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Can you spot the future F4 heartthrob?

The honeys of the uber-popular Boys Before Flowers have been shown to be master athletes (snerk) at everything from racecars, ice hockey, rugby, swimming, horseback riding, and kayaking — but apparently one of them was also quite the gifted soccer player in his childhood.

We’ve already seen what these boys looked like in high school. Can you guess which one he is, here in the third grade?


(Hint: He’s the one sticking out his tongue.)

Another hint: here he is with his soccer coach (famed soccer manager and former national player Cha Bum-kun) and mom.

It’s Lee Min-ho!

According to his mother, who gave a recent interview, Lee Min-ho dreamed of being a soccer player when he was younger, and trained for four years with the famous Cha Bum-kun.

(Wikipedia says: “Cha is hailed as a national hero for his accomplishments in the Bundesliga and the South Korean national team. He was given the title Asia’s Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics. He is the all time leading goal scorer for the South Korean National team.”)

Lee got his start when his mother worried that he was physically weak as a kid and, based on a friend’s recommendation, sent Min-ho to soccer lessons with Cha. He displayed strong enough talent at the sport that he even planned at one point to enroll at a middle school where he could specialize in soccer. At the time, Cha had said that Min-ho had fast feet and the talent to be a soccer player, and encouraged Mom to keep Min-ho at the sport.

However, his intentions fizzled after he was sidelined after breaking his arm in a match. Mom explains, “Min-ho sometimes says even now, ‘If I become famous, I’d like to go see coach Cha Bum-kun one of these days.”

Also, I remember reading comments from a few (very observant!) fans that Lee Min-ho seems to be ambidextrous; his mother explains that after breaking his right arm, he learned to use his left, and can still write and draw with both hands.

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wow, surprisingly, i got it right. hahaha.
i was thinking, "that kid sticking out his tongue's definitely lee min ho." haha.

woah. very observant fans indeed :D

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Woah..I didn't recognize him. And btw..with the ambidextrous thing..really cool man. :) LOL

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totally picked him out lol. :P

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too cute =)

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he definitely stood out with that silly face :D spotted him instantly! major cutie even when he was young

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wow... i had this thinking that he is a soccer player!
BINGO! He's HAWT as an actor.... twice as hot if he's playing soccer eh!
Bro... you are just so talented & a multi tasker!
This Noona approves you!

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I GOT IT RIGHT! Hahahaskdldl!

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I noticed the ambidextrous thing. I'm left handed so its a quirk of mine to find other lefties out there. I always check and am often disappointed:) But in this drama there have been many times that I thought, "Oh he's left handed!" (These small discovers always excite me.) Hmph. I'm rather simple, eh?

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Too cute. Now every detail of his private life will be extracted, if not by the media, then observant fans. LOL

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haha I spotted him too. I didn't know he played soccer. I guess that explains why I would see him playing the sport (so well) in BOF and Run Mackarel. Or maybe that's just a coincidence.

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I wanna see him play soccer! I'm pretty sure he'll be twice as hot! ^^

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scoreee! i actually guessed right. lolz. he was such a cute child and his mom is super pretty too.

it's always interesting to find out what else actors were/are into and good at BESIDES acting. i feel like i always think that acting is the only thing that they're good at and that's why they're actors that i totally disregard the fact that they could be good at or passionate about anything else.

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He's good looking, very masculine, and into soccer? Could he get any hotter?

I thought it was Lee Min-ho based on the eyebrows, haha. I can see where he got his good looks from. It's really cute how his postures look the same as it did 13 years ago (or it could just be me seeing things). And darn, here I thought he was left-handed like me! Oh, well. He's still smokin' hot.

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interesting how he had potential to be a famous soccer player and it definitely makes him 10 times hotter. lol. but didn't his accident hurt his leg afterwards?

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I knew it!!! i'm a Lefties fan, and i always noticed that he uses that hand most of the time, even the darts.... Gorgeous and ambidextrous!!

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kids were holding hands!how cute!

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His mom is gorgeous! Good genes run in the family lol

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Good to know we were all right when we spotted his ambidexterity.

His mother is pretty, even in 'mum jeans'.

