May 31, 2018 12:51
Footballer Ki Sung-yueng is about to be included in the FIFA Century Club this week, which is open to those who have made at least 100 appearances in international matches.
Ki, who is a just one match shy from joining the club, is set to play in a friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province on Friday.
Ki made his debut as a member of the Korean national team in 2008 when he substituted in the 66th minute in a friendly against Jordan. About a decade later, he is now a key players on the national team.
Midfielder Park Ji-sung and striker Lee Dong-gook made the club in 2011 and 2014, respectively.
Among other Korean players, former national football team manager Hong Myung-bo has the most number of appearances with 136.
FIFA’s statistics are somewhat different from those calculated by the Korea Football Association, so there are four Korean footballers who are still not included in the club, although they already fulfilled the qualification, according to statistics tabulated by the KFA.
If the KFA wins an appeal to include their lost games, the total number of Korean players in the club reaches to 13 and Ki will be the 14th.
Ahmed Hassan, a retired Egyptian player, has the most appearances with 184 from 1995 to 2012.
Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal and Lionel Messi of Argentina, who are regarded as the greatest of all time, are already in the club with 149 and 124 appearances, respectively.
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