|Date of birth||19 December 1985|
|Place of birth||Nishitōkyō, Tokyo, Japan|
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Urawa Red Diamonds|
|2013||→ FC Tokyo (loan)||13||(4)|
|2014–||Urawa Red Diamonds||54||(8)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 February 2016 (UTC).
|Revised Romanization||I Chung-seong|
Ri Tadanari (李忠成)
Lee was born to third generation Zainichi Korean parents in Tanashi (present: Nishitokyo), Tokyo. His Korean name is Lee Chung-Sung (Korean: 이충성, Hanja: 李 忠成) and also had used pass name Tadanari Ōyama (大山 忠成 Ōyama Tadanari). His father was also a footballer, who played for Yokohama Tristar FC in the Japan Soccer League.
Lee started playing football at Komine FC and later moved to Yokogawa Musashino F.C.. In 2001 he joined FC Tokyo youth team and took second places at All Japan Club Youth Soccer tournament, Prince Takamado Cup and J. League Youth tournament. He briefly joined training squads for the South Korea U-19 and U-20 teams but not played at official games. He experienced severe discrimination from Korean teammates referring to him as a “half-Jap” with strong racial undertones.
Lee competed for Japan at the 2008 Summer Olympics finals. After becoming a regular starter for Sanfrecce and finishing the 2010 season strongly, Lee was rewarded with a call-up to Japan's Asian Cup squad and made his full international debut on 9 January 2011 against Jordan. His first international goal was dramatic, coming as it did in the 109th minute of the final to secure a 1–0 win over Australia and Japan's fourth Asian Cup success.
On 11 January 2012, Lee secured a work permit to allow him to play for Southampton, who confirmed the free transfer on 25 January 2012.
He made his debut for Southampton on 28 January 2012, as a substitute in a fourth round FA Cup match against Millwall. Lee started and played the duration of the replay, failing to score as Milwall won 3–2 after a 92nd-minute winner from Liam Feeney.
He scored his first goal for Southampton in a 4–0 victory over Derby County on 18 February, with a "venomous strike into the far corner" of the goal. He made his first league start one week later, a 3–0 victory away at Watford, with Lee winning a penalty for the third goal from Rickie Lambert. He has not played since 10 March 2012, after damaging ligaments and missing the rest of the season.
His goal won the Southampton's Goal of the Season Award.
After 5 months out injured, he made his return to action with a goal in a 4–1 victory at Stevenage in the League Cup.
He was handed the number 19 shirt for the 2013–14 season after Southampton invited him back to the First Team. He made his first return to the Southampton team after year when starting in the League Cup against Bristol City.
Return to Japan
On 14 February 2013, Lee returned to his former club, FC Tokyo on loan until the end of June. He made his debut on 2 March 2013, coming on as a 72nd-minute substitutee. He scored his first goal for the club on 23 March 2013 in the 77th minute against two-time defending champion Kashima Antlers.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|2004||F.C. Tokyo||J1 League||0||0||-||-||-||0||0|
|2013||F.C. Tokyo||J1 League||13||4||-||6||2||-||19||6|
|2014||Urawa Red Diamonds||J1 League||30||6||0||0||8||3||0||0||38||9|
|Japan national team|
International career statistics
Appearances in major competitions
|Japan||2008 Summer Olympics qualification||U-22||7||2||4||Qualified|
|Japan||2008 Summer Olympics||U-23||1||2||0||Round 1|
|Japan||2011 AFC Asian Cup||Senior||0||2||1||Champion|
Goals for senior national team
|1.||29 January 2011||Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar||Australia||0–1||0–1||2011 AFC Asian Cup Final|
|2.||7 October 2011||Kobe Wing Stadium, Kobe, Japan||Vietnam||1–0||1–0||International Friendly|
- "Lee joins Urawa after leaving Southampton". The Japan Times. 16 January 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
- "Gaffer Thrilled With 'Exceptional' Goals". Southampton FC. 18 February 2012. Retrieved 19 February 2012.
- "Lee wants a crack at Korea in AFC Asian Cup Qatar". JoongAng Ilbo. 10 January 2011.
- "'반쪽발이가 여긴 왜 왔느냐'는 말에 한국대표 꿈 접은 이충성" ['Why did half-Jap come here in Korea?' lost dream of a Korean national team member]. Chosun Ilbo. January 30, 2011.
- "BRIEF-Soccer-Japan under-23 striker Lee joins Hiroshima". Reuters. 26 August 2009. Retrieved 26 August 2009.
- "Tadanari Ri Biography and Statistics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 26 August 2009.
- "Zaccheroni names Asian Cup squad". FIFA.com. Retrieved 24 December 2010.
- "Australia 0 – 1 Japan". ESPN Soccernet. 29 January 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2011.
- Tadanari Lee secures work permit (From Daily Echo)
- "Millwall 1 – 1 Southampton". BBC Sport. 28 January 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
- "Southampton vs Derby County". Southampton FC. 18 February 2012. Retrieved 19 February 2012.
- "Striker Tadanari Lee misses rest of season". BBC Sport. 3 April 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
- "Lee departs". Southampton F.C. 14 January 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
- "Tadanari Lee: Japan striker released by Southampton". BBC Sport. 14 January 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
- "Chung Makes Japan Return". Southampton FC. 14 February 2013. Retrieved 14 February 2013.
- Lee guides FC Tokyo past Antlers | The Japan Times
- Nippon Sports Kikaku Publishing inc./日本スポーツ企画出版社, "2016J1&J2&J3選手名鑑", 10 February 2016, Japan, ISBN 978-4905411338 (p. 29 out of 289)
- Soccerway profile
- "Japan - T. Lee - Trophies". Soccerway. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
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