young-pyo lee - fact file

2005 - 2008        defender

Born on 23rd April 1977 in Hong Kuang, South Korea

Height : - 1.74m

Weight : -  68.4 kgs


 

The versatile Korean defender/midfielder Young-Pyo Lee was signed by Spurs for around 1.36 million in August 2005.

Lee starred in Korea's World Cup finals campaign in 2002 in his home country, where they reached the semi-final.  His pacy runs up and back down the touchline give him an advantage over opponents in being able to attack without a fear of leaving his marker too much opportunity to break away.

Tottenham needed cover at left back, but at the same time of the signing, Erik Edman left to gain regular first team football (with a World Cup approaching the following summer) at Rennes in France.

Lee had started his career at Aynang Cheetahs in Korea, where he won the 2000 K-League title, making his league debut on May 14th that year against Sungham Ilhwa Chunma.  This came in the first season as a professional, with his debut only in April 2000, after he had graduated from Konkuk University in Seoul, wanting to complete his studies before committing to football.  His performances brought him a place in the national side, including a place in the Korean Olympic team and under Guus Hiddink, he developed as a regular in the South Korean team.  

When Hiddink left the national manager's job, he took Young-Pyo to PSV Eindhoven with him and there he became a firm favourite of the Dutch fans.  The player helped PSV to the semi-finals of the Champions League, where they were unlucky to lose to AC Milan.

His move to Tottenham cam about because of Lee's ambition to play in the Premier League against some of the best players in the world, following his national and PSV team-mate Park, having joined Manchester United earlier in the summer of 2005.

His second season began with a place behind new signing Benoit Assou-Ekotto, having had a World Cup campaign with South Korea that took him back to Spurs late for pre-season training.  Came back into the side to prove his versatility at left or right back, but his crossing when in advanced positions left the Spurs forwards frustrated.  He faced a further challenge for his place in the side when Tottenham bought the talented young Welshman Gareth Bale for 10 million at the end of the 2006-07 season.

Left Spurs to play for Borussia Dortmund after he turned down a move to AS Roma in January 2008.

Went on to play in Saudi Arabia in 2009, winning top honours there with Al Hilal.

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Career Record
 
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
Keonkook University (amateur) ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
Anyang LG Cheetahs (professional) 2000 ?? 19.03.2000  v  Pohang Steelers (Korean Cup)  70 3
PSV Eindhoven (Holland) January 2003 loan ??  ?? ??
PSV Eindhoven (Holland) July 2003 ??  ??  ?? ??
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR August 2005 1,360,000 10th September 2005 v Liverpool (Premier League) (home) drew 0-0 93 0
Borussia Dortmund (Germany) 27th August 2008 Undisclosed ??  22 0
Al Hilal (Saudi Arabia) 10th July 2009 1,000,000 ??  ?? ??
- ?? ?? ??  ?? ??

Career Record
Keonkook University (South Korea)
(amateur)
- League appearances; goals
- Korean Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals
Anyang LG Cheetahs (South Korea)

60 League appearances; 3 goals
10 Korean League Cup appearances; 0 goals
?? Other appearances; ?? goals
PSV Eindhoven (Holland) (loan)
- League appearances; goals
- Dutch Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
- European appearances; goals
PSV Eindhoven (Holland)
- League appearances; goals
- Dutch Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
- European appearances; goals
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
70
League appearances; 0 goals
7 FA Cup appearances; 0 goals
6 League Cup appearances; 0 goals
10 European appearances; 0 goals
Borussia Dortmund (Germany)

18 League appearances; 0 goals
2 FA Cup appearances; 0 goals
0 League Cup appearances; 0 goals
2 European appearances; 0 goals
Al Hilal (Saudi Arabia)
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals
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- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals
 

Career Record


PSV Eindhoven 
Signed :  ; July 2003 (permanent)
Tottenham Hotspur
Signed :  August 2005
Fee : 1.36 million
31 games; 0 goals (as of 05.12.2006)
Debut :   10.09.2005  v  Liverpool (Home)
 

Honours
South Korean international
95 full caps;  - goals (as of 15.10.2005)  Debut v Mexico 1999
Olympic/Under-23 - 14 caps
2000 K-League Championship medal (Anyang)
2002-03 and 2004-05 Dutch Eredivisie Championship medal (PSV)
2005 Dutch Cup Winners medal (PSV)
League Cup Winners medal  2007-08 (THFC)

 

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