East Asia Union

There are seven nations in this zone but only four nations have ever participated in World Cup final and only players from four nations comprises Korea Republic, Japan, China and North Korea are qualified in selection of squad. Due to the fact that all nations in this zone are the developing football nations and increase to have some players playing in Europe in recent era, This squad would be updated so many points in the near future. 

The first true legend is from China in the 1930s, Lee Wei Tong was regarded among the greatest footballers of all-time by German Magazine. Doo-Ok-Pak represents a the most remarkable player for the reputable North Korean team in the 1966 World Cup. The 1970s saw Kamamoto as the most prolific scorer in history of East Asian football and Okudera who is the first East Asian player to play in Europe. However, The East Asian football did not turn professional until South Korea first made it in 1983 with it first professional prominent star Cha Bum Kun who has been believed as the first Asian footballer to have reached World-Class performance as the kicker magazine ranked him in World-Class a half of season and 4.5 seasons of international-class. In the late 1980s, Kim Joo Sung who have won Asian footballer of the year award most times to date. Nakata became the most iconic player in the late 1990s to the first half 2000s. Nakamura and Park-Ji Song succeed as one of the best Eat Asian midfielders ever in the 2000s. Kagawa became the second East Asian player to reach World-Class performance by Kicker in 2012. 

East Asia




Location     : East Asia
World Cup Participation : 9 Times (1954, 1966, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006. 2010)
Best Achievement In World Cup  : Semi Final In 2002 (Korea Republic)
Asian Cup Champions : 5 Times (1956, 1960, 1992, 2000, 2004)
Most Caps  :  Li Ming (141 Games)       
Top Scorer :  Kunishige Kamamoto  (75 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever :  Cha Bum Kun




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All-Time East Asian Squad


1. Lee Woon-Jae

Date Of Birth  : 26 April 1973
Nation   : Korea Republic
Caps  : 125 Games
Height  : 182 cm, Position :  Goalkeeper
Major Club  :  Suwon Bluewings
World Cup Participation : 1990, 1994 (6 Games)
Club Honours : None
International Honours : 4 Times K-League
2 Times Korean FA Cup, 3 Times K-League Cup
2002 AFC Champion League
Individual Achievement  :  3 Times K-League Best Keeper
2008 K-League Most Valuable Player
Class  : Prince Bronze

2. Yuto Nagamoto

Date Of Birth  : 12 September 1986
Nation  :  Japan
Caps  :  54 Games
Position :  Left and Right-Back
Height  :  170 cm
Major Club  :  FC Tokyo
World Cup Participation  : 2010 (4 Games)
Club Honours   :  2 Times K league
International Honours    :    None
Individual Achievement  :   2013 Asian Footballer of The Year
Class  : Prince Bronze

3. Lee Young-Pyo

Date Of Birth  :  23 April 1977
Nation   :  Korea Republic
Caps   : 110 Games
Height  :   177 cm, Position  :   Left-Back
Major Club  :  PSV Eindhoven, Tottenham Hot Spurs
World Cup Participation  :  2002 (1 Game)
Club Honours  :  1 Time K League
2 Times Dutch League, 1 Time Dutch Cup
1 Time English League Cup
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement :  None
Class  : Princess Gold

4. Fan Zhiyi

Date Of Birth  : 22 January 1970
Nation  :  China, Caps  : 109 Games
Height  :  183 cm, Position :  Center-Back
Major Club  :  Shanghai Shenhua, Crystal Palace
World Cup Participation  :  2002 (1 Game)
Club Honours   : 1 Time Chinese League
1 Time Chinese Cup
International Honours    :   2004 AFC Asian Cup Runner-Up
Individual Achievement  :  1995 Chinese Footballer of The Year
1995 Chinese Golden Boot Award
2 Times Chinese Golden Ball Award (1995, 1996)
IFFHS China Player of The Century
Class  : Princess Gold