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Lee Min Ho so cute!! His mom is good-looking... now we know where he got his looks from! =)

By the way to "thisiswhyi'mbehindonmymastersthesis" : I'm
left handed /ambidextrous too...

shout out to all Ambidextrous out there!

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i kinda feel sad reading this news. LMH surely got a lot of bad experiences. he's ambidextrous bcoz of his once broken arm. and now i'm thinking if he can ever play soccer anymore with his current leg situation =(

maybe thats y i can see how committed he is in acting. hope he will continue to rise as an actor. i love his acting n his potrayal of junpyo. his expressions are priceless. really,for me, he's the real jewel of BOF.
just one thing, his fame is skyrocketting right now. too much like a dream. hope he will never be arrogant.

i cant wait to see more BOF eps. this drama is addicting. n i cant wait to see more dramas from him too. wanna see him in a different character.

btw, thanks javabeans for the news!

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That's a cute picture... i have a picture of me without two front teeth and I thought it looks so funny... and embarassing. Now i see his pic and thought wow that super good looking guy looked just as funny. as i was.. ha ha....

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yeah i want to see him portray different characters. but i say that his jun pyo role would be my fave of all time.

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yes, that explains it! i'd notice him using his left to throw a snowball & right when he eats. i think he used his left to write, don't remember.

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i agree with kawaii.. he was barely known before. including me & my frends was like, huh? who's LMH?? haha.. now he is in every day news and blogs. and loved by everyone.~ <3

i hope he wont get arrogant and prideful like *ehem..ehem..* this popular actress who got name after her success in a comedic series..

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mum sure is pretty!!!

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his mother is hawt!

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he's kind of tall already for a third grade.not forget to mention already cute too.owesome..:D

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HA, I knew it!

But I didn't know he was ambidextrous. That's just so cool

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i think he's got good genes running in the family...

his mom is pretty.....

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he is like his mum..
i still like him "lee minho"!!
;-)

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wow his mom could pass as an actress -- he's super cute! thanks javabeans for the photos -- i was always wondering where to see Lee Min's photo/s when he was much younger - even i hope a baby photo for that matter.

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He's gone thru a lot ....no wonder he seemed so grounded and likable. Isn't it sweet of him to remember his coach and wanting to visit him if he ever got famous? I like this guy more and more.

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Woo! Got it right!

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would've been interesting to see him as a footballer. i think i like him a lot more now =) we can talk about football all day haha jkjk guys.

and omg are those barca uniforms?! =O that is so adorable. although i can't tell what club uniform he is wearing, probably not from a famous club i guess? anyone guess what it could be??

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his eyebrows and eyes gave it away 8D

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interesting.. and so much news about F4 recently. :D

Thanks for the tidbit.

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I dunno whether i'm a lefty or a righty but i do able to write/draw with both left and right hands. The only problem is when it comes to tools. i can only use my left hand, like holding the chopsticks or knife or scissors. my right hand will become very clumsy if i tried any of those (except for brushing my teeth, i can only do that properly if hold the toothbrush with my right. weird!). so i always considered myself a left-handed person. and like thisiswhyi'mbehindonmymastersthesis, l do notice in BBF, that minho seems to be left-handed, but there were also some scenes where he seems just as right-handed as the next person, so i was like, is he having the same problem as I have? hoho. i wish i could do more with my right hand than just these things: 1)writing/drawing, 2)hold toothbrush, 3) working the computer mouse, 4)holding fork/&spoon ... really envy the ambidexterous~

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what a cute kid ((>.<)''
but look at where his hand is!

is it itchy down there? xD

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Hello back to all fellow ambis! I too noticed that he seemed lefty but got confused a couple of time when he used his right hand instead. Now it makes perfect sense :)

xx|outsider|[email protected], seems like you're an ambi/predom lefty, like me (in my case, result of combo of Korean mother and Catholic education). Funniest was when quirks came out as I got into sports - tennis lefty (but then, who needs a backhand when one can quickly flip racquet to the other hand?), switch hitter, ambi dribbler, etc. Took my coaches a little time to figure out to train me. lol

Back to LMH - yep, it's in the eyebrows. Cute how the kids are holding hands while walking, even in third grade eh?

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He's athletic AND ambidextrous? You know what that means.. wink wink** is there anything he can't do?

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