Kim Dong-Jin is a tireless left-back with an ability to tear down the opposing defence and score from distance.
At the age of 18, Kim began his professional career at Anyang in 2000. There he tasted early success as the Cheetahs won the K-League title that season and went on to lift the Super Cup the following year. However, Kim’s presence at the club was overshadowed by Lee Young-Pyo until he for PSV Eindhoven in the middle of the 2002 season.
After winning his first cap against Hong Kong at the East Asian Championships in December 2003, Kim became a fixture in the U-23 national team ahead of the Olympic Football Tournament. He opened the scoring with a trademark cannonball shot against Greece and helped Korea Republic reach the quarter-finals at Athens 2004.
Kim went on to cement his place in the senior side over the course of the qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup GermanyÔ. Although the Taeguk Warriors failed to progress beyond the group stage, he subsequently followed Dick Advocaat to Zenit St. Petersburg where he won the Russian Premier League, the UEFA Cup and the UEFA Super Cup in the space of three seasons.
Kim returned to the national team for his second Olympic games in the summer of 2008, although his stunning goal against Honduras could not keep his country from making an early exit from Beijing. Despite concerns over his fitness, the 28-year-old played a key role in Korea Republic’s qualifying campaign for South Africa 2010, featuring in seven final round matches.