Korea captain Lee Seung-won awarded Bronze Ball at U-20 World Cup


Korea captain Lee Seung-won was honored with the Bronze Ball at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Argentina, recognizing him as the tournament’s third-best player. Lee’s outstanding performances for the Korean team included three goals and four assists, contributing to their fourth-place finish.

In the third-place match against Israel, Lee scored Korea’s sole goal from a penalty kick in a 3-1 defeat. He became the third Korean player to receive an individual award at a FIFA men’s tournament. Previously, former senior men’s team captain Hong Myung-bo was awarded the Bronze Ball at the 2002 World Cup, where Korea also finished fourth. At the 2019 U-20 World Cup, Lee Kang-in won the Golden Ball as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, helping Korea secure the runner-up position.메이저사이트

Lee Seung-won’s impressive performance surpassed Lee Kang-in’s record, setting a new benchmark for Korean players at FIFA men’s competitions. In women’s tournaments, Yeo Min-ji received both the Golden Ball and the Golden Shoe as the top scorer, contributing to Korea’s U-17 Women’s World Cup victory in 2010. Ji So-yun also made her mark in 2010, capturing the Silver Ball and the Silver Shoe as the tournament’s second-leading scorer in the U-20 Women’s World Cup.

Lee Seung-won’s notable contributions included a goal and an assist in Korea’s opening group stage match against France, as well as penalty goals in the third-place match against Israel and the semifinal against Italy. Italy later lost 1-0 to Uruguay in the championship match, with the Golden Ball awarded to Italian midfielder Cesare Casadei, who topped the tournament’s goal-scoring chart with seven goals. Alan Matturro of Uruguay received the Silver Ball.

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