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Kim Nam-il
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Personal information
Full name Kim Nam-il
Date of birth (1977-03-14) 14 March 1977 (age 43)
Place of birth Incheon, South Korea
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position(s) Defensive midfielder
Youth career
1996–1999 Hanyang University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2004 Jeonnam Dragons 92 (7)
2003Feyenoord (loan) 0 (0)
2003Excelsior (loan) 8 (0)
2005–2007 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 45 (0)
2008–2009 Vissel Kobe 54 (1)
2010–2011 Tom Tomsk 41 (0)
2012–2013 Incheon United 59 (0)
2014 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 20 (2)
2015 Kyoto Sanga 27 (1)
Total 346 (11)
National team
1996 South Korea U20 4 (1)
1999 South Korea U23 17 (1)
1998–2013 South Korea 98 (2)
Teams managed
2020– Seongnam FC
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Kim Nam-il
Hangul
김남일
Hanja
金南一
Revised RomanizationGim Nam-il
McCune–ReischauerKim Namil

Kim Nam-il (Korean: 김남일; Hanja: 金南一; born 14 March 1977) is a retired South Korean footballer who played as defensive midfielder.

Early life[edit]

Kim Nam-il began playing football in third grade of elementary school. His decision to play football was initially met with opposition from his parents because of his impressive academic performance, but he continued his football career during his schooldays.[1] He played for South Korea under-20 for the 1996 AFC Youth Championship, and scored his first international goal against Iran in the group stage,[2] but he wasn't selected as a member for the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship. However, he was selected for South Korea for the 1998 Asian Games by manager Huh Jung-moo, and made his senior international debut in the tournament.[3]

Playing career[edit]

Under the next manager Guus Hiddink's management, Kim began to play for the national team in earnest. Formerly an unimpressive player in the K League, he was criticized early because of his poor basic skills, but he was completed as an irreplaceable defensive midfielder, who block counterattacks of the opponent team beforehand, in Hiddink's belief. Being strong on stamina and fierce tussle, he was nicknamed the "Vacuum Cleaner" due to his relentless play.[4] He was named in the Best XI of the tournament at the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup, in which South Korea participated to prepare the 2002 FIFA World Cup.[5] He appeared all five games until the quarter-finals at the 2002 World Cup, but he injured his ankle during the quarter-final match against Spain.[6] South Korea lost to Germany in the semi-finals after he quit the tournament.

The term "Kim Nam-il Syndrome" began to be coined by tabloids to describe Kim's superstardom status. During the 2002 World Cup, he gained an unusually large female fan base,[7] led to sold-out matches and goodies, and caused a sudden increase in popularity of Jeonnam Dragons. Kim, a former unknown to the public, then became highly desirable by numerous endorsement companies that were eager to pay high amounts of money.[8] Many TV programs had asked, or pressured at times for, Kim to appear, but he rejected their offers, and appeared only on interviews instead.[9]

In January 2003, Kim joined an Eredivisie club Feyenoord on loan, and was subleased to the satellite club Excelsior to be tested for five months,[10] but he didn't make a strong impression, and had no choice but to come back to Jeonnam Dragons.[11] He played for South Korea for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and didn't only contributed to team's defense, but also attack with long-range passes.[12][13] However, he conceded a penalty kick against Nigeria at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and was blamed by some South Korean fans.[14]

Managerial career[edit]

Kim retired from professional player at the end of 2015 season, having played for Kyoto Sanga FC. Kim started his career as a coach at Jiangsu Suning in 2016. He joined the South Korea's coaching staff for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. After the World Cup, he joined Jeonnam Dragons as a coach.

On 23 December 2019, Kim was appointed as the manager of Seongnam FC.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Kim is the youngest of the three brothers in his family, and is a close friend of Lee Kwan-woo and Lee Dong-gook.

Since 2006, there had been rumours about his relationship with anchorwoman Kim Bo-min eventually leading to the possibility of his marriage. The question was raised once again when a netizen posted a picture of a woman whom he claimed was Kim Bo-min at Suwon World Cup Stadium. The woman was wearing a hat and a light green scarf that covered about half of her face.[16] Both Kim Bo-min and Kim Nam-il neither confirmed nor denied the allegation. In an interview with a women's magazine, the footballer's parents have stated that they have heard from their son that they are romantically involved, but did not hear about marriage.[17] In June 2007, the couple secretly became engaged and revealed that they had met three years ago. They are married and are having a son.[18]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Jeonnam Dragons 2000 K League 20 0 2 0 10 1 32 1
2001 K League 25 0 2 0 0 0 27 0
2002 K League 14 0 0 0 1 0 15 0
2003 K League 23 6 0 0 23 6
2004 K League 10 1 2 0 0 0 12 1
Total 92 7 6 0 11 1 109 8
Feyenoord (loan) 2002–03 Eredivisie
Excelsior (loan) 2002–03 Eredivisie 8 0 0 0 8 0
Suwon Samsung Bluewings 2005 K League 2 0 3 2 4 0 9 2
2006 K League 23 0 4 0 3 0 30 0
2007 K League 20 0 1 0 8 0 29 0
Total 45 0 8 2 15 0 68 2
Vissel Kobe 2008 J1 League 31 1 1 0 1 0 33 1
2009 J1 League 23 0 1 0 2 0 26 0
Total 54 1 2 0 3 0 59 1
Tom Tomsk 2010 Russian Premier League 24 0 1 0 25 0
2011–12 Russian Premier League 17 0 0 0 17 0
Total 41 0 0 0 41 0
Incheon United 2012 K League 34 0 0 0 34 0
2013 K League 1 25 0 0 0 25 0
Total 59 0 0 0 59 0
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 2014 K League 1 20 2 0 0 20 2
Kyoto Sanga 2015 J2 League 27 1 0 0 0 0 27 1
Career total 346 11 16 2 29 1 391 14

International[edit]

Source:[19]

National team Year Apps Goals
South Korea U20 1996 4 1
South Korea U23 1999 17 1
South Korea 1998 2 0
1999 0 0
2000 3 0
2001 7 1
2002 17 0
2003 11 0
2004 12 1
2005 6 0
2006 14 0
2007 2 0
2008 12 0
2009 4 0
2010 7 0
2011 0 0
2012 0 0
2013 1 0
Total 98 2
Career total 119 4

International goals[edit]

Results list South Korea's goal tally first.
Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
10 November 2001 Seoul, South Korea  Croatia 1 goal 2–0 Friendly match
31 July 2004 Jinan, China  Iran 1 goal 3–4 2004 AFC Asian Cup

Honours[edit]

Jeonnam Dragons

Suwon Samsung Bluewings

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors

South Korea U20

South Korea

Individual

References[edit]

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Choi Sung-Yong
Suwon Samsung Bluewings captain
2006
Succeeded by
Lee Kwan-Woo
Preceded by
Jung In-whan
Incheon United captain
2013
Succeeded by
Park Tae-Min