5. Hong Myung-Bo

Date Of Birth  :  12 February 1969
Nation :  Korea Republic, Caps  : 136 Games
Height :  182 cm, Position :  Sweeper
Major Club  :  Pohang Steelers, Kashiwa Reysol
World Cup Participation  : 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002 (16 Games)
Club Honours  : 2 Time K League
1 Time J League, 2 Times K-League Cup
International Honours  : 1997 AFC Asian Cup Winner
Individual Achievement  : 1992 K-League Most Valuable Player
2002 FIFA World Cup Bronze Ball - All-Stars Team
Class  : Prince Silver


6. Kim Joo-Sung

Date Of Birth  :  17 January 1966
Nation :  Korea Republic, Caps : 77 Games
Height :  177 cm, Position :  Box-To-Box Midfielder
Major Club  :  Daewoo Royals, Bochum
World Cup Participation  : 1986, 1990, 1994 (9 Games)
Club Honours : 2 Times K-League
2 Times K-League Cup
International Honours :  None
Individual Achievement : 1997 K-League Most Valuable Player
1990 East Asian Championship Most Valuable Player
3 Times Asian Footballer of The Year (1989, 1990, 1991)
IFFHS Silver Asian Player of The Century
Class  : Prince Bronze

7. Park Ji-Sung

Date Of Birth  :  25 February 1981
Nation  : Korea Republic, Caps : 100 Games
Position :  Left and Right-Winger/ Attacking Midfielder
Height :  175 cm, Major Club  : Manchester United
World Cup Participation  : 2002, 2006, 2010
Club Honours  : 2 Time Dutch League
3 Times English Premier League, 2 Times League Cup
1 Time Emperor Cup, 1 Time Dutch Cup
2008 UEFA Champion League Winner, 2009 Runner-Up
International Honours : None
Individual Achievement  :  2010 KFA Footballer of The Year
Class  : Prince Bronze

8. Shunsuke Nakamura

Date Of Birth : 24 June 1978
Nation  : Japan, Caps : 91 Games (23 Goals)
Height  : 178 cm, Position :  Playmaking-Attacking Midfielder
Major Club : Yokohama Marinos, Reggina, Celtics
World Cup Participation : 2006, 2010
Club Honours : 1 Time J League, 1 Time J League Cup
3 Times Scottish League, 1 Time Scottish Cup, 2 Times League Cup
International Honours :  2 Times AFC Asian Cup(2000, 2004)
Individual Achievement : 2000 J League Most Valuable Player
2004 AFC Asian Cup Most Valuable Player
2007 SPFA Players’ Player of The Year, SWA Footballer of The Year
AFC Asian Cup Greatest Player Ever
Class  : Prince Bronze

9. Lee Wei-Tong

Date Of Birth : 18 September 1905
Nation : China
Position : Forward
Height  :  182 cm
Major Club :  South China
Caps  : Unknown
World Cup Participation  : None
Club Honours  :  9 Times Hong Kong League
8 Times Hong Kong Cup
International Honours :   None
Individual Achievement :  None
Class  : Prince Silver

10. Hidetoshi Nakata

Date Of Birth : 22 January 1977
Nation :  Japan, Caps  :  77 Games
Height  :  175 cm, Position : Playmaker
Major Club  :  Bellmare Hiratsuka, Parma
World Cup Participation  :   1998, 2002, 2006 (10 Games)
Club Honours  : 1 Time Italian Series A
1996 Asian Cup Winners’ Cup
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement : 1997 Japanese Footballer of The Year
1997 Japan Professional Grand Prize
1998 East Asian Championship Most Valuable Player             
2 Times Asian Footballer of The Year (1997, 1998)
Class  : Prince Bronze

11. Cha Bum-Kun

Date Of Birth : 22 May 1953
Nation  : Korea Republic
Height  : 179 cm, Position :  Forward
Major Club  : Eintracht Frankfurt, Bayer Leverkusen
Caps : 121 Games (55 Goals)
World Cup Participation  : 1986 (3 Games)
Club Honours  : 1 Time DFB Pokal
2 Times UEFA Cup (1980, 1988)
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement :  Korea Republic All-Time Top Scorer
IFFHS Korea Republic Player of The Century
IFFHS Asian Player of The Century
Class  : Prince Silver
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Substitution

