Nam Tae-hee

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Nam Tae-hee
Nam Tae-Hee in 2015.jpg
Nam playing for Lekhwiya in 2015
Personal information
Full name Nam Tae-Hee
Date of birth (1991-07-03) 3 July 1991 (age 26)
Place of birth Jinju, South Korea
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder / Winger
Club information
Current team
Al-Duhail
Number 10
Youth career
2007–2009 Hyundai High School
2007–2008 Reading
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Valenciennes 37 (0)
2012– Al-Duhail 137 (63)
National team
2006 South Korea U17 4 (0)
2012 South Korea U23 9 (2)
2011– South Korea 38 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 December 2014.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 October 2017
Nam Tae-hee
Hangul 남태희
Hanja
Revised Romanization Nam Taehui
McCune–Reischauer Nam T'aehŭi

Nam Tae-hee (Hangul: 남태희; Korean pronunciation: [nam.tʰɛ̝.ɦi]; born 3 July 1991 in Busan) is a South Korean footballer currently playing for Qatari side Al-Duhail.

He is a versatile midfielder and can play as attacking midfielder or central midfielder.

Club career

Nam played in the U.K. professional football club Reading's Youth Academy[1] before in August 2008 his first professional contract signed in France with Valenciennes FC.[2] He played his debut on 8 August 2009 against AS Nancy and is currently the youngest Asian player to play in the Ligue 1 at age 18.[3]

In the winter break of the 2011-12 season, Nam agreed to leave Ligue 1 for Qatar Stars League giant Lekhwiya SC on 26 December 2011.[4]

Lekhwiya

Nam made his debut on 1 January 2012 against Al Kharitiyath.[5] He scored his first league goal from a free kick on 19 January 2012.[6]

He made his AFC Champions League debut on 7 March 2012, scoring the only goal against Saudi Al Ahli.,[7] thereby scoring the first ever goal for Lekhwiya in any regional competition.

International career

Nam has represented South Korea at U-13, U-15 and U-17, U-20 and U-23 levels.[3] He made his debut for the Korean senior team on 9 February 2011 in a friendly against Turkey.

Nam represented South Korea at the 2012 Summer Olympics. He appeared as a substitute as Korea beat Japan in the bronze medal match at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.[8]

On 22 December 2014, Nam was named in South Korea's squad for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup held in Australia.[9] In the team's second group match, Nam scored the only goal as Korea defeated Kuwait 1–0 to ensure qualification to the knockout stage.[10]

International goals

Scores and results list South Korea's goal tally first.[11]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 10 September 2014 Cheonan Stadium, Cheonan, South Korea  Paraguay 2–0 2–0 Friendly
2. 13 January 2015 Canberra Stadium, Canberra, Australia  Kuwait 1–0 1–0 2015 AFC Asian Cup
3. 12 November 2015 Suwon World Cup Stadium, Suwon, South Korea  Myanmar 4–0 4–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
4. 15 November 2016 Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul, South Korea  Uzbekistan 1–1 2–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Club career statistics

as of 10 April 2017

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
2009–10 Valenciennes FC Ligue 1 6 0 1 0 2 0 - - 9 0
2010–11 18 0 1 0 2 0 - - 21 0
2011–12 13 0 0 0 0 0 - - 13 0
Total 37 0 2 0 4 0 0 0 43 0
Qatar League Emir of Qatar Cup League Cup Asia Total
2011–12 Lekhwiya Qatar Stars League 10 5 0 0 0 0 6 1 16 6
2012–13 19 6 0 0 5 1 7 0 31 7
2013–14 24 12 1 0 7 2 9 2 41 16
2014–15 25 7 0 0 0 0 10 3 35 10
2015–16 25 10 0 0 0 0 7 2 32 12
2016–17 25 14 0 0 0 0 4 2 29 10
Total 128 54 1 0 12 3 43 10 184 67
Career total 165 54 3 0 16 3 43 10 227 67

Honours

Club

Lekhwiya

International

South Korea U23

South Korea

Background

Nam is hailed as the 'Korean Messi' by Valenciennes fans and has also been touted as a 'magician' and 'wonderkid'.[3] He was Most Valuable Player three times in his youth career in the National Championships in South Korea.[3] Nam became the youngest Korean footballer to play in a professional league in Europe as a result of this game.[3] He is known for his very energetic playing style.

References

  1. ^ Nam Taehee – Reading FC
  2. ^ Valenciennes Profile
  3. ^ a b c d e "Nam Tae-hee debütiert als jüngster koreanischer Fußballer bei einem europäischen Erstligisten" (in German). VfL Wolfsburg. 10 August 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  4. ^ "Lekhwiya replace Akram with Korea’s Nam Tae-Hee". Qatar Stars League. official website. 26 December 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-01. 
  5. ^ "AL KHARITIYATH VS. LEKHWIYA 1 - 1". Soccerway.com. 1 January 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-03. 
  6. ^ "LEKHWIYA VS. AL AHLI 1 - 0". Soccerway.com. 16 January 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-03. 
  7. ^ "Nam stunner propels Lekhwiya". dohastadiumplusqatar.com. 7 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-03. 
  8. ^ "South Korea 2-0 Japan". New York Times. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Few surprises as S. Korea announces roster for Asian Cup football tourney". Yonhap News. 22 December 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "South Korea survive scare from Kuwait with 1-0 win in Canberra". Sydney Morning Herald. 13 January 2015. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  11. ^ "Nam, Tae-Hee". National Football Teams. Retrieved 28 January 2017. 

External links

  • Nam Tae-hee – French league stats at LFP
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