Ahn Jung-hwan

Ahn Jung-hwan (Hangul: 안정환; Hanja: ; Korean pronunciation: [an.dʑʌŋ.ɦwan] or [an] [tɕʌŋ.ɦwan]; born 27 January 1976) is a South Korean former football player and television personality. A former second striker, he played for South Korea and scored three goals in two FIFA World Cups, including the golden goal against Italy which led his team to the quarter-finals in the 2002 FIFA World Cup. After his retirement as a football player, he became a television show host and a football commentator.[3]

Ahn Jung-hwan
Ahn Jung-Hwan in 2009.JPG
Ahn with Dalian Shide in 2009
Personal information
Full name Ahn Jung-hwan
Date of birth (1976-01-27) 27 January 1976 (age 45)
Place of birth Paju, Gyeonggi, South Korea
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Second striker
Attacking midfielder
Youth career
?–1990 Namseoul Middle School
1991–1993 Seoul Technical High School
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1997 Ajou University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2002 Busan Daewoo Royals 54 (27)
2000–2002Perugia (loan) 30 (5)
2002–2003 Shimizu S-Pulse 38 (14)
2004–2005 Yokohama F. Marinos 34 (16)
2005–2006 Metz 16 (2)
2006 MSV Duisburg 12 (2)
2007 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 15 (0)
2008 Busan IPark 19 (4)
2009–2011 Dalian Shide 65 (18)
Total 283 (88)
National team
1994 South Korea U20 4 (2)
1997 South Korea Universiade
1997–2010 South Korea 71 (17)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Ahn Jung-hwan
Hangul
안정환
Hanja
安貞桓
Revised RomanizationAn Jeonghwan
McCune–ReischauerAn Chŏnghwan

Playing careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Ahn was selected for the South Korea under-20 team for the 1994 AFC Youth Championship, but South Korea failed to advance to the semi-finals. Three years later, he was selected for the South Korea Universiade team for the 1997 Summer Universiade and won a silver medal in the tournament.[1] In 1998, Ahn started his professional career with K League's Busan Daewoo Royals. He showed great performance in his club and he was selected as one of the 1998 K League Best XI.[4] The next year, in 1999, he was named the K League Most Valuable Player by leading Busan's runners-up in the K League.[5] In 2000, Ahn joined Perugia on loan, becoming the first South Korean player who played in Italian Serie A. However, he was ostracized at the club, and bullied by his captain, Marco Materazzi.[6] He scored five goals in 30 appearances including 13 starts for two Serie A seasons,[7] and then was named in South Korean squad for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, hosted by his country.

2002 World CupEdit

In the 2002 FIFA World Cup on home soil, Ahn tied the game against the United States, and during his goal celebration he imitated a speed skater in reference to the controversial disqualification of Korean short track speed skater Kim Dong-sung in the 1500 metres at the 2002 Winter Olympics, allowing American Apolo Ohno to win the gold medal. Ahn missed a penalty, but later scored a golden goal in extra-time from a header in the round of 16 against Italy that sent the South Koreans through to the quarter-finals.[8]

Conflict with PerugiaEdit

The next day, Perugia owner Luciano Gaucci cancelled his contract and was quoted as saying, "I have no intention of paying a salary to someone who has ruined Italian football." Gaucci stated that his decision was not due to the goal, alleging comments by Ahn about the Italian nation.[9] However, Gaucci later took back what he had said, and approved the £1.2 million option to sign Ahn on a permanent basis. Ahn rejected the offer of a three-year contract and refused to turn up for pre-season training despite Perugia claiming ownership of his registration, saying "I will no longer discuss my transfer to Perugia, who attacked my character instead of congratulating me for a goal in the World Cup." Busan also claimed that they had not been paid by Perugia.[10] A number of European clubs were interested in Ahn, but withdrew due to their conflict, and FIFA raised Perugia's hand by delivering a judgment that Ahn has to pay Perugia $3.5 million to compensate for their damage in the transfer market, so he contracted with a Japanese entertainment company, the Professional Management (PM), to pay off his debts. He spent his career as a J1 League player and an entertainer for three years.[11]

