Lee Dong-gook

This is a Korean name; the family name is Lee.
Lee Dong-Gook

Lee with Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in 2009
Personal information
Full name Lee Dong-Gook
Date of birth (1979-04-29) 29 April 1979
Place of birth Nam-gu, Pohang, Gyeongbuk, South Korea
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Number 20
Youth career
1995–1998 Pohang Steelers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2006 Pohang Steelers 102 (38)
2000–2001Werder Bremen (loan) 7 (0)
2003–2005Gwangju Sangmu (army) 46 (12)
2006–2008 Middlesbrough 23 (0)
2008–2009 Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 10 (2)
2009– Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 244 (126)
National team
1998–1999 South Korea U-20 9 (6)
1999–2002 South Korea U-23 31 (22)
1998–2014 South Korea 103 (33)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 December 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 October 2014
Lee Dong-gook
Hangul 이동국
Hanja 李同國
Revised Romanization I Dong-guk
McCune–Reischauer I Tongguk

Lee Dong-Gook (Hangul: 이동국) (born 29 April 1979) is a South Korean association football striker who currently plays for Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors. He is a record scorer in the K-League, and had brief spells in Europe with Werder Bremen and Middlesbrough.

Lee has earned 103 international caps for South Korea since 1998, scoring 33 goals. He has played at two FIFA World Cups, two CONCACAF Gold Cups, two AFC Asian Cups and the 2000 Olympics. He is well known for receiving an in-form card in FIFA Ultimate team every time the next edition of the game is set to be released.

Club career

Early career

Lee started playing football for Pohang Steelers, where due to his outstanding performance in his first season, he managed to make his debut for the South Korean national team. He was then sent on loan to Werder Bremen of Germany's Bundesliga.

During six months at Werder Bremen in 2001, Lee's playing time was limited partly due to injuries.

Lee left the Steelers in 2002 to perform his military service, joining the military team Gwangju Sangmu Bulsajo. He spent two seasons there. His career recovered after he returned to Pohang in 2004.

In April 2006, Lee tore the cruciate ligaments in his knee while playing in a K-League match for the Pohang Steelers that forced him out for six months, and was unable to play in the World Cup.[1]


In January 2007, after being granted a work permit, Lee signed for English Premier League club Middlesbrough on an 18-month contract.[2] He made his debut on 24 February, coming on as an 85th minute substitute for Yakubu in the 2-1 win against Reading.[3] He scored his first goal on 29 August 2007 in a League Cup match against Northampton Town,[4] and his second in the FA Cup against Mansfield Town on 26 January 2008.[5] His contract expired at the end of the 2008 Premier League season and Middlesbrough decided not to extend his contract. He received offers from clubs in Japan and Germany.[6]

Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma

Lee signed a contract with Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma in 2008. However, he was unsuccessful, and was linked another move to several K-League and J. League clubs.

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors

Lee was transferred to Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in the 2009 transfer window. He scored a brace in his debut for Jeonbuk on 15 March 2009 against Daegu FC. Lee completed his second senior hat-trick on 2 May 2009 against Jeju United. On 4 July, he scored his second hat-trick of the season against Gwangju Sangmu Phoenix. He eventually became the K-League Top Scorer in 2009 K-League, scoring 20 goals in 27 league matches. He also scored one goal in the second leg of final in K-League Championship, and Jeonbuk beat Seongnam Ilhwa by 3–1 to win the first league trophy in their history.

Lee became the K-League's all-time leading scorer with 117 goals when he got two goals in the 2012 season opener against Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma on 3 March 2012.[7]

International career

Lee Dong-gook participated in the AFC U-19 Championship in 1998. He played with Kim Eun-jung as two top and led South Korea to win the title. Also, Lee was the top scorer and MVP of the competition.[8]

Lee was a member of the South Korea national football team at the 1998 FIFA World Cup. He also took part in the 2000 AFC Asian Cup and finished top scorer with six goals.

In 2002, Lee was not chosen by Guus Hiddink to represent South Korea in 2002 World Cup. Fans called him "Lazy Genius," because they felt that he did not fully use his potential. This is also because Hiddink emphasized strong stamina, great power, and agile speed, which are the categories that Lee struggles in, except power.[9][10] He later admitted that he spent his days drinking and did not watch a single game that took place during the 2002 World Cup.[11]

Lee was coach Dick Advocaat's first-choice selection at forward for Korea ahead of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, but a knee injury suffered in a K-League match forced him to miss the tournament.[1]

On 1 November 2007 Lee was banned from the national team for twelve months after it was revealed that he, along with team captain Lee Woon-Jae, teammates Kim Sang-Sik and Woo Sung-Yong, went on a late night drinking spree with several female employees during the Asian Cup, in which Korea received third place.[12]

Unlike the other members who were involved in this incident, because Lee played for Middlesbrough in England, the KFA could not ban him from his club team matches.[13]

Lee was listed onto the South Korea national football team line up for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He came on as a substitute in a game against Uruguay and nearly scored a goal but his shot lacked the power to clear the line. He played in qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup but was not listed on the final team for the tournament. After the World Cup he was recalled back to the team for a friendly match against Venezuela, where he scored a brace in a 3-1 victory, the national team's first win in nearly six months.

