Kim Eun-jung-ho’s “captain” Lee Seung-won (Gangwon) is arguably South Korea’s best achievement of the tournament. Lee scored the game-winning goal from the penalty spot in the 24th minute of South Korea’s 0-1 loss to Israel in the third-place match at the U-20 World Cup on Wednesday. The goal brings Lee’s offensive tally at the tournament to seven points (three goals, four assists).

This is a significant milestone not only for Lee, but for Korean soccer as a whole. It is a new record for the most offensive points by a South Korean 토토사이트 player in a FIFA-organized men’s tournament. The previous record was six (2 goals, 4 assists), set by Lee Kang-in (Mallorca) at the U-20 World Cup in Poland in 2004. Lee led South Korea to a runner-up finish and was awarded the Golden Ball, the tournament’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) award.

Lee was unable to set the record for consecutive Golden Ball wins as South Korea did not reach the final, but he was honored with the Bronze Ball. The Bronze Ball is awarded to the third-best player in the competition. The top prize, the Golden Ball, and the second prize, the Silver Ball, went to Cesare Cassaday (Italy) and Alan Maturo (Uruguay), the runners-up and winners, respectively, so the fact that the fourth-place team player received the Bronze Ball means that Lee’s performance was outstanding.

In fact, not many people could have predicted Lee’s performance. Before the tournament, Lee was a virtual unknown among soccer fans. He joined Gangwon FC in December of last year, but only played in the K4 League (fourth division) and had yet to make his K League 1 debut. However, he has emerged as a top prospect in this tournament. Starting with one goal and one assist in the first group game against France, he was an attacking spearhead, scoring in every game except the 0-0 draw against Gambia. Not only did he shine in terms of technique, but also in terms of leadership, as he stood firmly at the center of the squad and led the ‘first team’.

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