East Asia Union

There are seven nations in this zone but only four nations have ever participated in World Cup final and only players from four nations comprises Korea Republic, Japan, China and North Korea are qualified in selection of squad. Due to the fact that all nations in this zone are the developing football nations and increase to have some players playing in Europe in recent era, This squad would be updated so many points in the near future. 

The first true legend is from China in the 1930s, Lee Wei Tong was regarded among the greatest footballers of all-time by German Magazine. Doo-Ok-Pak represents a the most remarkable player for the reputable North Korean team in the 1966 World Cup. The 1970s saw Kamamoto as the most prolific scorer in history of East Asian football and Okudera who is the first East Asian player to play in Europe. However, The East Asian football did not turn professional until South Korea first made it in 1983 with it first professional prominent star Cha Bum Kun who has been believed as the first Asian footballer to have reached World-Class performance as the kicker magazine ranked him in World-Class a half of season and 4.5 seasons of international-class. In the late 1980s, Kim Joo Sung who have won Asian footballer of the year award most times to date. Nakata became the most iconic player in the late 1990s to the first half 2000s. Nakamura and Park-Ji Song succeed as one of the best Eat Asian midfielders ever in the 2000s. Kagawa became the second East Asian player to reach World-Class performance by Kicker in 2012. 

East Asia

Location     : East Asia
World Cup Participation : 9 Times (1954, 1966, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006. 2010)
Best Achievement In World Cup  : Semi Final In 2002 (Korea Republic)
Asian Cup Champions : 5 Times (1956, 1960, 1992, 2000, 2004)
Most Caps  :  Li Ming (141 Games)       
Top Scorer :  Kunishige Kamamoto  (75 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever :  Cha Bum Kun

All-Time East Asian Squad

1. Lee Woon-Jae

Date Of Birth  : 26 April 1973
Nation   : Korea Republic
Caps  : 125 Games
Height  : 182 cm, Position :  Goalkeeper
Major Club  :  Suwon Bluewings
World Cup Participation : 1990, 1994 (6 Games)
Club Honours : None
International Honours : 4 Times K-League
2 Times Korean FA Cup, 3 Times K-League Cup
2002 AFC Champion League
Individual Achievement  :  3 Times K-League Best Keeper
2008 K-League Most Valuable Player
Class  : Prince Bronze

2. Yuto Nagamoto

Date Of Birth  : 12 September 1986
Nation  :  Japan
Caps  :  91 Games
Position :  Left and Right-Back
Height  :  170 cm
Major Club  :  FC Tokyo
World Cup Participation  : 2010 (4 Games)
Club Honours   :  2 Times K league
International Honours    :    None
Individual Achievement  :   2013 Asian Footballer of The Year
Class  : Prince Bronze

3. Lee Young-Pyo

Date Of Birth  :  23 April 1977
Nation   :  Korea Republic
Caps   : 110 Games
Height  :   177 cm, Position  :  Left-Back
Major Club  :  PSV Eindhoven, Tottenham Hot Spurs
World Cup Participation  :  2002 (1 Game)
Club Honours  :  1 Time K League
2 Times Dutch League, 1 Time Dutch Cup
1 Time English League Cup
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement :  None
Class  : Princess Gold

4. Fan Zhiyi

Date Of Birth  : 22 January 1970
Nation  :  China, Caps  : 109 Games
Height  :  183 cm, Position :  Center-Back
Major Club  :  Shanghai Shenhua, Crystal Palace
World Cup Participation  :  2002 (1 Game)
Club Honours   : 1 Time Chinese League
1 Time Chinese Cup
International Honours    :   2004 AFC Asian Cup Runner-Up
Individual Achievement  :  1995 Chinese Footballer of The Year
1995 Chinese Golden Boot Award
2 Times Chinese Golden Ball Award (1995, 1996)
IFFHS China Player of The Century
Class  : Princess Gold

5. Hong Myung-Bo

Date Of Birth  :  12 February 1969
Nation :  Korea Republic, Caps  : 136 Games
Height :  182 cm, Position :  Sweeper
Major Club  :  Pohang Steelers, Kashiwa Reysol
World Cup Participation  : 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002 (16 Games)
Club Honours  : 2 Time K League
1 Time J League, 2 Times K-League Cup
International Honours  : 1997 AFC Asian Cup Winner
Individual Achievement  : 1992 K-League Most Valuable Player
2002 FIFA World Cup Bronze Ball - All-Stars Team
Class  : Prince Silver

