Tadanari Lee

Tadanari Lee (李 忠成, Ri Tadanari, born 19 December 1985) is a Japanese football player of Korean descent who plays for Kyoto Sanga FC.[1] He played for Japan national team. He is sometimes known as Chung.[2]

Tadanari Lee
李 忠成
Tadanari Lee.jpg
Personal information
Full name Tadanari Lee
Date of birth (1985-12-19) 19 December 1985 (age 35)
Place of birth Nishitokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Kyoto Sanga
Number 20
Youth career
1998–2000 Yokogawa Electric
2001–2003 FC Tokyo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004 FC Tokyo 0 (0)
2005–2009 Kashiwa Reysol 108 (24)
2009–2011 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 70 (26)
2012–2014 Southampton 7 (1)
2013FC Tokyo (loan) 13 (4)
2014–2018 Urawa Reds 133 (24)
2019 Yokohama F. Marinos 10 (1)
2020– Kyoto Sanga 2 (0)
National team
2007–2008 Japan U-23 12 (4)
2011–2012 Japan 11 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:34, 7 July 2020 (UTC)
Tadanari Lee
Hangul
이충성
Hanja
Revised RomanizationI Chung-seong
McCune–ReischauerYi Ch'ungsŏng
Japanese name:
Ri Tadanari ()

FamilyEdit

Lee was born to third generation Zainichi Korean parents in Tanashi (present: Nishitokyo), Tokyo. His Korean name is Lee Chung-Sung (Korean: 이충성, Hanja: 李 忠成) and also had used pass name Tadanari Ōyama (大山 忠成, Ōyama Tadanari).[3] His father was also a footballer, who played for Yokohama Tristar FC in the Japan Soccer League.

Club careerEdit

JapanEdit

Lee started playing football at Komine FC and later moved to Yokogawa Electric. In 2001, he joined FC Tokyo youth team and took second places at All Japan Club Youth Soccer tournament, Prince Takamado Cup and J.League Youth tournament. He briefly joined training squads for the South Korea U-19 and U-20 teams but not played at official games. He experienced severe discrimination from Korean teammates referring to him as a ban-jjokbari (half-Jap) with strong racial undertones.[4][5]

He was promoted to FC Tokyo in 2004 and moved to Kashiwa Reysol in 2005 and later joined Sanfrecce Hiroshima in 2009.[6]

SouthamptonEdit

On 11 January 2012, Lee secured a work permit to allow him to play for Southampton, who confirmed the free transfer on 25 January 2012.[7]

He made his debut for Southampton on 28 January 2012, as a substitute in a fourth round FA Cup match against Millwall.[8] Lee started and played the duration of the replay, failing to score as Milwall won 3–2 after a 92nd-minute winner from Liam Feeney.

He scored his first goal for Southampton in a 4–0 victory over Derby County on 18 February, with a "venomous strike into the far corner" of the goal.[9] He made his first league start one week later, a 3–0 victory away at Watford, with Lee winning a penalty for the third goal from Rickie Lambert. He has not played since 10 March 2012, after damaging ligaments and missing the rest of the season.[10]

His goal won the Southampton's Goal of the Season Award.[citation needed]

After 5 months out injured, he made his return to action with a goal in a 4–1 victory at Stevenage in the League Cup.

He was handed the number 19 shirt for the 2013–14 season after Southampton invited him back to the First Team. He made his first return to the Southampton team after year when starting in the League Cup against Bristol City.

On 14 January 2014 he was released from his contract at Southampton after a two-year spell.[11][12]

Return to JapanEdit

On 14 February 2013, Lee returned to his former club, FC Tokyo on loan until the end of June.[13] He made his debut on 2 March 2013, coming on as a 72nd-minute substitutee. He scored his first goal for the club on 23 March 2013 in the 77th minute against two-time defending champion Kashima Antlers.[14]

National team careerEdit

In August 2008, Lee was selected Japan U-23 national team for 2008 Summer Olympics. At this tournament, he played all 3 matches.[15]

After becoming a regular starter for Sanfrecce and finishing the 2010 season strongly, Lee was rewarded with a call-up to Japan's 2011 Asian Cup squad and made his full international debut on 9 January 2011 against Jordan.[16] His first international goal was dramatic, coming as it did in the 109th minute of the final to secure a 1–0 win over Australia and Japan's fourth Asian Cup success.[17]

