Lee Keun-Ho is a livewire forward, whose quick thinking and good positioning in front of goal have made him one of the most promising strikers in recent years. With his deft movements and unpredictable shots, Lee is a constant menace to the opposition’s defence.
The 25-year-old began his professional career at his hometown club Incheon United in 2005 but it was Daegu FC where Lee came into prominence, scoring 23 goals in 59 matches for two seasons.
Although he scored his first goal on his international debut in a friendly with Iraq in June 2007, Lee was virtually an unused substitute during the AFC Asian Cup the following month. However, his second chance came a year later when coach Huh Jung-Moo called him up ahead of the match against Jordan in the third round of the Asian Zone qualifying for South Africa 2010.
Meanwhile, Lee also took part in the Olympic Football Tournament in the summer, although he could not keep his country from making an early exit from Beijing. Lee returned to the senior national team and scored twice in a friendly with Uzbekistan on 11 October 2008.
Four days later, Korea Republic moved into first place in their final round group thanks to his brace in a 4-1 victory over the United Arab Emirates, before Lee opened the scoring against Saudi Arabia in a 2-0 win that would prove to be the crucial moment for the Taeguk Warriors’ seventh straight qualification for the world finals.
Lee has been plying his trade with Jubilo Iwata in the J.League since 2009.