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Kim Byeong Ji - The Legend

Postby Alex43 » Thu Oct 04, 2012 7:07 pm

I was surprise to find that there were no forums started about this mystical man. (if there are, please correct me, i just can't find it).

Anyways, earlier in the season, he achieved 200 clean sheets, is on game 599th in the K-League, was part of the 2002 Korean WC team.

He missed a chance to have his 600th game at home last week as just three weeks ago he was award a red card, making him miss a game.

They are now on the road for two more games, against Seoul and Suwon, before a rematch of what will be an exciting FA Cup in Pohang.
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Re: Kim Byeong Ji - The Legend

Postby Holyjoe » Mon Nov 24, 2014 7:30 pm

He's now officially the oldest man to have ever played K-League football, his appearance for Jeonnam against Sangju at the weekend at the grand old age of 44 years, 7 months and 14 days means he's broken Shin Eui-son's (Valeri Sarychev) previous record by five days.

I reckon he should at least keep going until he's 50. He's some man :smt038 :smt038

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Re: Kim Byeong Ji - The Legend

Postby Alex43 » Mon Nov 24, 2014 10:18 pm

Holyjoe wrote:He's now officially the oldest man to have ever played K-League football, his appearance for Jeonnam against Sangju at the weekend at the grand old age of 44 years, 7 months and 14 days means he's broken Shin Eui-son's (Valeri Sarychev) previous record by five days.

I reckon he should at least keep going until he's 50. He's some man :smt038 :smt038


awesome

i saw something the other day that said he hasnt drank or smoked in 24 for years or something? or was it 14? i dont think i have gone 14 hours without a brew...
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Re: Kim Byeong Ji - The Legend

Postby Holyjoe » Wed Mar 30, 2016 5:56 am

He's been part of the K-League set-up for longer than 17 of the 23 member clubs have but it might be game over for the mighty mullet now...

Veteran goalkeeper fails to find team, denies retirement rumors
29/03/2016

Kim Byung-ji, the oldest player in South Korean professional football, said on Tuesday he will not retire even though he's yet to find a club for this season.

Kim, who turns 46 on April 8, has been searching for a club after his contract with Jeonnam Dragons in the top-flight K League Classic ended last year. In order to play in the K League Classic or the second-tier K League Challenge, all players needed to be registered with clubs by Monday. However, the data from the league office on Tuesday showed that Kim's name was not listed on any of the 23 professional clubs.

This means that the veteran goalkeeper, who has played a league-record 706 matches, is not eligible to play at least the first half of this season. The registration for the second half of the season starts in July.

"I did have contacts with some clubs, but in the end, we failed to reach an agreement," he said. "I'm not sure whether I will register in July because at this moment, I don't have specific transfer plans."

Kim, however, denied speculation that he will hang up his boots. The goalkeeper, who represented South Korea at the 1998 and the 2002 FIFA World Cups, insisted that he can still compete with young players on the pitch.

"I'm not thinking about ending my career," he said. "I can still exercise and my level of play doesn't plunge just in a day."

Kim said he is busy focusing on solving family matters rather than his transfer issues. Kim, who has three sons, is currently in a legal battle after his youngest son was involved in a school violence incident last year.

"My priority is to solve family matters and focus on my children," he said. "I heard that some teams were afraid that I could damage their public image because of my family issues. But the case is almost closed."

Kim made his pro debut with Ulsan Hyundai FC in 1992 and has played for four different teams since. He played 61 matches for South Korea with his final appearance dating back to 2008.

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Re: Kim Byeong Ji - The Legend

Postby SteveW » Wed Mar 30, 2016 7:21 pm

He is past it at Classic level based on what I saw last season but would still be a great asset to a few clubs I'm sure. OB Rovers would have him like a shot. if they existed.
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Re: Kim Byeong Ji - The Legend

Postby Alex43 » Wed Mar 30, 2016 11:23 pm

im sure there is a team that needs a player/coach and would it not be gyeongnam, daegu... or could he enlist again and play for sangju? somewhere back closer to home in milyang?
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Re: Kim Byeong Ji - The Legend

Postby Holyjoe » Mon Jul 25, 2016 6:39 pm

Has he ever actually worn his mullet in a ponytail?

