Jong Tae-se

This is a Korean name; the family name is Jong.
Jong Tae-se

Jong Tae-se at the match of North Korea against Brazil at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in Ellis Park Stadium.
Personal information
Full name Jong Tae-se (South Korea)
Jong Tae Se (North Korea)[1]
Chong Tese (Japan)
Date of birth (1984-03-02) 2 March 1984
Place of birth Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Shimizu S-Pulse
Number 9
Youth career
1997–1999 Toshun Korean Middle School
1999–2002 Aichi Korean High School
2002–2005 Korea University (Japan)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2010 Kawasaki Frontale 112 (47)
2010–2012 VfL Bochum 39 (14)
2012–2013 1. FC Köln 10 (0)
2013–2015 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 72 (23)
2015– Shimizu S-Pulse 49 (30)
National team
2007–2011 North Korea 33 (15)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 November 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 November 2011
Korean name
Chosŏn'gŭl 정대세
Hancha 鄭大世
Revised Romanization Jeong Dae-se
McCune–Reischauer Chŏng Tae-se

Jong Tae-se (romanization used by FIFA, otherwise spelled as Chong Tese (鄭大世; チョン・テセ) in Japan and Germany; hangul: 정대세, hanja: 鄭大世; March 2, 1984) is a Japanese-born North Korean footballer, being one of a few Koreans mainly played in the Japanese J-League or the German 2. Bundesliga. He is most remembered for his key performance at 2010 FIFA World Cup representing the North Korea national team. He is currently playing for Shimizu S-Pulse.

Early life

Jong was born in Nagoya, Japan to Korean parents residing in Japan. Although some reports indicate that Jong's parents and Jong himself have South Korean citizenship, Jong has said that he is not South Korean, but North Korean as his family identify themselves as North Koreans.[2] His mother sent him to attend a private school in Japan run by Chongryon, a group closely tied to the North Korean government[3] – where he started football at its elementary school club. He later attended Korea University, a private university in Tokyo also funded by Chongryon.[3]

Chongryon, North Korea's de facto embassy in Japan, issued a North Korean passport to him. This made him eligible, per FIFA rules, to play for North Korea and resulted in de facto dual nationality.

Jong is fluent in Korean and Japanese. He also knows how to speak Portuguese which he learned from his Brazilian teammates at Japan's Kawasaki Frontale. He also speaks German from playing in Germany. He speaks cursory English, due to his trial in Blackburn.[4]

Jong publicly emphasized the separation between sportsmanship and politics after the disputes before and during the match between North Korea and Japan on 15 November 2011.[5]

Club career

After joining Kawasaki Frontale in 2006, the striker quickly rose to become one of Kawasaki's best players and one of the best strikers in the J-League.[6] Jong went for a trial with English club Blackburn Rovers in early 2010.[6][7] After the 2010 World Cup, Jong joined German club VfL Bochum.[8] After one and half seasons in the 2. Bundesliga, Jong transferred to 1. FC Köln in the 1. Bundesliga in January 2012, following an injury to German international Lukas Podolski.[9] However, his time at 1. FC Köln was marred by a lack of playing time.

On 3 January 2013, Jong announced that after he would start playing for the first-division South Korean K-League club, Suwon Samsung Bluewings. He had expressed interest in the move for several months before the announcement, and the Bluewings and Ulsan Hyundai FC had both been negotiating with him. Jong joined the South Korean outfit on 10 January 2013 for a reported fee of €300,000 from 1. FC Köln.[10] After deliberation by K League Classic and FIFA authorities, Jong was registered as a South Korean (domestic) player in the K-League and AFC Champions League competitions.[11]

On 6 April, he scored his debut goal for Suwon in a 3–1 home win against Daegu FC.[12] Two weeks later, 20 April, he scored a hat-trick in a 4–1 win at Daejeon Citizen.[13]

On 8 July 2015 he was bought by Shimizu S-Pulse as an emergency signing as Shimizu were in the drop zone after total points calculation from both stages of the season. He was inserted into the starting lineup on 25 July, Matchday 4 of the 2nd stage, away to his former club Kawasaki Frontale which ended in a 2-3 defeat.

