Kim Jung-Woo began his professional career at Ulsan Hyundai Horangi in 2003 and played a key role in the Tigers’ title-winning season in 2005. Kim went on to spend two seasons in the J.League with Nagoya Grampus, before returning to the K-League to join Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma in 2008.
It was then when the skinny midfielder began to establish himself in Korea Republic’s senior side, having taken part in two Olympic Football Tournaments in Athens and Beijing. Although Kim had been largely used as a second-half substitute in the qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World CupÔ, he started in all of six games he played in the preliminary competition for South Africa 2010. In the absence of Kim Do-Heon and Kim Nam-Il, Kim more than filled the gap in the central midfield and moved on to cement his place in the starting line-up.
More recently, Kim captained his country and opened the scoring against Hong Kong at the EAFF East Asian Championship in February where Korea Republic finished runners-up behind China PR. Although the 28-year-old playmaker is in the middle of his two-year military service with Gwangju Sangmu in the K-League at the moment, Kim will be hoping to make full advantage of his summer holiday when the finals kick off in South Africa.