Will K-League 2 Seoul Eland vice-captain Lee Jae-ik (24) make his third overseas move?
Japanese soccer publication Colli described Lee as “a gold medal member of the Korean men’s team at the 19th Hangzhou Asian Games in China in 2023,” and rated his chances of making the J-League in 2024 at three stars out of five.레모나토토
He has a four-star chance of making the J-League the following year and performing well. Lee’s first international experience came in the 2019-20 season with Al Rayyan, where he played in the Qatar Stars League and Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League qualifiers.
From September 2020 to June 2021, he played for Antwerp in the Belgian first division. At the time, Qatar was ranked 6th in the Asian League Rankings and Belgium was ranked 13th in the UEFA League Rankings.
‘Collie’ described Lee as a left-footed central defender with a height of 186 centimeters, excellent build-up ability, high speed for his size, and international experience as the advantages that made Japan take notice of Lee.
Lee is part of Korea’s Golden Generation that won gold at the 2013 Nanjing Youth Asian Games, runner-up at the 2018 U-19 Asian Football Championship, runner-up at the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup, and gold at the Hangzhou Asian Games.
He also represented Korea at the 2020 AFC U-23 Championship qualifiers and the 2022 East Asian Football Confederation (EAFF) E-1 Championship. “As the Asian Games gold medal fulfills the criteria for transferring to the athletic staff, which is called ‘special exemption from military service,’ he is expected to switch teams in the winter transfer market to improve his career,” said Kohli.
Lee scored two goals in 90 games, including cup competitions, for Gangwon FC in the 2018-2019 K League 1 and Al Rayyan in Qatar, and for Seoul Eland in the K League 2 from 2021. He averaged 81.5 minutes per game, playing both left and right fullback in addition to his main position of center back.
Japan drops South Korea to third and moves up to second in the Asian Football Confederation relegation rankings for the 2024-25 season. “Lee Jae-ik is a defender with good passing ability, so he is a good fit for the J-League,” said Kohli. Teams that self-diagnose that they have problems with their defense line can take him to solve them.”