K-League’s first goalie to ever score takes his bow
July 25,2016

It’s the end of an era in Korean professional football. On Tuesday, Kim Byung-ji, a goalkeeper and one of the most celebrated figures in the K-League Classic, announced his retirement from the game, marking an end to a prolific 24-year career.

Casual watchers of the sport may know him best for his ponytail, but older fans of the K-League may remember Kim from one particular moment in October 1998, when he took part in Ulsan Hyundai FC’s offensive effort to break the tie with the Pohang Steelers and become the first goalie to score in K-League history.

Since then, Kim has become a symbol of Korean football, and as he departs from the field, he is leaving behind many records. He went 229 matches without conceding a single goal. He played full time in 153 straight games. In September 2015, he became the oldest player to compete in a K-League match. And this is just the tip of the iceberg.

“I think nicknames such as ‘ponytail’ and ‘a goalie who scores’ are more valuable than anything else,” Kim said. “Fans gave them to me, and they show the affection by the fans for me.”

For 13 years, Kim also played in 61 international games wearing the Korean national team jersey. But even with a combined pro and international career, Kim has some regrets.

“It was disappointing not being able to play any games during the 2002 Korea/Japan World Cup,” Kim said. “When there are two players who are similar in terms of football skills, who gets to start and who remains on the bench comes down to trust from the manager. I was unable to earn the trust of manager [Guus Hiddink].”

During a match against Paraguay in 2001, Kim dribbled the ball up to the half-line but got it taken away from him. Paraguay nearly scored a goal taking advantage of Kim’s error, and this infuriated Hiddink. Ever since, Kim was unable to see much playing time under Hiddink’s management.

“That was foolish of me,” Kim recalled. “I learned how a veteran should go about each game from that experience, how older players of a team should devote and sacrifice themselves for the team. The lesson I learned from that experience allowed me to stay for a long time in this game.”

Kim considers Lee Woon-jae as the biggest rival of his football career. Lee, a retired goalie best known for his performance back in the 2002 World Cup, is now a goalkeeping coach for the Korean Olympic football team.

Kim distinctly remembers when Lee blocked his shot during a penalty shootout in 2004 during the K-League Class finals. Kim was playing for the Pohang Steelers then, and Lee was in the Suwon Samsung Bluewings.

When asked why a goalie was chosen for the penalty shootout, Kim said, “Choi Soon-ho [then-manager of Pohang] placed me as the fifth kicker even during practice. I think he took into consideration that I was experienced and at the top of my physical condition. The error came during one of the most decisive moments in K-League history, so I think many people remember clearly about that shot. But I think it is these kinds of stories that allow fans to be so fond of me.”

Indeed, the goalie has many stories to tell from his career. After graduating high school, Kim failed to get into a college and worked various part-time jobs including in construction.

His foray into football came when he entered Sangmu FC, the predecessor of military club Sangju Sangmu FC, in 1990. Sangmu was an amateur team then. After spending two years in Sangmu, Kim joined Ulsan Hyundai FC as a walk-on.

“I feel like I started out as a nobody but finished my career at the top,” Kim said. “I remember when I first failed to be drafted, I worked as a welder at various construction sites. But I kept on playing this game and eventually became the highest-paid player in the league.”

The 46-year-old player credits strict self-management for his success. Indeed, throughout his 24-year career, he has maintained his body weight at around 78 kilograms (172 pounds), even to this day.

After failing to extend his contract with the Jeonnam Dragons last season, he helped younger players improve their game. Shim Min, a goalkeeper for Boin High School who led his team during a national football tournament early this year, credited Kim for his outstanding performance, saying he was able to block shots during penalty shootouts thanks to Kim’s instructions.

Kim says he would like to continue with coaching. At the moment, no manager in the top pro league has come out of a career as a goalie. Kim hopes to change that around.

“No one has conceded more goals than me [754 goals in 706 games],” Kim said. “This is not something to be embarrassed about. This is a valuable asset for me.”

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Re: Kim Byeong Ji - The Legend

Postby daeguowl » Mon Jul 25, 2016 8:12 pm

Holyjoe wrote:Has he ever actually worn his mullet in a ponytail?

He went 229 matches without conceding a single goal.


That is an amazing streak of clean sheets!! :smt081

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Re: Kim Byeong Ji - The Legend

Postby jamesedrupt » Tue Jul 26, 2016 8:12 am

A LEGEND!


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