Ki Sung Yueng

Ki Sung Yueng was born in South Korea on 24 January 1989. Today is Ki Sung Yueng's birthday (age 31).

On 25 August 2009, it was revealed that contact between Celtic and FC Seoul had occurred regarding the possibility of Ki’s transfer to the Parkhead club. However, the player’s agent stated that an immediate move would be unlikely given FC Seoul’s success in the league and the Asian Champions League. Three days later, Celtic clinched a £2.1m transfer for Ki. He linked up with the Parkhead side in the January transfer window at the end of the K-League season. The signing was confirmed on 13 December 2009 after Ki passed a medical and secured a work permit. Ki reportedly turned down an offer from English club Portsmouth then of the Premier League. He took the number 18 with “Ki” on his shirt. He made his debut for Celtic in a 1–1 draw against Falkirk at Celtic Park on 16 January 2010, winning the Man of the Match award from the official Celtic website. He played a further four games for Celtic that season, but struggled to make much impact in what was a period of upheaval for the club.

Ki barely played for Celtic in the first month of season 2010–11, but came off the bench to score his first competitive goal for Celtic on 22 August 2010 with a shot from 25 yards in a 4–0 victory against St Mirren in the Scottish Premier League (SPL). By the end of October he had become a first team regular and was voted the SPL Young Player of the Month for October 2010.

Ki scored his second goal of the season in a 2–2 draw with Inverness Thistle at Celtic Park. On 26 December 2010, Ki scored against St Johnstone in a 2–0 victory in the SPL, in what was his last game for Celtic before travelling to Qatar to play for South Korea in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup during January. On coming back to Scotland in February, Ki returned to the Celtic first team for the 2–2 draw against Rangers in a Scottish Cup tie at Ibrox. Celtic played a significant part of the game with only ten men after Fraser Forster was sent off, but the midfield including Ki won praise for the manner in which they dominated the game in the second half. Ki also played in the replay at Celtic Park, an ill-tempered match which Celtic won 1–0. On 21 May 2011, Ki scored the first goal of Celtic’s Scottish Cup Final win against Motherwell with a left-footed strike from around 35 yards. He also won the official Man of the Match award.

Ki started the 2011–12 campaign in Celtic’s opening game against Hibernian in the SPL. Scoring the second goal in a 2–0 victory, a 25-yard left foot strike into the right hand bottom corner and also won the Man of the Match award from the official Celtic website.

Ki then went on to score another goal on 13 August 2011 in the Scottish Premier League in a 5–1 win over Dundee United at Celtic Park, a strike into the top left hand corner from the edge of the box. A couple of days later it was reported that Premier League sides Blackburn Rovers, Tottenham Hotspur and several clubs from the Russian Premier League were interested in signing Ki. Celtic the next day issued a hands off warning to the interested clubs, saying that it would take a bid of significant proportions for Celtic to allow the increasingly important midfielder to leave the club. On 10 September 2011, Ki put Motherwell to the sword yet again, this time in the Scottish Premier League with a superb strike from outside the box with his right foot. Celtic went on to win the game 4–0. On 29 September, he started in Celtic’s 1–1 draw with Italian side Udinese, scoring on a penalty after 3 minutes. On 18 December 2011, he scored the second goal of the game as Celtic beat St Johnstone 2–0 at McDiarmid Park in the Scottish Premier League. Over the course of the 2011–2012 campaign, Ki scored 7 goals and had 6 assists, playing a key role in helping Celtic win the Scottish title.

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Talking Baws · May 14, 2016

Ki Sung Yueng to Miss Swansea Game After Being Called-Up For Military Service

Ki Sung Yueng is set to miss Swansea City’s final game of the Premier League season – after he was called-up to perform military service in the South Korean army...

Celtic FC · Mar 22, 2013

Wieghorst still a Celt at heart

CELTIC supporters who watched the Swansea City v Bradford City League Cup final last month would have caught a glimpse of some familiar faces on their televisions...

Scotzine · Aug 25, 2012

Ki Sung Yueng joins Swansea City for club record fee

Celtic midfielder Ki Sung Yueng has left the Scottish champions to join Michael Laudrup’s Swansea City on a three year deal for a deal thought to be in the region of £5.5 million – a club record fee for the English Premier League side.© Patrick McGuire...

The Celtic Blog · Aug 24, 2012

That Was The Week That Was #4: I like Gordon Strachan Edition

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STV Sport · Aug 22, 2012

Celtic midfielder Ki Sung Yueng agrees ‘in principle’ to Swansea City move

The 23-year-old is expected to travel to Wales to sign for Swansea...

The Scotsman · Aug 20, 2012

Neil Lennon not assured of transfer funds despite sale of Ki Sung Yueng

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Daily Mail · Aug 20, 2012

Swansea close in on signing Celtic’s Ki Sung Yueng

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Celtic Fanzone · Aug 20, 2012

Celtic – 125 Years – Ki Sung-Yueng (NIke)

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Not Celtic Class · Aug 20, 2012

Ki Sung Yueng se marcha al Swansea por más de 6 millones de libras

Ki abandona el Celtic y pone rumbo a Swansea. Es la noticia bomba que se cocinaba desde esta misma mañana cuando el futbolista no subió al avión con destino Suecia...

STV Sport · Aug 20, 2012

Swansea chairman confirms fee agreed for Celtic midfielder Ki Sung Yueng

Huw Jenkins tells STV his club will hold talks with the South Korean over a move believed to be worth over £5m...

Daily Mail · Aug 19, 2012

Swansea open talks with Celtic over Ki Sung Yueng

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Celtic Fanzone · Aug 19, 2012

Ki Soon To Be A Swan..Deal Almost Done

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The Scotsman · Aug 17, 2012

Neil Lennon plans showdown talks with Ki Sung Yueng as Premier League suitors circle

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The Telegraph · Aug 5, 2012

Celtic midfielder Ki Sung Yueng aiming to avoid military service with Olympic football medal for South Korea

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STV Sport · Aug 5, 2012

Celtic midfielder scores winning penalty to end Team GB’s Olympic hopes

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Celtic FC · Jul 26, 2012

Ki in Olympic action for South Korea

CELTIC star Ki Sung Yueng helped earn South Korea a goalless draw with Mexico in their opening match at the 2012 Olympics this afternoon, (Thursday).

Herald Scotland · Jul 11, 2012

QPR keen on Ki

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Herald Scotland · Jul 10, 2012

Park Ji-Sung

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Tribal Football · Jul 6, 2012

QPR go for Celtic midfielder Ki

QPR are closing in on Celtic midfielder Ki Sung Yueng.

Daily Mail · Jul 5, 2012

Celtic eye Markus Henriksen as QPR close in on Ki Sung Yueng

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