Best Korean Players on FIFA 21

Am sure many of you enjoy playing FIFA and with a new generation released of the much-loved game here are the best Koreans to sign up. This is a list worth looking at if you fancy a bargain for your side too. 

Yoon Bit-garam - Ulsan Hyundai - Rating 71 - Potential 71 

The Ulsan midfielder at 30-years-old would still be a great signing in a new career mode on the game. A goal-scoring midfielder dubbed by some as the Korean Michael Ballock Yoon would be great for a side rated around three stars. 

He is currently part of an Ulsan side looking to win their first Asian Champions League too, so he is doing it on the pitch and in the virtual world. Playing in the centre of midfield he can provide goals and assists for your side. 

Ji Dong-won - Mainz 05 - Rating 71 - Potential 71 

Much like Yoon a player well worth taking a look at for a side around the three-star mark or if you're playing your mates with Mainz make sure to pick Ji. In the real world, he is having a bit of a tough time in Germany and is yet to score this season in five matches, however.

The forward who once scored a 93rd-minute winner for Sunderland against Manchester City in 2012 is still worth looking at for the right side. Maybe in real life, a move away from Mainz would be good too, maybe he could join Lee Jae-Sung at Holstein Kiel as they sit top of the Bundesliga 2. 

Kim Jin-Su - Al-Nassr - Rating 71 - Potential 71 

Kim is one of many Koreans who have played in Germany although the 28-year-old now plays with Saudi Professional League side Al-Nassr as a left-back. Life for him and his new club is not going great in the real world as they've just won one out of their first six league matches of the season. 

In the FIFA world though he could be a good left-back at a great price for the right club. The former Hoffenheim and Jeonbuk man is a mainstay at his new club as he's already played 438 minutes over five matches picking up just the one booking. 

Kim Tae-hwan - Ulsan Hyundai - Rating 71 - Potential 71 

The 31-year-old versatile Ulsan fullback is another solid player worth having a look at, with well over a hundred appearances in the K1 with his side he is full of experience. This is another player that could come in at a good price and help you up the leagues for example in England. 

He is also loving life right now as he's helped his side to an Asian Champions quarterfinals as he hopes to put the disappointment on missing out on the title behind him. 

Kim Young-Gwon - Gamba Osaka - Rating 71 - Potential 71 

The first play on the list who plays outside of Korea is Kim Young-Gwon who has enjoyed a successful period in the J League since his move to Gamba Osaka from CSL side Guangzhou Evergrande. The Korean centre-back from Jeonbuk has played his full professional Korea outside of his home country in China and Japan.

With nearly 80 caps for his country playing alongside mostly Kim Min-Jae he is a solid defender who will improve any side at the three-star level on FIFA. He has shown that form by being a key part of side season as he's helped them to second in the league. 

Kim Seung-dae - Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors - Rating 71 - Potential 71 

Kim spent last season on loan with Gangwon scoring twice in a successful season with the K League side. He has now returned to his parent club Jeonbuk although it is looking likely he will be on the move in real life this winter.

Along with in real life the player being subject to transfer stories in the world of FIFA if you are after a solid player who can play several attacking positions this 29-year-old could be your man. 

Go Yo-han - FC Seoul - Rating 71 - Potential 71

The FC Seoul veteran career might be slowing down after over 300 matches with the club but the 32-year-old versatile defender and winger is still a talent. Am not sure at this stage of his career he would be worth signing on FIFA but still a player that deserves to be on the list. 

It is clear the players time in the game is slowing down too as he completed just three 90 minute matches in the K1 last season. His side lost all three of these matches too in a season that despite them finishing third in will be mostly seen as a dispositioning one. 

Hong Jeong Ho - Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors - Rating 71 - Potential 71

The 31-year-old central defender is still going strong after returning to the K League 1 in 2018 to join Jeonbuk. This season he played his part as helped his side to a domestic double, although he was also part of his teams 4-1 defeat to Yokohama F Marinos as they crashed out at the group stages in the Champions League.

The central defender is well worth a look for the right team, his career is slowing down. Although he is still got speed which is a great asset for a defender especially one in their thirties. 

Hong Chul - Ulsan Hyundai - Rating 72 - Potential 72 

Yet another Korean on the list that can play in more than one position as Hong can play in defence or midfield on the left-hand side. The man brought to Ulsan in July from Suwon Bluewings is enjoying life too as he looks to recover from injury in time to help his side in the Asian Champions League final. 

This is a player who after all has already won the Champions League with the side that is now Seongnam FC although at the time of the win in 2010 were known as Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma. 

Moon Seon-min - Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors - Rating 72 - Potential 72

The first Korean to play in Sweden and the man who impressed this season while on loan with military side Sangju Sangmu. Moon has had an impressive career and even played at a World Cup, his fast direct style of football at 28-years-old could make him a bargain signing. 