6. Kim Joo-Sung

Date Of Birth  :  17 January 1966
Nation :  Korea Republic, Caps : 77 Games
Height :  177 cm, Position :  Box-To-Box Midfielder
Major Club  :  Daewoo Royals, Bochum
World Cup Participation  : 1986, 1990, 1994 (9 Games)
Club Honours : 2 Times K-League
2 Times K-League Cup
International Honours :  None
Individual Achievement : 1997 K-League Most Valuable Player
1990 East Asian Championship Most Valuable Player
3 Times Asian Footballer of The Year (1989, 1990, 1991)
IFFHS Silver Asian Player of The Century
Class  : Prince Bronze

7. Park Ji-Sung

Date Of Birth  :  25 February 1981
Nation  : Korea Republic, Caps : 100 Games
Position :  Left and Right-Winger/Attacking Midfielder
Height :  175 cm, Major Club  : Manchester United
World Cup Participation  : 2002, 2006, 2010
Club Honours  : 2 Time Dutch League
3 Times English Premier League, 2 Times League Cup
1 Time Emperor Cup, 1 Time Dutch Cup
2008 UEFA Champion League Winner, 2009 Runner-Up
International Honours : None
Individual Achievement  :  2010 KFA Footballer of The Year
Class  : Prince Bronze

8. Shunsuke Nakamura

Date Of Birth : 24 June 1978
Nation  : Japan, Caps : 91 Games (23 Goals)
Height  : 178 cm, Position :  Playmaker
Major Club : Yokohama Marinos, Reggina, Celtics
World Cup Participation : 2006, 2010
Club Honours : 1 Time J League, 1 Time J League Cup
3 Times Scottish League, 1 Time Scottish Cup, 2 Times League Cup
International Honours :  2 Times AFC Asian Cup(2000, 2004)
Individual Achievement : 2000 J League Most Valuable Player
2004 AFC Asian Cup Most Valuable Player
2007 SPFA Players’ Player of The Year, SWA Footballer of The Year
AFC Asian Cup Greatest Player Ever
Class  : Prince Bronze

9. Lee Wei-Tong

Date Of Birth : 18 September 1905
Nation : China
Position : Forward
Height  :  182 cm
Major Club :  South China
Caps  : Unknown
World Cup Participation  : None
Club Honours  :  9 Times Hong Kong League
8 Times Hong Kong Cup
International Honours :   None
Individual Achievement :  None
Class  : Prince Silver

10. Hidetoshi Nakata

Date Of Birth : 22 January 1977
Nation :  Japan, Caps  :  77 Games
Height  :  175 cm, Position : Playmaker
Major Club  :  Bellmare Hiratsuka, Parma
World Cup Participation  :   1998, 2002, 2006 (10 Games)
Club Honours  : 1 Time Italian Series A
1996 Asian Cup Winners’ Cup
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement : 1997 Japanese Footballer of The Year
1997 Japan Professional Grand Prize
1998 East Asian Championship Most Valuable Player             
2 Times Asian Footballer of The Year (1997, 1998)
Class  : Prince Bronze

11. Cha Bum-Kun

Date Of Birth : 22 May 1953
Nation  : Korea Republic
Height : 179 cm, Position : Left-Winger/Forward
Major Club  : Eintracht Frankfurt, Bayer Leverkusen
Caps : 121 Games (55 Goals)
World Cup Participation  : 1986 (3 Games)
Club Honours  : 1 Time DFB Pokal
2 Times UEFA Cup (1980, 1988)
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement :  Korea Republic All-Time Top Scorer
IFFHS Korea Republic Player of The Century
IFFHS Asian Player of The Century
Class  : Prince Silver


12. Seigo Narazaki

Date Of Birth : 15 April 1976
Nation  : Japan
Position :  Goalkeeper
Height  :  187 cm
Major Club  :  Nagoya Grampus
Caps  :  77 Games
World Cup Participation : 2002 (6 Games)
Club Honours  :  1 Time J-League
2 Times Emperior 
International Honours    :   2004 AFC 
Individual Achievement : 6 Times J League Best XI
2010 J League Best Player
Class  : Princess Gold

