Bundesliga Points to Ryu Seung-woo as Rising Star

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Ryu Seung-woo of Bayer Leverkusen has been named a rising star in the German Bundesliga in the second half of the 2013/2014 season. The league introduced five young players to watch on its website Thursday.

"Ryu may be a relatively unknown quantity in the Bundesliga, but the 20-year-old showcased his talent on the international stage last summer, chipping in with a couple of assists to help South Korea into the knockout stage of the FIFA U-20 World Cup," it wrote.

It added that he scored his first goal in a friendly match against Dutch side SC Heerenveen on Jan. 8 immediately after joining the club.

Ryu received much attention from a number of prestigious clubs after scoring two goals at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey last July. He joined Jeju United in the K-League in November and moved to Leverkusen on loan with a one-year contract last month.

Although he is not a physically imposing player -- he is just 172 cm tall -- Ryu is known for his speed and skill with the ball. He usually serves as a reserve striker, meaning that his opportunities to play could well depend on how many injuries the team picks up.

The Bundesliga also picked Kyriakos Papadopoulos of FC Schalke, Moritz Leitner of VfB Stuttgart and Ola John and Ouasim Bouy of Hamburger SV as younger players "looking to prove a point at their respective clubs."

englishnews@chosun.com / Jan. 24, 2014 09:02 KST