12. Kim Byung-Ji

Date Of Birth : 8 April 1970
Nation  : Korea Republic
Position :  Goalkeeper
Height  :  184 cm
Major Club  :  Ulsan Hyndai, Phang Steelers
Caps  :  62 Games
World Cup Participation : 2002 (6 Games)
Club Honours  :  1 Time Korean League
International Honours    :   None
Individual Achievement : 4 Times Korean League Best Keeper
Class  : Princess Gold



13. Sun Jihai

Date Of Birth  : 30 December 1977
Nation  :  China, Caps   :  72 Games
Height :   175 cm, Position :   Right-Back
Major Club  :  Manchester City
World Cup Participation  :  2002 (1 Game)
Club Honours  :  6 Times Chinese League
1 Time Chinese Cup
1998 Asian Club Championship Runner-Up
International Honours  : 2004 AFC Asian Cup Runner-Up
Individual Achievement : None
Class  : Princess Gold


14. Kim Dong-Jin

Date Of Birth : 29 January 1982
Nation  :  Korea Republic, Caps   :  62 Games
Height  :  183 cm, Position :  Left-Back
Major Club  : Anyang, FC Seoul, Zenit Saint Petersburg
World Cup Participation  :   2006
Club Honours    :   1 Time K League
1 Time Russian Premier League
1 Time K League Cup, 2008 UEFA Cup
International Honours   :  None  
Individual Achievement  : 2007 Russian Premier League Best XI
Class  : Princess Gold


15. Masami-Ihara

Date Of Birth : 18 September 1967
Nation  : Japan, Caps  : 122 Games
Height  : 182 cm, Position  :  Center-Back
Major Club :  Yokohama Marinos
World Cup Participation : 1998 (3 Games)
Club Honours :  3 Times J League
1 Time J League Cup
2 Times Asian Cup Winners’ Cup (1992, 1993)
International Honours :  1992 AFC Asian Cup Winner
Individual Achievement : 
1995 East Asian Championship Most Valuable Player
1995 Asian Footballer of The Year
Class  : Princess Gold

16. Yoo Sang-Chul

Date Of Birth : 18 October 1971
Nation  :  Korea Republic
Caps : 122 Games
Height  : 184 cm, Position :  Defensive Midfielder
Major Club  : Ulsan Hyundai
World Cup Participation : 1998,  2002 (10 Games)
Club Honours  :  2 Times K League
2 Times K League-Cup
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement : 
2003 East Asian Championship Most Valuable Player
Class  : Prince Bronze


17. Yashuhiko Okudera

Date Of Birth : 12 March 1952
Nation :  Japan, Caps : 32 Games
Height  :  177 cm, Position :  Central Holding Midfielder
Major Club  :  Werder Bremen, FC Koln
World Cup Participation :  None
Club Honours : 1 Time J League
1 Time Bundeliga , 1 Time DFB-Pokal
1987 Asian Club Champion Cup 
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement  :  None
Class  : Prince Bronze
18. Shinji Kagawa

Date Of Birth  : 17 March 1989
Nation  : Japan, Caps  :  44 Games
Height :  172 cm, Position :  Playmaking-Attacking Midfielder
Major Club :  Dortmund, Man Utd
World Cup Participation  :  None
Club Honours  :  2 Times Bundesliga
1 Time English Premier League, 1 Time DFB-Pokal
International Honours : 2011 AFC Asian Cup Champion
Individual Achievement  : 2012 Asian Footballer of The Year   
Class  : Prince Bronze


19. Shinji Ono

Date Of Birth  :  27 September 1979
Nation   :  Japan, Caps  : 56 Games
Position : Central Holding Midfielder, Left-Side Midfielder
Height : 175 cm, Major Club : Urawa Red Diamond, Feyenoord
World Cup Participation :1998,  2002, 2006 (6 Games)
Club Honours : 1 Time J League, 1 Time J League Cup
2002 UEFA Cup, 2007 AFC Champion League
International Honours :  2000 AFC Asian Cup Winner
Individual Achievement : 2002 Asian Footballer of The Year
Class  : Prince Bronze