Club statisticsEdit

As of end of 2018 season[18][19]
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2004 FC Tokyo J1 League 0 0 - - - 0 0
2005 Kashiwa Reysol 8 0 - 3 0 - 11 0
2006 J2 League 31 8 - - - 31 8
2007 J1 League 30 10 1 0 5 0 - 36 10
2008 19 4 4 1 4 0 - 27 5
2009 20 2 - 5 3 - 25 5
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 8 0 2 0 - - 10 0
2010 30 11 2 0 3 2 6 3 41 16
2011 32 15 - 1 0 - 33 15
2011/12 Southampton Championship 7 1 2 0 - - 9 1
2012/13 Premier League 0 0 1 0 2 1 - 3 1
2013 FC Tokyo J1 League 13 4 - 6 2 - 19 6
2013/14 Southampton Premier League 0 0 0 0 2 0 - 2 0
2014 Urawa Reds J1 League 30 6 0 0 8 3 0 0 38 9
2015 24 2 2 1 2 1 5 0 33 4
2016 33 10 1 0 5 2 5 2 44 14
2017 21 3 0 0 1 0 10 4 32 7
2018 20 3 2 0 8 2 - 30 5
2019 Yokohama F. Marinos 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0
Country Japan 322 78 18 5 51 15 26 9 417 107
Country England 7 1 3 0 4 1 - 14 2
Career total 329 79 21 5 55 16 26 9 431 109

National team statisticsEdit

[20]

Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
2011 10 2
2012 1 0
Total 11 2

International career statisticsEdit

Appearances in major competitionsEdit

Team Competition Category Appearances Goals Team Record
Start Sub
  Japan 2008 Summer Olympics qualification U-22 7 2 4 Qualified
  Japan 2008 Summer Olympics U-23 1 2 0 Round 1
  Japan 2011 AFC Asian Cup Senior 0 2 1 Champion

Goals for senior national teamEdit

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 29 January 2011 Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar   Australia 0–1 0–1 2011 AFC Asian Cup Final
2. 7 October 2011 Kobe Wing Stadium, Kobe, Japan   Vietnam 1–0 1–0 International Friendly

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Sanfrecce Hiroshima[21]

Southampton

Urawa Reds

Yokohama F. Marinos

InternationalEdit

Japan[21]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Tadanari Lee at J.League (in Japanese)  
  2. ^ "Gaffer Thrilled With 'Exceptional' Goals". Southampton FC. 18 February 2012. Retrieved 19 February 2012.
  3. ^ "五輪ピッチに「新日本人」…在日のルーツと誇り胸に". Archived from the original on 26 October 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
  4. ^ "Lee wants a crack at Korea in AFC Asian Cup Qatar". JoongAng Ilbo. 10 January 2011.
  5. ^ "'반쪽발이가 여긴 왜 왔느냐'는 말에 한국대표 꿈 접은 이충성" ['Why did half-Jap come here in Korea?' lost dream of a Korean national team member]. The Chosun Ilbo. 30 January 2011.
  6. ^ "BRIEF-Soccer-Japan under-23 striker Lee joins Hiroshima". Reuters. 26 August 2009. Retrieved 26 August 2009.
  7. ^ Tadanari Lee secures work permit (From Daily Echo)
  8. ^ "Millwall 1 – 1 Southampton". BBC Sport. 28 January 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  9. ^ "Southampton vs Derby County". Southampton FC. 18 February 2012. Retrieved 19 February 2012.
  10. ^ "Striker Tadanari Lee misses rest of season". BBC Sport. 3 April 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  11. ^ "Lee departs". Southampton F.C. 14 January 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  12. ^ "Tadanari Lee: Japan striker released by Southampton". BBC Sport. 14 January 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  13. ^ "Chung Makes Japan Return". Southampton FC. 14 February 2013. Retrieved 14 February 2013.
  14. ^ Lee guides FC Tokyo past Antlers | The Japan Times
  15. ^ "Tadanari Ri Biography and Statistics". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 26 August 2009.
  16. ^ "Zaccheroni names Asian Cup squad". FIFA. Retrieved 24 December 2010.
  17. ^ "Australia 0 – 1 Japan". ESPN Soccernet. 29 January 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2011.
  18. ^ Nippon Sports Kikaku Publishing inc./日本スポーツ企画出版社, "2016J1&J2&J3選手名鑑", 10 February 2016, Japan, ISBN 978-4905411338 (p. 29 out of 289)
  19. ^ Soccerway profile
  20. ^ Japan National Football Team Database
  21. ^ a b "Japan - T. Lee - Trophies". Soccerway. Retrieved 5 October 2014.

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