Center back Lee Han-beom (21, Midtjylland) was highly praised for his growth in Korean professional soccer during his time with FC Seoul.
Midtjylland president Sven Graversen (51) explained the reason for recruiting Lee Han-beom in an interview at the conclusion of the summer transfer market, saying, “He is a young player who has made groundbreaking progress in the K-League over the past year.”
On August 29 (Korean time), Lee Han-beom gave FC Seoul 1.5 million euros (about 2.1 billion won) and transferred to Midtjylland in the Danish first division. Denmark is ranked 14th in the 2023-24 UEFA league rankings, and Midtjylland is ranked 59th in the European club rankings.
Han-beom Lee advanced to Denmark, ranked 14th in the 2023-24 UEFA league rankings. Promotional graphic for Midtjylland, ranked 59th in the European club rankings.
President Graversen worked at Midtjylland as general manager of the youth division from 2004 to 2012 and youth team coach from 2012 to 2017, and was promoted to administrator in recognition of his training ability. He gave a favorable review, saying, “Lee Han-beom not only has outstanding strength and athletic ability, but he also knows how to read the game.”
Lee Han-beom was ranked first among ball-playing center backs in the 2023 K League 1 in data prepared by the American data company ‘Asian Football Analysis Zone’ based on data from ‘WiScout’, a soccer talent search company.
‘WiScout’, established by the American company ‘Agile Sports Technology’ and headquartered in Italy, dispatches about 80 people around the world to evaluate athletes and games. Excellent video analysis and digital database capabilities.
President Graversen said, “Lee Han-beom does not fight only with physical strength. He is able to compete skillfully because he knows how to anticipate his opponent’s attacks. “He is also a defender who knows how to handle the ball and can set the direction of play from the back.”
Lee Han-beom played full-time at the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup, supporting Korea’s advancement to the quarterfinals. They will also participate in the men’s soccer schedule for the 19th Hangzhou Asian Games in China, which starts on September 19th.
President Graversen said, “Having a ball-playing center back like Lee Han-beom allows his teammates on the field to systematically prepare for the game,” and explained the advantages of having a defender who can control the main stem of the game.먹튀검증
‘Youth Scouting,’ a talent search organization, said through content published in the Italian edition of soccer media ‘One Football’, “Korea’s greatest central defender talent since Kim Min-jae (27, Bayern Munich). Lee Han-beom was introduced as a “dominant ball-possessing center back.”
President Graversen said, “He is a humble young man with big dreams, but also knows that there are many tasks ahead. “Even after Lee Han-beom enters Europe, he needs to create a foundation for him to continue to develop as quickly as he did in the K League,” he said.
As one of the reasons for explaining that “the athletic ability is good for a central defender,” Midtjylland mentioned “full-time rightback in the 2021 K League 1 11th round away game (1-2 loss) against Jeju United.” This means that the training staff from President Graversen have been analyzing Lee Han-beom since two seasons ago.