Choi Yong-soo

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Choi Yong-soo
Personal information
Date of birth (1973-09-10) September 10, 1973 (age 44)
Place of birth Busan, South Korea
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1990–1993 Yonsei University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–2000 LG Cheetahs / Anyang LG Cheetahs 111 (44)
1997–1998 Sangmu (military service)
2001–2003 JEF United Ichihara 73 (54)
2004 Kyoto Purple Sanga 33 (20)
2005 Júbilo Iwata 15 (1)
2006 FC Seoul 2 (0)
Total 234 (119)
National team
1992–1993 South Korea U20 9 (4)
1994–1996 South Korea U23 34 (18)
1995–2003 South Korea 69 (27)
Teams managed
2011 FC Seoul (caretaker)
2012–2016 FC Seoul
2016–2017 Jiangsu Suning
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Choi Yong-soo
Hangul 최용수
Hanja 崔龍洙
Revised Romanization Choe Yongsu
McCune–Reischauer Ch'oe Yongsu

Choi Yong-soo (born September 10, 1973) is a former professional footballer. He spent his professional career playing in Korea and Japan as a striker.

Choi represented South Korea at the 1996 Summer Olympics, 1998 FIFA World Cup, and 2002 FIFA World Cup.

Playing career

Club career

Choi played the forward position for FC Seoul in South Korea's K League and other various clubs in Japan's J1 League. He is considered one of the FC Seoul's legends.[1]

International career

Choi has played in 1993 FIFA World Youth Championship and 1996 Summer Olympics and also represented his country at 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cup. In Australia and Pakistan, Yong-soo is known as "Younis Choi", given to him in recognition of his low, swerving shots on goal - much like the signature delivery bowled by Pakistani cricketer Waqar Younis.

Managerial career

FC Seoul

He was appointed as assistant coach of FC Seoul in January 2006. In April 2011, he was promoted as the caretaker coach. After leading club to a fifth place, he was named as club's permanent coach in December 2012 and won 2012 K-League.

In July 2015, Jiangsu Guoxin-Sainty offered Choi a two-and-a-half-year contract, worth $5 million, but Choi didn't accept it due to loyalty to FC Seoul.[2]

On 22 June 2016, he had a last match as FC Seoul manager.[3]

Jiangsu Suning

On 21 June 2016, he was officially appointed as Jiangsu Suning manager.

Statistics

Club career

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Korea Republic League KFA Cup League Cup Asia Total
1994 LG Cheetahs K League 29 9 6 1 35 10
1995 21 9 7 2 28 11
1996 Anyang LG Cheetahs 16 4 1 0 6 1 23 5
1997 Sangmu None
1998
1999 Anyang LG Cheetahs K League 20 12 3 5 7 2 30 19
2000 25 10 9 4 2 1 36 15
Japan League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Asia Total
2001 JEF United Ichihara J1 League 26 21 3 4 5 2 34 27
2002 23 16 4 3 1 0 28 19
2003 24 17 0 0 2 0 26 17
2004 Kyoto Purple Sanga J2 League 33 20 1 0 34 20
2005 Júbilo Iwata J1 League 15 1 0 0 1 0 4 2 20 3
Korea Republic League FA Cup League Cup Asia Total
2006 FC Seoul K League 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Country Korea Republic 113 44 4 5 35 10 2 1 154 60
Japan 121 75 8 7 9 2 4 2 142 86
Total 234 119 12 12 44 12 6 3 296 146

National team

[4]

Korea Republic national team
Year Apps Goals
1995 5 1
1996 0 0
1997 15 11
1998 24 13
1999 0 0
2000 5 0
2001 6 2
2002 8 0
2003 6 0
Total 69 27

International goals

Results list South Korea's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1
January 31, 1995 Hong Kong  Colombia 1 goal 1-0 1995 Carlsberg Cup
3
May 28, 1997 Daejeon, South Korea  Hong Kong 2 goals 4-0 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
4
June 14, 1997 Suwon, South Korea  Ghana 1 goal 3-0 1997 Korea Cup
5
August 24, 1997 Daegu, South Korea  Tajikistan 1 goal 4-1 Friendly match
8
September 6, 1997 Seoul, South Korea  Kazakhstan 3 goals 3-0 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
9
September 12, 1997 Seoul, South Korea  Uzbekistan 1 goal 2-1 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
10
October 11, 1997 Almaty, Kazakhstan  Kazakhstan 1 goal 1-1 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
12
October 18, 1997 Tashkent, Uzbekistan  Uzbekistan 2 goals 5-1 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
13
January 27, 1998 Bangkok, Thailand  Egypt 1 goal 2-0 1998 King's Cup
14
January 29, 1998 Bangkok, Thailand  Thailand 1 goal 2-0 1998 King's Cup
15
January 31, 1998 Bangkok, Thailand  Egypt 1 goal 1-1 (5-4 PSO) 1998 King's Cup
16
February 7, 1998 Auckland, New Zealand  New Zealand 1 goal 1-0 Friendly match
17
April 18, 1998 Skopje, Macedonia  Macedonia 1 goal 2-2 Friendly match
18
May 27, 1998 Seoul, South Korea  Czech Republic 1 goal 2-2 Friendly match
20
December 2, 1998 Bangkok, Thailand  Turkmenistan 2 goals 2-3 1998 Asian Games
22
December 4, 1998 Bangkok, Thailand  Vietnam 2 goals 4-0 1998 Asian Games
24
December 7, 1998 Bangkok, Thailand  Japan 2 goals 2-0 1998 Asian Games
25
December 11, 1998 Bangkok, Thailand  Kuwait 1 goal 1-0 1998 Asian Games
26
September 13, 2001 Daejeon, South Korea  Nigeria 1 goal 2-2 Friendly match
27
November 13, 2001 Gwangju, South Korea  Croatia 1 goal 1-1 Friendly match

Managerial statistics

As of 22 June 2016
Team Nation From To Record
G W D L Win % GF GA GD
FC Seoul South Korea 26 April 2011 22 June 2016 266 138 70 58 051.88 434 278 +156
Total 266 138 70 58 051.88 434 278 +156

Honours

Player

LG Cheetahs / Anyang LG Cheetahs / FC Seoul
International

Manager

FC Seoul

Individual

Player

Manager

Personal life

He divorced his wife in November 2006 after a 15-month-long marriage. His former wife, a one-time contestant in a Miss Korea pageant, went through the legal procedures to take half the estate properties under Choi's name per their prenuptial agreement.[5]

References

  1. ^ "'독수리' 최용수, FC 서울 둥지 복귀" (in Korean). FC Seoul.com. 30 January 2006. 
  2. ^ "'의리'지킨 최용수, FC서울 잔류 "장쑤 안간다"" (in Korean). Yonhap News. 3 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "FC Seoul coach leaves for China, replaced by ex-teammate". english.yonhapnews.co.kr. 21 June 2016. Retrieved 22 June 2016. 
  4. ^ National Team Stats at KFA
  5. ^ ‘독수리’ 최용수,결혼 15개월 만에 파경

External links

  • Choi Yong-soo – K League stats at kleague.com
  • Choi Yong-soo – National Team Stats at KFA (in Korean)
  • Choi Yong-sooFIFA competition record
  • Choi Yong-soo at National-Football-Teams.com
  • Choi Yong-soo at J.League (in Japanese)
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kang Chun-ho
Anyang LG Cheetahs captain
1999–2000
Succeeded by
Kim Gwi-hwa
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