- Lee Chungyong considered one of Ulsan Hyundai’s most skilled gamers
- The winger starred in Europe and performed at two FIFA World Cups
- Lee: “We can compete with Bayern”
Few South Koreans have loved as lengthy a keep in Europe as Lee Chungyong. The 32-12 months-outdated spent 11 years between Bolton Wanders, Crystal Palace and Bochum earlier than becoming a member of Ulsan Hyundai final 12 months.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 journey to the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020™, which is able to start subsequent month. And he believes his experience on the Old Continent will be an asset if Ulsan can safe a dream match-up against the mighty Bayern Munich.
“My experiences in Europe are perhaps the biggest weapon,” the winger informed FIFA.com. “They are one of the best clubs in the world. We may not be on the same level as them, but I played in Europe for years and I am pretty sure we can compete against them if we make the best of our strengths.”
Lee has cause to be assured. Upon the resumption of the AFC Champions League in September, Ulsan gained seven straight matches to succeed in 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’m proud of my team for this achievement,” stated Lee. “Our journey proved powerful and the marketing campaign was arduous-fought all through. But our gamers maintained a relaxed mindset in the course of the competitors, and this was the explanation why we loved this marketing campaign and gained it.
“Every crew taking part within the AFC Champions League is of a excessive customary. But Vissel Kobe and Persepolis proved tougher to play against. Against each of them we conceded the primary aim and needed to combat again.
“But we trusted one another and believed that we may reverse the match, and we made it. The bond between us crew-mates is stable.”
Ulsan will journey to Doha beneath a new coach – none aside from Korea Republic legend Hong Myungbo. Lee, having helped his facet end Ok League runners-up and turn into Asian champions, needs to proceed being an instance to his crew-mates.
“Perhaps my place within the crew shouldn’t be mounted but, however I need to share my experience with our children,” he stated. “I want to be a role model both on and off the pitch. Maybe this is what the coach is expecting me to be.”
Lee isn’t 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 Club World Cup.
“Of course I’m wanting ahead to taking part in within the Club World Cup,” he stated. “It’s been quite a while [since my last FIFA tournament]. All the clubs in the competition are world-class and I can’t wait to play against 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 event against Uruguay within the Round of 16. Is he dreaming about discovering the goal at Qatar 2020?
“It would be actually fantastic if I can rating objectives,” he stated. “But for me, the team always comes first. I have to do whatever I can to help my team win.”