2001 South Korea Daejeon  Nigeria 1 goal 2-1 Friendly match
16 May 2002 South Korea Busan  Scotland 1 goal 4-1 Friendly match
8 September 2004 Vietnam Ho Chi Min City  Vietnam 1 goal 2-1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
29 January 2006 Hong Kong Hong Kong  Croatia 1 goal 2-0 2006 Carlsberg Cup
22 February 2006 Syria Aleppo  Syria 1 goal 2-1 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification
13 June 2006 Germany Frankfurt  Togo 1 goal 2-1 2006 FIFA World Cup
6 February 2007 United Kingdom London  Greece 1 goal 1-0 Friendly match
29 June 2007 South Korea Seogwipo  Iraq 1 goal 3-0 Friendly match


Preceded by
Brazil Nadson
K-League Most Valuable Player
Succeeded by
South Korea Kim Do-Heon
Preceded by
Serbia Urumov
K-League Top Assistor
Succeeded by
Portugal Edmilson
Preceded by
South Korea Song Chong-Gug
K-League Rookie of the Year
Succeeded by
South Korea Jung Jo-Gook
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