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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 attacking midfielder, he made world headlines by scoring the winning golden goal for South Korea against Italy in the 2002 FIFA World Cup second round, and earning him dismissal from the Italian club A.C. Perugia. He also played for clubs in Japan, France, Germany and China, as well as being selected for South Korea in two more World Cups, in 2006 and 2010. After his retirement as a football player, he became a television show host and a football commentator.[2]

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 43)
Place of birth Paju, South Korea
Height 177 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder / Forward
Youth career
1995–1997 Ajou University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2002 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)
1997–2010 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

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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 led the team's silver medal in the tournament.

Ahn started his professional career with K League's Busan Daewoo Royals in 1998. Ahn showed great performance in his club and he was selected as one of the 1998 K League Best XI. The next year, in 1999, he was named the Most Valuable Player by leading the team's runners-up in the K League.

Ahn joined Serie A side A.C. Perugia on loan in 2000. He appeared 30 matches (13 times starting) and scored five goals in two Serie A seasons. In a 2013 interview, he claimed to have been ostracised at the club, and bullied by his captain, Marco Materazzi.[3]

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 game against Italy that sent the South Koreans through to the quarter-finals.[4]

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. South Korean national manager Guus Hiddink criticised the decision. Gaucci later took back what he had said, and attempted to take up 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.[5][6][7]

 
Ahn with MSV Duisburg in 2006

Ahn then attempted to secure a permanent move to another European club but failed and returned to Asia, joining J1 League's Shimizu S-Pulse. After one season, he moved to another J1 League team, Yokohama F. Marinos. After this successful spell in Japan, he returned to Europe to play for Ligue 1 team FC Metz in July 2005. He scored 2 goals (Round 1 & 18) 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 MSV Duisburg in Germany. He scored two goals (Round 31 and 32) in 12 outings. However, the German club was relegated from the Bundesliga, as Ahn saw a move to Heart of Midlothian of the Scottish Premier League fall through. On 31 August 2006, he was released by Duisburg, and returned to South Korea in January 2007, joining Suwon Samsung Bluewings on a one-year deal.[8]

Previously, Ahn was selected for South Korea's 2006 FIFA World Cup squad in Germany, and came off the bench to score the winner in Korea's 2–1 opening match win over Togo, after coming from a goal down at halftime. Thus, he became Asian football career leader in goals scored in the World Cup, with three. On 14 March 2007, Ahn scored his first goal of the season against Daejeon Citizen, with a first-half pass from Lee Kwan-woo. He went on to score a hat-trick in the 4–0 win, in only his third game of the season. However, his poor performance became longer and he was left out of the national team for the 2007 AFC Asian Cup.[9]

In 2008, Ahn returned to the Daewoo Royals, now renamed Busan IPark. In 2008, 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.[10]

In March 2009, Ahn 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, despite that J2 League club Oita Trinita had an intention to sign him. Ahn was promoted to team captain in the 2010 season. Ahn officially announced his retirement on 30 January 2012.[11][12]

Ahn was one of the carriers of the Olympic flame at the opening of the 2018 Winter Olympics.[13]

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.[14]

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.[15]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
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

[16]

Korea Republic national team
Year Apps Goals
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

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 (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

HonoursEdit

PlayerEdit

Daewoo Royals

Yokohama F. Marinos

South Korea

Individual

EntertainerEdit

Year Award Show Award
2013 7th SBS Entertainment Awards Best Challenge Award[20]
2014 14th MBC Entertainment Awards Special Award (Variety Category)[21]

FilmographyEdit

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Network Role
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–present 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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Universiade 1997". RSSSF. 9 October 2004. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  2. ^ Jung, Duk-hyun (28 February 2016). "안정환, 예능 대세가 된 데에는 그만한 이유가 있다" (in Korean). EnterMedia.
  3. ^ "South Korea World Cup hero Ahn Jung-Hwan recalls racist slurs during time with Perugia in Italy". The Daily Telegraph. London. 16 January 2013. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  4. ^ Jon Carter (26 May 2010). "First XI: World Cup celebrations". ESPN. Archived from the original on 3 June 2010.
  5. ^ "Hiddink condemns 'childish' Perugia". BBC News. 20 June 2002. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  6. ^ Paolo Bandini (1 June 2014). "World Cup: 25 stunning moments … No21: Italy lose to South Korea in 2002". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
  7. ^ Snow, Mat, ed. (September 2002). "The Saga of Ahn Jung Hwan". FourFourTwo. Teddington: Haymarket Magazines (97): 21. ISSN 1355-0276.
  8. ^ "Jung-Hwan set to wait for Hearts". BBC Sport. 16 May 2006. Retrieved 3 June 2012.
  9. ^ "'안정환 해트트릭' 수원, 4골로 대전 '초토화'" (in Korean). OSEN. 14 March 2007. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  10. ^ 안정환, 21개월만에 대표팀 승선 (in Korean). OSEN. 20 May 2008. Archived from the original on 28 June 2009.
  11. ^ 徐弘带队欢迎安贞焕加盟 实德先租三个月 (in Chinese). Tencent Sports. 20 March 2009. Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 28 March 2010.
  12. ^ "South Korean World Cup legend Ahn Jung-Hwan bids emotional farewell after announcing his retirement". Goal.com. 31 January 2012.
  13. ^ "[올림픽] 이탈리아 언론, 안정환 성화 봉송에 관심" (in Korean). Yonhap. 10 February 2018. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  14. ^ "Ahn Jung-Hwan: I Want To Stay In China". Goal.com. 25 April 2009. Retrieved 28 March 2010.
  15. ^ "태극전사 vs 연예인, 닮은꼴 월드컵…"싱크로율 100% 누구?"" (in Korean). Maeil Business Newspaper. 16 June 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  16. ^ "안정환 AHN Junghwan FW" (in Korean). KFA. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  17. ^ "고종수 MVP 베스트11 뽑혀'겹경사'이동국은 신인왕" (in Korean). The Hankyoreh. 8 January 1999.
  18. ^ a b "안정환 시즌 MVP" (in Korean). Dong-A Ilbo. 10 November 1999.
  19. ^ 안정환 팬투표 ‘올해의 선수’ (in Korean). Kyunghyang. 21 December 2013.
  20. ^ "[SBS연예대상] 오종혁-안정환, 베스트챌린지상 "정글 식구들 감사"" (in Korean). SBS. 30 December 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2019.
  21. ^ Bae, Seon-yeong (29 December 2014). "안정환 홍은희, MBC 방송연예대상 특별상 수상" (in Korean). Tenasia.

External linksEdit

Awards
Preceded by
Ko Jong-soo
K-League Most Valuable Player
1999
Succeeded by
Choi Yong-soo