International career

Jong's first international appearance was on 19 June 2007, during a 2008 East Asian Football Championship qualifier match against Mongolia and he scored his first international goal in that game. He went on to score a total of four goals which Korea DPR won the match 7–0. Jong also played at the 2008 East Asian Football Championship and scored two goals in three matches for Korea DPR, receiving top scorer honors along with Park Chu-Young, Yeom Ki-Hun and Koji Yamase.

Before FIFA 2010 World Cup Jong was also the key figure in Korea DPR's 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign, as they qualified for the World Cup South Africa for the first time in 44 years. Jong had made himself famous for sobbing uncontrollably when the North Korean national anthem was played before the kickoff of Korea DPR's first group stage match at the Fifa 2010 South Africa, against Brazil.[14] In that match he assisted Ji Yun-Nam's goal in a 2–1 defeat.[15][16]

He was nicknamed "the People's Rooney" by the English press.[15]

International goals

Career statistics


Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup Asia Total
2006Kawasaki FrontaleJ. League Division 11612240223
Germany League DFB-Pokal Other Europe Total
2010–11VfL Bochum2. Bundesliga2510102610
2011–121. FC KölnBundesliga500050
2012–132. Bundesliga501060
South Korea League FA Cup Other Asia Total
2013Suwon BluewingsK League Classic231000402710
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup Asia Total
2015Shimizu S-PulseJ1 League1340000134
2016J2 League362600003626
Total Japan 1617712718519521094
Germany 49144100005315
South Korea 722322001138528
Career total 2821141810185308348137



North Korea national team


  2. "Jong Tae-se is North Korea's answer to Wayne Rooney". The Guardian. 11 February 2010. Retrieved 20 June 2012.
  3. 1 2 "North Korea's Wayne Rooney". New York Times. 11 February 2010. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
  4. "Jong Tae-Se habla portugues y promete lucha a Brasil en el mundial 2010.flv". maurimc. 15 June 2010. Retrieved 3 July 2012.
  5. Lee (이), Ji-ho (지호) (18 November 2011). 정대세, "北, 정치와 스포츠 구분해야". JPNews (in Korean). Retrieved 19 November 2011.
  6. 1 2 Duerden, John (30 May 2010). "Jong Tae-se is North Korea's answer to Wayne Rooney". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
  7. Wilson, Zack (16 June 2010). "Introducing the crying North Korean, the 'Peoples' Rooney', the Blackburn nearly-man: Jong Tae-se". Retrieved 18 February 2012.
  8. "Bochum holt Jong Tae Se, neuer Gerichtstermin für Boateng" (in German). Spiegel Online. 9 July 2010. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
  9. "Chong Tese springt für Podolski ein" [Jong Tae-Se jumps in for Podolski] (in German). kicker. 30 January 2012. Retrieved 30 January 2012.
  10. "Jong Tae-Se Joins Suwon Bluewings from FC koln". 10 January 2013. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
  11. <サッカー>“人民ルーニー”鄭大世、韓国国籍でCL出場 (in Japanese). 1 February 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
  12. "'첫 승 실패' 서울, 5G 무승, 포항은 5G 무패... 정대세 첫 골(종합)" [The first goal of Jung Tae Sea] (in Korean). Osen. 6 April 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
  13. "[클래식 8R] '정대세 해트트릭' 수원, 대전에 4-1 역전승" [[Classic round 8]' Jong Tae-se scored a hat-trick' Suwon wins a come-from-behind victory] (in Korean). 20 April 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
  14. Anglesey, Steve (26 May 2010). "Weird World Cup: 10 amazing facts about North Korea". The Mirror. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
  15. 1 2 Ingle, Sean (1 June 2010). "World Cup 2010: Brazil find finishing touch to edge out North Korea". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 16 June 2010.
  16. Bairner, Robin (1 June 2010). "World Cup 2010 Player Ratings: Brazil 2–1 North Korea". Retrieved 16 June 2010.
  17. "Tae-Se Jong". National Football Teams. Retrieved 31 May 2011.

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