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Lee Woon-Jae: South Korea's backbone

Lee Woon-Jae is entering his third decade with the South Korean team, but he is still as athletic as he was when he protected the country's goal in the 2002 tournament.

Goalkeeper is taking part in his fourth World Cup

Lee Woon-Jae 

Born: April 26, 1973, in Cheongju, South Korea

Position: Goalkeeper

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.