20. Doo Ik-Pak

Date Of Birth  : 17 March 1942
Nation  :  Korea DPR
Caps   : Unknown
Position  :  Attacking Midfielder
Height  :  Unknown
Major Club  :  Unknown
World Cup Participation  :  1966 (4 Games)
Club Honours  :  Unknown
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement : IFFHS North Korea Player of The Century
Class  : Prince Bronze

21. Kazuyoshi Miura

Date Of Birth  :  26 February 1967
Nation  :  Japan, Caps : 89 Games (55 Goals)
Position  : Forward, Height : 177 cm
Major Club :  Verdy Kawasaki, Vissel Kobe
World Cup Participation  :  None
Club Honours  : 3 Times J-League, 3 Times J-League Cup
1 Time Brazil State Championship
International Honours  :  1992 AFC Asian Cup
Individual Achievement : 1996 J League Top Scorer
2 Times J League Most Valuable Player (1992, 1993)
1992 AFC Asian Cup Most Valuable Player
1992 East Asian Championship Most Valuable Player
1993 Japanese Professional Sports Grand Prize Winner
                                                      IFFHS Japan Player of The Century
                                                      Class  : Princess Gold

22. Kunishige Kamamoto

Date Of Birth : 15 April 1944
Nation  : Japan, Caps  : 76 Games (75 Goals)
Height  : 179 cm, Position  :  Fast Striker
Major Club : Cerezo Osaka
World Cup Participation : None
Professional Scores Record : 202 Goals/ 251 Games)
Club Honours  : 4 Times J-League, 3 Times J-League Cup
International Honours :  None
Individual Achievement  :  6 Times J League Top Scorer
7 Times Japanese Footballer of The Year
Japan All-Time Top Scorer
Class  : Prince Bronze



Manager

Takechi Okada




Year Of Birth :  25 August 1956
Nation :  Japan
Major Team :  Yokohama Marinos, Japan
Major Achievement :  2 Times J League
Individual Achievement :  2 Times J league Manager of The Year (2003, 2004)
2010 AFC Coach of The Year
Class  :  Prince Silver





Conclusion of Squad

GK : Lee Woon-Jae, Kim Byung-Ji
DF : Sun Juhai, Lee Young-Pyo, Fan Zhiyi, Hong Myung-Bo, Yuto Nagamoto, Kim Dong-Jin, Masami Ihara
MF :  Yoo Sang-Chul, Yashuhiko Okudera, Kim Joo-Sung, Doo Ik-Pak, Shinji Ono, Hidetoshi Nakata, Shunsuke Nakamura, Park Ji-Sung, Shinji Kagawa
FW : Kazuyoshi Miura, Cha Bum Kun (Captain), Lee Wei Tong , Kanishige Kanamoto
Manager : Takeshi Okada


Formation XI (4-3-1-2)




Explanation of Formation
The team strategy is counter-attack with spirit fighting. Lee Woon Jae kept his 55 clean sheets in his national games, is selected as a first choice. Lee Young-Pyo and Yuto Nagamoto both have proved himself in the top league in England and Series A, would reliably perform as side-back. Hong Myung-Bo is a director of the team from the back-line as a sweeper.. Fan Zhiyi will be alongside him as a stopper. Kim Joo Sung is primarily a box-to-box midfielder, would often go deep to support defensive line and also go advanced to support offensive game essentially. Park Ji-Song, Nakata, Nakamura will be co-ordinate in the attacking midfield line. Park and Nakamura is on the semi-side midfield when Nakata is based on central midfield area. Cha Bum Kun is a key player a a forward alongside Lee Wei Tong is a final finisher.


