Ryang Yong-gi

This is a Korean name; the family name is Ryang.
Ryang Yong-gi
Personal information
Date of birth (1982-01-07) January 7, 1982
Place of birth Tadaoka, Osaka, Japan
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Vegalta Sendai
Number 8
Youth career
2000–2003 Hannan University
2003–2004 Vegalta Sendai
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004– Vegalta Sendai 412 (71)
National team
2008– North Korea 24 (6)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 December 2014.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 January 2015
Ryang Yong-gi
Chosŏn'gŭl 량용기
Hancha 梁勇基
Revised Romanization Yang Yonggi
McCune–Reischauer Ryang Yonggi

Ryang Yong-gi (Chosŏn'gŭl: 량용기; Hancha: 梁勇基; born 7 January 1982 in Tadaoka, Osaka) is a Japanese-born North Korean footballer who plays for Vegalta Sendai in the J. League Division 1.[1]

Ryang is captain of his club where he is a creative midfielder.[2]

Ryang has made one appearance for the Korea DPR national football team in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying rounds [3] and was named as one of the North Korean squad for the 2010 AFC Challenge Cup.[4] Ryang won the Golden Boot and Most Valuable Player awards at the competition that guided Korea DPR to win the title and qualify for 2011 AFC Asian Cup.

2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami

During the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, Ryang was out driving when it hit. "I thought my tires had gone flat or I had driven over the curb, but the shaking continued and I saw the windows of shops shaking too," he recalled. "I knew it was a bad one and rushed home to see my wife." Ryang and his heavily pregnant wife spent the night sleeping in their car, fearful of further damage to buildings in an urban landscape that suffered severe wreckage.

In the aftermath of the disaster, Ryang and his teammates made frequent visits to affected areas to lend support.[5]

Club career stats

As of 1 January 2015

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup Asia Total
2004Vegalta SendaiJ. League Division 232220--342
2010J. League Division 134110030-3711
Career total 412711521815145074

International career statistics


North Korea national team

International goals

Scores and results list North Korea's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 17 February 2010 Colombo, Sri Lanka  Turkmenistan 1–1 1–1 2010 AFC Challenge Cup
2. 21 February 2010 Colombo, Sri Lanka  India 1–0 3–0 2010 AFC Challenge Cup
3. 21 February 2010 Colombo, Sri Lanka  India 3–0 3–0 2010 AFC Challenge Cup
4. 27 February 2010 Colombo, Sri Lanka  Turkmenistan 1–1 1–1 2010 AFC Challenge Cup
5. 31 December 2010 Doha, Qatar  Qatar 1–0 1–0 Friendly*
6. 9 December 2012 Hong Kong  Hong Kong 2–0 4–0 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup Preliminary round 2
7. 14 January 2015 Melbourne, Australia  Saudi Arabia 1–0 1–4 2015 AFC Asian Cup


Vegalta Sendai
North Korea


  1. "Stats Centre: Ryang Yong-gi Facts". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-06-18.
  2. "Jong poised to fire Chollima". FIFA. 2008-09-03. Retrieved 2009-06-18.
  3. Ryang Yong-giFIFA competition record
  4. "梁勇基選手 2010AFCチャレンジカップ及び朝鮮民主主義人民共和国代表強化合宿参加のお知らせ". Vegalta Sendai official site. 14 January 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2010.
  5. Paul Gittings and Yoko Wakatsuki (28 August 2013). "Korea United: Football hero Ryang Yong-gi's ambitious goal". CNN.
  6. Ryang Yong-gi at National-Football-Teams.com
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