Former Tottenham Hotspur flop set to retire

The South Korean full-back will hang up his boots at the end of the season

Spurs fans may well remember the name Lee Young-Pyo with a shudder but the former PSV Eindhoven man was back among the headlines today after announcing his intentions to retire at the end of the current campaign. The South Korea international arrived at White Hart Lane from the Dutch club back in August 2005, with then-manager Martin Jol described him as 'the best left-back in Holland' after securing his services for just under €500,000.

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In truth, Jol had a point, with Young-Pyo previously excelling with PSV where he and future Manchester United star Park Ji-Sung both played a part in help the Eredivisie side to the semi-finals of the Champions League, where they narrowly lost out to Milan.

It was to be a different story at Tottenham though, despite a relatively bright start in his first season, which saw Spurs concede the fewest number of goals in the English top flight.

The bright opening to his career in North London proved a false dawn, with the South Korean struggling for form and ultimately losing his place in the Lilywhites first-team as first Benoit Assou-Ekotto and later Pascal Chimbonda were drafted in.

A brief stint with Borussia Dortmund followed before Young-Pyo accepted a big-money offer with Al-Hilal in Dubai.

Now 36, the full-back is currently plying his trade in the MLS with the Vancouver Whitecaps, where he won Player of the Year in 2012 and intends to finish his career at the conclusion of the current campaign.

Though ultimately a unsuccessful in the Premier League, Lee Young-Pyo is still held in high regard by South Korean football fans, having accumulated 127 appearances and five goals for the national team, including a series of appearances in their journey to the semi-finals of the World Cup back in 2002.

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