There’s a Korean name on the Singapore national soccer team’s roster as the Klinsmanns face their first opponent in their quest to qualify for the 2026 North and Central American World Cup.
That’s South Korean forward Song Eui-young (30-Surabaya), who naturalized in Singapore in 2021.
Song hails from Incheon, South Korea, where he played his way up through the elite ranks of South Korea’s elementary, middle, and high schools.레모나토토
He attended soccer’s prestigious Yeouido High School under Jung Wangjoong, and upon graduating from high school in 2012, he joined Singapore’s prestigious Home United, coached by Lee Im-Seong at the time.
After proving himself in Singapore’s second division in his rookie year, scoring 11 goals in 12 games, Song made the leap to the first team that year.
Initially playing as a midfielder, he gradually moved into more offensive duties.
In 2018, he scored 20 goals in all competitions, including 10 in the league, and became one of Singapore’s ‘superstars’.
That’s when the naturalization process began, and Song became a Singaporean citizen in 2021.
Song Eui-young in action for Singapore Lion City against Daegu.
She made her A-match debut on November 11 of that year in an exhibition match against Kyrgyzstan.
Song has since scored four goals and provided three assists in 20 A-match appearances.
On Sept. 16 at 8 p.m., Seoul World Cup Stadium will host Jürgen Klinsmann’s Korea and Singapore in the first match of Group C of the North and Central American World Cup Asia Second Qualifying Round.
When Song takes the field, he will be facing the South Korean national team for the first time in his career.
After spending a combined 11 years with Home United and the club’s reconstituted team, Ryan City, Song moved to Nong Bua Pitchaya of the Thai First Division earlier this year, and again to Persebaya Surabaya of the Thai First Division last summer.
At Lion City, he helped the team win its first regular season title in 18 years in 2021.
He also impressed domestic soccer fans in the 2022 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (ACL) group stage by scoring two consecutive goals against Daegu FC.