Beware of the 'Green Dragon'

[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 comment about "Beware of the 'Green Dragon'".
  1. Young Lee, 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.

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