Kim Ho

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Kim Ho
김호
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Personal information
Full name Kim Ho
Date of birth (1944-11-24) November 24, 1944 (age 72)
Place of birth Tongyeong, Korea
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
? Marine Corps FC (Military service)
? Yangzee FC
1964–1968 Cheil Industries FC (Semi-professional)
1969–? Commercial Bank of Korea FC (Semi-professional)
National team
1965–1973 South Korea
Teams managed
1983–1987 Hanil Bank FC
1988–1991 Hyundai Horang-i
1992–1994 South Korea
1995–2003 Suwon Samsung Bluewings
2007–2009 Daejeon Citizen
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 August 2007.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21 August 2007
Korean name
Hangul 김호
Hanja 金皓
Revised Romanization Gim Ho
McCune–Reischauer Kim Ho

Kim Ho (born November 24, 1944)[1] is a South Korean football manager, currently without a club after leaving Daejeon Citizen. He began his association football playing career with the amateur Jeil Fabric team, where he played from 1964—1968. In 1965 he made his debut for the Korean national team before ending his playing career in 1973.

Into coaching[edit]

Ho took his first steps into coaching with an amateur side as well as a national youth team coaching position, before taking over as coach of the Hanil Bank FC team in 1983, leading them into the K-League for their two seasons as league members, before departing in 1987 to return to the professional league as manager of struggling Hyundai Horang-i.

He led Horang-i from 1988 to 1990. He rejuvenated the side in his first season, leading them to a 2nd-place finish in 1988. The club however couldn't sustain such form and slipped down to bottom in 1989 and 2nd bottom in 1990, and Kim Ho left prior to the 1991 season.

Leading the national team[edit]

Ho was back in management in July 1992 when he took over the reins of the Korean national team and led them to the 1994 World Cup in the U.S.. His team put up some credible performances, drawing their opener against Spain 2–2, before picking up their second point with a 0–0 draw against Bolivia. Despite giving World Cup holders Germany a huge scare by coming back to 3–2 after being 3–0 down, his side couldn't find the extra goals they would have needed to progress and exited at the group stage.

Building the Suwon Bluewings[edit]

After stepping down as national team coach, Ho was contacted by Suwon Samsung Bluewings to become the first ever coach of the new side, to lead them into the K-League in 1996. Ho accepted, and embarked on a reign that made him arguably the K-League's most successful manager.

With the Suwon Bluewings, he lifted two K-League championships, three Adidas Cups, one League Cup, one FA Cup, two Korean Super Cups, two Asian Champions Cups and two Asian Super Cups in the space of eight seasons, before announcing his retirement at the end of 2003.

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