Kim Young-kwang, who played 605 games, receives K League Award for his contribution to the game

Kim Young-kwang, 40, will receive a merit award from the Korean Professional Football Association for his dedication to professional soccer’s K League.

“We have decided to give Kim Young-kwang, who retired before this season, a merit award in recognition of his dedication to the K League for the past 22 years,” the KFA said on Feb. 26. Kim will receive the award before the match between Ulsan HD and Jeju United at the 홀덤사이트 Ulsan Munsu Stadium on April 28.

Kim made his K League debut with the Jeonnam Dragons in 2002 and went on to play for Ulsan, Gyeongnam FC, Seoul Eland, and Seongnam FC. In his career, he has played 605 matches and kept 175 clean sheets. Kim ranks second on the K League’s all-time list for most appearances behind Kim Byung-ji (706).

Kim has won the Korea Football Association Cup (now the Korea Cup Jeonnam 2006), the K League Cup (Ulsan 2007-2011) and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (Ulsan 2012). He was named to the K League 1 Best 11 in 2011 and the K League 2 Best 11 in 2018.

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