Kim Jong-hun

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Kim Jong-hun
Personal information
Date of birth (1956-09-01) September 1, 1956 (age 60)
Place of birth North Korea
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
4.25 Sports Team
National team
1973–1985 Korea DPR 4 (0)
Teams managed
0000–2007 4.25 Sports Team
2007–2010 Korea DPR
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Kim Jong-hun
Chosŏn'gŭl 김정훈
Revised Romanization Gim Jeonghun
McCune–Reischauer Kim Chŏnghun
This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.

Kim Jong-hun (Chosŏn'gŭl김정훈; born September 1st (1956) is a retired North Korean football player and the former head coach of the Korea DPR national football team.


As a player, Kim has spent his career at 4.25 Sports Team.[1] He was capped four times for North Korea during the qualifications for the 1974 and 1986 FIFA World Cups.[1]

After ending his player career, Kim became a manager. He managed April 25 Sports Team until 2007, when he became the manager of North Korea national team.[1] In 2009, he led the team as it qualified for the 2010 World Cup, their first since 1966.[2][3]

After a disappointing showing at the World Cup, Kim faced harsh criticism upon his return to North Korea. Radio Free Asia reported that he was publicly shamed and condemned for hours in front of 400 people, including the North Korean sports minister.[4]

At the same event, the team members were commanded to individually criticize their coach, who was accused of betraying General Kim Jong-un, the country's heir apparent.[4] The report also mentioned that he had been stripped of his membership in the Workers' Party of Korea and forced to work hard labor on a construction site as punishment.[4] It is however unknown whether Kim was really faced with such a violating punishment, as far as DPRK has its information mostly closed from the other world. Little is known about Kim Jong-hun's current (by February 2016) occupation, probably due to the same reason.


  1. ^ a b c KIM Jong Hun, FIFA, retrieved 2010-06-18 
  2. ^ After 43 years, North Korea back in Europe, CBS Sports, 2009-10-07, retrieved 2009-10-11 
  3. ^ Kim ecstatic as North Korea make World Cup, ESPN, 2009-06-18, retrieved 2009-10-11 
  4. ^ a b c Moon Sung-hui; Jackson-Han, Sarah (July 28, 2010). "World Cup Team Shamed, Reprimanded". Radio Free Asia.