- Lee Chungyong one in all Ulsan Hyundai’s most skilled gamers
- The winger starred in Europe and performed at two FIFA World Cups
- Lee: “We will compete with Bayern”
Few South Koreans have loved as lengthy a keep in Europe as Lee Chungyong. The 32-year-old spent 11 years between Bolton Wanders, Crystal Palace and Bochum earlier than becoming a member of Ulsan Hyundai final 12 months.
Lee helped the Tigers win the AFC Champions League in December and consequently e book a visit to the FIFA Membership World Cup Qatar 2020™, which can start subsequent month. And he believes his expertise on the Outdated Continent might be an asset if Ulsan can safe a dream match-up in opposition to the mighty Bayern Munich.
“My experiences in Europe are maybe the largest weapon,” the winger informed FIFA.com. “They’re probably the greatest golf equipment on this planet. We will not be on the identical stage as them, however I performed in Europe for years and I’m fairly positive we are able to compete in opposition to them if we make the perfect of our strengths.”
Lee has purpose to be assured. Upon the resumption of the AFC Champions League in September, Ulsan received seven straight matches to achieve the semi-finals. There, they battled from behind to see off Andres Iniesta and Vissel Kobe, earlier than one other fightback victory, this time over Persepolis, within the last. The winner got here from a penalty earned when Lee’s cross was dealt with.
“I am pleased with my crew for this achievement,” stated Lee. “Our journey
proved robust and the marketing campaign was hard-fought all through. However our gamers maintained a relaxed mindset in the course of the competitors, and this was the rationale why we loved this marketing campaign and received it.
“Each crew taking part within the AFC Champions League is of a excessive commonplace. However Vissel Kobe and Persepolis proved tougher to play in opposition to. In opposition to each of them we conceded the primary aim and needed to battle again.
“However we trusted one another and believed that we might reverse the match, and we made it. The bond between us team-mates is stable.”
Ulsan will journey to Doha below a brand new coach – none apart from Korea Republic legend Hong Myungbo. Lee, having helped his aspect end Okay League runners-up and change into Asian champions, desires to proceed being an instance to his team-mates.
“Maybe my place within the crew just isn’t mounted but, however I need to Share my expertise with our kids,” he stated. “I need to be a task mannequin each on and off the pitch. Possibly that is what the coach is anticipating me to be.”
Lee is not any stranger on world scene, having figured prominently for Korea Republic at two FIFA World Cups™: South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014. The Seoul native is now excited to play in his first Membership World Cup.
“In fact I am trying ahead to enjoying within the Membership World Cup,” he stated. “It has been fairly some time [since my last FIFA tournament]. All of the golf equipment within the competitors are world-class and I can not wait to play in opposition to them.”
Lee obtained his nation’s aim in a 4-1 loss to Lionel Messi and Argentina at South Africa 2010, and his second of the match in opposition to Uruguay within the Spherical of 16. Is he dreaming about discovering the goal at Qatar 2020?
“It could be actually fantastic if I can rating targets,” he stated. “However for me, the crew all the time comes first. I’ve to do no matter I can to assist my crew win.”