Choi Chung-min

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Choi Chung-min
Personal information
Full name Choi Chung-min
Date of birth (1930-08-30)30 August 1930
Place of birth Taedong, Heian'nan-dō, Korea, Empire of Japan
Date of death 8 December 1983(1983-12-08) (aged 53)
Place of death Seoul, South Korea
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
?–1963[1] ROK Army CIC
International career
1953–1961 South Korea 47 (22)
Managerial career
1967–1968 Yangzee
1977 South Korea
Medal record
Representing  South Korea
Men's football
AFC Asian Cup
Gold medal – first place 1956 Hong Kong Team
Gold medal – first place 1960 South Korea Team
Asian Games
Silver medal – second place 1954 Manila Team
Silver medal – second place 1958 Tokyo Team
*Club domestic league appearances and goals
Choi Chung-min
Revised RomanizationChoe Jeong-min
McCune–ReischauerCh'oe Chŏng-min

Choi Chung-min (Korean최정민; Hanja崔貞敏; 30 August 1930 – 8 December 1983) was a former South Korean football player and manager. Nicknamed the "Golden Legs", Choi was one of Asia's greatest strikers in the 1950s.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Choi was born in Taedong, Heian'nan-dō, Korea, Empire of Japan, in what is now North Korea. He grew up in Pyongyang, but moved south during the Korean War. Afterwards, he enlisted in the Korea Army Counter Intelligence Corps. (CIC) He played for CIC's football club and the South Korea national football team since 1952.[3][4]

South Korea went to Japan to play qualifiers for the 1954 FIFA World Cup against Japan national team. South Korean team felt a heavy burden of the two matches against Japan due to pressure from the South Korean public caused by the Japanese occupation until 1945. He scored three goals during two matches, and South Korea advanced to the World Cup by defeating Japan 7–3 on aggregate.[2] In the 1954 FIFA World Cup, however, he failed to prevent South Korea's defeats against Hungary and Turkey.



South Korea


  1. ^ 崔貞敏씨『蹴球의王座』11年. Naver (in Korean). Kyunghyang Shinmun. 31 August 1963. Retrieved 28 October 2022.
  2. ^ a b "A rivalry is born in Tokyo". FIFA. Archived from the original on 14 November 2016. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  3. ^ 최정민(崔貞敏) (in Korean). Encyclopedia of Korean Culture. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  4. ^ 50年代슈퍼스타 崔貞敏씨 볼과함께살다간'축구 人生' (in Korean). Kyunghyang Shinmun. 30 August 1983. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  5. ^ Lee, Seung-soo; Schöggl, Hans; Trevena, Mark (13 May 2020). "South Korea - List of Champions". RSSSF. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  6. ^ Lee, Seung-soo; Trevena, Mark (8 April 2020). "South Korea - List of Cup Winners". RSSSF. Retrieved 2 September 2020.

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