Kim Nam-il or Kim Namil
( ; born 14 March 1977) is
a South Korean footballer. Kim is a defensive midfielder for Vissel Kobe in the japanese J-League.
He was virtually unknown before he
became a superstar for his impressive defensive displays in the
2002 FIFA World Cup
Kim Nam-Il began playing soccer in 3rd grade in grade school. His
decision to play soccer was initially met with opposition from his
parents because of his impressive academic performance.
Formerly an unimpressive attacking
, Guus Hiddink
Kim into an international-class holding midfielder by utilising his
defensive talents, being named to the best XI of the 2002 Gold Cup
under his tutelage.
2002 FIFA World Cup
Kim became a star in 2002 because of his performance in 2002 FIFA
World Cup. Kim was nicknamed the "The Vacuum Cleaner" from his
peers for his clean tackling and aggressiveness to 'sweep' his zone
of any balls.
Kim Nam-Il Syndrome
The term "Kim Nam-Il Syndrome" began to be coined by tabloids to
describe Kim's superstardom status. During the 2002 World Cup, he
gained an unusually large female fan base, led to sold-out matches
and goodies, and caused a sudden increase in Chunnam Dragons
's popularity. Kim, a former
unknown to the public, then became highly desirable by numerous
endorsement companies that were eager to pay high amounts of money.
Many TV programs had asked, or pressured at times for, Kim to
appear, but Kim rejected their offers, and appeared only on
He also became notorious for his frank and eccentric personality.
Quotes of Kim during the Interviews surfaced on the internet, such
as "Hey, Myung Bo
, let's eat," (명보야
밥먹자) referring to Hong Myung Bo who is eight years his
Post-2002 World Cup
After the World Cup, Kim briefly played on loan for Excelsior
, a Dutch football club, hoping he
would get an opportunity to play for Feyenoord
, where Song
used to play for at the time. Unfortunately, Kim's
contract expired before he could make a strong impression, and had
no choice but to come back to Korea to play for Chunnam Dragons
, where he used to play for
before 2002 Football World
Kim's transfer to Suwon
in 2005 caused quite a controversy when traded for
not one, but two athletes. One of the athletes who were traded for
Kim was Ko Jong-Soo
who was once a star
player of the team for a very long time.
2006 World Cup
Overcoming an injury in his right foot, Kim made a comeback in late
2005 and quickly re-established his position in the national team
consequently won a place in the South Korean squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup
In 2006, he said that he had given up his hope of playing for a
football club in Europe, and wants to be "a legend of K-League who
will be remembered by his fans forever."
In August 2006, he was chosen as the captain of the Korean national
football team inheriting the title from Lee
In March 2007, Kim recently suffered a neck injury during a match
against Busan I'Park
. Suwon Samsung won
the match 1-0 and set a record for 200 wins in the least number of
Move to Japan
In 2008 he
moved to Japan to play for
side Vissel Kobe
. He played 31 league
games and scored 1 goal in his first season in Japan. His team
finished in 10th place.
Kim is the youngest of the three brothers in his family, and is a
close friend of Lee Kwan-Woo
Since 2006, there had been rumours about his relationship with
anchorwoman Kim Bo-Min eventually leading to the possibility of his
marriage. The question was raised once again when a netizen
posted a picture of a woman who he claimed
was Kim Bo-Min at Suwon World Cup Stadium. The woman was wearing a
hat and a light green scarf that covered about half of her
Both Kim Bo-Min and Kim Nam-Il neither confirmed nor denied the
allegation. In an interview with a woman's magazine, the
footballer's parents have stated that they have heard from their
son that they are romantically involved, but did not hear about
marriage. In June 2007, the couple secretly became engaged and
revealed that they had met three years ago.
Club career statistics
- Results list Korea Republic's goal tally first.
- 김남일 프리즘 공부잘해 처음엔 축구 만류
- 전남, 김남일 `특별 관리`
- "김남일 덕 우리도 좀 보자" 인기폭발
- K-리그 김남일 `태풍`
- "협박해도 김남일 방송출연 NO"
- 김남일 "명보야 밥먹자"
- [사진목 부상으로 이송되는 김남일]
- 김보민이 수원 월드컵경기장에 나타났다?
- 김남일 부모 “김보민 아나운서와 올해 결혼 없지만 내년쯤 기대”
- 약혼 김보민 아나 "3년전부터 만났어요" 고백