Kim Myong-won

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Kim Myong-won
Personal information
Date of birth (1983-07-15) 15 July 1983 (age 35)
Place of birth Pyongyang, North Korea
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
FC Ulaanbaatar
Number 7[2]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2011 Amrokgang 112 (45)
2011– FC Ulaanbaatar 115 (76)
National team
2003– North Korea 12 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 May 2012
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 May 2012
Kim Myong-won
Revised RomanizationGim Myeongwon
McCune–ReischauerKim Myŏngwŏn

Kim Myong-won (Hangul김명원; Hanja金明元; born 15 July 1983) is a North Korean international footballer, who plays as a striker for FC Ulaanbaatar in the Mongolia Premier League. Known for his blazing speed, he's known in North Korea as The Chariot.

International career[edit]

Kim has played on nine occasions for the North Korean national team since his first appearance in 2003,[1] and has been called up to their 23-man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[3] Nevertheless, he was registered as one of the three goalkeepers as all the squads must nominate three eligible keepers for the tournament. Coach Kim Jong-hun did this to boost his attacking options, but FIFA revealed that Kim would only be allowed to play as a goalkeeper, and not as an outfield player as had originally been intended.[4] It has also been reported that he actually played as a goalkeeper for his club at least once, showing skills especially in saving penalties.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Kim Myong-won". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.
  2. ^ Kim Myong-Won e Sin Chol-Jin all'Ulaanbataar FC
  3. ^ "FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010 List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 4 June 2010. Retrieved 15 June 2010.
  4. ^ "World Cup 2010: North Korea goalkeeper gamble backfires". The Guardian. 3 June 2010. Retrieved 15 June 2010.
  5. ^ "Kim Myong-Won Bio, Stats, News". ESPN. Retrieved 15 June 2010.

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