Kim Do-heon

This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.
Kim Do-Heon
Personal information
Date of birth (1982-07-14) 14 July 1982
Place of birth Dongducheon, Gyeonggi, South Korea
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Seongnam FC
Number 8
Youth career
1998–2000 Tongjin High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2005 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 85 (7)
2005–2008 Seongnam Ilhwa 76 (15)
2008West Bromwich Albion (Loan) 4 (1)
2008–2009 West Bromwich Albion 16 (0)
2009–2014 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 73 (11)
2011–2012Police FC (Military service)
2015- Seongnam FC 35 (7)
National team
2003–2006 South Korea U-23 43 (3)
2003–2012 South Korea 62 (12)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 December 2015.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 May 2012
Kim Do-heon
Hangul 김두현
Hanja 金斗炫
Revised Romanization Gim Du-hyeon
McCune–Reischauer Kim Tuhyŏn

Kim Do-Heon (Hangul: 김두현, born 14 July 1982) is a South Korean football midfielder who currently plays for K-League side Seongnam FC.

Club career

A midfielder with great technical skills, West Brom's manager Tony Mowbray compared Kim's accurate passing skill with that of a gridiron quarterback.[1] Kim Do-Heon turned professional with Suwon Samsung Bluewings in 2001, where he won the 2004 Korean Championship before a move to Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma in June 2005. Due to his impressive game reading and consistent performances, he is widely known in Asia as the "Asian Paul Scholes", due to comparisons between him and the Manchester United and former England international midfielder.

Kim spent a few days on trial at West Bromwich Albion during December 2007,[2] and at the end of the January transfer window moved to the club on loan for the rest of the season, with a view to a permanent deal.[3] He scored his first goal for West Brom in the final match of the season against QPR, eight minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute. Albion went on to win 2–0, securing them the Football League Championship title and promotion to the Premier League.[4] On 28 May, he completed the move to West Brom for £550,000.[5] Kim made his Premier League debut on 16 August 2008 against Arsenal, where they lost the match 1–0. He scored once after the permanent move, in a 2–2 draw with Burnley in the FA Cup on 24 January 2009.[6]

On 27 July 2009 Suwon Bluewings have signed the South Korean midfielder from West Bromwich Albion for £360,000, he has already played for Suwon from 2001 to 2005.[7]

International career

Kim was a prominent playmaker for the U-23 national team before injuries took their toll. He scored against the Maldives during his five appearances in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. He was part of the South Korean 2004 Olympic football team, who finished second in Group A, making it through to the quarter finals, before being defeated by silver medal winners Paraguay. Kim played in all four of South Korea's matches during the tournament. He was one of the 23 Korean footballers who were called by Dick Advocaat, then manager of South Korea for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. However, due to the presence of Manchester United's Park Ji-Sung in the same position, Kim had to watch from the sidelines as Korea failed to qualify for the knockout stage.

On 14 June 2008, Kim accomplished his first international hat-trick in a 3–1 victory against Turkmenistan in the World Cup qualification stage. Korea advanced to the final qualification stage as a result. He was omitted from the Korean squad for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, meaning that he would be available for the start of West Bromwich Albion's 2008–09 Premier League campaign.[8]

Personal life

Kim is married to Jung Hye-Won, who gave birth to their son on 12 August 2008. He delayed his return to Korea to visit his son for the first time, in order to participate in the opening games of the 2008–09 Premier League season.[9]

Club career statistics

As of 31 December 2010
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Korea Republic League FA Cup K-League Cup Asia Total
2001Suwon Samsung BluewingsK-League12030
Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma2121000-222
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2007–08West Bromwich AlbionChampionship413000-71
2008–09Premier League1603100-191
Korea Republic League FA Cup K-League Cup Asia Total
2009Suwon Samsung BluewingsK-League124210000145
2011Police FCR-League---
Country Korea Republic 189287124420224035
England 2016100-262
Total 2092913224420226637

International goals

Results list South Korea's goal tally first.
Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
4 December 2003 Japan Tokyo  Hong Kong 1 goal 3–1 2003 East Asian Cup
9 June 2004 South Korea Daejeon  Vietnam 1 goal 2–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
17 November 2004 South Korea Seoul  Maldives 1 goal 2–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
22 February 2006 Syria Aleppo  Syria 1 goal 2–1 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification
23 May 2006 South Korea Seoul  Senegal 1 goal 1–1 Friendly match
16 August 2006 Taiwan Taipei  Chinese Taipei 1 goal 3–0 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification
6 September 2006 South Korea Suwon  Chinese Taipei 1 goal 8–0 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification
15 July 2007 Indonesia Jakarta  Bahrain 1 goal 1–2 2007 AFC Asian Cup
14 June 2008 Turkmenistan Ashgabat  Turkmenistan 3 goals 3–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
30 May 2012 Switzerland Bern  Spain 1 goal 1–4 Friendly match




Suwon Samsung Bluewings
Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma
West Bromwich Albion


  2. "Korean Do-heon on trial at Albion". BBC Sport. 6 December 2007. Retrieved 9 July 2008.
  3. "West Brom land Korean midfielder". BBC Sport. 1 February 2008. Retrieved 9 July 2008.
  4. "QPR 0–2 West Brom". BBC News. 4 May 2008. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  5. "Kim seals permanent Baggies move". BBC Sport. 28 May 2008. Retrieved 6 July 2008.
  6. "West Brom 2–2 Burnley". BBC. 24 January 2009. Retrieved 13 November 2009.
  7. Kim Do-heon Returns to BlueWings
  8. "Kim left out of South Korea squad". BBC Sport. 5 July 2008. Retrieved 6 July 2008.
  9. "Mowbray hails Kim's loyalty to Albion". West Bromwich Albion F.C. 19 August 2008. Retrieved 19 August 2008.
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Preceded by
South Korea Lee Chun-soo
K-League Most Valuable Player
Succeeded by
Brazil Tavares

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