Ko Jong-soo

This is a Korean name; the family name is Ko.
Ko Jong-Soo
Personal information
Full name Ko Jong-Soo
Date of birth (1978-10-30) October 30, 1978
Place of birth Yeosu, Jeonnam, Republic of Korea
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Coach (Former Midfielder)
Club information
Current team
Suwon Bluewings (coach)
Youth career
1994–1995 Kumho High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2004 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 96 (21)
2003Kyoto Purple Sanga (loan) 13 (1)
2005 Chunnam Dragons 11 (1)
2007–2008 Daejeon Citizen 24 (1)
Total 144 (24)
National team
1996–2000 South Korea U-23 10 (2)
1997–2001 South Korea 38 (6)
Teams managed
2011 Suwon Bluewings U-18 (coach)
2011- Suwon Bluewings (coach)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 March 2009.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 March 2009
Ko Jong-soo
Hangul 고종수
Hanja 高宗秀
Revised Romanization Go Jong(-)su
McCune–Reischauer Ko Chongsu

Ko Jong-Su (Hangul: 고종수, born October 30, 1978) is a football coach and former Korean football player.


He rose to stardom during the 1998 World Cup, along with Lee Dong-Gook, and Ahn Jung-Hwan. He was once called "the greatest technician in Korea,"[1] for his pace, skillful free kicks, and his left foot. He can operate in central midfield as well on the left wing. He was traded to Chunnam for the services of Kim Nam-Il who went to Suwon in exchange, but did not renew the contract. He is not a free agent under the regulations. He had no choice but to play for any other team but Chunnam.

In September 2006, he has stated that he has managed to shed over 20 lbs[2] weighing 78 kg whereas he weighed about 76 kg during his heyday. In spite of renewed hopes of his much anticipated return, the latest Ko sighting was in December 2006. Ko was reportedly not in football shape and evaded reporter questions by driving off in a white Mercedes Benz. (But Ko denied this claim, saying: "After hearing that news, once I thought to give up the life of footballer.") On 8 January 2007, Daejeon Citizen signed Ko one year after Chunnam Dragons agreed on his transfer. His wage will be decided based on how well he performs in winter training camp in Cyprus.[3] Ko expressed a strong desire to return to the sport, telling an interviewer: "I will play for Daejeon regarding this chance as the last."

In February 2009, he announced his retirement.[4]

Club statistics

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
1996Suwon Samsung BluewingsK-League111??30-
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup Asia Total
2003Kyoto Purple SangaJ1 League1310031-162
South Korea League KFA Cup League Cup Asia Total
2004Suwon Samsung BluewingsK-League510000-51
2005Chunnam Dragons1110051-162
2007Daejeon Citizen1111000-121
Total South Korea 131234014
Japan 1310031-162
Career total 144244315

National team statistics


Korea Republic national team

International goals

Results list South Korea's goal tally first.
Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
January 25, 1997 Australia Sydney  New Zealand 1 goal 3-1 1997 Opus Tournament
January 29, 1998 Thailand Bangkok  Thailand 1 goal 2-0 1998 King's Cup
June 5, 1999 South Korea Seoul  Belgium 1 goal 1-2 Friendly match
January 24, 2001 Hong Kong Hong Kong  Norway 1 goal 2-3 2001 Carlsberg Cup
January 27, 2001 Hong Kong Hong Kong  Paraguay 1 goal 1-1 (6-5 PSO) 2001 Carlsberg Cup
February 11, 2001 United Arab Emirates Dubai  United Arab Emirates 1 goal 4-1 2001 Dubai Tournament


Preceded by
South Korea Kim Joo-Sung
K-League Most Valuable Player
Succeeded by
South Korea Ahn Jung-Hwan
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kang Jung-Hoon
Daejeon Citizen captain
Succeeded by
Kim Gil-Sik
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