13. Sun Jihai

Date Of Birth  : 30 December 1977
Nation  :  China, Caps   :  72 Games
Height :   175 cm, Position :   Right-Back
Major Club  :  Manchester City
World Cup Participation  :  2002 (1 Game)
Club Honours  :  6 Times Chinese League
1 Time Chinese Cup
1998 Asian Club Championship Runner-Up
International Honours  : 2004 AFC Asian Cup Runner-Up
Individual Achievement : None
Class  : Princess Gold

14. Yuji Nagazawa

Date Of Birth : 25 February 1978
Nation  :  Japan, Caps   : 110 Games
Height  :  187 cm, Position :  Center-Back
Major Club  : Yokohama Marinos
World Cup Participation :  2006, 2010
Club Honours   :  2 Times J League 
1 Time Emperor Cup
International Honours : 2 Times AFC Asian Cup (2000, 2004)
Individual Achievement  : 2004 Japanese Footballer of the Year
2004 AFC Asian Cup Best XI
6 Times J League Best XI
Class  : Princess Gold

15. Masami Ihara

Date Of Birth : 18 September 1967
Nation  : Japan, Caps  : 122 Games
Height  : 182 cm, Position  :  Center-Back
Major Club :  Yokohama Marinos
World Cup Participation : 1998 (3 Games)
Club Honours :  3 Times J League
1 Time J League Cup
2 Times Asian Cup Winners’ Cup (1992, 1993)
International Honours :  1992 AFC Asian Cup Winner
Individual Achievement : 
1995 East Asian Championship Most Valuable Player
1995 Asian Footballer of The Year
Class  : Princess Gold

16. Yoo Sang-Chul

Date Of Birth : 18 October 1971
Nation  :  Korea Republic
Caps : 122 Games
Height  : 184 cm, Position :  Destroyer
Major Club  : Ulsan Hyundai
World Cup Participation : 1998,  2002 (10 Games)
Club Honours  :  2 Times K League
2 Times K League-Cup
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement : 
2003 East Asian Championship Most Valuable Player
Class  : Prince Bronze

17. Yashuhiko Okudera

Date Of Birth : 12 March 1952
Nation :  Japan, Caps : 32 Games
Height  :  177 cm
Position :  Left Side Midfielder
Major Club  :  Werder Bremen, FC Koln
World Cup Participation :  None
Club Honours : 1 Time J League
1 Time Bundeliga , 1 Time DFB-Pokal
1987 Asian Club Champion Cup 
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement  :  None
Class  : Prince Bronze
18. Shinji Kagawa

Date Of Birth  : 17 March 1989
Nation : Japan, Caps : 86 Games (28 Goals)
Height : 172 cm, Position :  Playmaking-Attacking Midfielder
Major Club :  Dortmund, Man Utd
World Cup Participation  :  None
Club Honours  :  2 Times Bundesliga
1 Time English Premier League, 1 Time DFB-Pokal
International Honours : 2011 AFC Asian Cup Champion
Individual Achievement  : 2012 Asian Footballer of The Year   
Class  : Prince Bronze

19. Shinji Ono

Date Of Birth  :  27 September 1979
Nation   :  Japan, Caps  : 56 Games
Position : Central Holding Midfielder, Left-Side Midfielder
Height : 175 cm, Major Club : Urawa Red Diamond, Feyenoord
World Cup Participation :1998,  2002, 2006 (6 Games)
Club Honours : 1 Time J League, 1 Time J League Cup
2002 UEFA Cup, 2007 AFC Champion League
International Honours :  2000 AFC Asian Cup Winner
Individual Achievement : 2002 Asian Footballer of The Year
Class  : Prince Bronze

20. Doo Ik-Pak

Date Of Birth  : 17 March 1942
Nation  :  Korea DPR
Caps   : Unknown
Position  :  Attacking Midfielder
Height  :  Unknown
Major Club  :  Unknown
World Cup Participation  :  1966 (4 Games)
Club Honours  :  Unknown
International Honours  :  None
Individual Achievement : IFFHS North Korea Player of The Century
Class  : Prince Bronze

