Kim Jong-Kook makes it 200

 

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Kim Jong-Kook made his 200th K-League career appearance in his side's away match against Daejeon Hana Citizen as he came on in the 79th minute at the Daejeon World Cup Stadium, his side though lost the match 2-1. 

In his 12th season as a pro, Kim Jong-Kook joined Ulsan Hyundai in 2011 as a rookie draft and entered the K-League. In the second half of 2012, he transferred to Gangwon FC on loan and contributed greatly to the team. Since then, he has been active as a player with a strong backbone in the K-League, going through K-League 1 and 2 such as Suwon FC and Chungnam Asan.

He also has a close relationship with Asan. He originally joined Asan Mugunghwa for military service in the 2017 season and played a key role in bringing the team to the top of the K League 2 with one goal and two assists in 30 games in the 2018 season. 

At the time, he had a versatile role and played a total of 30 games, which was his record for most appearances in that season, as he played in positions needed by the team, such as defensive midfielder and full back.

Kim then re-joined the club in 2020 after two seasons with Suwon FC, it is said at this level his strengths are in the centre of midfield with his skill to read the game and he has great passing ability. In addition, he contributes to his team by setting an example to the squad with his leadership attitude on and off the pitch.

Kim Jong-kook said, "I want to thank the many people and the club who helped me play in 200 games in the K-League. I am also grateful to my family, who have always been by my side and have been a great strength. In the future, I want to meet the fans at the stadium with a better image, not just 200 games. Currently, the team is fighting fiercely for rankings, and I will become a more helpful player.”

Currently, Asan sits fifth in the league and is in the playoff places for a chance of promotion to the K League 1.

Kim Jong-gook K-League record

K-League 200 games 5 goals 14 assists

-2011-2022 Ulsan Hyundai 3 games

-2012 Gangwon FC 16 games 4 assists

-2013 Ulsan Hyundai 5 games

-2014-2015 Daejeon Citizen 52 games 2 goals 4 assists

-2016 Suwon FC 26 games, 2 goals, 2 assists

-2017~2018 Asan Mugunghwa (military side) 47 games, 1 goal, 2 assists

-2018~2019 Suwon FC 14 games

-2020~Chungnam Asan Professional Football Team 37 games, 2 assists

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