Kim Bo-Kyung is an all-around midfielder who can deliver precise crosses from the left flank or dissect the opposition defence with inch-perfect through balls from the middle of the park.
After leading Hongik University to the Fall Championship in 2008, Kim went on to take part in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt the following year. There, he helped the little Taeguk Warriors reach the quarter-finals with his two goals against the USA and Paraguay, although he could not feature in the last eight encounter with eventual champions Ghana due to suspension.
Affectionately dubbed 'the left-footed maestro' after his heroics at Egypt 2009, Kim was called into the senior national team for their training camp in South Africa earlier this year. He won his first cap in a friendly with Zambia in Johannesburg on 9 January 2010, before participating in the EAFF East Asian Championship the following month. Kim set up Korea Republic's third goal that sealed a 3-1 victory over hosts Japan, and more recently, made another impressive appearance as a substitute in a 2-0 win against the same opponents in May.
Kim signed his first professional contract with J.League outfit Cerezo Osaka in January and then was subsequently loaned to Oita Trinita in the Japanese second division.
Kim led Hongik University to winning the Fall Championship as a freshman in September 2008, when he scored the only goal of the final with a left-footed effort.
He is competing for a place in the Taeguk Warriors’ starting line-up with captain Park Ji-Sung, who has been in fact Kim’s role model for years.
Kim has scored six goals in 11 matches for Oita Trinita in the J2.League this season, after he was loaned from Cerezo Osaka earlier this year.
Kim Bo-Kyung was an apprentice at Yongin Football Centre in 2001, when none other than Huh Jung-Moo was the head coach at the youth academy.