Korean Players Abroad

As of August 24th, 2016, here are some of the many South Korean footballers who are playing outside of Korea. This list is not complete by any means. It broadly seeks to show where national team (or youth national team) players as well as players who feature for larger clubs within their domestic leagues.

*If you know of a player who is not listed, or any incorrect information, please do not hesitate and let us know*

Premier League

Name Position Team
Ki Sung-yong Midfielder Swansea City (Wales)
Lee Chung-yong Midfielder Crystal Palace
Son Heung-min Forward Tottenham Hotspur

Segunda B / Tercera Division

Name Position Team
Baek(Paik) Seung-ho Midfielder Barcelona II
Kim Young-kiu Forward UD Melilla
Kim Woo-hong Defender Deportivo La Coruna II
Ji Eon-hak Midfielder Alcorcon II
Yun Jae-yong Defender Alcorcon II
Han Sang-hyeon Midfielder Real Avila CF


Name Position Team (Level)
Lee Seung-woo Forward FC Barcelona (Juvenil A)
Jang Gyeol-hee Forward FC Barcelona (Juvenil A)
Lee Kang-in Midfielder Valencia CF (?? A)
Ahn Jun-hyeok Midfielder/Winger Villarreal (Roda Juvenil A)
And many more that we can't keep full track of


Name Position Team
Park Joo-ho Defender  Borussia Dortmund
Hong Jeong-ho Defender Augsburg
Ji Dong-won Midfield/Forward  Augsburg
Koo Ja-cheol Midfield  Augsburg
Kim Jin-su Defender TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
Ryu Seung-woo Midfielder/Forward  Bayer Leverkusen

2. Bundesliga

Name Position Team
Choi Kyoung-rok Midfielder St. Pauli


Name Position Team
Kwon Ro-an Forward Hamburg SV II
Kim Dong-soo Defender Hamburg SV II
Kim Jin-su Midfielder FC Augsburg II
+ quite a few more 4 at Werder Bremen II alone


Name Position Team
Park Jung-bin Midfielder Viborg


Name Position Team
Jung Chung-geun Midfielder/Forward Nantes II

Super Lig

Name Position Team
Suk Hyun-jun Forward Trabzonspor

1. Liga

Name Position Team
Hwang Hee-chan Forward RB Salzburg

Chinese Super League

Name Position Team
Kim Young-gwon Defender Guangzhou Evergrande
Kim Ki-hee Defender Shanghai Shenhua
Jang Hyun-soo Defender Guangzhou R&F
Kim Ju-young Defender Shanghai SIPG
Hong Jeong-ho Defender Jiangsu Suning
Oh Beom-seok Defender Hangzhou Greentown
Kim Seung-dae Forward Yanbian
Yoon Bitgaram Midfielder Yanbian
Ha Tae-goon Forward Yanbian
Jung Woo-young Midfielder Chongqing Lifan
+5 managers including Choi Yongsoo & Hong Myungbo

J1 League

Name Position Team
Kim Min-woo Midfielder Sagan Tosu
Kim Min-hyuk Defender Sagan Tosu
Kim Chang-soo Defense Kashiwa Reysol
Oh Jae-suk Defense Gamba Osaka
Hwang Seok-ho Defense Kashima Antlers
Jung Woo-young Midfield Vissel Kobe
Kim Seung-gyu Goalkeeper Vissel Kobe
Jung Sung-ryong Goalkeeper Kawasaki Frontale
Lee Bum-young Goalkeeper Avispa Fukuoka
Ha Dae-sung Midfielder FC Tokyo
Yu In-soo Midfielder FC Tokyo
Kim Min-tae Midfielder Vegalta Sendai

J2 League

Name Position Team
Kim Jin-hyeon Goalkeeper Cerezo Osaka
Gu Sung-yun Goalkeeper Consadole Sapporo
Lee Yong-jae Forward Kyoto Sanga
Baek Sung-dong Midfielder  V-Varen Nagasaki (loan)
Kim Byeom-yong Midfielder Shimizu S-Pulse (loan)

Thai League

Name Position Team
Ko Seul-ki Midfielder Buriram United
Kim Seung-yong Midfielder Suphanburi (loan)

Stars League

Name Position Team
Han Kook-young Midfielder Qatar SC
Nam Tae-hee Midfielder Lekhwiya
Ko Myung-jin Midfielder Al-Rayyan

United Arab Emirates
Arabian Gulf League

Name Position Team
Lee Myeong-joo Midfielder Al-Ain
Heo Jae-won Defender Al-Fujairah
Kwon Kyung-won Midfielder Al-Ahli


    • It’s just not that simple for him. His wages are most likely the biggest stumbling block. I think I read he gets about 50K a week at Arsenal, and few of the clubs interested in him are willing to pay that. At 28 (I think), Park is unlikely to get a bumper contract again, so it’s important for him to maximize his income now. The transfer fee is also a potential issue. A third factor is that the clubs that are interested in him are likely to be smaller clubs in smaller leagues, is Park’s ego too big to let him make that move down and admit that he couldn’t succeed at the top clubs?

        • He made a promise last year to Manager for International Team, Hong Myung Bo, that if he can’t find a chance to crack at first team by the end of 2013, He would move in order to play international football.

          Hong, just like many others, have a philosophy of not playing a player who can’t play for his team.

          Korea really needs a decent striker right now and besides Kim Shin Wook, Park is the only option.

          On top of that, Hong Myung Bo is pursuing zero top formation, which needs Park to play False Nine position at AMC.

  1. hey, thanks for this website.
    I recently found it and loving every bit of my korean players info.
    I was reading and just wanted to inform you that
    Park Ju Young Recently made a loan move to Watford right before the winter transfer season ended.

    • I can’t claim any knowledge of him, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there are a number of Korean youth players at different Euro clubs. Maybe Jinseok has heard of him.

  2. Choi Kyoung Rok is attacking midfield/forward for FC St Pauli.

    Kim Woo Hong is LB (and at times LM) for UD Almeria Juvie A

  3. You list Lee Seung Woo for Barcelona (youth) and Rhyu Seung Woo for Bundesliga. I watched all the videos and I can assure you these two are the same Korean player. Is he in Bundesliga or in Barcelona?

    • Yes, they’re different players. Ryu Seung-Woo is a U-23 player who is at Bayer Levekusen. Lee Seung-Woo is a U-16 player with Barcelona’s youth system. Lee is probably considered the best young prospect Korea has produced, and there is a lot of hype surrounding him. Ryu on the other hand is a good attacking midfielder, mainly coming from one goal he scored against Portugal at the U20 World Cup.

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