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The Best Soccer Players from North Korea

Updated June 14, 2019 937 votes 84 voters 7.8k views72 items

List of the best soccer players from North Korea. List includes the top soccer (or “football”) players from North Korea, along with photos when available. This list of best North Korean soccer players is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest players are at the top of the list. If you're searching for a particular famous North Korean soccer player you can use the "search" box to find what you're looking for.

This list is made up of many different players, including Ri Jun-Il and Nam Song-Chol.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best North Korean footballers?" and "Who is the greatest North Korean soccer player of all time?"

You can click on the names of these popular soccer players of North Korea in order to get more information about each one. If you're a sports lover then you can use this list of popular North Korean soccer players to discover some new athletes that you might really enjoy watching.
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    Jong Tae-se (romanization used by FIFA, otherwise spelled as Chong Tese (鄭大世; チョン・テセ) in Japan and Germany; hangul: 정대세, hanja: 鄭大世; (1984-03-02)2 March 1984) is a Japanese-born Korean footballer. He...  more
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    30
    5

    Pak Nam-chol

    Forward, Midfielder
    Pak Nam-chol (Korean: 박남철; Hanja: 朴男哲; born July 2, 1985) is a North Korean international footballer. Pak has appeared for North Korea in various FIFA World Cup qualifying matches since 2006, scoring...  more
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    32
    8

    Kwon Chung-Hyok

    Defender
    Kwon Chung-Hyok is a North Korean football player....
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    21
    12

    Ri Han-jae

    Midfielder
    Ri Han-Jae (李 漢宰, born 27 June 1982) is a North Korean football player for Machida Zelvia, captain of the J2 League team.He played for North Korea in 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification....  more
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    12
    2

    Jong Il-gwan

    Forward
    Jong Il-gwan in North Korea is a footballer who plays as a Striker. He currently plays for Rimyongsu in the DPR Korea League and the North Korea national football team. On 24 November 2010 he was...  more
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    21
    14

    Hong Yong-jo

    Forward
    Hong Yong-Jo (Korean: 홍영조; Hanja: 洪映早; born 22 May 1982) is a North Korean international football striker, currently playing for 25 April FC in the DPR Korea League. He previously played for FC...  more
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    18
    12

    Ri Myong-Guk

    Goalkeeper
    Ri Myong-guk (born 9 September 1986 in Pyongyang, North Korea) is a North Korean international footballer. He currently plays as a goalkeeper for Pyongyang City in the DPR Korea League. He played 15...  more
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    16
    10

    Ryang Gyu-sa

    Forward
    Ryang Kyu-sa (born 3 June 1978) is a retired Zainichi Korean footballer who played for North Korea in 2000 AFC Asian Cup qualification. Ryang recently opined on the Japanese abducted to the North by...  more
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    13
    10

    Pak Song-Chol

    Forward, Midfielder
    Pak Song-chol (1913–2008) is the former Premier of North Korea. Pak Song-chol may also refer to: Pak Song-chol (athlete) (born 1984), North Korea long-distance runner Pak Song-chol (footballer, born...  more
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    10
    6

    Kim Kuk-jin

    Midfielder
    Kim Kuk-Jin (born 5 January 1989) is a North Korean international football player. He last played for FC Wil in Switzerland....  more
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    18
    16

    An Young-Hak

    Midfielder
    An Yong-Hak (born 25 October 1978) is a Japanese-born North Korean football midfielder. He is former a member of the North Korea national football team....  more
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    8
    3

    Jon Kwang-ik

    Defender
    Jon Kwang-ik (born 5 April 1988) is a North Korean professional footballer who currently plays as a defender for Amrokgang in the DPR Korea League. Jon has appeared for the Korea DPR national...  more
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    12
    10

    Ri Hyok-chol

    Ri Hyok-chol (born 14 October 1985) is a North Korean international football player who is currently plays for Visakha in the Cambodian League. Ri appeared for the Korea DPR national football team in...  more
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    12
    10

    Kim Jong-song

    Forward
    Kim Jong-Song (born 23 April 1964) is a retired North Korean football player who played for North Korea in 1992 AFC Asian Cup....  more
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    10
    8
    Ri Myong-Sam (born 6 May 1974) is a North Korean football player. Ri appeared for the Korea DPR national football team in ten 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches....  more
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    8
    6

    Ri Kum-suk

    Forward
    Ri Kum-suk (Korean: 리금숙; Korean pronunciation: [ɾi.ɡɯm.suk] or [ɾi] [kɯm.suk]; born 16 August 1978) is a North Korean footballer who plays for the 4.25 Sports Club. She plays a key role not only for...  more
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    14
    14

    Ryang Yong-gi

    Midfielder
    Ryang Yong-gi (Korean: 량용기; Hanja: 梁勇基; born 7 January 1982 in Tadaoka, Osaka) is a Japanese-born North Korean footballer who plays for Vegalta Sendai in the J. League Division 1.Ryang is captain of...  more
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    6
    4

    Choe Myong-ho

    Midfielder
    Choe Myong-ho (Chosŏn'gŭl: 최명호; born 3 July 1988) is a North Korean footballer, who currently plays for Visakha in the Cambodian League....  more
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    6
    4

    Pak Chung-il

    Pak Chung-il (born 3 January 1987) is a North Korean international football player....  more
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    6
    4

    Cha Jong-Hyok

    Defender
    Cha Jong-Hyok (born 25 September 1985) is a North Korean international football player, who last played for FC Wil....  more
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    10
    10

    Ji Yun-nam

    Midfielder
    Ji Yun-Nam (Korean: 지윤남; born 20 November 1976) is a former North Korean international footballer, who played for April 25 in the DPR Korea League. ...  more
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    10
    10

    Kang Jin-hyok

    Kang Jin-Hyok (born 1 January 1985) is a North Korean international football player. He plays as a striker. Kang has played for Rimyongsu Sports Club since 2004. ...  more
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    10
    10

    Myung Rye-hyun

    Defender
    Myung Rye-hyun (Korean: 명례현; born 14 April 1926) is a North Korean football (soccer) player and manager. He was the manager of the North Korea national football team in the 1966 FIFA World Cup, when...  more
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    10
    10

    Nam Song-chol

    Defender
    Nam Song Chol (Chosŏn'gŭl: 남성철; Hanja:南成哲; born 7 May 1982) is a North Korean international football player. Nam has appeared for the Korea DPR national football team in 19 FIFA World Cup qualifying...  more
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    8
    8

    Ri Jun-Il

    Defender
    Ri Jun-Il (Hanja: 李俊一,Korean: 리준일, born 24 August 1987) is a North Korean professional footballer who currently plays as a defender for Sobaeksu in DPR Korea League....  more