|Full name||Ko Jong-Soo|
|Date of birth||October 30, 1978|
|Place of birth||Yeosu, Jeonnam, South Korea|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Coach (Former Midfielder)|
|1994–1995||Kumho High School|
|1996–2004||Suwon Samsung Bluewings||96||(21)|
|2003||→ Kyoto Purple Sanga (loan)||13||(1)|
|1996–2000||South Korea U-23||10||(2)|
|2011||Suwon Bluewings U-18 (coach)|
|2011–2017||Suwon Bluewings (coach)|
* 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
|Revised Romanization||Go Jongsu|
Born in Yeosu, Jeollanam-do, he graduated from Yeosu West Elementary School, Yeosu Gubong Middle School, and Kumho High School.
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," 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 in the K-League, there was a nickname for where he'd kick the ball called "Go Jong-soo Zone ", and his skills were so good that if he kicked a free kick there, there was a high probability that it'd lead to a goal. He also scored a free kick goal against then-world goalkeeper Chilavert in 2001.
He was traded to Chunnam for the services of Kim Nam-Il who went to Suwon in exchange, but did not renew the contract. 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 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. His wage will be decided based on how well he performs in winter training camp in Cyprus. 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.
He is considered a player who is good at using his left foot, is skilled at taking free kicks, and can bring creativity to mid-field lines. He became known as "L'enfant Terrible" after wowing audiences with sensuous passes, shots, and sharp crosses.
He played for the Korea-Japan All-Star game in January 2001, and scored a fantastic free-kick against Jose Luis Chilavert.
On September 4, 2002, he scored the longest-left goal (57m) in an away game against Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in the K-League.
In 2007, he was named the ' most anticipated soccer player of 2007 ' by a leading online newspaper and a website specializing in overseas soccer.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|South Korea||League||KFA Cup||League Cup||Asia||Total|
|1996||Suwon Samsung Bluewings||K League 1||11||1||?||?||3||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|
National team statistics
|Korea Republic national team|
- Results list South Korea's goal tally first.
|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|
- Suwon Bluewings
- K League 1 (3) : 1998, 1999, 2004
- Korean FA Cup (1) : 2002
- K-League Cup (4) : 1999 (Daehan Fire Insurance Cup), 1999 (Adidas Cup), 2000, 2001
- Korean Super Cup (2): 1999, 2000
- AFC Champions League (2) : 2000–01, 2001–02
- Asian Super Cup (2) : 2001, 2002
- 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
- 월드컵 전사 5명 배출 … 금호고는 ‘축구 명문’. kwangju.co.kr (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-04-24.
- 김병지 "고종수·이관우… 안타까운 내동생들아" ‹See Tfd›(in Korean)
- '앙팡테리블' 고종수 감독과 선수들의 프리킥 맞대결…과연 결과는? (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-04-15.
- -올스타축구- 한일팀, 세계팀과 아쉬운 무승부 (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-04-15.
- 김남일↔고종수·조병국 '초대형 빅딜' (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-04-15.
- 고종수 ‘재기의 칼날’간다 ‹See Tfd›(in Korean)
- <프로축구> 고종수 대전 입단..전남 이적 동의(종합) (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-04-24.
- 최윤겸 대전 감독 "고종수, 0%부터 시작이다" ‹See Tfd›(in Korean)
- ‘풍운아’ 고종수 “할말은 많지만…” 은퇴 선언 ‹See Tfd›(in Korean)
- tf.co.kr (2017-08-05). "[TF라이브폴] 한국 축구 역대 최고 '왼발의 달인'은? 고종수 '압도적 1위'". 더팩트 (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-04-24.
- [올스타 축구 친선전] ‘하나된 한일팀’ 세계축구 혼 뺐다 (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-04-24.
- "고종수, 57m 환상 슛" (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-04-15.
- "고종수, 2007년 기대되는 축구인 1위". inews24. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
- "Ko Jong-soo". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.
- Ko Jong-soo – K League stats at kleague.com (in Korean)
- Ko Jong-soo – FIFA competition record
- Ko Jong-soo at National-Football-Teams.com
- Ko Jong-soo at J.League ‹See Tfd›(in Japanese)
| Daejeon Citizen captain