Ko Jong-soo

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Ko Jong-Soo
고종수
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Personal information
Full name Ko Jong-Soo
Date of birth (1978-10-30) October 30, 1978 (age 39)
Place of birth Yeosu, Jeonnam, South Korea
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Coach (Former Midfielder)
Club information
Current team
Daejeon Citizen
Youth career
1994–1995 Kumho High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2004 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 96 (21)
2003Kyoto Purple Sanga (loan) 13 (1)
2005 Chunnam Dragons 11 (1)
2007–2008 Daejeon Citizen 24 (1)
Total 144 (24)
National team
1996–2000 South Korea U-23 10 (2)
1997–2001 South Korea 38 (6)
Teams managed
2011 Suwon Bluewings U-18 (coach)
2011–2017 Suwon Bluewings (coach)
2018– Daejeon Citizen
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 March 2009
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 March 2009
Ko Jong-soo
Hangul 고종수
Hanja 高宗秀
Revised Romanization Go Jongsu
McCune–Reischauer Ko Chongsu

Ko Jong-soo (Hangul고종수 born October 30, 1978) is a South Korean football coach and former football player.

Growth Background[edit]

Born in Yeosu, Jeollanam-do, he graduated from Yeosu West Elementary School, Yeosu Gubong Middle School, and Kumho High School.[1]

Career[edit]

He rose to stardom during the 1998 World Cup, along with Lee Dong-Gook, and Ahn Jung-Hwan. He was once called "the greatest technician in Korea,"[2] for his pace, skillful free kicks, and his left foot. He can operate in central midfield as well on the left wing.

In the early 2000s, there was a nickname " Go Jong-soo John " in the K-League[3], and his free kick skills were so good that if he kicked a free kick there, it led to a goal in high probability. He also scored a free kick goal against then-world goalkeeper Chilavert in 2001.[4]

He was traded to Chunnam for the services of Kim Nam-Il who went to Suwon in exchange, but did not renew the contract.[5] He is not a free agent under the regulations. He had no choice but to play for any other team but Chunnam.

In September 2006, he has stated that he has managed to shed over 20 lbs[6] weighting 78 kg whereas he weighed about 76 kg during his heyday. In spite of renewed hopes of his much anticipated return, the latest Ko sighting was in December 2006. Ko was reportedly not in football shape and evaded reporter questions by driving off in a white Mercedes Benz. (But Ko denied this claim, saying: "After hearing that news, once I thought to give up the life of footballer.") On 8 January 2007, Daejeon Citizen signed Ko one year after Chunnam Dragons agreed on his transfer.[7] His wage will be decided based on how well he performs in winter training camp in Cyprus.[8] Ko expressed a strong desire to return to the sport, telling an interviewer: "I will play for Daejeon regarding this chance as the last."

In February 2009, he announced his retirement.[9]

Play Style[edit]

He is considered a player who is good at using his left foot, is good at free kick, and can bring creativity to mid-field lines. He became known as the " enfant Terribles " after overwhelming the audience with sensuous passes, shootings, and sharp crosses.[10]

Things Else[edit]

He played for the Korea-Japan All-Star game in January 2001, and scored a fantastic free-kick against Jose Luis Chilavert.[11]

On September 4, 2002, he scored the longest-left goal (57m) in an away game against Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in the K-League.[12]

In 2007, he was named the ' most anticipated soccer player of 2007 ' by a leading online newspaper and a website specializing in overseas soccer.[13]

Club statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
South Korea League KFA Cup League Cup Asia Total
1996 Suwon Samsung Bluewings K League 1 11 1 ? ? 3 0 -
1997 7 1 ? ? 8 2 ? ?
1998 19 3 ? ? 1 0 ? ?
1999 14 2 ? ? 7 2 ? ?
2000 8 4 ? ? 5 3 ? ?
2001 12 5 ? ? 8 5 ? ?
2002 20 4 ? ? 0 0 ? ?
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup Asia Total
2003 Kyoto Purple Sanga J1 League 13 1 0 0 3 1 - 16 2
South Korea League KFA Cup League Cup Asia Total
2004 Suwon Samsung Bluewings K League 1 5 1 0 0 0 0 - 5 1
2005 Chunnam Dragons 11 1 0 0 5 1 - 16 2
2007 Daejeon Citizen 11 1 1 0 0 0 - 12 1
2008 13 0 0 0 3 1 - 16 1
Total South Korea 131 23 40 14
Japan 13 1 0 0 3 1 - 16 2
Career total 144 24 43 15

National team statistics[edit]

[14]

Korea Republic national team
Year Apps Goals
1997 10 1
1998 16 1
1999 4 1
2000 3 0
2001 5 3
Total 38 6

International goals[edit]

Results list South Korea's goal tally first.
Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
January 25, 1997 Sydney, Australia  New Zealand 1 goal 3-1 1997 Opus Tournament
January 29, 1998 Bangkok, Thailand  Thailand 1 goal 2-0 1998 King's Cup
June 5, 1999 Seoul, South Korea  Belgium 1 goal 1-2 Friendly match
January 24, 2001 Hong Kong  Norway 1 goal 2-3 2001 Carlsberg Cup
January 27, 2001 Hong Kong  Paraguay 1 goal 1-1 (6-5 PSO) 2001 Carlsberg Cup
February 11, 2001 Dubai, UAE  United Arab Emirates 1 goal 4-1 2001 Dubai Tournament

Honours[edit]

Individual[edit]

  • 1993 Winner of the Daejeon Soccer Contest
  • 1994 Baek-Rok-Ki Soccer contest Player of the Year
  • 1997 Adidas Cup Most Assist Soccer Player
  • 1998 Won the Best Sports Player of Sports Seoul
  • 1998 K-League MVP Award
  • 1998 K-League Best 11 selected
  • 1999 K-League Best 11 selected
  • 2000 Adidas Cup Winner Score King
  • 2000 Hummel-Stu popular award
  • AFC 's Goal in February 2001
  • The 2001 AFC Player of the Month '
  • Winner of the 2007 Windsor Awards

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kang Jung-Hoon
Daejeon Citizen captain
2008
Succeeded by
Kim Gil-Sik