21. Kazuyoshi Miura

Date Of Birth  :  26 February 1967
Nation  :  Japan, Caps : 89 Games (55 Goals)
Position  : Creative Forward, Height : 177 cm
Major Club :  Verdy Kawasaki, Vissel Kobe
World Cup Participation  :  None
Club Honours  : 3 Times J-League, 3 Times J-League Cup
1 Time Brazil State Championship
International Honours  :  1992 AFC Asian Cup
Individual Achievement : 1996 J League Top Scorer
2 Times J League Most Valuable Player (1992, 1993)
1992 AFC Asian Cup Most Valuable Player
1992 East Asian Championship Most Valuable Player
1993 Japanese Professional Sports Grand Prize Winner
                                                      IFFHS Japan Player of The Century
                                                      Class  : Princess Gold

22. Kunishige Kamamoto

Date Of Birth : 15 April 1944
Nation  : Japan, Caps  : 76 Games (75 Goals)
Height  : 179 cm, Position  :  Fast Striker
Major Club : Cerezo Osaka
World Cup Participation : None
Professional Scores Record : 202 Goals/ 251 Games)
Club Honours  : 4 Times J-League, 3 Times J-League Cup
International Honours :  None
Individual Achievement  :  6 Times J League Top Scorer
7 Times Japanese Footballer of The Year
Japan All-Time Top Scorer
Class  : Prince Bronze


Takechi Okada

Year Of Birth :  25 August 1956
Nation :  Japan
Major Team :  Yokohama Marinos, Japan
Major Achievement :  2 Times J League
Individual Achievement :  2 Times J league Manager of The Year (2003, 2004)
2010 AFC Coach of The Year
Class  :  Prince Silver

Conclusion of Squad

GK : Lee Woon-Jae, Kim Byung-Ji
DF : Sun Juhai, Lee Young-Pyo, Fan Zhiyi, Hong Myung-Bo, Yuto Nagamoto, Yuji Nakazawa, Masami Ihara
MF :  Yoo Sang-Chul, Yashuhiko Okudera, Kim Joo-Sung, Doo Ik-Pak, Shinji Ono, Hidetoshi Nakata, Shunsuke Nakamura, Park Ji-Sung, Shinji Kagawa
FW : Kazuyoshi Miura, Cha Bum Kun (Captain), Lee Wei Tong , Kanishige Kanamoto

Manager : Takeshi Okada

Formation XI (4-3-1-2)

Explanation of Formation
The team strategy is counter-attack with spirit fighting. Lee Woon Jae kept his 55 clean sheets in his national games, is selected as a first choice. Lee Young-Pyo and Yuto Nagamoto both have proved himself in the top league in England and Series A, would reliably perform as side-back. Hong Myung-Bo is a director of the team from the back-line as a sweeper.. Fan Zhiyi will be alongside him as a stopper. Kim Joo Sung is primarily a box-to-box midfielder, would often go deep to support defensive line and also go advanced to support offensive game essentially. Park Ji-Song, Nakata, Nakamura will be co-ordinate in the attacking midfield line. Park and Nakamura is on the semi-side midfield when Nakata is based on central midfield area. Cha Bum Kun is a key player a a forward alongside Lee Wei Tong is a final finisher.

Beijing National Stadium

Opened : 12007
City :  Beijing
Capacity : 91,000 Seats

By Decade
By Class
By Nation
1920s :  -
1930s :  1
1940s :  -
1950s :  -
1960s :  1
1970s :  2
1980s :  1
1990s :  6
2000s :  10
2010s :  1
King : -
Queen : -
Prince : 16
Princess : 6

Japan : 11
Korea Republic : 8
China  : 3
Korea DPR  : 1

Major Reserved Group

Jia Xiuquan (Sweeper, China)
Junichi Inamoto (Defensive Midfielder, Japan)
Ki-Seong Young (Central Midfielder, South Korea)
Yashuhito Endo (Central Midfielder, Japan)
Shunsuke Honda (Attacking Midfielder, Japan)
Son Heung-Min (Attacking Midfielder, South Korea)

