Ahn Jung-hwan (Hangul: 안정환; Hanja: 安貞桓; 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.
Ahn with Dalian Shide in 2009
|Full name||Ahn Jung-hwan|
|Date of birth||27 January 1976|
|Place of birth||Paju, South Korea|
|Height||177 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder / Forward|
|2000–2002||→ Perugia (loan)||30||(5)|
|2004–2005||Yokohama F. Marinos||34||(16)|
|2007||Suwon Samsung Bluewings||15||(0)|
|1994||South Korea U20||4||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
|Revised Romanization||An Jeonghwan|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Daewoo Royals||1998||K League||17||5||0||0||16||8||33||13|
|Shimizu S-Pulse||2002||J1 League||10||3||3||2||1||0||1||2||15||7|
|Yokohama F. Marinos||2004||J1 League||25||12||1||1||1||0||4||3||31||16|
|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|
|Korea Republic national team|
Results list South Korea's goal tally first.
|12 June 1999||Seoul||Mexico||1 goal||1–1||1999 Korea Cup|
|20 December 2000||Tokyo||Japan||1 goal||1–1||Friendly match|
|16 May 2002||Busan||Scotland||2 goals||4–1||Friendly match|
|10 June 2002||Daegu||United States||1 goal||1–1||2002 FIFA World Cup|
|18 June 2002||Daejeon||Italy||1 goal||2–1 (2–1 a.e.t.)||2002 FIFA World Cup|
|20 November 2002||Seoul||Brazil||1 goal||2–3||Friendly match|
|31 May 2003||Tokyo||Japan||1 goal||1–0||Friendly match|
|4 December 2003||Tokyo||Hong Kong||1 goal||3–1||2003 East Asian Cup|
|14 February 2004||Ulsan||Oman||2 goals||5–0||Friendly match|
|9 June 2004||Daejeon||Vietnam||1 goal||2–0||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|23 July 2004||Jinan||United Arab Emirates||1 goal||2–0||2004 AFC Asian Cup|
|27 July 2004||Jinan||Kuwait||1 goal||4–0||2004 AFC Asian Cup|
|12 November 2005||Seoul||Sweden||1 goal||2–2||Friendly match|
|13 June 2006||Frankfurt||Togo||1 goal||2–1||2006 FIFA World Cup|
|16 August 2006||Taipei||Chinese Taipei||1 goal||3–0||2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
Yokohama F. Marinos
- K League 1 Best XI: 1998, 1999
- K League 1 Most Valuable Player: 1999
- Korean Fans' Footballer of the Year: 2003
|2013||7th SBS Entertainment Awards||Best Challenge Award|
|2014||14th MBC Entertainment Awards||Special Award (Variety Category)|
|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||The Human Condition||KBS2||Cast|
|2016–present||Please Take Care of My Refrigerator||JTBC||Presenter|
|2016–2017||My Little Television||MBC||Presenter|
|1 Percent of Friendship||KBS2||Cast|
- "Universiade 1997". RSSSF. 9 October 2004. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
- Jung, Duk-hyun (28 February 2016). "안정환, 예능 대세가 된 데에는 그만한 이유가 있다" (in Korean). EnterMedia.
- "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.
- Jon Carter (26 May 2010). "First XI: World Cup celebrations". ESPN. