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Ryang Yong-gi (Korean량용기; Hanja梁勇基; born 7 January 1982 in Tadaoka, Osaka) is a Japanese-born North Korean footballer who plays for Vegalta Sendai in the J. League Division 1.[1]

Ryang Yong-gi
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Personal information
Date of birth (1982-01-07) January 7, 1982 (age 37)
Place of birth Tadaoka, Osaka, Japan
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Vegalta Sendai
Number 10
Youth career
2000–2003 Hannan University
2003–2004 Vegalta Sendai
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004– Vegalta Sendai 509 (76)
National team
2008– North Korea 24 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 December 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 January 2015
Ryang Yong-gi
Chosŏn'gŭl
량용기
Hancha
梁勇基
Revised RomanizationYang Yonggi
McCune–ReischauerRyang Yonggi

Ryang is captain of his club where he is a creative midfielder.[2]

Ryang has made one appearance for the Korea DPR national football team in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying rounds [3] and was named as one of the North Korean squad for the 2010 AFC Challenge Cup.[4] Ryang won the Golden Boot and Most Valuable Player awards at the competition that guided Korea DPR to win the title and qualify for 2011 AFC Asian Cup.

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2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunamiEdit

During the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, Ryang was out driving when it hit. "I thought my tires had gone flat or I had driven over the curb, but the shaking continued and I saw the windows of shops shaking too," he recalled. "I knew it was a bad one and rushed home to see my wife." Ryang and his heavily pregnant wife spent the night sleeping in their car, fearful of further damage to buildings in an urban landscape that suffered severe wreckage.[5]

In the aftermath of the disaster, Ryang and his teammates made frequent visits to affected areas to lend support.[5]

Club career statsEdit

As of 18 February 2019

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup Asia Total
2004 Vegalta Sendai J2 League 32 2 2 0 - - 34 2
2005 39 6 1 0 - - 40 6
2006 42 4 1 0 - - 43 4
2007 48 8 1 0 - - 49 8
2008 42 13 0 0 - - 42 13
2009 51 14 4 1 - - 55 15
2010 J1 League 34 11 0 0 3 0 - 37 11
2011 34 4 0 0 3 0 - 37 4
2012 27 3 1 0 5 1 - 33 4
2013 30 4 4 1 2 0 5 1 41 6
2014 33 2 1 0 5 0 - 40 2
2015 33 3 3 0 5 1 - 41 4
2016 26 0 0 0 1 0 - 27 0
2017 24 2 1 0 1 0 - 26 2
2018 14 0 2 0 3 0 - 19 0
Career total 509 76 21 2 28 2 5 1 563 80

International career statisticsEdit

[6]

North Korea national team
Year Apps Goals
2008 2 0
2009 1 0
2010 8 4
2011 8 0
2012 3 1
2015 2 1
Total 24 6

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list North Korea's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 17 February 2010 Colombo, Sri Lanka   Turkmenistan 1–1 1–1 2010 AFC Challenge Cup
2. 21 February 2010 Colombo, Sri Lanka   India 1–0 3–0 2010 AFC Challenge Cup
3. 21 February 2010 Colombo, Sri Lanka   India 3–0 3–0 2010 AFC Challenge Cup
4. 27 February 2010 Colombo, Sri Lanka   Turkmenistan 1–1 1–1 2010 AFC Challenge Cup
5. 31 December 2010 Doha, Qatar   Qatar 1–0 1–0 Friendly*
6. 9 December 2012 Hong Kong   Hong Kong 2–0 4–0 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup Preliminary round 2
7. 14 January 2015 Melbourne, Australia   Saudi Arabia 1–0 1–4 2015 AFC Asian Cup

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Stats Centre: Ryang Yong-gi Facts". Guardian.co.uk. Archived from the original on 2012-06-17. Retrieved 2009-06-18. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ "Jong poised to fire Chollima". FIFA. 2008-09-03. Retrieved 2009-06-18.
  3. ^ Ryang Yong-giFIFA competition record
  4. ^ "梁勇基選手 2010AFCチャレンジカップ及び朝鮮民主主義人民共和国代表強化合宿参加のお知らせ". Vegalta Sendai official site. 14 January 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2010.
  5. ^ a b Paul Gittings and Yoko Wakatsuki (28 August 2013). "Korea United: Football hero Ryang Yong-gi's ambitious goal". CNN.
  6. ^ "Ryang Yong-gi". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.

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