The Greatest East Asian National Footballers of All-Time

Korea Republic : Cha Bum Kun
Japan  : Hidetoshi Nakata
China  : Lee Wei Tong
Korea DPR  : Doo Ik-Pak

The Greatest East Asian Footballers of All-Time

1. Cha Bum Kun
2. Lee Wei Tong
3. Hong Myung-Bo
4. Shunsuke Nakamura
5. Park Ji-Sung
6. Hidetoshi Nakata
7. Shinji Kagawa
8. Doo-Ik-Pak
9. Yuto Nagamoto
10. Kim-Joo-Sung


  1. Anonymous19/4/15

    cha-bum didn't win any bundesliga titles. and as a korean, I suggest Ha Seok-ju instead of Kim dong-jin. He was regarded as the best left-back from our country until Lee-young pyo came out. frankly speaking, Kim Dong-jin isn't important player in our football history.

    1. Thanks for suggestion. I see Ha Seok-Ju scored many goals as a defensive player. Now I wonder about his consistency when he was named in K-League best XI only once time despite spending football career in South Korea around 10 seasons. Kim-Dong Jin was also named in K-League Best XI once time and moreover was named as 2007 Russian premier league top player awards. Kim-Dong Jun seems to have a better club career and he is also inferior to Ha Seok-Ju in international career (much less capped). Note that I select player based on both club and national team competition.

    2. Anonymous20/4/15

      And I suggest Kim Byung-ji instead of Choi in-young. In our country, most people don't care putting Kim Byeong-ji instead of Lee woon-jae when making South Korean greatest ever team. I know that Choi in-young rated 20c 3rd Best Goalie came from Asia by IFFHS, Kim-Byung ji's real best days are 2000s.

    3. I'm 100 % agree when I see Kim Byung-Ji has a better career profile clearly. He was named in K-League best XI four times while Choi-In Young never made it. Kim-Byung Ji also won more caps. Please give me a time to create profile of Kim Byung-Ji to replace Choi-In Young.

    4. Anonymous21/4/15

      Thank you for accepting my suggestion!

  2. Anonymous8/2/16

    I've saw the documentary "The Game of Their Lives" (2002), and the north koreans never rated Pak doo-Ik as their best player ever and they rated Pak Seung Zin instead. I've saw at youtube some North Korea matchs at the WC 1966 and Seung Zin was really great and Pak doo-Ik doesn't impress me. He look me too average to be a legend.

    1. That is interesting. I admit I don’t know anything about Pak-Doo-Ik aside from the documentary rating and his performance in WC. I’ll recheck in youtube again.

  3. Anonymous9/5/16

    How about Paulino Alcantara and Piyapong Pue-On? Who's the best Mongolian player ever? I know in the description at the top it says there is only 4 nations qualified, but you did it for the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia. Thank you.

    1. I think it would be fine to include southeast Asian stars in East Asian squad but now no player is great enough to be qualified in selection. Alcantara is the similar case to Vieira. They're born is another continent but played footballl in Europe almost the entire career. However, Alcantara did play for Philippines although just two games. I still consider Alcantara is more Spanish that Philippino since the first nation he played for is Catalonia (one of Spanish zones).

      Piyapong is not good enough, being regretted for his reject of the opportunity to play in Belgian league.

  4. Anonymous27/7/16

    I think that Paulino Alcantara could be here. In 2007, FIFA rated him as the best asian player of all time.

    You rated Alcantara as spanish, but in that case, why you have Di stéfano in Argentina NT since that his peak years was in Spain (also have more caps for Spain than Argentina, and won Ballon d'or as spanish player)? The same goes in the examples of Kubala (Hungary/Spain) and Andreolo (Uruguay/Italy)?

    1. Sorry for late reply. I identify player based on the born-place, race, lived place and nation they played for. Alcantara born in Asia but he is a mixture between Spanish and Philippino parent. Different from Di Stefano and Kubala or any other similar cases, he moved to settle down in Spain just at his 3 years old. That means he spent his life in Philippine very short.

