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Nam Tae-hee (Hangul: 남태희; Hanja: 南泰熙; Korean pronunciation: [nam.tʰɛ̝.ɦi]; born 3 July 1991 in Busan) is a South Korean footballer currently playing for Qatari side Al-Sadd.

Nam Tae-hee
Nam Tae-hee 2016.jpg
Nam playing for Lekhwiya in 2016
Personal information
Full name Nam Tae-Hee
Date of birth (1991-07-03) 3 July 1991 (age 28)
Place of birth Jinju, South Korea
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Playmaker
Club information
Current team
Al-Sadd
Number 19
Youth career
2007–2008 Ulsan Hyundai
2007–2008Reading (KFA Youth Project)
2009 Valenciennes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Valenciennes 37 (0)
2012–2019 Al-Duhail 160 (73)
2019– Al-Sadd 0 (0)
National team
2006 South Korea U17 4 (0)
2012 South Korea U23 9 (2)
2011– South Korea 44 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 November 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 November 2018
Nam Tae-hee
Hangul
남태희
Hanja
Revised RomanizationNam Taehui
McCune–ReischauerNam T'aehŭi

He is a versatile midfielder and can play as attacking midfielder or central midfielder. He is known for his honed technique, smooth movement, and dribbling.

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Club careerEdit

Nam played in the Reading's Youth Academy through KFA Youth Project.[1] In July 2009, his first professional contract signed in France with Valenciennes FC.[2] He played his debut on 8 August 2009 against AS Nancy and is currently the youngest Asian player to play in the Ligue 1 at age 18.[3]

In the winter break of the 2011–12 season, Nam agreed to leave Ligue 1 for Qatar Stars League giant Lekhwiya SC on 26 December 2011.[4]

LekhwiyaEdit

Nam made his debut on 1 January 2012 against Al Kharitiyath.[5] He scored his first league goal from a free kick on 19 January 2012.[6]

He made his AFC Champions League debut on 7 March 2012, scoring the only goal against Saudi Al Ahli,[7] thereby scoring the first ever goal for Lekhwiya in any regional competition.

Al SaddEdit

On 8 February 2019, Al Sadd SC announced that they acquired Nam from fellow Qatari club Al-Duhail SC. Under their agreement, Nam will join Al Sadd in the 2019–20 season and will play for them for three years.[8]

International careerEdit

Nam has represented South Korea at U-13, U-15 and U-17, U-20 and U-23 levels.[3] He made his debut for the Korean senior team on 9 February 2011 in a friendly against Turkey.

Nam represented South Korea at the 2012 Summer Olympics. He appeared as a substitute as Korea beat Japan in the bronze medal match at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.[9]

On 22 December 2014, Nam was named in South Korea's squad for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup held in Australia.[10] In the team's second group match, Nam scored the only goal as Korea defeated Kuwait 1–0 to ensure qualification to the knockout stage.[11] On 20 November 2018, it was announced that Nam would miss the 2019 AFC Asian Cup in the UAE after being ruled out for six months because of a knee injury.[12]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 8 November 2018.[13]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
2009–10 Valenciennes Ligue 1 6 0 1 0 2 0 - - 9 0
2010–11 18 0 1 0 2 0 - - 21 0
2011–12 13 0 0 0 0 0 - - 13 0
Total 37 0 2 0 4 0 0 0 43 0
Qatar League Cup1 League Cup Asia Total
2011–12 Lekhwiya
Al-Duhail
QSL 10 5 0 0 5 1 6 1 21 7
2012–13 19 6 1 1 6 2 9 0 35 9
2013–14 24 12 2 2 1 1 7 2 34 17
2014–15 25 7 1 0 0 0 10 3 36 10
2015–16 25 10 3 2 0 0 7 2 35 14
2016–17 25 14 4 2 0 0 8 4 37 20
2017–18 21 12 2 3 1 0 9 1 33 16
2018–19 11 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 12 7
Total 160 73 14 10 13 4 56 13 243 100
Career total 197 73 16 10 17 4 56 13 286 100

1Includes Emir of Qatar Cup and Sheikh Jassem Cup and Qatar Crown Prince Cup

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list South Korea's goal tally first.[14]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 10 October 2014 Cheonan Stadium, Cheonan, South Korea   Paraguay 2–0 2–0 Friendly
2. 13 January 2015 Canberra Stadium, Canberra, Australia   Kuwait 1–0 1–0 2015 AFC Asian Cup
3. 12 November 2015 Suwon World Cup Stadium, Suwon, South Korea   Myanmar 4–0 4–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
4. 15 November 2016 Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul, South Korea   Uzbekistan 1–1 2–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
5. 7 September 2018 Goyang Stadium, Goyang, South Korea   Costa Rica 2–0 2–0 Friendly
6. 20 November 2018 QSAC, Brisbane, Australia   Uzbekistan 1–0 4–0 Friendly

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Lekhwiya/Al-Duhail

InternationalEdit

South Korea U23

South Korea

IndividualEdit

BackgroundEdit

Nam is hailed as the 'Korean Messi' by Valenciennes fans and has also been touted as a 'magician' and 'wonderkid'.[3] He was Most Valuable Player three times in his youth career in the National Championships in South Korea.[3] Nam became the youngest Korean footballer to play in a professional league in Europe as a result of this game.[3] He is known for his very energetic playing style.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Nam Taehee – Reading FC
  2. ^ KFA 유학생 출신 남태희' 발랑시엔 공식 입단KFA.com
  3. ^ a b c d e "Nam Tae-hee debütiert als jüngster koreanischer Fußballer bei einem europäischen Erstligisten" (in German). VfL Wolfsburg. 10 August 2009. Retrieved 28 May 2009.
  4. ^ "Lekhwiya replace Akram with Korea's Nam Tae-Hee". Qatar Stars League. official website. 26 December 2011. Archived from the original on 3 June 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ "AL KHARITIYATH VS. LEKHWIYA 1 - 1". Soccerway.com. 1 January 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
  6. ^ "LEKHWIYA VS. AL AHLI 1 - 0". Soccerway.com. 16 January 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
  7. ^ "Nam stunner propels Lekhwiya". dohastadiumplusqatar.com. 7 March 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
  8. ^ "S. Korean footballer Nam Tae-hee joins new Qatari club". Yonhap News Agency. 8 February 2019.
  9. ^ "South Korea 2-0 Japan". New York Times. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  10. ^ "Few surprises as S. Korea announces roster for Asian Cup football tourney". Yonhap News. 22 December 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  11. ^ "South Korea survive scare from Kuwait with 1-0 win in Canberra". Sydney Morning Herald. 13 January 2015. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  12. ^ "S. Korea's key attacking midfielder to miss Asian Cup due to torn ACL". Yonhap News Agency. 22 November 2018.
  13. ^ "Nam Tae-Hee - Profile".
  14. ^ "Nam, Tae-Hee". National Football Teams.

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