Current Work

Lee Dong Gook along with his five children, will appear on the Sunday variety show "The Return of Superman." [14] The show is on KBS World TV and can also be viewed on YouTube with English captions. 'The Return of Superman' shows famous Korean fathers taking care of their children for 48 hours without their wife. Lee Dong Gook will be the first on the show to have five children to take care of.[15]


Variety shows

Year Title Role Network
2015–present The Return of Superman Himself, along with his five children (Starting from Episode 88)

Episode 88- short preview is shown of Dong-gook's family


International goals

Scores and results list South Korea's goal tally first.
Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
17 February 2000 Los Angeles  Costa Rica 1 goal 2–2 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup
7 October 2000 Dubai  Australia 1 goal 4–2 2000 LG Cup
19 October 2000 Tripoli  Indonesia 3 goals 3–0 2000 AFC Asian Cup
23 October 2000 Tripoli  Iran 1 goal 1–1 (a.e.t.) 2000 AFC Asian Cup
26 October 2000 Beirut  Saudi Arabia 1 goal 1–2 2000 AFC Asian Cup
29 October 2000 Beirut  China PR 1 goal 1–0 2000 AFC Asian Cup
16 September 2001 Busan  Nigeria 1 goal 2–1 Friendly
10 July 2004 Gwangju  Bahrain 1 goal 2–0 Friendly
23 July 2004 Jinan  United Arab Emirates 1 goal 2–0 2004 AFC Asian Cup
27 July 2004 Jinan  Kuwait 2 goals 4–0 2004 AFC Asian Cup
31 July 2004 Jinan  Iran 1 goal 3–4 2004 AFC Asian Cup
8 September 2004 Ho Chi Minh City  Vietnam 1 goal 2–1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
17 November 2004 Seoul  Maldives 1 goal 2–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
19 December 2004 Busan  Germany 1 goal 3–1 Friendly
9 February 2005 Seoul  Kuwait 1 goal 2–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
30 March 2005 Seoul  Uzbekistan 1 goal 2–1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
8 June 2005 Kuwait City  Kuwait 1 goal 4–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
16 November 2005 Seoul  Serbia and Montenegro 1 goal 2–0 Friendly
15 February 2006 Los Angeles  Mexico 1 goal 1–0 Friendly
7 February 2010 Tokyo  Hong Kong 1 goal 5–0 2010 EAFF Championship
14 February 2010 Tokyo  Japan 1 goal 3–1 2010 EAFF Championship
3 March 2010 London  Ivory Coast 1 goal 2–0 Friendly
25 February 2012 Jeonju  Uzbekistan 2 goals 4–2 Friendly
29 February 2012 Seoul  Kuwait 1 goal 2–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
11 September 2012 Tashkent  Uzbekistan 1 goal 2–2 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
14 November 2012 Hwaseong  Australia 1 goal 1–2 Friendly
5 September 2014 Bucheon  Venezuela 2 goals 3–1 Friendly
14 October 2014 Seoul  Costa Rica 1 goal 1–3 Friendly

Personal life

Lee married Lee Soo-Jin, a runner up of Miss Korea 1997, in December 2005.[16] The couple has five children: twin daughters Lee Jae-si and Lee Jae-ah (born August 14, 2007), twin daughters Lee Seol-Ah and Lee Soo-Ah (born July 18, 2013) and son Lee Si-Ahn, nicknamed Daebak (born November 14, 2014). Lee is also the youngest of 3 siblings (2 brothers and 1 sister).

Lee Dong Gook and his five children are currently part of South Korean reality-variety show The Return of Superman that airs on KBS World TV.




Pohang Steelers
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors


Career statistics


As of 18 October 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
1998Pohang SteelersK-League157942411
Germany League DFB-Pokal Other Europe Total
2000–01Werder BremenFußball-Bundesliga7000-0070
South Korea League KFA Cup League Cup Asia Total
2001Pohang SteelersK-League1732100-173
2003Gwangju Sangmu Bulsajo271100--2711
Pohang Steelers1733074-277
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2006–07MiddlesbroughPremier League902000-110
South Korea League KFA Cup League Cup Asia Total
2008Seongnam Ilhwa ChunmaK-League1020030-132
2009Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors29214431-3626
South Korea Total 402 176 25 13 34145532516235
Germany7 000-0070
England23 04121-292
Career total 432176291436155532552237


As of 14 October 2014.[17]
Korea Republic national team

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2015 14th KBS Entertainment Awards Best Entertainer – Entertainment Category The Return of Superman Won
Male MC Newcomer Award Nominated


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  3. "Middlesbrough 2-1 Reading". BBC Sport. British Broadcast Corporation. 24 February 2007. Retrieved 13 September 2012.
  4. "Middlesbrough 2–0 Northampton". BBC. 29 August 2007. Retrieved 13 November 2009.
  5. "Mansfield 0–2 Middlesbrough". BBC. 26 January 2008. Retrieved 13 November 2009.
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  14. "New Family with Two Sets of Twins Confirmed to Join "Superman Returns"!". Soompi. 2015-07-13. Retrieved 2015-09-27.
  15. "'Superman Is Back' to add another family to the show - soccer player Lee Dong Gook and his five kids!". allkpop.com. 2015-07-13. Retrieved 2015-09-27.
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  17. Lee Dong-gook at National-Football-Teams.com
Preceded by
Lee Woon-Jae
K-League Most Valuable Player
Succeeded by
Kim Eun-Jung
Preceded by
Kim Eun-Jung
K-League Most Valuable Player
Succeeded by
Dejan Damjanović
Preceded by
K-League Top Scorer
Succeeded by
Yoo Byung-Soo
Preceded by
Koo Ja-Cheol
K-League Top Assistor
Succeeded by
Mauricio Molina
Preceded by
Shin Jin-Won
K-League Rookie of the Year
Succeeded by
Lee Sung-Jae
Preceded by
Saša Ognenovski
AFC Champions League Most Valuable Player
Succeeded by
Lee Keun-Ho
Preceded by
Jose Mota
AFC Champions League Top Scorer
Succeeded by
Ricardo Oliveira
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