  5. Anonymous14/7/17

    Greatest Korea Rep. best XI according to the oldest Korean football magazine, 'Best Eleven', 2010

    GK: Lee Woon-Jae
    DF: Kim Ho, Kim Jung-Nam, Hong Myung-Bo
    MF: Park Ji-Sung, Huh Jung-Moo, Kim Joo-Sung, Cho Gwang-Rae, Lee Young pyo
    FW: Lee Hoi-Taek, Cha Bum-kun

    Greatest K-League Best XI by Fans(30%), Journalists(30%), Former/Current Footballers(40%), 2013

    GK: Shin Eui-Son
    DF: Park Kyung-Hun, Hong Myung-Bo, Kim Tae-Young, Choi Kang-Hee
    MF: Seo Jung-Won, Kim Joo-Sung, Shin Tae-Yong, Yoo Sang-Chul
    FW: Hwang Sun-Hong, Choi Soon-Ho

    1. Anonymous15/7/17

      Greatest East Asia Best XI by 'SportusGuru', Korean Football Channel.

      GK: Lee Woon-Jae
      DF: Lee-young Pyo, Nagatomo Yuto, Hong Myung-Bo, Li Weifeng
      MF: Ki Seung-Young, Nakata Hidetoshi, Nakamura Shunsuke
      FW: Park Ji-Sung, Cha Bun-kun, Pak Doo-IK

    2. Very great source, Only Li Weifeng and Ki-Seung-Young are not included here. I think it is strange that Li Wifeng is rated higher than Fan Zhiyi or Masami Ihara. Ki Seung-Young might be good enough at the end of his career.

    3. Anonymous15/7/17

      I Think Li weifeng did well in K-league, so the Korean Football Channel tended to overrate him. Then, do you think it's okay to include Ki Seung-Young in this squad now?

    4. He will replace Doo Ik-Pak to have a space in the squad if he is considered to be greater but Doo-Ik-Pak is the great influenced player on Asian football history. I think Ki Seung-Young might be made a profile in substitution.

    5. Anonymous25/7/17

      After posted the above sources, I reviewed your 'East Asian Best xi' and found something weird. why do you overrate Kim Dong-jin? He is considered average-level player in South Korea's(my Country) football history. He was Zenit's starting member only 1 season. and he was selected 'Russian Premier League Second 11', not best 11. They select best 11, second 11 and third 11. (https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%A1%D0%BF%D0%B8%D1%81%D0%BE%D0%BA_33_%D0%BB%D1%83%D1%87%D1%88%D0%B8%D1%85_%D1%84%D1%83%D1%82%D0%B1%D0%BE%D0%BB%D0%B8%D1%81%D1%82%D0%BE%D0%B2_%D1%87%D0%B5%D0%BC%D0%BF%D0%B8%D0%BE%D0%BD%D0%B0%D1%82%D0%B0_%D0%A0%D0%BE%D1%81%D1%81%D0%B8%D0%B8) Also, he was only starting member in one Major Tournament with South Korea(2006 WC). He was in bench at 2007 AFC Asian cup and 2010 FIFA World cup. Our Country's experts rate higher Song Chong-gug(RB, Best known for succesfully marked Luis figo in 2002 FIFA world cup that South Korea reached 4th place), Choi Kang-hee(LB, 4 times K-leauge Best xi and 1 time K-league MVP), Park-Kyung-hoon (RB, Some experts rate him as the greatest Right back in South Korea) and Ha Seok-ju(Attacking Left back, best known for performances in WC) in Full-back position than Kim Dong-jin.

      Throughout all defender positions and East Asia, I Think Nakazawa Yuji also deserve to in this squad.

    6. Choi Kang-Hee is questionable for his longevity at national team as the span only 5 years and made total 40 appearances only. As I checkj Park-Kying hoon played only 124 club games. It is strange that he made only 4 appearances in 1985 and 1 game in 1986 as if he was not a regular starter ?
      Yuji is outstanding but the space has been full.

    7. Anonymous25/7/17

      At that time in South Korea, there is a tendency that national team is more important than Club. So National team forced club to release national team-level players to call-up. And then, they participated many international-Friendly even more than 20 games in a year. So it is normal that South Korean's great players in 70~80s had few club games. And I don't know what did you see, Park Kyung-hoon appeared all 86 WC matches with South Korea.

