For the first time in 21 years, Korean soccer legend Lee Seong-hwan (47, soccer commentator) will share the field with Italian soccer legends. On October 21, a legends match (full league format) between Korea, Italy, and Brazil will be held at Goyang Sports Complex.
On October 19, a source from the soccer world said, “Lee Dong-hwan will play in the Legends All-Star Game. Most of the players from each country have been recruited and only the official announcement remains, and he will play as a Korean soccer all-star 안전놀이터.”
Active in both the soccer and broadcasting worlds, Steady is one of the most recognized stars of Korean soccer. He made his professional debut in 1998 with Busan Daewoo (now Busan IPark) and has since played overseas for AC Perugia (Italy), Shimizu S-Pulse, Yokohama Marinos (Japan), Metz (France), Duisburg (Germany), and Dalian Sder (China). His K League career spanned five seasons with Busan and Suwon Samsung, where he scored 55 goals and provided 14 assists in 139 games, and he also represented his country at three World Cups (2002 in South Korea, 2006 in Germany, and 2010 in South Africa) and scored 17 goals in 71 A matches.
Ronaldinho (Brazil), Fabio Cannavaro, and Marco Materazzi (Italy) have already traveled to Korea for the Legends Match promotion, and two of Italy’s most beloved soccer legends, Paolo Maldini and Francesco Totti, will also visit on the 21st.
Maldini and Totti, in particular, were key members of the Italian national team at the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup. Maldini, a former player and sporting director at AC Milan, played in four World Cups, while AS Roma’s “one-club man” Totti made history by winning the 2002 and 2006 tournaments in Germany.
In the 2002 tournament, however, South Korea reached the quarterfinals on a golden goal by Choi Sung-hwan in extra time and then defeated Spain on penalties to reach the final four. Maldini and Totti, who still remember the game vividly, are looking forward to meeting the player during his two-day visit to Korea.