Kim Dong-jin

For other people named Kim Dong-jin, see Kim Dong-jin (disambiguation).
Kim Dong-jin
Personal information
Date of birth (1982-01-29) 29 January 1982
Place of birth Dongducheon, Gyeonggi, South Korea
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Left back, centre back
Club information
Current team
Seoul E-Land
Number 63
Youth career
1997–1999 Anyang Technical High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2006 Anyang LG Cheetahs / FC Seoul 99 (12)
2006–2009 Zenit St. Petersburg 68 (3)
2010 Ulsan Hyundai 21 (0)
2011 FC Seoul 9 (1)
2012–2013 Hangzhou Greentown 55 (2)
2014–2015 Muangthong United 60 (2)
2016– Seoul E-Land 34 (1)
National team
1998 South Korea U17 4 (2)
1999–2000 South Korea U20 10 (0)
2002–2004 South Korea U23 37 (5)
2006–2008 South Korea U23 (as wild card) 6 (1)
2003–2010 South Korea 62 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 November 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of January 13, 2016
Kim Dong-jin
Hangul 김동진
Hanja 金東進
Revised Romanization Gim Dongjin
McCune–Reischauer Kim Tongjin
This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.

Kim Dong-jin (born 29 January 1982 in Dongducheon) is a South Korean footballer who currently plays for K League Challenge side Seoul E-Land as left back. He can also play as a centre back.

Club career

Kim played for FC Seoul (formerly Anyang LG Cheetahs), where he made his professional debut in 2000, and he made 119 K League Classic League appearances and 20 League Cup appearances.

On 28 June 2006, he transferred to Zenit Saint Petersburg, following coach Dick Advocaat and Korean teammate Lee Ho. In Zenit, both his performance and reputation grew steadily, making him the key side defender in the starting lineup. He helped Zenit to achieve their first Russian Premier League title and most reputably the UEFA Cup. His outstanding improvement in his club and national team brought his reputation as the best left-back in the current Korean squad. On 26 January 2010 Zenit Saint Petersburg terminated his contract based on results of the medical examinations and fainting spells experienced during practices with the national team.[1]

On 2 February 2010, he moved to K-League side Ulsan Hyundai after another medical check-up that found he was healthy enough to play.

On 24 January 2011, he moved to K-League side FC Seoul.[2]

International career

He was a left midfielder of the South Korean 2004 Olympic football team, and helped Korea finish second in Group A by scoring one goal (against Greece) and two assists (both against Mali), consequently advancing to the next round. However, they were stopped by the silver medalist Paraguay.

In 2004, Kim's performance against Germany while under Johannes Bonfrere secured him the leftback or left midfield position (depending on the formation that was usually 4–3–3 or 3–4–3), which originally belonged to Lee Young-pyo. However, as Advocaat became the new manager of South Korea in November 2005, both Lee and Kim had to compete for the position. Since the two players proved to be highly influential to the national team, both players were rotated for the left back position during 2006 FIFA World Cup.

During the 2008 Olympics, he was summoned to join South Korea U-23 squad as a wild card. Despite his solid performance and a winning goal scored in the last game against Honduras, his team was eliminated in the first round.

Club career statistics

As of end of the 2013 season.
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
South Korea League KFA Cup League Cup Asia Total
2000Anyang LG CheetahsK-League40203120111
2004FC SeoulK-League1832000203
Russia League Russian Cup League Cup Europe Total
2006Zenit St. PetersburgRussian Premier League17000170
South Korea League KFA Cup League Cup Asia Total
2010Ulsan HyundaiK-League2101010230
2011FC Seoul91100040141
China PR League FA Cup CSL Cup Asia Total
2012Hangzhou GreentownChinese Super League27120291
Total South Korea 129131002118016814
Russia 6834040763
China PR 55220572
Career total 2521816021112030119




International goals

Results list South Korea's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 19 December 2004 Busan, South Korea  Germany 1 3–1 Friendly match
2. 29 January 2006 Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong  Croatia 1 2–0 2006 Carlsberg Cup


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