Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Beware of the 'Green Dragon'
by Paul Kennedy, June 16th, 2010 1:44PM
Subscribe to Special Edition

TAGS:  world cup


[PORTRAIT] South Korea's 2-0 dismantling of Greece in its opening game was no fluke. It features one of the most exciting young wingers in the tournament in 21-year-old Lee Chung-Yong.

Lee, whose nickname is the "Green Dragon," should have been awarded with a penalty in the first half and came close to scoring in the second half against Greece.

Lee is coming off a sensational first season at English club Bolton Wanderers, where was named its Player of the Year.

Like Ki Sung-Yong, who signed with Celtic in January, Lee is a product of FC Seoul. He usually lines up on the right wing but can attack from anywhere on the field.

Lee credits the success Koreans have had in adapting quickly to European soccer in boosting the national team's chances in South Africa.

“Our ability has grown dramatically because we have a lot of European-based players now," he said. "Many more than we have had in the past."

  1. Young Lee
    commented on: June 16, 2010 at 3:29 p.m.
    It actually translates to "Blue Dragon" not "Green Dragon". Yong is Dragon and Chung is Blue. Ki Sung Yong and Lee Chung Yong were both products of FC Seoul developed by Senol Gunes who departed recently for Trabzonspor back in Turkey. Since they both have Yong in their name, they're called Double Dragons. The third 21 year old FC Seoul product (who is still playing there) is Lee Seung Ryul. He's a two footed CF who's rated as high if not higher than the double dragons. You might see more of him tomorrow against Argentina than you did against Greece.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent Special Edition
What They're Saying    
"I'd like to think that we're closing the gap and hopefully one day we can do ...
Heroes of Genoa: USA downs Italy!     
[ITALY-USA] The USA celebrated its biggest win of the Jurgen Klinsmann era when it prevailed 1-0 ...
Morgan leads USA past Danes    
[ALGARVE CUP] Alex Morgan continued her hot streak, scoring in each half to lead the USA ...
MLS preseason this week ...    
[SCOREBOARD] Eleven MLS teams will be in action Wednesday in the four tournaments being played across ...
Qatar, Oman in, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain out    
[WORLD CUP 2014 QUALIFYING] Mohammed Kasola's goal in the 83rd minute gave Qatar a 2-2 tie ...
Reggae Boyz sweep three games in week    
[WORLD CUP 2014 COUNTDOWN] Jamaica, which will face the USA in the semifinal round of World ...
Reyna and Meola head Class of 2012    
[HALL OF FAME] Claudio Reyna and Tony Meola, eligible on the Player ballot for the first ...
Italy-USA Minute by Minute    
[INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY] A well-constructed goal by Clint Dempsey -- his 25th for the USA -- in ...
Ferdinand and Lampard not in Pearce's squad    
[ENGLAND] Interim coach Stuart Pearce's first squad includes newcomers Fraizer Campbell and Tom Cleverley, but veterans ...
Klinsmann sets roster for Italy clash    
[USA MEN] Coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called in a 21-man roster with 17 foreign-based and four ...
>> Special Edition Archives