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Ji So-yun

Ji So-yun
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Ji in 2010
Personal information
Date of birth (1991-02-21) 21 February 1991 (age 29)
Place of birth Seoul, South Korea
Height 1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)[1]
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Chelsea
Number 10
Youth career
2006-2008 Dongsan Info & Industry HS
2009-2010 Hanyang Women's University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011-2013 INAC Kobe Leonessa 48 (21)
2014- Chelsea 91 (34)
National team?
2007-2008 South Korea U17 15 (11)
2007-2010 South Korea U20 17 (13)
2006- South Korea 123 (58)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 January 2020
? National team caps and goals correct as of 9 February 2020

Ji So-yun (Korean: , Korean pronunciation: [t?i.so.j?n]; born 21 February 1991) is a South Korean professional footballer who plays for Chelsea in the FA Women's Super League and the South Korean national team.

Club career

Ji with Chelsea in 2014

Ji started her career in Japan, playing for L. League champions INAC Kobe Leonessa between 2011 and 2013. In November 2013, Ji was subject to a transfer bid from English club Chelsea.[2] She agreed to a two-year contract in January 2014.[3] When the transfer was officially confirmed later that month, Chelsea manager Emma Hayes said of Ji: "She is one of the best midfielders in the world and our fans will love her."[4] In one of her final matches for the Japanese club, Ji scored against her soon-to-be new club, Chelsea, in the International Women's Club Championship final.[5]

Ji was named Players' Player of the Year after her first season in England, as Chelsea narrowly missed out on the FA WSL 1 league title on the last day of the season.[6] She was named PFA Women's Players' Player of the Year in April 2015 and was also named in the PFA WSL Team of the Year.[7][8]

At the 2015 FA Women's Cup Final, staged at Wembley Stadium for the first time, Ji scored the only goal of the match to win the Cup for Chelsea.[9] In October 2015 she also scored in Chelsea's 4-0 win over Sunderland which secured the club's first FA WSL title and a League and Cup "double".[10]

On 1 April 2018, Ji made her 100th appearance for Chelsea in a 1-1 draw against Arsenal.[11]

International career

Ji has represented South Korea at under-17 level and was part of the under-20 team that finished as the runners-up at the 2009 AFC U-19 Women's Championship and third at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.[12]

In October 2006, Ji made her senior team debut while playing at the 2006 Peace Queen Cup. On 30 November 2006, she became the youngest goalscorer (15 years, 282 days) for the South Korean senior team, after scoring two goals against Chinese Taipei at the 2006 Asian Games.[12][13]

Ji is the all-time top goal scorer of the South Korean women's national football team with 58 goals.[13]

International goals

Scores and results list South Korea's goal tally first.
Goal Date Location Opponent Score Result Competition
1 30 November 2006 Doha, Qatar  Chinese Taipei 1-0 2-0 2006 Asian Games
2 2-0
3 17 February 2007 Masan, South Korea  India 1-0 5-0 2008 Summer Olympics qualifiers
4 15 April 2007 Hai Phong, Vietnam  Vietnam 1-1 2-1
5 2-1
6 12 August 2007 Cheongju, South Korea  Vietnam 1-0 2-1
7 26 August 2009 Tainan, Taiwan  Northern Mariana Islands 1-0 19-0 2010 EAFF Women's Championship qualifiers
8 11-0
9 12-0
10 16-0
11 19-0
12 30 August 2009  Chinese Taipei 5-0 6-0
13 10 February 2010 Tokyo, Japan  China PR 1-2 1-2 2010 EAFF Women's Championship
14 14 November 2010 Guangzhou, China  Vietnam 1-1 6-1 2010 Asian Games
15 16 November 2010  Jordan 1-0 5-0
16 2-0
17 5-0
18 22 November 2010  China PR 2-0 2-0
19 7 March 2011 Paralimni, Cyprus  Russia 1-0 2-1 2011 Cyprus Women's Cup
20 18 June 2011 Ehime, Japan  Japan 1-1 1-1 Friendly
21 3 September 2011 Jinan, China  Japan 1-1 1-2 2012 Summer Olympics Qualifiers
22 14 January 2013 Chongqing, China  Canada 2-0 3-1 Friendly (Yongchuan Cup)
23 6 March 2013 Paralimni, Cyprus  South Africa 1-0 2-0 2013 Cyprus Women's Cup
24 8 March 2013  Northern Ireland 1-0 3-0
25 27 July 2013 Seoul, South Korea  Japan 1-0 2-1 2013 EAFF Women's East Asian Cup
26 2-0
27 5 March 2014 Paralimni, Cyprus   Switzerland 1-1 1-1 2014 Cyprus Women's Cup
28 7 March 2014  Republic of Ireland 1-1 1-1
29 15 May 2014 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam  Myanmar 1-0 12-0 2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup
30 17 May 2014  Thailand 1-0 4-0
31 12 November 2014 Hsinchu, Taiwan  Guam 1-0 15-0 2015 EAFF Women's East Asian Cup qualifiers
32 8-0
33 15 November 2014  Hong Kong 1-0 9-0
34 13 January 2015 Shenzhen, China  China PR 2-2 3-2 Friendly
35 15 January 2015  Mexico 2-1 2-1
36 4 March 2015 Nicosia, Cyprus  Italy 1-1 1-2 2015 Cyprus Women's Cup
37 5 April 2015 Incheon, South Korea  Russia 1-0 1-0 Friendly
38 8 April 2015  Russia 2-0 2-0
39 13 June 2015 Montreal, Canada  Costa Rica 1-1 2-2 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
40 3 March 2017 Nicosia, Cyprus  Scotland 1-0 2-0 2017 Cyprus Women's Cup
41 6 March 2017 Larnaca, Cyprus  New Zealand 2-0 2-0
42 5 April 2017 Pyongyang, North Korea  India 8-0 10-0 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup qualification
43 10-0
44 11 April 2017  Uzbekistan 2-0 4-0
45 4-0
46 19 August 2018 Palembang, Indonesia  Maldives 1-0 8-0 2018 Asian Games
47 21 August 2018  Indonesia 10-0 12-0
48 12-0
49 31 August 2018  Chinese Taipei 1-0 4-0
50 28 February 2019 Sydney, Australia  Argentina 4-0 5-0 2019 Cup of Nations
51 5-0
52 3 March 2019 Brisbane, Australia  Australia 1-1 1-4
53 6 March 2019 Melbourne, Australia  New Zealand 1-0 2-0
54 9 April 2019 Chuncheon, South Korea  Iceland 1-1 1-1 Friendly
55 6 October 2019 Chicago, United States  United States 1-0 1-1
56 3 February 2020 Seogwipo, South Korea  Myanmar 1-0 7-0 2020 AFC Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament - Third round
57 3-0
58 9 February 2020  Vietnam 3-0 3-0

