Kim Bo-kyung

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This article is about the South Korean male footballer. For the South Korean singer/actress Kim Bo-Kyung, who also performs with The Grace under the name Stephanie Kim, see The Grace (band).
Kim Bo-Kyung
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Kim playing for Cardiff City in 2013
Personal information
Full name Kim Bo-Kyung
Date of birth (1989-10-06) 6 October 1989 (age 24)
Place of birth Gurye, Jeollanam-do, South Korea
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Cardiff City
Number 13
Youth career
2008–2009 Hongik University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 Cerezo Osaka 41 (15)
2010 Oita Trinita (loan) 27 (8)
2012– Cardiff City 56 (3)
National team
2007–2009 South Korea U20 21 (6)
2009–2012 South Korea U23 20 (4)
2010– South Korea 30 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 May 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 June 2014
Kim Bo-kyung
Hangul 김보경
Hanja 金甫炅
Revised Romanization Gim Bo-gyeong
McCune–Reischauer Kim Pogyŏng
This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.

Kim Bo-Kyung (Hangul: 김보경; born 6 October 1989) is a South Korean professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Cardiff City.

Club career[edit]

Cerezo Osaka[edit]

In 2010, Kim dropped out of Hongik University and signed a three-year contract for J. League Division 1 side Cerezo Osaka.[1] After he was loaned out to J. League Division 2 side Oita Trinita for the 2010 season,[2][3] he returned to Cerezo Osaka. During the 2011 season, Kim scored 8 goals. In 2012, while Levir Culpi resigned and Cerezo Osaka appointed Sérgio Soares as the new manager, he remained a key player for the team, scoring 7 goals in 15 matches. When he left the team to participate in the 2012 Summer Olympics, he was the fourth leading goal scorer in J. League Division 1

Cardiff City[edit]

On 10 July 2012, his agents confirmed that his club Cerezo Osaka, had entered talks with Welsh Championship side Cardiff City over a possible transfer.[4] On 12 July, Cardiff City and Cerezo Osaka agreed to a fee believed to be around £2.5 million.[5] The deal was completed on 27 July, when Kim signed a three-year deal.[6] He made his debut on 18 September in a 2–0 win over Millwall coming on for Craig Noone. Kim's first start for Cardiff came against Burnley in a 4–0 win at Cardiff City Stadium on 27 October. Kim scored his first goal for Cardiff in their 4–1 victory over Blackburn Rovers on 7 December. His second was the opening goal at Blackpool in a 2–1 victory for Cardiff on 19 January.

On 17 April 2013, Cardiff City won the Championship title and were promoted to the Premier League, making Kim the 12th Premier League player from Korea.[7]

He scored his first Premier League goal against Manchester United on 24 November 2013, to secure a late 2-2 home draw with an injury time headed equaliser.

International career[edit]

Kim's international career began in 2009 as a member of the South Korea U-20. He participated in the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup, scoring 2 goals in 4 matches. After the U-20 World Cup, he was selected by Hong Myung-Bo, then the head coach of the South Korea U-23 team.

On 9 January 2010, Kim made his first international appearance for South Korea in a friendly match against Zambia and participated in the 2010 World Cup later that year. He scored his first and second goals on 12 June 2012, in a World Cup qualifying match against Lebanon.

Kim was included in Hong's squad for the 2012 Summer Olympics and contributed to winning the bronze medal. He scored the winning goal against Switzerland via a spectacular left-foot volley shot and helped his side advance to the knockout stage. He was also included in the team of the tournament for his outstanding performances.

Park Ji-Sung has chosen Kim Bo-Kyung as his heir to Korea's No.7 shirt after his retirement from international football.[8]

International goals[edit]

Results list South Korea's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 12 June 2012 South Korea Goyang Sports Complex  Lebanon 1–0 3–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
2. 12 June 2012 South Korea Goyang Sports Complex  Lebanon 2–0 3–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC)
3. 15 October 2013 South Korea Cheonan Stadium  Mali 3–1 3–1 Friendly

Club team career statistics[edit]

Last update:26 August 2014

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup AFC Total
2010 Oita Trinita J2 27 8 1 0 - - 28 8
2011 Cerezo Osaka J1 26 8 3 1 8 1 37 10
2012 15 7 3 2 - 18 9
England League FA Cup League Cup UEFA Total
2012–13 Cardiff City Championship 28 2 0 0 0 0 - 28 2
2013–14 Premier League 28 1 3 0 0 0 - 31 1
2014–15 Championship 0 0 0 0 2 0 - 2 0
Career total 124 26 7 1 5 2 8 1 144 30


Cardiff City

South Korea U23

Personal life[edit]

Kim is a fan of David Silva of Manchester City and enjoys his style of play.[9]


  1. ^ "김보경, J-리그 세레소 오사카 입단" (in Korean). Daily Sports. 29 December 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-10. 
  2. ^ "'허정무호 영건' 김보경, J2리그 오이타로 임대" (in Korean). SpotalKorea. 28 January 2010. Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  3. ^ "キム ボギョン選手 期限付き移籍加入決定のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Oita Trinita. 28 January 2010. Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  4. ^ "Kim Bo-Kyung's agency claims talks with Cardiff City". 10 July 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "キム、イングランド2部・カーディフ移籍…C大阪 (Osaka moved ... C-Part 2 Kim Cardiff, England)". Sports Hochi (in Japanese). 12 July 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Kim Bo-Kyung City deal completed". Cardiff City F.C. (Official Site). 27 July 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "카디프시티 EPL 승격 확정 '감격'… 김보경 한국인 12번째 프리미어리거". Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "박지성, 그는 왜 김보경을 후계자로 지목했나?" (in Korean). Moneytoday. 9 June 2012. 
  9. ^ "Kim Bo-Kyung: Cardiff City was my first choice". 29 July 2012. 

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