Lee Seung-woo

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Lee Seung-woo
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Lee in Seoul Plaza, South Korea in 2018
Personal information
Date of birth (1998-01-06) 6 January 1998 (age 21)
Place of birth Suwon, South Korea
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Playing position Winger / Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Verona
Number 16
Youth career
2010–2011 Incheon United
2011–2016 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2017 Barcelona B 1 (0)
2017– Verona 24 (2)
National team
2013–2015 South Korea U17 18 (13)
2015–2017 South Korea U20 16 (7)
2018– South Korea U23 6 (4)
2018– South Korea 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 December 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 September 2018
Lee Seung-woo
Hangul
이승우
Hanja
李昇祐
Revised Romanization I Seungu
McCune–Reischauer Ri Sŭngu

Lee Seung-woo (Hangul이승우; Hanja李昇祐; born 6 January 1998) is a South Korean professional footballer who plays as a left winger for Hellas Verona and the South Korea national team.

Club career

At age of 12, Lee caught the attention of FC Barcelona after he finished as the top scorer in the 2010 Danone Nations Cup, one of the most prestigious youth football tournaments.[2]

On 31 August 2017, Lee joined Italian club Hellas Verona on a four-year deal, for a fee of €1.5 million. Barcelona retains the option to repurchase him until 2019 for an undisclosed fee.[3][4]

On 24 September 2017, Lee made a Serie A debut for Verona in the second half of the game against SS Lazio.[5]

On 6 May 2018, Lee scored his first Serie A goal in an away match against Milan. However, in spite of Lee Seung-woo's goal, Hellas Verona lost 1–4. Eventually, the team was relegated to Serie B.[6]

International career

Lee made his international debut as a part of South Korea's U-16 team competing for the 2014 AFC U-16 Championship qualification, where he scored a hat-trick in 34 minutes against the team from Laos. He also scored a fourth goal later in the match.

In April 2014, Lee was a part of the South Korea U-16 team that was the runner-up at the Montaigu Tournament. Lee was named to the Team of the Tournament. In September, he led South Korea to another runner-up finish, this time at the 2014 AFC U-16 Championship. His best performance came against Japan during the semifinals; he netted a brace for the Korean Republic national football team, also known as the Taegeuk Warriors, with one goal driven directly to the net from the side of his team. He scored 5 goals and assisted four others in 5 total matches, earning the title as tournament MVP. This performance helped South Korea land a berth in the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

In 2015, Lee was the youngest member of South Korea's U-18 team that participated in the Suwon JS Cup.[7]

At the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup, Lee was a stand-out performer, where he helped South Korea to win the match against Brazil. However, South Korea eventually lost against Belgium in the Round of 16. He shortly returned to South Korea afterwards to train with the second division side Suwon FC until January 2016, when he turned 18 and became able to participate in official matches for FC Barcelona again.

Lee was named in the under-20 squad for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup. He scored two goals in the tournament.

Lee was called for senior national side for the first time before 2018 FIFA World Cup when in May 2018 he was named in South Korea's preliminary 28 man squad.[8] Lee Seung-woo has played a big part in South Korea's 2–0 victory over Honduras in Daegu Stadium on 28 May 2018. He played a short pass, a bold dribble, and witty play in midfield. Lee also assisted Son Heung-min's starting goal.[9]

Lee was also named in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta-Palembang, Indonesia led by coach Kim Hak-bum. At 23 August, when Korea was playing against Iran, Lee Seung-woo scored the first goal of the Asian Games, leading to the victory of the team by 2:0.[10] At the semi-final against Vietnam, Lee scored the final goal and led the team to the final by 3:1. At the final against Japan, Lee started the game as a sub. During the second half, Lee switched with Kim Jung-min, but both teams could not score in the first 90 minutes. At overtime, Lee received Son Heung-min's pass and scored a goal. Lee and his teammates won the gold medal in the Asian Games.[11]

Career statistics

Club

As of 30 December 2018 [12]
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barcelona B 2015–16 1 0 1 0
Hellas Verona 2017–18 14 1 2 0 16 1
2018–19 10 1 1 0 11 1
Career totals 25 2 3 0 0 0 28 2

Honours

International

South Korea U23

Individual

References

  1. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – List of Players" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  2. ^ Price, Steve The South Korean Prodigies Held Back by Barcelona's Transfer Ban These Football Times. 26 January 2016
  3. ^ "#BenvenutoLee". hellasverona.it. 31 August 2017. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Barcelona sell Lee Seung-Woo to Hellas Verona for €1.5m". espnfc.com. 31 August 2017. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
  5. ^ http://www.hellas1903.it/news/pagelle-verona-bearzotti-e-lee-sono-gli-unici-che-non-vanno-a-fondo/ hellas1903
  6. ^ "Lee Seung-Woo debut goal, but Helles Verona is relegated". MK sports.
  7. ^ JIMÉNEZ, RUBÉN (2 March 2015). "Seung-Woo Lee, Asia's Messi". Marca.com. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  8. ^ "Revealed: Every World Cup 2018 squad – 23-man & preliminary lists & when will they be announced?". Goal. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  9. ^ 이, 종현 (30 May 2018). "Lee Seung-woo, the possibility of 23 finalists in the World Cup ... Very active debut". SPOTV NEWS. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  10. ^ "Korea beats Iran to move into last eight". koreatimes. 2018-08-24. Retrieved 2018-09-03.
  11. ^ Post, The Jakarta. "Asian Games: Extra time goals allow South Korea to win soccer gold". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 2018-09-03.
  12. ^ Lee Seung-woo at Soccerway
  13. ^ a b "Lee scoops MVP, top scorer awards". The AFC.com. 21 September 2014.
  14. ^ "Khrbin and Kerr land AFC Awards". The AFC.com. 29 November 2017.
  15. ^ "이승우, 올해의 베스트골 수상" (in Korean). Yonhap. 19 December 2017.

External links

  • Lee Seung-Woo Official Twitter
  • Lee Seung-woo – National Team Stats at KFA (in Korean)
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