Return to EuropeEdit

 
Ahn with MSV Duisburg in 2006

After successful spell in Japan, Ahn returned to Europe to play for a French Ligue 1 team Metz in July 2005, and scored two goals in 16 outings. On 16 January 2006, Ahn was invited to train with Blackburn Rovers but twice failed to show up, one of the dates being on his birthday. In February, he secured a 17-month deal with a Bundesliga club MSV Duisburg to adapt to the environment of Germany, the host of the 2006 FIFA World Cup.[12] He scored two goals in 12 outings, and his club was relegated from the Bundesliga. Ahn showed a move to Heart of Midlothian of the Scottish Premier League, but it fell through.[13] Ahn was selected for the South Korean squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. He scored the winner, after coming off the bench during second half in South Korean opening match, where they won Togo 2–1. Thus, he became the Asian all-time scoring leader at the World Cup with three goals. He was released by Duisburg on 31 August 2006, and returned to South Korea by joining Suwon Samsung Bluewings on a one-year deal in January 2007.

RetirementEdit

On 14 March 2007, Ahn scored a hat-trick in a game of the Korean League Cup against Daejeon Citizen, but his poor performance became longer, and he was left out of the national team for the 2007 AFC Asian Cup.[14] In 2008, he returned to Busan IPark, formerly Busan Daewoo Royals. He steadily improved his game and overall performances and, for the first time in 22 months, was recalled to the national team for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifications match against Jordan.[15] In March 2009, he signed a three-month contract with Chinese Super League side Dalian Shide. He became the key player in the club and extended his contract to December 2010 with Dalian Shide in June, though J2 League club Oita Trinita had an intention to sign him. He was promoted to Dalian's captain in the 2010 season. Ahn officially announced his retirement on 30 January 2012.[16][17]

Personal lifeEdit

Ahn is sometimes called "The Lord of the Ring" by Korean fans. He married former Miss Korea Lee Hye-won in 2001 and got this nickname by kissing his wedding ring after every goal he scores.[18]

Other than football, Ahn is noted for his model-like looks and has appeared in numerous make-up ads. The Korean media often states the similar facial appearance between the footballer and actor Cha In-pyo. Both view the statement as a compliment.[19]

Ahn was one of the carriers of the Olympic flame at the opening of the 2018 Winter Olympics.[20]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Busan Daewoo Royals 1998 K League 17 5 0 0 16 8 33 13
1999 K League 24 14 1 0 10 7 35 21
2000 K League 13 8 0 0 7 2 20 10
Total 54 27 1 0 33 17 88 44
Perugia 2000–01 Serie A 15 4 1 0 16 4
2001–02 Serie A 15 1 2 0 17 1
Total 30 5 3 0 33 5
Shimizu S-Pulse 2002 J1 League 10 3 3 2 1 0 1 2 15 7
2003 J1 League 28 11 4 3 4 2 3 3 39 19
Total 38 14 7 5 5 2 4 5 54 26
Yokohama F. Marinos 2004 J1 League 25 12 1 1 1 0 4 3 31 16
2005 J1 League 9 4 0 0 0 0 3 3 12 7
Total 34 16 1 1 1 0 7 6 43 23
Metz 2005–06 Ligue 1 16 2 0 0 0 0 16 2
MSV Duisburg 2005–06 Bundesliga 12 2 12 2
2006–07 2. Bundesliga 0 0 0 0
Total 12 2 12 2
Suwon Samsung Bluewings 2007 K League 15 0 1 0 10 5 26 5
Busan IPark 2008 K League 19 4 1 0 8 2 28 6
Dalian Shide 2009 Chinese Super League 26 6 26 6
2010 Chinese Super League 24 10 24 10
2011 Chinese Super League 15 2 0 0 15 2
Total 65 18 0 0 65 18
Career total 283 88 14 6 57 26 11 11 365 131

