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The Best Soccer Players from South Korea 

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Updated June 14, 2019 8.2k votes 2k voters 100.1k views 49 items

Ever wonder who the best soccer players from South Korea are? You're in luck. This list includes the top soccer (or “football”) players from South Korea, along with photos when available. This list of best South 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 South Korean soccer player you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for, such as Seol Ki-Hyeon or Kim Dae-Eui.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best South Korean footballers?" and "Who is the greatest South Korean soccer player of all time?" You can help determine just who are the greatest by voting up your favorites below, and voting down any you feel should be lower on the list.

You can click on the names of these popular soccer players of South Korea in order to get more information about each one. If you're a sports lover then you can use this list of popular South Korean soccer players to discover some new athletes that you might really enjoy watching.

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Park Ji-Sung is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Midfielder from Goheung County

Nationality: South Korea

Park Ji-sung (Korean: 박지성; Hanja: 朴智星; Korean pronunciation: [pak̚.t͈ɕi.sʌŋ]; born 25 February 1981) is a South Korean former professional footballer who played as a midfielder, and who ...more

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Son Heung-min is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
FreshToast added Forward from Chuncheon, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

Son Heung-min (Hangul: 손흥민; Hanja: 孫興慜; [son.hɯŋ.min]; born 8 July 1992) is a South Korean professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and captains ...more
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Cha Bum-Kun is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Forward and Midfielder from Hwaseong, Gyeonggi, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

Cha Bum-kun (Korean: 차범근; Korean pronunciation: [tɕʰa.bʌm.ɡɯn] or [tɕʰa] [pʌm.ɡɯn]; born 22 May 1953) is a South Korean football manager and former player, nicknamed Tscha Bum in Germany ...more
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Lee Young-Pyo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Defender from Hongcheon County

Nationality: South Korea

Lee Young-pyo (Korean: 이영표; Korean pronunciation: [i.jʌŋ.pʰjo]; born 23 April 1977) is a retired South Korean footballer. Lee was recognized for his speed and dribbling skills. His former ...more

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Ahn Jung-Hwan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Ahn Jung-Hwan Forward and Midfielder from Paju, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

Ahn Jung-hwan (Hangul: 안정환; Hanja: 安貞桓; Korean pronunciation: [an.dʑʌŋ.ɦwan] or [an] [tɕʌŋ.ɦwan]; born 27 January 1976) is a South Korean former football player and television personality. A ...more
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Hong Myung-bo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Defender from Seoul, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

Hong Myung-bo (Korean: 홍명보, Hanja: 洪明甫; Korean pronunciation: [hoŋmjʌŋbo]; born 12 February 1969) is a South Korean former footballer and former manager of the South Korean national team. Hong, ...more
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Cha Du-ri is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Defender and Forward from Frankfurt, Germany

Nationality: South Korea, Germany

Cha Du-ri (Korean: 차두리; Korean pronunciation: [tɕʰa.du.ɾi] or [tɕʰa] [tu.ɾi]; born 25 July 1980) is a retired German-born South Korean professional footballer. He played as a right back, right ...more
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Ki Sung-yueng is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
TACOPOTATO added Midfielder from Gwangju, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

Ki Sung-yueng (Hangul: 기성용; Hanja: 奇誠庸; Korean pronunciation: [ki.sʌŋ.joŋ]; born 24 January 1989) is a South Korean professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Newcastle United ...more
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Koo Ja-Cheol is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Midfielder from Nonsan, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

Koo Ja-cheol (Korean: 구자철; Korean pronunciation: [ku.dʑa.tɕʰʌl] or [ku] [tɕa.tɕʰʌl]; born 27 February 1989) is a South Korean footballer who plays for Al-Gharafa in the Qatar Stars League as a ...more
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Lee Woon-Jae is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Goalkeeper from Cheongju, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

