Lee Dong-Gook

Lee Dong-Gook
Lee Dong-Gook
Personal information
Full name Lee Dong-Gook
Date of birth 29 April 1979 (1979-04-29) (age 32)
Place of birth Pohang, Gyeongbuk, South Korea
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Number 20
Youth career
1995-1998 Pohang Jecheol Technical High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2002 Pohang Steelers 102 (33)
2000–2001 Werder Bremen (loan) 7 (0)
2003–2005 → Gwangju Sangmu (army) 47 (12)
2006–2008 Middlesbrough 23 (0)
2008 Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 10 (2)
2009– Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 84 (49)
National team
1999 South Korea U-20 13 (6)
1999–2000 South Korea U-23 27 (19)
1998– South Korea 86 (25)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 October 2011.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 October 2011
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 football striker, who plays for Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in K-League.

Contents

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 making a total of 71 appearances and scoring 22 goals. 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 Phoenix. He spent two seasons there. His career recovered after he returned to Pohang in 2004.

In April 2006, Lee tore 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]

Middlesbrough

Lee signed with Middlesbrough in January 2007, after he was granted a work permit.[2] He made his Premier League debut for Middlesbrough on February 24, 2007 against Reading, and scored his first goal on August 29, 2007 in a Carling Cup match against Northampton Town,[3] and his second in the FA Cup against Mansfield Town on 26 January 2008.[4] His contract expired at the end of the 2008 Premier League season.

Lee did not return to his former club Pohang Steelers on transfer deadline day, and was released at the end of the season for the season 2008/09. He received offers from clubs in Japan and Germany.[5]

Seongnam Ilhwa

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

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 July 4, 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.

International career

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.[6][7] He later admitted to spending his days drinking and not watching a single game that took place in Korea.[8]

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 and 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.[9]

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.[10]

2010 World Cup

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 missed his last big chance to redemption. Lee had a clear chance from 16 yards on the Uruguayan keeper, but his shot lacked the power to cross the line.

Personal life

Lee married Lee Soo-Jin, a former Miss Korea of 1997, in December 2005,.[11] On 14 August 2007, he became a father of twin girls.[12]

Honours

Individual

Club

Pohang Steelers

Career statistics

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
1998 Pohang Steelers K-League 15 7 9 4 24 11
1999 15 7 4 1 19 8
2000 7 4 1 0 - 8 4
Germany League DFB-Pokal Premiere Ligapokal Europe Total
2000–01 Werder Bremen Fußball-Bundesliga 7 0 0 0 - 0 0 7 0
South Korea League KFA Cup League Cup Asia Total
2001 Pohang Steelers K-League 17 3 0 0 - 17 3
2002 21 7 0 0 - 21 7
2003 Gwangju Sangmu Bulsajo 27 11 0 0 - - 27 11
2004 19 1 2 0 4 3 - 25 4
2005 0 0 0 0 1 0 - 1 0
Pohang Steelers 17 3 3 0 7 4 - 27 7
2006 10 7 0 0 0 0 - 10 7
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2006–07 Middlesbrough Premier League 9 0 2 0 0 0 - 11 0
2007–08 14 0 2 1 2 1 - 18 2
South Korea League KFA Cup League Cup Asia Total
2008 Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma K-League 10 2 0 0 3 0 - 13 2
2009 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 29 21 4 4 3 1 - 36 26
2010 28 12 0 0 2 1 5 3 35 16
2011 27 16 1 0 0 0 6 9 34 25
Total South Korea 242 101 9 4 34 14 11 12 296 131
Germany 7 0 0 0 - 0 0 7 0
England 23 0 4 1 2 1 - 29 2
Career total 272 101 13 5 36 15 11 12 332 133

[13]

South Korea national team
Year Apps Goals
1998 8 0
1999 0 0
2000 8 6
2001 6 1
2002 5 0
2003 1 0
2004 10 8
2005 14 4
2006 8 1
2007 7 0
2008 0 0
2009 4 0
2010
Total 71 20

International goals

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

References

These references may be in Korean language

  1. ^ a b "South Korea star out of World Cup". BBC Sport. 14 April 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/world_cup_2006/4909178.stm. 
  2. ^ "Middlesbrough complete Lee deal". BBC Sport. 2007-01-25. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/m/middlesbrough/6263217.stm. Retrieved 2007-06-01. 
  3. ^ "Middlesbrough 2-0 Northampton". BBC. 29 August 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/league_cup/6963529.stm. Retrieved 13 November 2009. 
  4. ^ "Mansfield 0-2 Middlesbrough". BBC. 26 January 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/fa_cup/7197714.stm. Retrieved 13 November 2009. 
  5. ^ "Trio Move On | Middlesbrough | My Boro | Team | News". Mfc.premiumtv.co.uk. http://www.mfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/News/NewsDetail/0,,1~1311568,00.html. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  6. ^ "Daum.net" (in (Korean)). News.media.daum.net. http://news.media.daum.net/snews/sports/others/200602/10/ohmynews/v11658647.html. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  7. ^ "Daum.net" (in (Korean)). News.media.daum.net. http://news.media.daum.net/sports/soccer/200603/30/joynews24/v12217508.html. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  8. ^ "Daum.net" (in (Korean)). News.media.daum.net. http://news.media.daum.net/sports/soccer/200606/13/SpoSeoul/v13025079.html. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  9. ^ "South Korea ban Boro's Dong-Gook". BBC Sport. November 2, 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/7070927.stm. Retrieved 2007-11-02. 
  10. ^ "음주파동 4인방 형평성 '논란'" 데일리 서프라이즈 Retrieved on 1 January 2208
  11. ^ "경향닷컴 | Kyunghyang.com". News.khan.co.kr. 2005-12-19. http://news.khan.co.kr/kh_news/khan_art_view.html?artid=200512190842201&code=100203. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  12. ^ "NO.1 경제포털 :: 매일경제". News.mk.co.kr. 2007-08-15. http://news.mk.co.kr/outside/view.php?year=2007&no=431728. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  13. ^ http://www.national-football-teams.com/v2/player.php?id=6324

External links

Awards
Preceded by
Brazil Dudu
K-League Top Scorer
2009
Succeeded by
South Korea Yoo Byung-Soo
Preceded by
South Korea Lee Woon-Jae
K-League Most Valuable Player
2009
Succeeded by
South Korea Kim Eun-Jung
Preceded by
Brazil Jose Mota
AFC Champions League Top Scorer
2011
Succeeded by
Incumbent



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