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The Best Soccer Players from South Korea

Updated August 4, 2020 9.0k votes 2.5k voters 111.8k views49 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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    BirthplaceChuncheon, South Korea

    NationalitySouth 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 the...  more
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    280

    Park Ji-Sung

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceGoheung County

    NationalitySouth 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 currently...  more
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    135

    Cha Bum-Kun

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceHwaseong, Gyeonggi, South Korea

    NationalitySouth 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 ("Cha Boom")...  more
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    BirthplaceHongcheon County

    NationalitySouth 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 manager...  more

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    Ahn Jung-Hwan

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplacePaju, South Korea

    NationalitySouth 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 former...  more
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    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    NationalitySouth 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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    191
    55

    Ki Sung-yueng

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceGwangju, South Korea

    NationalitySouth 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 and...  more
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    158
    58

    Lee Woon-Jae

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceCheongju, South Korea

    NationalitySouth 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....  more
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    194
    88

    Koo Ja-Cheol

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceNonsan, South Korea

    NationalitySouth 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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    208
    109

    Cha Du-ri

    Defender, Forward

    BirthplaceFrankfurt, Germany

    NationalitySouth 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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    140
    72

    BirthplaceDaegu, South Korea

    NationalitySouth 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 Seoul....  more
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    137
    72

    Seol Ki-Hyeon

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceJeongseon County

    NationalitySouth 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 Sungkyunkwan...  more
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    95
    56

    Chong Yong-De

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceNagoya, Japan

    NationalitySouth Korea, Japan

    Chong Yong-De (Korean: 정용대, Hanja: 鄭容臺, born 4 February 1978), is a former Japanese-born South Korean midfielder....  more
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    68
    32

    Yoo Sang-Chul

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    NationalitySouth 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....  more
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    94
    57

    Lee Chun-soo

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceIncheon, South Korea

    NationalitySouth 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 Cup,...  more
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    86
    54

    Kim Nam-Il

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceIncheon, South Korea

    NationalitySouth 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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    65
    39

    Song Chong-Gug

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplaceDanyang County, South Korea

    NationalitySouth 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....  more
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    84
    64

    Lee Keun-Ho

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceIncheon, South Korea

    NationalitySouth 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 highly...  more
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    39
    35

    Kim Dong-Jin

    Defender

    BirthplaceDongducheon, South Korea

    NationalitySouth 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....  more
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    40
    37

    Kim Jung-Woo

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Kim Jung-woo (Korean: 김정우,金正友, born 9 May 1982), is a South Korean football player....  more
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    43
    42

    Kim Shin-Young

    Forward

    BirthplaceSouth Korea

    NationalitySouth 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 the...  more
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    33
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    Kim Chi-Woo

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Kim Chi-Woo (Hangul: 김치우; born 11 November 1983) is a South Korean professional footballer who plays for Busan IPark in the K League Challenge....  more
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    35
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    Oh Beom-Seok

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplacePohang, South Korea

    NationalitySouth 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 of...  more
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    28
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    Choi Sung-Yong

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplaceMasan, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    Choi Sung-Yong (born 25 December 1975) is a former South Korean football wingback and midfielder. He played in all of South Korea's matches at the 1998 World Cup and was also a member of the 2002...  more
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    33
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    Seo Hyuk-Su

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplaceJecheon, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

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