Ryu-Seung Woo makes switch to Hungary, joining Ferencvaros on loan
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Ryu-Seung Woo makes switch to Hungary, joining Ferencvaros on loan

The 22-year-old South Korean has moved to Hungary's most successful club on loan.

Alex Howell

Ryu-Seung Woo has completed his loan move to Ferencvaros and will spend the upcoming season with the Hungarian side in the OTP Bank Liga, in which the Budapest club are the defending champions. 

The South Korean international youth international is under contract with Bayer Leverkusen until 2018, and it is hoped he will gain match experience in the Hungarian capital.

Limited opportunities at the BayArena

22-year-old, Ryu, came through the ranks at South Korean side, Jeju United, and quickly impressed. After only a month in the first team at the K-League side, he was snapped up on loan by Bayer Leverkusen. The five time German champions, are thought to have pipped Borussia Dortmund to his signature. 

However the South Korean has found playing time hard to come by, after moving to the BayArena on a permanent basis in 2014 and has subsequently spent the past two seasons out on loan at Eintracht Braunschweig and then Arminia Bielefeld. With the Brunswick club Ryu impressed and scored four times in eighteen appearances; however he did not replicate that success with die Arminen, only providing one assist in ten appearances during the six month loan spell in Norbert Meier's then side.

With the arrival of high profile signings, such as Kevin Volland, to the BayArena and opportunities once again limited for the South Korean, he once again took the opportunity for a loan move. This season away from German football, Ryu will try his hand in the Hungarian top flight with the Zöld Sasok. Ferencvaros manager, Thomas Doll, a German native and former Dortmund manager has turned to his homeland for the second time this window, after Oliver Hüsing made the switch to Budapest from Werder Bremen.

Impressive on the international stage

Despite his limited domestic playing time, Ryu has certainly impressed on the international stage for his country. His impressive cameo, with two goals, at the 2013 Under-20s World Cup is thought to have earned him the move to Leverkusen. 

The South Korean has regularly appeared for his national sides youth ranks, featuring for the Under 19s and 20s on a number of occasions. However his best achievement to date came this summer when Ryu represented South Korea at the 2016 Rio de Janiero Olympics, where he made three appearances and scored a hat-trick against Fiji.