Choe Myong-ho

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Choe Myong-ho
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Personal information
Date of birth (1988-07-03) 3 July 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth Pyongyang, North Korea
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
National Defense Ministry
Number 9
Youth career
2003–2004 Kyonggongop
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Kyonggongop 20 (3)
2006–2008 Krylia Sovetov Samara 1 (0)
2009–2016 Pyongyang 27 (12)
2016– National Defense Ministry 24 (27)
National team
2004–2006 North Korea U-17 10 (5)
2008– North Korea[1] 12 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of[citation needed].
Choe Myong-ho
Chosŏn'gŭl 최명호
Revised Romanization Choe Myeongho
McCune–Reischauer Ch'oe Myŏngho
This is a Korean name; the family name is Choe.

Choe Myong-ho (Chosŏn'gŭl: 최명호; born 3 July 1988 in Pyongyang[2]) is a North Korean footballer, who currently plays for National Defense Ministry in the Cambodian League.


Choe was one of the first native North Koreans to join a club abroad, Krylia Sovetov Samara of Russian Premier League, and the first to play in Russia.[3]

He was selected as the 2005 AFC Youth Player of the Year.[4]

Before moving to Russia, Choe Myong-ho had played for the Ministry of Light Industry team (Kyonggongop) in the DPR Korea League of his native country.[5]

Due to his remarkable skills and talent the player has been called the "North Korean Ronaldo".[6]

Despite moving to the Russian club in 2006, Choe only made his full debut for the first team on 27 June 2007, in the Russian Cup, as Krylia Sovetov lost to KAMAZ Naberezhnye Chelny, by a single goal.[7]

One of his teammates at Samara was Oh Beom-seok who is from the South Korea.

Choe wasn't registered by Krylia to play in the 2009 season.[8]

International career[edit]

He was a member of his country's U-17 national team,[9] Choe Myong-ho took part in the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship (scoring three times in four games) and the AFC U-17 Championship 2006,[5] where his side finished runners-up.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 February 19, 2010 Colombo, Sri Lanka  Kyrgyzstan 4–0 Won 2010 AFC Challenge Cup
2 February 24, 2010 Colombo, Sri Lanka  Myanmar 5–0 Won 2010 AFC Challenge Cup


  1. ^ Choe Myong-ho at
  2. ^ Эпштейн, Арнольд. Северные корейцы учат русский, стоят на голове и ждут документы с родины (in Russian). Спорт-Экспресс. Retrieved 29 October 2006. 
  3. ^ Tertitskii, Fedor (2 February 2009). "North Korean Footballers in Russia". The Daily NK. Retrieved 14 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "AFC Player of the Year Awards Al Montashari scoops top Asian award". 1 December 2006. Archived from the original on 12 November 2006. Retrieved 29 October 2006. 
  5. ^ a b "Interview with Chief Manager and Players of DPRK U-17". 2005. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 29 October 2006. 
  6. ^ Прияткина, Мария (28 August 2006). Северокорейский Рональдо в Самаре (in Russian). Самарский Футбол. Retrieved 29 October 2006. 
  7. ^ "Profile at the official Krylia Sovetov site" (in Russian). 
  8. ^ Крылья Советов (Самара) – Заявка клуба – Сезон 2009 (in Russian). Russian Premier League. Retrieved 27 September 2009. [dead link]
  9. ^ Choe Myong-hoFIFA competition record

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