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Personal information
Date of birth 27 February 1990 (1990-02-27) (age 31)
Place of birth Jeonju, Jeonbuk, South Korea
Height 1.86 m
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current club Gamba Osaka
Number 19
Youth career
2008–2009 Jeonju University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010 FC Tokyo 23 (0)
2011–2012 Omiya Ardija 40 (0)
2012–2018 Guangzhou Evergrande 91 (3)
2019– Gamba Osaka 62 (1)
National team
2008–2009 South Korea U20 20 (2)
2009–2012 South Korea U23 23 (0)
2009 South Korea Universiade 6 (0)
2009 South Korea (futsal)
2010– South Korea 81 (4)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 May 2021.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 June 2021
Kim Young-gwon
Hangul 김영권
Hanja 金英權
Revised Romanization Gim Yeonggwon
McCune–Reischauer Kim Yŏnggwŏn

Kim Young-gwon (Hangul: 김영권, Hanja: 金英權 or born 27 February 1990) is a South Korean professional footballer who plays for Gamba Osaka and the South Korea national football team.

Early and personal life

Kim is a native of Jeonju. When he was in middle school, he was not a highly-regarded prospect as coaches viewed his slight frame as a disadvantage. He began considering becoming a professional footballer when former national team captain Hong Myung-bo visited his high school to speak to the football team.

In 2014 Kim married Park Se-jin. They have three children, a daughter and two sons. Kim has made guest appearances with his two older children in several episodes of The Return of Superman.

Club career

In 2008, Kim played for Jeonju University's football team. In addition to football, he also played futsal. In 2009, he participated in the KFA Futsal League which Korea Football Association hosted, and became top scorer with the trophy.

In January 2010, Kim joined J1 League side FC Tokyo after an impression trial within the team. On 20 March 2010, he made his senior debut in a league match against Gamba Osaka. He scored his first senior goal with a direct free kick on 6 June 2010, in the 2010 J.League Cup against Kyoto Sanga FC. Kim played 23 league matches for FC Tokyo in the 2010 season, however, the club relegated to the second tier by finishing 16th place in the league. Kim transferred to Omiya Ardija on 31 December 2010.

On 2 July 2012, Kim transferred to Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande on a four-year deal with a fee of 2.5 million US dollars. He made his debut for Guangzhou Evergrande on 22 August, in the first leg of 2012 Chinese FA Cup semi finals which Guangzhou beat Liaoning Whowin 1–0 at Tianhe Stadium. His first Chinese League debut came on 3 days later, in a 0–0 home draw against Tianjin Teda. He played both legs of 2012 AFC Champions League Quarter-finals against Al-Ittihad. He won 2012 Chinese Super League and 2012 Chinese FA Cup with Guangzhou in the 2012 season. On 20 April 2013, Kim scored his first league goal in the sixth round of 2013 Chinese Super League as Guangzhou beat Changchun Yatai 6–1. He won six titles with Guangzhou and was selected as a defender of the Team of the Year for four consecutive years in the Chinese Super League. He also won two AFC Champions Leagues and was named in the Dream Team of the 2015 AFC Champions League.

International career

Kim was named in the South Korea Universiade team for the 2009 Summer Universiade and played all six games. At the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup, he was the regular center defender of South Korea under-20, and scored a goal in the last group match against the United States, which resulted South Korea's advancing to the knockout stage. He also played for the South Korea national futsal team and participated in the 2009 Asian Indoor Games. At the 2010 Asian Games, he won the bronze medal with South Korea under-23. During the 2012 Summer Olympics, Kim played as a valuable member and a major defender of the South Korean national football team. South Korea advanced to semi-finals in Olympics football for the first time and eventually won the bronze in the tournament, which was the first Olympic medal ever in Korean football history.

Kim received his first call-up by South Korea national football team in July 2010. He made his international debut on 11 August 2010, in a friendly match against Nigeria. He was named in the primary list for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup, however, he wasn't selected in the final squad. On 3 June 2011, Kim scored first international goal in an international friendly against Serbia. He was a member of South Korea's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and started in all three of the team's group matches as they drew with Russia, before losing to Algeria and Belgium. At the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, he scored the second goal in South Korea's 2–0 semi-final defeat of Iraq on 26 January 2015, putting the nation into the Asian Cup final for the first time since 1988. In May 2018, he was named in South Korea's preliminary 28 man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. In Korea's final group stage match against Germany, Kim scored in the 91st minute to knock out the defending world champions, coupled with a second goal minutes later by Son Heung-min.

Career statistics

Club

Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Others Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
FC Tokyo 2010 J1 League 23 0 2 0 6 1 31 1
Omiya Ardija 2011 J1 League 27 0 0 0 2 1 29 1
2012 J1 League 13 0 0 0 3 1 16 1
Total 40 0 0 0 5 2 45 2
Guangzhou Evergrande 2012 Chinese Super League 7 0 4 0 2 0 13 0
2013 Chinese Super League 26 2 4 0 14 0 4 0 48 2
2014 Chinese Super League 16 1 0 0 9 0 0 0 25 1
2015 Chinese Super League 18 0 0 0 11 0 3 0 32 0
2016 Chinese Super League 15 0 2 0 4 0 1 0 22 0
2017 Chinese Super League 4 0 5 0 2 0 0 0 11 0
2018 Chinese Super League 5 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 13 0
Total 91 3 15 0 50 0 8 0 164 3
Gamba Osaka 2019 J1 League 32 1 1 0 3 0 36 1
2020 J1 League 28 0 2 0 1 0 31 0
2021 J1 League 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 62 1 3 0 4 0 69 1
Career total 216 4 20 0 15 3 50 0 8 0 309 7

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 3 June 2011 Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul, South Korea  Serbia 2–0 2–1 Friendly
2 26 January 2015 Stadium Australia, Sydney, Australia  Iraq 2–0 2–0 2015 AFC Asian Cup
3 27 June 2018 Kazan Arena, Kazan, Russia  Germany 1–0 2–0 2018 FIFA World Cup
4 5 June 2021 Goyang Stadium, Goyang, South Korea  Turkmenistan 3–0 5–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours

Jeonju University

  • KFA Futsal League: 2009

Guangzhou Evergrande

Gamba Osaka

South Korea U23

South Korea

Individual

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