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Kim Dong-jin (born 29 January 1982) is a retired South Korean football player and current coach at Hong Kong Premier League club Kitchee. He played as at centre back and left back.

Kim Dong-jin
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Personal information
Date of birth (1982-01-29) 29 January 1982 (age 37)
Place of birth Dongducheon, Gyeonggi, South Korea
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Left back, Centre back
Club information
Current team
Kitchee
(Coach)
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)
2017–2019 Kitchee 11 (1)
2018Hoi King (loan) 5 (0)
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)
Teams managed
2019– Kitchee
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 December 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 January 2016
Kim Dong-jin
Hangul
김동진
Hanja
金東進
Revised RomanizationGim Dongjin
McCune–ReischauerKim Tongjin

Club careerEdit

Kim played for FC Seoul (formerly Anyang LG Cheetahs), where he made his professional debut in 2000, and he made 119 K League 1 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 Ulsan Hyundai after another medical check-up that found he was healthy enough to play.

On 24 January 2011, he moved to FC Seoul.[2]

On 24 July 2019, Kim retired from professional football career, transitioning into a youth coaching role with Kitchee.[3] Kim was substituted in the 15th minute in a friendly between Kitchee and Manchester City FC. He was handed a City shirt by Man City coach Josep Guardiola as he strolled off the pitch.[4]

International careerEdit

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,[citation needed] 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.

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

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
2000 Anyang LG Cheetahs K League 1 4 0 2 0 3 1 2 0 11 1
2001 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 0
2002 3 0 0 0 5 0 4 0 14 0
2003 35 5 1 0 36 5
2004 FC Seoul 18 3 2 0 0 0 20 3
2005 21 3 2 0 11 0 34 3
2006 13 1 1 0 0 0 14 1
Russia League Russian Cup League Cup Europe Total
2006 Zenit St. Petersburg Russian Premier League 17 0 0 0 17 0
2007 24 2 3 0 1 0 28 2
2008 10 0 1 0 2 0 13 0
2009 17 1 0 0 1 0 18 1
South Korea League KFA Cup League Cup Asia Total
2010 Ulsan Hyundai K League 1 21 0 1 0 1 0 23 0
2011 FC Seoul 9 1 1 0 0 0 4 0 14 1
China PR League FA Cup CSL Cup Asia Total
2012 Hangzhou Greentown Chinese Super League 27 1 2 0 29 1
2013 28 1 0 0 28 1
Total South Korea 129 13 10 0 21 1 10 0 170 14
Russia 68 3 4 0 4 0 76 3
China PR 55 2 2 0 57 2
Career total 252 18 16 0 21 1 14+? 0 303+? 19

International goalsEdit

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

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.fc-zenit.ru/eng/details.phtml?id=7959[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "FC Seoul brings Molina and Kim Dong-jin". FC Seoul. 27 January 2011.
  3. ^ Yu, Wai. 以身作則執教鞭 金東進展新一頁 返傑志任青訓教練 盼推動小將敢於挑戰. Ming Pao (in Chinese). Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  4. ^ Jonathan White (24 July 2019). "Manchester City stroll past Kitchee with 6-1 win at Hong Kong Stadium amid anti-government protests in crowd". South China Morning Post.

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