Kim Jin-kyu

For other people named Kim Jin-kyu, see Kim Jin-kyu (disambiguation).
This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.
Kim Jin-kyu
Personal information
Date of birth (1985-02-16) 16 February 1985
Place of birth Yeongdeok, Gyeongbuk, South Korea
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Fagiano Okayama
Number 33
Youth career
2000–2002 Andong High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Jeonnam Dragons 21 (1)
2005–2006 Júbilo Iwata 47 (4)
2007 Jeonnam Dragons 8 (2)
2007–2010 FC Seoul 85 (1)
2011 Dalian Shide 8 (0)
2011 Ventforet Kofu 4 (1)
2012–2015 FC Seoul 120 (12)
2016 Muangthong United 0 (0)
2016Pattaya United (loan) 14 (0)
2016– Fagiano Okayama 2 (1)
National team
2003–2005 South Korea U-20 26 (2)
2004–2008 South Korea U-23 27 (1)
2004–2012 South Korea 42 (3)

* 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 24 September 2014
Kim Jin-kyu
Hangul 김진규
Hanja 金珍圭
Revised Romanization Gim Jin-gyu
McCune–Reischauer Kim Chin'gyu

Kim Jin-kyu (born February 16, 1985) is a South Korean football player who currently plays for Fagiano Okayama. He has gained reputation as a defender who is also capable of scoring.[1]


He began playing football during 4th grade at elementary school influenced by his older brother. After graduating from Andong High School, he headed straight to K League instead of playing for a university. During his days at Jeonnam Dragons, he set a record by becoming the youngest player to score a goal in his team. He later transferred to Júbilo Iwata in 2005.

He gained praise and notoriety during East Asian Games which was held during December 2005. The Chinese coach at that time had pledged to end Koreaphobia by winning the match against Korea.[2] The Chinese scored the first goal in the first half, but Kim prevented loss against China by scoring an equaliser.[3]

In 2006, he was selected to represent South Korea in FIFA World Cup. This time, however, his performance was below expectations when he played for Korea against Switzerland.[4]

Kim returned to Jeonnam Dragons in January 2007 amid rumours he will return to South Korea by playing for Suwon Samsung Bluewings. Kim wanted to keep his promise with coach Huh Jung-moo, who wanted him to play for Jeonnam because the coach helped him "during a difficult time."[5]

Kim was selected to be the captain of the Korean team for the 2008 Summer Olympics. Kim stated he will no longer free kick during the game.[6]

Kim transferred to Chinese Super League side Dalian Shide in January 2011.[7] However, after Dalian's Korean manager Park Sung-hwa was sacked in May 2011, he lost his position in the club. Kim was loaned to J1 League club Ventforet Kofu for six months in July after managing 8 appearances for the Chinese club. He returned to FC Seoul after Kofu were relegated to the Second Division.

In 2016 Kim signed for Pattaya United on loan from Muangthong United in the Thai Premier League.[8]


He has been criticized for his hot temper and unprofessional behavior. During 2004 Asian Cup, he received a red card for flipping the bird against an Iranian player during Korea's match against Iran national football team, and was suspended for two games.[9]

He was also met with criticism for his performance after South Korea failed to advance to the round of 16 in the 2006 World Cup for his lack of aggressiveness when it has been revealed that he had never used tackles during the matches despite his position as a defender.[4]

Career statistics


As of 31 December 2015
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
2003Jeonnam DragonsK-League11100--111
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup Asia Total
2005Júbilo IwataJ. League241111040302
South Korea League KFA Cup League Cup Asia Total
2007Jeonnam DragonsK-League82001040132
2007FC Seoul902000-110
China PR League FA Cup CSL Cup Asia Total
2011Dalian ShideChinese Super League8010--90
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup Asia Total
2011Ventforet KofuJ. League410010-51
South Korea League KFA Cup League Cup Asia Total
2012FC SeoulK League Classic37420--394
Total Jeonnam Dragons 293306140424
Jubilo Iwata 474314040585
FC Seoul 2051315015035327016
Dalian Shide 8010000090
Ventforet Kofu 4100100051
Career total 2932122126143338426



Korea Republic national team

International goals

Results list South Korea's goal tally first.
Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
January 19, 2005 United States Los Angeles  Paraguay 1 goal 1-1 Friendly match
July 31, 2005 South Korea Daejeon  China PR 1 goal 1-1 2005 East Asian Cup
October 12, 2005 South Korea Seoul  Iran 1 goal 2-0 Friendly match



Jeonnam Dragons

FC Seoul


Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ha Dae-sung
FC Seoul captain
Succeeded by
Koh Myong-jin
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