Oh Beom-Seok is a versatile and intelligent full-back with abilities to maraud down the right flank or operate as a central midfielder.
A product of Pohang Steelers’ youth setup, Oh made his first-team debut in the 2003 season and helped his side win the K-League title and finish runners-up in the Korean FA Cup in 2007. However, he had a relatively unsuccessful loan spell the following season with Yokohama FC in the J.League before completing his move to Krylia Sovetov Samara where he stayed for two years.
During his youth national team career, Oh was ever-present as the Korea Republic reached the Round of 16 at the 2003 FIFA U-20 World Cup in UAE. He went on to make his senior debut in a friendly with Colombia in January 2005, and established himself on the right flank during the 2007 AFC Asian Cup where the Taeguk Warriors finished third.
The 25-year-old also played a key role in the qualifying for South Africa 2010, appearing in 11 matches including the crucial victories over Saudi Arabia and Korea DPR in the final round. Over the past two years, Oh has not only cemented his place in the national team but broke his international scoring duck in a 2-0 win against Senegal in October 2009.
Back in the K-League this season with Ulsan Hyundai Horangi, Oh is relishing the opportunity to make Korea Republic’s starting XI but faces competition from other experienced full-backs such as Lee Young-Pyo and Cha Du-Ri.