Lee Woon-jae (Korean: 이운재; born 26 April 1973) is a South Korean former football goalkeeper. He was part of South Korea's 1994, 2002, 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cup campaigns.
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Seol Ki-Hyeon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Seol Ki-Hyeon Forward and Midfielder from Jeongseon County

Nationality: South Korea

Seol Ki-Hyeon (born 8 January 1979), also known as Seol Ki-Hyun, is a South Korean former professional footballer who played as a forward, and who currently is the interim manager of ...more
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Park Chu-young is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Forward from Daegu, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

Park Chu-young (Korean: 박주영; Hanja: 朴主永; Korean pronunciation: [pak̚.t͈ɕu.jʌŋ]; also romanised as Park Ju-young; born 10 July 1985) is a South Korean footballer who plays as a forward for FC
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Chong Yong-De is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Midfielder from Nagoya, Japan

Nationality: South Korea, Japan

Chong Yong-De (Korean: 정용대, Hanja: 鄭容臺, born 4 February 1978), is a former Japanese-born South Korean midfielder.
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Kim Nam-Il is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Kim Nam-Il Midfielder from Incheon, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

Kim Nam-Il (Korean: 김남일; Hanja: 金南一; born 14 March 1977) is a retired South Korean footballer who played as defensive midfielder. He was virtually unknown before he became a superstar for his ...more
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Lee Keun-Ho is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Forward and Midfielder from Incheon, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

Lee Keun-ho (Korean: 이근호, born: 11 April 1985) is a South Korean football player who plays for Ulsan Hyundai and South Korea national team. His pace, work-rate, and link-up plays mark him as a ...more
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Lee Chun-soo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Forward and Midfielder from Incheon, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

Lee Chun-Soo (Korean: 이천수; born 9 July 1981) is a retired football player from South Korea. In 2002, he joined Ulsan Hyundai FC.He played as a forward for the national team during the 2002 World ...more
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Yoo Sang-Chul is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Defender and Midfielder from Seoul, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

Yoo Sang-chul (born October 18, 1971) is a South Korean football manager and former football player. He is current manager of Incheon United.
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Song Chong-Gug is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Defender and Midfielder from Danyang County, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

Song Chong-Gug (송종국; born 20 February 1979 in Danyang, Chungcheongbuk-do) is a retired South Korean football player who last played for Tianjin Teda F.C. in the Chinese Super League.
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Kim Jung-Woo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Forward and Midfielder from Seoul, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

Kim Jung-woo (Korean: 김정우,金正友, born 9 May 1982), is a South Korean football player.
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Kim Shin-Young is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Kim Shin-Young Forward from South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

Kim Shin-young (Korean: 김신영; hanja: 金信泳, born 16 June 1983), is a South Korean football striker. He debuted at Cerezo Osaka and also played for Sagan Tosu, Ventforet Kofu and Ehime FC mostly in ...more
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Kwak Hee-Ju is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Kwak Hee-Ju Defender from Gangneung, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

Kwak Hee-Ju (born 5 October 1981) is a South Korean footballer who plays as a defender who last played for Suwon Samsung Bluewings. At first, he did not enjoy much success with the team, but ...more
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Leo Shin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Forward and Midfielder from Seoul, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea, New Zealand

Leo Shin is a New Zealand professional association football player who has played for Thespa Kusatsu in Japan's professional J. League.
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Kim Dong-Jin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Defender from Dongducheon, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

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.
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Oh Beom-Seok is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Oh Beom-Seok Defender and Midfielder from Pohang, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

Oh Beom-Seok (Korean: 오범석; born 29 July 1984) is a South Korean football right back, who plays for Gangwon. He played at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship in UAE and played in all matches ...more
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Seo Hyuk-Su is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from South Korea
Seo Hyuk-Su Defender and Midfielder from Jecheon, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

Seo Hyuk-Su (born October 1, 1973 in Jecheon, South Korea) is a Korean-Australian former footballer.