South Korea Legend Lee Woon-Jae Announces International Retirement

Veteran custodian to end illustrious career on world stage.
South Korean goalkeeping legend and veteran of three World Cup campaigns Lee Woon-Jae has retired from international football.

The 37 year-old Suwon Bluewings shot-stopper will make his final bow in a friendly against Nigeria on August 11.

Woon-Jae made his international debut at the 1994 World Cup in the USA, coming on as a half-time substitute in Korea's final group game against Germany.

Subsequently missing the cut for France '98, the Taeguk Warriors' memorable run in the 2002 World Cup was the highlight of his 131 game international career, in particular his heroics in the penalty shoot-out of the Quarter Final win over Spain.

At the 2007 World Cup he became embroiled in controversy when 'Spider Hands' three senior teammates were banned for a year from national team duty after they spent the night out drinking before and after a shock 2-1 defeat to Bahrain.

He would return to the national team fold though to help his country into the 2010 World Cup without taking part at the tournament itself.

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