Kim Hyung-Il is a combative centre-back who overpowers his opponents with tenacious man-marking and tough tackling. The 26-year-old is one of the largest players in Korea Republic, standing at 1.87 metres and weighing 83 kilogrammes.
The ‘Gladiator’ began his professional career at Daejeon Citizen in 2007, when he helped his side reach the play-off before finishing second in the Rookie of the Year award. Kim was then traded to Pohang Steelers in the summer of 2008 and lifted the Korean FA Cup later that year. He went on to taste even bigger success at the Steelyard last year, as the Steelers claimed a double of the League Cup and the AFC Champions League. Kim headed home the winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Al Ittihad in the Asian final in Tokyo, before helping his club finish third at the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup in UAE.
After featuring in an unofficial friendly with Oman in June 2009, Kim won his first cap against Saudi Arabia in Korea Republic’s penultimate qualifying match for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South AfricaÔ. He has been an ever-present in the Taeguk Warriors’ preparations for the finals, taking part in the training camps in South Africa and Spain earlier this year as well as the EAFF East Asian Championship in February.