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*

England
Premier League
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Name, Position, Team
Ki Sung-yong, Midfielder, Swansea City (Wales)
Lee Chung-yong, Midfielder, Crystal Palace
Son Heung-min, Forward, Tottenham Hotspur
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Segunda B / Tercera Division
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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
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Youth
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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
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Germany
Bundesliga
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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
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2. Bundesliga
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Name, Position, Team
Choi Kyoung-rok, Midfielder, St. Pauli
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Youth
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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
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Denmark
Superliga
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Name, Position, Team
Park Jung-bin, Midfielder, Viborg
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France
CFA
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Name, Position, Team
Jung Chung-geun, Midfielder/Forward, Nantes II
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Turkey
Super Lig
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Name, Position, Team
Suk Hyun-jun, Forward, Trabzonspor
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Austria
1. Liga
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Name, Position, Team
Hwang Hee-chan, Forward, RB Salzburg
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China
Chinese Super League
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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
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Japan
J1 League
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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
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J2 League
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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)
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Thailand
Thai League
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Name, Position, Team
Ko Seul-ki, Midfielder, Buriram United
Kim Seung-yong, Midfielder, Suphanburi (loan)
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Qatar
Stars League
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Name, Position, Team
Han Kook-young, Midfielder, Qatar SC
Nam Tae-hee, Midfielder, Lekhwiya
Ko Myung-jin, Midfielder, Al-Rayyan
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United Arab Emirates
Arabian Gulf League
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Name, Position, Team
Lee Myeong-joo, Midfielder, Al-Ain
Heo Jae-won, Defender, Al-Fujairah
Kwon Kyung-won, Midfielder, Al-Ahli
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47 Comments

    • 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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