Korean Players Abroad

As of December 24th, 2017, here are some of the many South Korean footballers who are playing outside of Korea. This list is not complete by any means and focuses on our European based contingent rather than all players abroad e.g. in Japan, China, Middle East.

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

FWSon Heung-minTottenham Hotspur FCEnglandPremier League
FWHwang Hee-chanWolverhampton Wanderers FCEnglandPremier League
CBKim Min-jaeSSC NapoliItalySerie A
AMLee Kang-inRCD MallorcaSpainLa Liga
MFLee Jae-sungFSV Mainz 05GermanyBundesliga
AMJeong Woo-youngSC FreiburgGermanyBundesliga
CMHwang In-beomOlympiacos FCGreeceSuper League Greece
FWHwang Ui-joOlympiacos FCGreeceSuper League Greece
FWOh Hyeon GyuCeltic FCScotlandScottish Premier League
MFHong Hyun-seokKAA GentBelgiumJupiler Pro League
CBPark Ji SooPortimonense SCPortugalPrimeira Liga
FWKim Yong-hakPortimonense SCPortugalPrimeira Liga
FWJeong Sang-binGrasshopper Club ZurichSwitzerlandSwiss Super League
AMLee Dong-gyeongFC Hansa RostockGermany2. Bundesliga
AMChoi Kyoung-rokKarlsruher SCGermany2. Bundesliga
FWPark Yi-youngSt. Pauli
St. Pauli II
Germany2. Bundesliga
FWLee Gwang-inSt. Pauli
St. Pauli II
Germany2. Bundesliga
LBPark Kyu-HyunSG Dynamo DresdenGermany3. Liga
FWCheon Seong HoonFC Augsburg IIGermanyRegionalliga Bayern
AMLee Hyeon-juFC Bayern Munich IIGermanyRegionalliga Bayern
FWHong Yun-sangFC Nurnberg IIGermanyRegionalliga Bayern
FWPark Jung-binRodez AFFranceLigue 2
AMJo Jin HoFenerbahce U19TurkeyU19 Süper Lig
GKLee Gun HyukFenerbahce U19TurkeyU19 Süper Lig


    • 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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