|Date of birth||14 July 1982|
|Place of birth||Dongducheon, Gyeonggi, South Korea|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|1998–2000||Tongjin High School|
|2001–2005||Suwon Samsung Bluewings||85||(7)|
|2008||→ West Bromwich Albion (Loan)||4||(1)|
|2008–2009||West Bromwich Albion||16||(0)|
|2009–2014||Suwon Samsung Bluewings||73||(11)|
|2011–2012||→ Police FC (Military service)|
|2003–2006||South Korea U-23||43||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 December 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 May 2012
|Revised Romanization||Gim Du-hyeon|
A midfielder with great technical skills, West Brom's manager Tony Mowbray compared Kim's accurate passing skill with that of a gridiron quarterback. Kim Do-Heon turned professional with Suwon Samsung Bluewings in 2001, where he won the 2004 Korean Championship before a move to Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma in June 2005. Due to his impressive game reading and consistent performances, he is widely known in Asia as the "Asian Paul Scholes", due to comparisons between him and the Manchester United and former England international midfielder.
Kim spent a few days on trial at West Bromwich Albion during December 2007, and at the end of the January transfer window moved to the club on loan for the rest of the season, with a view to a permanent deal. He scored his first goal for West Brom in the final match of the season against QPR, eight minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute. Albion went on to win 2–0, securing them the Football League Championship title and promotion to the Premier League. On 28 May, he completed the move to West Brom for £550,000. Kim made his Premier League debut on 16 August 2008 against Arsenal, where they lost the match 1–0. He scored once after the permanent move, in a 2–2 draw with Burnley in the FA Cup on 24 January 2009.
Kim was a prominent playmaker for the U-23 national team before injuries took their toll. He scored against the Maldives during his five appearances in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. He was part of the South Korean 2004 Olympic football team, who finished second in Group A, making it through to the quarter finals, before being defeated by silver medal winners Paraguay. Kim played in all four of South Korea's matches during the tournament. He was one of the 23 Korean footballers who were called by Dick Advocaat, then manager of South Korea for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. However, due to the presence of Manchester United's Park Ji-Sung in the same position, Kim had to watch from the sidelines as Korea failed to qualify for the knockout stage.
On 14 June 2008, Kim accomplished his first international hat-trick in a 3–1 victory against Turkmenistan in the World Cup qualification stage. Korea advanced to the final qualification stage as a result. He was omitted from the Korean squad for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, meaning that he would be available for the start of West Bromwich Albion's 2008–09 Premier League campaign.
Kim is married to Jung Hye-Won, who gave birth to their son on 12 August 2008. He delayed his return to Korea to visit his son for the first time, in order to participate in the opening games of the 2008–09 Premier League season.
Club career statistics
- As of 31 December 2010
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Korea Republic||League||FA Cup||K-League Cup||Asia||Total|
|2001||Suwon Samsung Bluewings||K-League||12||0||3||0|
|Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma||21||2||1||0||0||0||-||22||2|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|2007–08||West Bromwich Albion||Championship||4||1||3||0||0||0||-||7||1|
|Korea Republic||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Asia||Total|
|2009||Suwon Samsung Bluewings||K-League||12||4||2||1||0||0||0||0||14||5|
- Results list South Korea's goal tally first.
|4 December 2003||Tokyo||Hong Kong||1 goal||3–1||2003 East Asian Cup|
|9 June 2004||Daejeon||Vietnam||1 goal||2–0||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|17 November 2004||Seoul||Maldives||1 goal||2–0||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|22 February 2006||Aleppo||Syria||1 goal||2–1||2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|23 May 2006||Seoul||Senegal||1 goal||1–1||Friendly match|
|16 August 2006||Taipei||Chinese Taipei||1 goal||3–0||2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|6 September 2006||Suwon||Chinese Taipei||1 goal||8–0||2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|15 July 2007||Jakarta||Bahrain||1 goal||1–2||2007 AFC Asian Cup|
|14 June 2008||Ashgabat||Turkmenistan||3 goals||3–1||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|30 May 2012||Bern||Spain||1 goal||1–4||Friendly match|
- Suwon Samsung Bluewings
- K-League (1): 2004
- Korean FA Cup (2): 2002, 2009
- K-League Cup (4): 2001, 2005
- Korean Super Cup (1): 2005
- AFC Champions League (2): 2000–01, 2001–02
- Asian Super Cup (2): 2001, 2002
- A3 Champions Cup (1): 2005
- Pan-Pacific Championship (1): 2009
- Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma
- West Bromwich Albion
- "Korean Do-heon on trial at Albion". BBC Sport. 6 December 2007. Retrieved 9 July 2008.
- "West Brom land Korean midfielder". BBC Sport. 1 February 2008. Retrieved 9 July 2008.
- "QPR 0–2 West Brom". BBC News. 4 May 2008. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
- "Kim seals permanent Baggies move". BBC Sport. 28 May 2008. Retrieved 6 July 2008.
- "West Brom 2–2 Burnley". BBC. 24 January 2009. Retrieved 13 November 2009.
- Kim Do-heon Returns to BlueWings
- "Kim left out of South Korea squad". BBC Sport. 5 July 2008. Retrieved 6 July 2008.
- "Mowbray hails Kim's loyalty to Albion". West Bromwich Albion F.C. 19 August 2008. Archived from the original on 15 September 2008. Retrieved 19 August 2008.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Kim Do-Heon.|
- Kim Do-heon – K League stats at kleague.com
- National Team Player Record (in Korean)
- Kim Do-heon – FIFA competition record
- Kim Do-heon at National-Football-Teams.com
- Kim Do-Heon player profile at wba.co.uk
- Kim Do-Heon at Soccerbase
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