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 15 January 2020[14]
Club League Season League Cup[a] League Cup[b] International[c] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
INAC Kobe Leonessa Nadeshiko League 1 2011 16 8 4 0 -- -- 20 8
2012 16 4 3 0 6 3 -- 25 7
2013 16 9 4 6 9 3 2 1 31 19
Total 48 21 11 6 15 6 2 1 76 34
Chelsea FA WSL 2014 12 3 2 2 5 4 -- 19 9
2015 14 5 4 3 4 2 4 0 26 10
2016 16 5 4 5 1 0 2 0 23 10
2017 7 4 3 2 -- -- 10 6
2017-18 14 6 3 2 5 1 6 3 28 12
2018-19 17 6 3 1 2 0 8 2 30 9
2019-20 11 5 0 0 3 1 -- 14 6
Total 91 34 19 15 20 8 20 5 150 62
Career total 139 55 30 21 35 14 22 6 226 96

Honours

Club

INAC Kobe Leonessa

Chelsea

International

Individual

References

  1. ^ "2015 World Cup" (PDF).
  2. ^ "Chelsea Ladies FC interested in signing Ji So-yeon". Arirang. 29 November 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  3. ^ "Korean footballer Ji So-yun to sign two-year deal with Chelsea Ladies". Arirang. 3 January 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ "Chelsea Ladies sign South Korean midfielder Ji So-Yun". BBC Sport. 28 January 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ Bond, Steve (8 December 2013). "Chelsea Ladies lose to Inac Kobe Leonessa despite defiant late rally". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Chelsea's Ji So-Yun named WSL player's player of the year". BBC Sport. 14 November 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  7. ^ a b c "Who won what? PFA award winners in full". BBC Sport. 26 April 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Chelsea midfielder Ji So-yun is the PFA Women's Player of the Year". Sky Sports. 27 April 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  9. ^ Aloia, Andrew (1 August 2015). "How Chelsea won the Women's FA Cup". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2015.
  10. ^ Garry, Tom (4 October 2015). "WSL 1: Chelsea Ladies 4-0 Sunderland Ladies". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2015.
  11. ^ "Ladies report: Arsenal 1 Chelsea 1". Chelsea F.C. 1 April 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  12. ^ a b "[?60] ? ? " [Ji So Yeon & apos; Future of women's football and hope] (in Korean). Korea Football Association. 30 June 2015. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  13. ^ a b c "?" [Various records]. kfa.or.kr (in Korean). Retrieved 2019.
  14. ^ "Ji So-yun profile". Soccerway. Retrieved 2018.
  15. ^ a b c d "Chelsea's South Korean star eyes World Cup success". FIFA. 31 March 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  16. ^ "PFA awards: Leicester and Spurs dominate Premier League team". BBC Sport. 21 April 2016. Retrieved 2019.
  17. ^ a b Association, Press (26 April 2019). "PFA Women's Team of the Year: Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City dominate". The Guardian. Retrieved 2019.

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