In the real world when he returns from military duty it will be interesting to discover what is next for the midfielder. He still for sure as plenty to give the game, this could be with Jeonbuk but am sure some sides in Europe could see him as a great signing. A player with style and the ability to score goals is something all teams love to have after all. 

Jang Hyun-soo - Al-Hilal - Rating 72 - Potential 72

The Korean defender who can play in the midfield too, so if you need that bit of steel to break up the attacks Hyeon could be your man. At 29-years-old the man who had nearly 60 caps for his country before getting a lifetime ban could be worth a look but don't bring him to the K League even in FIFA that might not go down well. 

The reason this Korean is the most controversial man on the list is that in 2018 he admitted to falsifying records related to his military exemption. Despite this, he is enjoying a successful career and is even an Asian Champions League winner. 

Kim Tae Hwan - Ulsan Hyundai - Rating 72 - Potential 72

Kim can play at right-back or on the wing so is a perfect player when you need to strengthen your squad. Meanwhile, at under £2million and at 31-years-old he still has the pace to get up and down the pitch. It should not be forgotten he is also a key part of his sides his success and is likely to play this weekend in the Asian Champions League Final. 

If these reasons are not enough to get him in your side, in the last two seasons he's featured in the K League 1 team of the season showing you his talent. In the real world unless someone can take him away with a good bid am sure he is set to stay with Ulsan but on FIFA a cheeky bid could be worth a shout. 

Ki Sung-yueng - FC Seoul - Rating 72 - Potential 72

Ki is a great player and one of the best to come out of Korea but he has had a terrible time of it recently with injuries, in fact, he played just 128 minutes of league football in 2020 between his time with Real Mallorca and FC Seoul.

His poor 2020 comes after a successful period at times in England with Newcastle United when during the 2018/19 campaign he had a run of matches. Despite all the injuries, the hope will be he can regain fitness and come back stronger for FC Seoul in the 2021 season. 

Lee Chung-Yong - Ulsan Hyundai - Rating 73 - Potential 73

Just as with Ki, Lee had a very successful time playing his football in Europe, he was, in fact, the first reason for us at the Tofu Bowl to follow East Asian Football. As with Ki, Lee returned to Korean football in 2020 this time with Ulsan and he has enjoyed a much greater level of success this season.

Despite in general not competing a full 90 minutes, the attacking midfielder has been a key part of his side success this season that will conclude at the weekend in an Asian Champions League Final. Am unsure how much longer he will continue playing for but one thing for sure is that the 32-year-old has had a great career and is a credit to the Korean game. 

Kim Jin-Hyeon - Cerezo Osaka - Rating 73 - Potential 73

The first goalkeeper on the list in the man plying his trade in the J League with Cerezo Osaka. He has played a full senior career with the Osaka club knocking up almost 400 appearances. At 33-years-old he might be coming to the end of his time in football but this season has been a good one has he has 12 clean sheets in the league.

In fact, his form has seen him up amongst it as one of the best keepers in Japan, along with his countryman Jung Sung-Ryong who at 35-year-old is helping his side Kawasaki Frontale romp to a league title. Despite all these clean sheets, Jung is not on our list as he is rated a 69 on the game. 

Lee Yong - Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors - Rating 73 - Potential 73

The 33-year-old Jeonbuk full-back is still going strong and was a key part of his side's success and they won the Korean double. He might miss the start of the new K League season though as he was injured in the Korean FA Cup final. 

Despite his bad injury at the end of the season, I do expect to see him being a big part of his side's success again next season. The sides manager José Morais has headed for the exit door though and am sure the new manager when he is announced will have their own plans. 

Hwang Ui-jo - Bordeaux - Rating 73 - Potential 73

There is a lot of hope for this young Korean who joined French side, Bordeaux, from J League Gamba Osaka, were had a successful period. It is not going right to plan yet though in France, as after a strong start to his career he found the net for the first time this season last weekend. 

At 28-years-old he might be hitting the twilight of his career but he still has the ability to kick on in European football. Am sure his goal this week will help his confidence too as he looks to reclaim his starting spot in the side. 

Kim Min-Jae - Beijing Guoan - Rating 73 - Potential 80

The Korean defender Kim is one there is a lot of hope for, this is the first player on the list that I think could go on and play at a very high-level. As things stand the 24-year-old centre-back is with Beijing Guoan in the CSL where is a key player. 

Keep a look on this Korean defender though as am sure he will be at a top European side before long, there are strong links that in the summer Tottenham will be looking to make a concrete offer for him. If you are then playing FIFA get in on this man before it is too late. 

