Born: April 26, 1973, in Cheongju, South Korea
Clubs played for: Lee is old reliable for K-League giants Suwon Bluewings. The 37-year-old has played for the Bluewings since 1996, making nearly 350 appearances. He is also one of South Korea's most decorated club players with four K-League titles, four K-League Cups, two Korean Cups and one AFC Champions League.
International career: Not only has Lee been the only man between the sticks for Suwon for some time, but he has also been South Korea's first-choice goalkeeper for more than a decade. He was the understudy to Choi In-Young during the 1994 World Cup but was No. 1 by the time the world came to South Korea and Japan in 2002, and again in 2006. Lee has 129 caps for South Korea, seven behind midfielder Hong Myung-Bo's 136.
Why is he so special? For a man entering his third decade with the national team, Lee is still as athletic as he was when he protected South Korea's goal all the way to an unexpected fourth-place finish in the 2002 tournament. Known for his rigorous physical fitness regimen, he will be one of the fittest goalkeepers in South Africa.
His most famous moment: In the quarter-final shootout of the 2002 World Cup, Lee parried Joaquin's weak penalty shot for Spain to take South Korea to the semifinals.
He said it: "I was so glad that we made it to the finals for the seventh time in a row, and we know that the fans are counting on us to do well over in South Africa… We can do better than reaching the top 16."
Here's an interesting fact: Before a 2007 Asian Cup match against Bahrain, the legendary goalkeeper went on a drinking binge in an Indonesian bar along with South Korean teammates Kim Sang-Sik, Lee Dong-Gook, Woo Sung-Young and Lee-Dong Gook. The group was caught and all were suspended by the South Korea soccer association. Lee apologized and returned to the national side a year later.