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Lee sets K League record for appearances by field player

Nov 12,2018
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors striker Lee Dong-gook has set a new Korean pro football league record for all-time appearances by a field player after playing against Jeju United on Saturday.

Lee made his 502nd K League appearance after playing full time in Jeonbuk’s 0-0 draw with Jeju at the Jeju World Cup Stadium in Seogwipo, Jeju Island. The 39-year-old striker, who made his pro debut with Pohang Steelers in 1998, now has one more league appearance than retired midfielder Kim Gi-dong, who played 501 matches from 1993 to 2011.

When also taking goalkeepers into account, Lee’s 502 appearances rank him third. Kim Byung-ji holds the record for most K League appearances with 702 career matches, followed by Lee’s former Jeonbuk teammate Choi Eun-sung, who has 532.

Lee is the all-time K League leading scorer with 215 goals. He has netted at least 10 goals per season since 2009.