|Date of birth||14 July 1982|
|Place of birth||Dongducheon, Gyeonggi, South Korea|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|2001–2005||Suwon Samsung Bluewings||85||(7)|
|2005–2008||Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma||70||(15)|
|2008||→ West Bromwich Albion (loan)||4||(1)|
|2008–2009||West Bromwich Albion||16||(0)|
|2009–2014||Suwon Samsung Bluewings||73||(11)|
|2011–2012||→ Police FC (military service)||0||(0)|
|1998||South Korea U17||4||(0)|
|2002–2006||South Korea U23||43||(3)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 August 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 June 2012
|Revised Romanization||Gim Du-hyeon|
A midfielder with great technical skills, West Brom's manager Tony Mowbray compared Kim's accurate passing skill with that of a gridiron quarterback. 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.
West Bromwich AlbionEdit
Kim spent a few days on trial at West Bromwich Albion during December 2007, 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. 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. On 28 May, he completed the move to West Brom for £550,000. 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.
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.
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.
|Club||Season||League||Domestic Cup[a]||League Cup[b]||Continental[c]||Other||Total|
|Suwon Samsung Bluewings||2001||K League||12||0||3||0|
|Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma||2005||K League||20||2||1||0||0||0||–||–||21||2|
|West Bromwich Albion (loan)||2007–08||Championship||4||1||3||0||0||0||–||–||7||1|
|West Bromwich Albion||2008–09||Premier League||16||0||3||1||0||0||–||–||19||1|
|Suwon Samsung Bluewings||2009||K League||12||4||2||1||0||0||0||0||–||14||5|
|2013||K League Classic||6||1||0||0||–||2||0||–||8||1|
|2014||K League Classic||31||3||0||0||–||–||–||31||3|
|Police FC (military service)||2011||R League||–||–||–||–|
|Seongnam||2015||K League Classic||35||7||2||0||–||8||2||–||45||9|
|2016||K League Classic||28||4||2||0||–||–||2[d]||0||32||4|
|2017||K League Challenge||25||3||2||0||–||–||–||27||3|
|Negeri Sembilan||2018||Malaysia Super League||18||0||1||0||–||–||5[e]||0||24||0|
|Indy Eleven||2019||USL Championship||2||0||0||0||–||–||0||0||2||0|
- As of 8 June 2012
Suwon Samsung Bluewings
- K League 1 (1): 2004
- Korean FA Cup (2): 2002, 2009
- K-League Cup (4): 2001, 2005
- Korean Super Cup (1): 2005
- AFC Champions League (2): 2000–01, 2001–02
- Asian Super Cup (2): 2001, 2002
- A3 Champions Cup (1): 2005
- Pan-Pacific Championship (1): 2009
Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma
West Bromwich Albion
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- Ho Geun, Park (12 May 2006). "태극전사 23명 확정…"경험과 패기…최상의 선택"(``Taegeuk Warriors, confirmed 23... ``Experience and courage...Best Choice")". 세계일보.
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