Kim Joo-seong (57), secretary-general of the East Asian Football Federation (EAFF), represented the domestic professional soccer K-League in the 1980s and 1990s. He joined Busan Daewoo Royals in 1987 and scored 35 goals and 17 assists in 255 games over 12 seasons. He received the Rookie of the Year Award, Most Valuable Player (MVP), and more. He is the first permanently absent (No. 16) player in the K-League. He received the Asian Star Award, Asian Player of the Year, for three consecutive years (1989-91) selected by the International Foundation for Football History and Statistics (IFFHS).
Kim Joo-seong is the original K-League multiplayer. He showed off his versatile skills enough to be selected in the league’s best 11 across all positions, such as attacker, midfielder, and defender, excluding goalkeepers. Experts said, “Kim Joo-sung’s play was not only splendid but also explosive. That is why he is an icon of the K-League.” He also participated in the FIFA World Cup three times (1986 Mexico, 1990 Italy, 1994 USA).
Kim Joo-seong had a strong personality, especially when he fluttered his long hair and stirred the ground. That’s why the nicknames attached are ‘Wild Horse of the Ground’ and ‘Samson of Asia’. Kim Joo-seong, who recently met with this magazine, said, “As a professional player, I saw it as providing something to see with my own personality. He laughed, saying, “Especially, he was well received by the younger generation.”
Kim Joo-seong is a late-stage plastic surgery player. When he was in high school, he wasn’t considered a top player. Born and raised in Seoul, he went on to Chosun University in Gwangju. After entering college, Kim Joo-sung devoted himself to individual training and team training from morning till late at night. Kim Joo-seong said, “I was not a famous player until I entered university. That’s when he decided that ‘he must be athletic crazy’. He looked back and said, “I bet everything on exercise and training.
Kim Joo-seong, who played on the left flank, was his speed. While studying at Chosun University, he lifted his ball and climbed the stairs to train his lower body muscles. Even after his pro success, he did not miss out on lower body training such as cross country and jumping rope. Kim Joo-seong said, “The long-term and steady efforts to polish his basic skills have greatly helped his breakthrough, ball keeping, and dribbling abilities.” 스포츠토토
Kim Joo-seong said, “Fans liked the space breakthrough using fast speed. “Kim Joo-seong is dynamic and has an image of breaking down the opponent’s defense with a one-on-one breakthrough based on speed,” he said. It is my wish to be remembered as a player who performed flashy dribbles at high speed.”