InternationalEdit

Source:[21]

National team Year Apps Goals
South Korea U20 1994 4 2
South Korea 1997 3 0
1998 0 0
1999 4 1
2000 5 1
2001 4 0
2002 13 5
2003 7 2
2004 15 5
2005 6 1
2006 8 2
2007 0 0
2008 3 0
2009 0 0
2010 3 0
Total 71 17
Career total 75 19

International goalsEdit

Results list South Korea's goal tally first.

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1
12 June 1999 Seoul   Mexico 1 goal 1–1 1999 Korea Cup
2
20 December 2000 Tokyo   Japan 1 goal 1–1 Friendly match
4
16 May 2002 Busan   Scotland 2 goals 4–1 Friendly match
5
10 June 2002 Daegu   United States 1 goal 1–1 2002 FIFA World Cup
6
18 June 2002 Daejeon   Italy 1 goal 2–1 (a.e.t.) 2002 FIFA World Cup
7
20 November 2002 Seoul   Brazil 1 goal 2–3 Friendly match
8
31 May 2003 Tokyo   Japan 1 goal 1–0 Friendly match
9
4 December 2003 Tokyo   Hong Kong 1 goal 3–1 2003 East Asian Cup
11
14 February 2004 Ulsan   Oman 2 goals 5–0 Friendly match
12
9 June 2004 Daejeon   Vietnam 1 goal 2–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
13
23 July 2004 Jinan   United Arab Emirates 1 goal 2–0 2004 AFC Asian Cup
14
27 July 2004 Jinan   Kuwait 1 goal 4–0 2004 AFC Asian Cup
15
12 November 2005 Seoul   Sweden 1 goal 2–2 Friendly match
16
13 June 2006 Frankfurt   Togo 1 goal 2–1 2006 FIFA World Cup
17
16 August 2006 Taipei   Chinese Taipei 1 goal 3–0 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification

FilmographyEdit

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Network Role Ref.
2013 Law of the Jungle in Himalayas SBS Cast
2014 World Cup Special Drawing Dream MBC Presenter
2014–2015 Dad! Where Are We Going? MBC Cast
2015 Cheongchun FC Hungry Eleven KBS2 Cast
2015 Guide tvN Cast
2015 The Human Condition KBS2 Cast
2016 Future Diary MBC Cast
2016–2019 Please Take Care of My Refrigerator JTBC Presenter
2016 Cook Representative JTBC Presenter
2016–2017 My Little Television MBC Presenter
2016–2018 Carefree Travellers JTBC Cast
2016–2017 Flower Crew SBS Cast
2018 Creaking Heroes MBC Cast
1 Percent of Friendship KBS2 Cast
2018–2019 Cool Kids JTBC Co-host
2020 4 Wheeled Restaurant (Season 4) tvN Cast
2019–2021 Let's Play Soccer JTBC Host
2021 Let's Play Basketball [ko] JTBC Cast [22]
2021 National Bang Bang Cook Cook MBN Cast [23]
2021 Lanson Marketplace KBS2 Host [24]
2021 Anda Haeng MBC Host [25]
2021 Why Is Classical (Season2) theLIFE Host [26]
2021 Let's Play Soccer 2 JTBC Host [27]

HonoursEdit

PlayerEdit

Busan Daewoo Royals

Yokohama F. Marinos

South Korea Universiade

South Korea

Individual

EntertainerEdit

Award ceremony Year Category Work Result Ref.
SBS Entertainment Awards 2013 Best Challenge Award Law of the Jungle in Himalayas Won [34]
MBC Entertainment Awards 2014 Special Award in a Variety Show Dad! Where Are We Going? Won [35]

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Awards
Preceded by
K-League Most Valuable Player
1999
Succeeded by