Three years later and Young-Pyo was back on a major final trail, this time in the Champions League, only for PSV to lose out to AC Milan over two legs.
Thankfully, Young-Pyo was able to taste victory when PSV won the Dutch Cup in 2005, toppling Willem II at the Amsterdam Arena and Young-Pyo hopes to experience that side of the coin again.
“It is very sad, you are so close to the final,” reflected Young-Pyo on his semi-final disappointments. “You can feel it, one step away.
“You cannot be too disappointed because it is an achievement to reach the semi-final and I feel that’s the same here, we will do our best.
“Every competition has a different feeling. In the case of the international games, it’s something special, something I can’t explain.
“PSV is very proud of its place in the Netherlands and never afraid of anyone else in Europe.
“This is different because it’s a competition within the league, all the teams know each other and of course, we know Arsenal very well.
“We are rivals and this is a big game, especially in a semi-final, second leg. We know we have to win. We have to think positively.”
Lee Young-Pyo has experienced disappointment in the semi-finals of the world’s biggest football competitions - safe to say, then, that he doesn’t want to add to his last four woe with a derby defeat at Arsenal.The full-back lost out in the semi-finals of the World Cup on home soil in 2002 when Germany toppled South Korea 1-0 in Seoul.