Kim Kee-hee

Kim Kee-hee (Korean: 김기희; Korean pronunciation: [kim.ɡi.ɦi] or [kim][ki.ɦi]; born 13 July 1989) is a South Korean professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Ulsan Hyundai. He can also be fielded as a defensive midfielder. Kim has played for teams in the K-League, Qatar Stars League, Chinese Super League and Major League Soccer. He has also represented South Korea at the national level.

South Korean footballer
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Kim Kee-hee

Kee-hee with South Korea Olympic Football
Personal information
Date of birth (1989-07-13) 13 July 1989 (age 32)
Place of birth Busan, South Korea

1.87 m (6 ft 1+12 in)[1]

Position(s) Centre back, Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Ulsan Hyundai
Number 44
Youth career
2005–2007 Bukyeong High School
2008–2010 Hongik University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2013 Daegu FC 29 (2)
2012–2013 Al-Sailiya (loan) 20 (0)
2013–2015 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 80 (0)
2016–2017 Shanghai Shenhua 45 (2)
2018–2019 Seattle Sounders 59 (0)
2020– Ulsan Hyundai 28 (1)
National team
2011–2012 South Korea U23 5 (2)
2012–2017 South Korea 23 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 May 2021
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 October 2017
Kim Kee-hee
Revised Romanization Gim Gihui
McCune–Reischauer Kim Kihŭi
In this Korean name, the family name is Kim.

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Kim initially played University League at Hongik University from 2008 to 2010. Kim was then drafted in the second round of the 2011 K-League draft by Daegu FC.[2] Kim made his professional debut on 5 March 2011, playing the full 90 minutes of Daegu’s opening game of the 2011 K-League season against Gwangju FC, which ended in a 2–3 loss for Daegu FC.[3]

On 26 September 2012, Kim joined the newly promoted Qatar Stars League club Al-Sailiya on a loan deal.[4]

Kim joined fellow K-League side Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in 2013 and would help the team to win two successive K-League titles.

On 19 February 2016, Kim moved to Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua from Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors for a reported transfer fee of US$6 million. Kim’s agent had described the deal as the “biggest transfer in Korean history”.[5] On 5 March 2016, he made his debut for the club in a 1–1 draw against Yanbian Funde.

On 27 February 2018, Kim was signed by Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer using targeted allocation money.[6]

On 26 February 2020, Kim was signed by Ulsan Hyundai of K League 1.

In 2011, Kim was selected for the South Korea U-23 national team that participated in the 2012 King’s Cup, an annual tournament held in Thailand.[7]

In 2012, Kim won the bronze medal with South Korea U-23 in the 2012 London Olympics, which was the first Olympic medal ever in Korean football history, and he was granted exemption to two years of mandatory military service like the rest of the team.[8][9]

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Shanghai Greenland Shenhua
Seattle Sounders FC
Ulsan Hyundai

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