Stadium

Beijing National 








Opened : 12007
City :  Beijing
Capacity : 91,000 Seats









Statistics
By Decade
By Class
By Nation
1920s :  -
1930s :  1
1940s :  -
1950s :  -
1960s :  1
1970s :  2
1980s :  1
1990s :  7
2000s :  9
2010s :  1
King : -
Queen : -
Prince : 17
Princess : 5


Korea Republic : 9
Japan : 9
China  : 3
Korea DPR  : 1




Major Reserved Group

Jia Xiuquan (Defensive Midfielder, China)
Junichi Inamoto (Defensive Midfielder, Japan)
Shunsuke Honda (Attacking Midfielder, Japan)
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The Greatest East Asian National Footballers of All-Time

Korea Republic : Cha Bum Kun
Japan  : Hidetoshi Nakata
China  : Lee Wei Tong
Korea DPR  : Doo Ik-Pak
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The Greatest East Asian Footballers of All-Time

1. Cha Bum Kun
2. Lee Wei Tong
3. Hong Myung-Bo
4. Shunsuke Nakamura
5. Park Ji-Sung
6. Hidetoshi Nakata
7. Shinji Kagawa
8. Doo-Ik-Pak
9. Yuto Nagamoto
10. Kim-Joo-Sung

11 comments:

  1. Anonymous19/4/15

    cha-bum didn't win any bundesliga titles. and as a korean, I suggest Ha Seok-ju instead of Kim dong-jin. He was regarded as the best left-back from our country until Lee-young pyo came out. frankly speaking, Kim Dong-jin isn't important player in our football history.

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    1. Thanks for suggestion. I see Ha Seok-Ju scored many goals as a defensive player. Now I wonder about his consistency when he was named in K-League best XI only once time despite spending football career in South Korea around 10 seasons. Kim-Dong Jin was also named in K-League Best XI once time and moreover was named as 2007 Russian premier league top player awards. Kim-Dong Jun seems to have a better club career and he is also inferior to Ha Seok-Ju in international career (much less capped). Note that I select player based on both club and national team competition.

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    2. Anonymous20/4/15

      And I suggest Kim Byung-ji instead of Choi in-young. In our country, most people don't care putting Kim Byeong-ji instead of Lee woon-jae when making South Korean greatest ever team. I know that Choi in-young rated 20c 3rd Best Goalie came from Asia by IFFHS, Kim-Byung ji's real best days are 2000s.

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    3. I'm 100 % agree when I see Kim Byung-Ji has a better career profile clearly. He was named in K-League best XI four times while Choi-In Young never made it. Kim-Byung Ji also won more caps. Please give me a time to create profile of Kim Byung-Ji to replace Choi-In Young.

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    4. Anonymous21/4/15

      Thank you for accepting my suggestion!

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  2. Anonymous8/2/16

    I've saw the documentary "The Game of Their Lives" (2002), and the north koreans never rated Pak doo-Ik as their best player ever and they rated Pak Seung Zin instead. I've saw at youtube some North Korea matchs at the WC 1966 and Seung Zin was really great and Pak doo-Ik doesn't impress me. He look me too average to be a legend.

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    1. That is interesting. I admit I don’t know anything about Pak-Doo-Ik aside from the documentary rating and his performance in WC. I’ll recheck in youtube again.

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  3. Anonymous9/5/16

    How about Paulino Alcantara and Piyapong Pue-On? Who's the best Mongolian player ever? I know in the description at the top it says there is only 4 nations qualified, but you did it for the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia. Thank you.

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    1. I think it would be fine to include southeast Asian stars in East Asian squad but now no player is great enough to be qualified in selection. Alcantara is the similar case to Vieira. They're born is another continent but played footballl in Europe almost the entire career. However, Alcantara did play for Philippines although just two games. I still consider Alcantara is more Spanish that Philippino since the first nation he played for is Catalonia (one of Spanish zones).

      Piyapong is not good enough, being regretted for his reject of the opportunity to play in Belgian league.

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  4. Anonymous27/7/16

    I think that Paulino Alcantara could be here. In 2007, FIFA rated him as the best asian player of all time.

    You rated Alcantara as spanish, but in that case, why you have Di stéfano in Argentina NT since that his peak years was in Spain (also have more caps for Spain than Argentina, and won Ballon d'or as spanish player)? The same goes in the examples of Kubala (Hungary/Spain) and Andreolo (Uruguay/Italy)?

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    1. Sorry for late reply. I identify player based on the born-place, race, lived place and nation they played for. Alcantara born in Asia but he is a mixture between Spanish and Philippino parent. Different from Di Stefano and Kubala or any other similar cases, he moved to settle down in Spain just at his 3 years old. That means he spent his life in Philippine very short.

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