      Anyway, Kim Dong-jin in this squad is so Weird, it is like a case that put Marcos Rojo in Argentina all time XI Squad.

    8. I always like to have a better left-back than Kim-Dong Jin but players with uncompetitive longevity is difficult to be rated that high. I'll be certaining who is the second best East Asian left-back ever,

    9. Anonymous25/7/17

      As I Mentioned earlier, Kim Dong jin had only one regular-member season with Zenit, and Selected as 'second best 11' in Russian league, not Best xi. Also, he only Selected once 'K-league best xi'. And he wasn't very important player in our national team squad.

      I totally think he is not deserve to this squad. Normally in South Korea, all time greatest left back ranking of the nation is '1. Lee Young-Pyo, 2. Choi Kang-hee, 3. Ha Seok-Ju'.

      And Japanese player Yuto Nagatomo's best Postion is Left Back. If I were you, I would put Song Chong-gug or Park Gyeong-hun in Right back and put Nagatomo or Lee in Left back.

    10. Probably I would name Yuji in substitution since Nagamoto could play in both flank so not need to have another left-back in substitution.

    11. Anonymous26/7/17

      Thanks. Please put '2 times AFC Asian cup Winners' in Nakajzawa's Profile.

      Then, who do you think have better profile, Kim Byung-ji or Japanese all-time greatest keeper Kawaguchi Yoshikatsu?

      Kawaguchi's career

      - 2 Times J.League Winner
      - 2 Times AFC Asian Cup Winner
      - 1 Time FIFA Conferations Cup Runner-up
      - Appeared in 116 Matches with 'Samurai Blues'

      - J.League Rookie of the year (1995)
      - J.League Best XI (2006)
      - Japanese Footballer of the year (1996)
      - AFC Asian Cup Best Goalkeeper and Best XI (2004)
      - FIFA Confederations Cup Best Goalkeeper and Best XI (2001)

    12. Kawaguchi was selected in J League Best XI in only year should not enough.

    13. Anonymous26/7/17

      Then you rate higher Narazaki Seigo than Kawaguchi? How about Kim Byeong-ji VS Narazaki?

    14. How many times did Kim Byung ji make in korean league xi

    15. Anonymous26/7/17

      Kim Byung-ji is already in this squad. He awarded K-league Best XI 4 times.

  6. Now I think it is very clear that Narazaki is far better with more times of league best XI when J-League is more competitive also. Narazaki won league best player once while Kim Byung Ji never. Moreover, Kim. Byung-Ji was not even a starter of Korea in 2002 World Cup at his 32 years old (the peak period for many goalkeeprs). Thanks for the suggestion.

  7. Anonymous20/1/18

    Naratorn, how about Chung Yong-hwan, great defensive leader of Korea Republic national football team in 1980~1990s.

    * 3 times K-League Best XI
    * 1991 K-League Most Valuable Player
    * 1991 Asian footballer of the year Silver

    * 3 times K-League winner
    * 1 time K league cup winner
    * 2 times Korean FA cup winner
    * 1 time AFC Champions League winner

    * 1986 Asian Games Gold Medal
    * 1990 Dynasty Cup winner
    * 1990 Asian Games Bronze Medal
    * 1988 AFC Asian Cup runner-up

  8. He was chosen as K-League Best XI just three. There are many players achieved 3 times as well. Anyway, I'm not sure when K-League Best XI was originated ?

  9. Anonymous26/1/18

    In 1983. Here's the link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K_League_Best_XI

    But as I mentioned before, national team-level Korean players in 1980s couldn't participate league fully because of national pressure to K-league clubs(they participated camp training for national team and called-up for less important international friendly instead of playing league games for their club.)

    So I think it can be justified that he won only 3 times. Also, K-league is asian-first professional football league and greatest asian league in 1980s to present alongside Saudi league. I wish you consider it.

    In addition, I wonder your overrating of Fan Zhiyi. He spent his entire career in england in 2nd division. Also in his time Chinese league wasn't competitive. I Think Ihara, Chung Young-hwan and Nakazawa are better than him.

  10. Anonymous29/5/18

    Maybe could be mentionned Mokhtar Dahari as the best malyan player. His satts are impressive despote malayan league is far to be high class.