Lee Jae-sung - Holstein Kiel - Rating 74 - Potential 74

The impressive Lee Jae-Sung is enjoying a great season as he looks to help his side to a Bundesliga 2 title. At 28-years-old the attacking midfielder is relishing his third season in Germany and is a great talent and a joy to watch. 

His form is not being missed by fans of Asian football too as was seen as the AFC this week had him in their list of AFC International Player of the Week. It came after he put in a man of the match performance for his side against Jahn Regensburg in which his stats read played 90 minutes, scored two, 76% pass accuracy and eight duels won.

Kwon Chang-hoon - SC Freiburg - Rating 74 - Potential 75

Kwon has enjoyed most of his career away from Korea after leaving Bluewings for Dijon in 2017 at the age of 23-year-old. Since leaving his home country he's hit the ground running and loved life in Europe, in fact, he did so well with Dijon becoming an instant success he got a move to German football with SC Freiburg in June 2019. 

It has been frustrating for him this season though however, he has failed to play a full 90 minutes and his impact on his side has been small. The one to look out for is, in fact, his teammate and countryman Jeong Woo-Yeong whom does not make this list with a rating of 68 but his potential is 80 so do look for the 21-year-old who came to his club after agreeing to a four-year deal with the option for Bayern Munich to buy him back.

Lee Kang-in - Valencia - Rating 74 - Potential 84

This man has it all and to be honest could make it to the very top, right now the 19-year-old is plying his trade in Spain with Valencia. The La Liga side is sitting in midtable but Lee can boast that he was part of a side this season that defeated Real Madrid 4-1 even if this came with a hattrick of penalties and an own goal.

In truth, the future for the attacking midfielder could lie anywhere with the elite clubs in Europe as reports in recent weeks have suggested Manchester City are keen with an €80 million buy out needed. It looks like no club will likely pay this but Valencia must hurry as once their contract with Lee expires, which is due in June 2022, they cannot claim any transfer fee. 

Kim Bo-Kyung - Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors - Rating 74 - Potential 74

The much-travelled Kim Bo-Kyung will be well known to followers of the game in the UK as he had a successful spell in Wales with Cardiff City which was followed by a period at Wigan Athletic in England. Now at 31-years-old, he is back in his homeland winning trophies with Jeonbuk and in 2019 won the K League 1 MVP award. 

He could very well play out his career in career after having spells in Europe and Japan, it might be too late to get a lot out of him for your side but if you fancy a career on FIFA with Jeonbuk he is for sure one to keep. 

Jo Hyeon-woo - Ulsan Hyundai - Rating 75 - Potential 77

The best keeper in South Korea and the man responsible for keeping out Germany during the 2018 World Cup. Despite just having the 16 caps for his country at 29-years-old Jo has plenty still to offer football.

Having had a successful period he made his move to Ulsan at the start of 2020 and in all enjoyed a great season with them. His season will end this weekend with an Asian Champions League Final to cap off an interesting year. 

Kim Shin-wook - Shanghai Shenhua - Rating 76 - Potential 76

It has got to be said I am quite shocked to see this man appear this high up on the list but Kim Shin-wook is just one of those players you just can't ignore and that not simply because he stands at 196cm. The tall striker his currently plying his trade with Shanghai Shenhua in the CSL.

The Korean forward after not playing since August came back for his club and recently played in the Asian Champions out in Qatar where he played three matches without scoring. This is a man known as the Wookie who is great if you need height in your side but at 32-years-old is not a long term option. 

Hwang Hee-chan - RB Leipzig - Rating 77 - Potential 82

Elements of this list could be argued and I feel FIFA need to update their ratings for the best Korean talent but not many would disagree Hwang is the second-best Korean footballer. The 24-year-old former Pohang Steelers youth talent has taken European football by storm. 

This is seen after catching the eye with Red Bull Salzburg he made the move to Germany to join one of the countries best sides in RB Leipzig. His playing time currently has been limited but am sure in time he will prove to be a great success for his club. Although he is unlikely to play till January after suffering recently with COVID. 

Son Heung-min - Tottenham Hotspur - Rating 87 - Potential 87

Last but certainly not least is the legend and hero that is Son Heung-min, whom for me is one of the best-attacking players in the world. His rating on the game of 87 seems low and am sure this will be updated throughout the season as the Korean forward is making the biggest impact of any Korean in Europe since maybe Cha Bum-Kun in the early 1980s. 

Right now he is on course along with Harry Kane to be part of the best striker partnership English football as seen. Currently, only Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard have produced more goals in the league as the pairing combined a total of 36 times to score with Chelsea. At present, the pair at Tottenham has combined a total of 31 times to find the net showing you just how good they are. Now if Hwang Hee-Chan can get on the same wavelength with Son put all your money on Korea taking home the World Cup in 2022. 


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