News Singapore Premier League • January 3, 2022

Former Japan attacker Tadanari Lee joins Albirex Niigata (S)


Tadanari Lee (Photo: Albirex Niigata (S) website / Kyoto PS)


SINGAPORE, 3 JANUARY 2022 – Albirex Niigata (S) have announced the signing of Tadanari Lee, who has represented Japan on 11 occasions and scored twice.


The 36-year-old forward is perhaps best remembered for his winning goal in the 2011 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup final, where he came off the bench eight minutes into extra time against Australia and then volleyed in the only goal of the game 11 minutes later.



Lee, who started his career with FC Tokyo in 2004 after coming through their youth ranks, also spent 2011 to 2014 with Southampton FC. The 1.82-metre attacker has made over 400 appearances in Japan and scored 107 times for six clubs, winning the 2019 J1 League crown with Yokohama Marinos and the 2017 AFC Champions League title with Urawa Reds.


He joins Albirex in Singapore upon the expiry of his contract with newly-promoted J1 League side Kyoto Sanga, and will wear the number 19 jersey.


“Let’s win together every title that we can win,” Lee said in a club statement. “I would like to devote everything of Lee Tadanari to this club so that I can make a lot of people smile through Football. I hope to receive your great support. Thank you!”


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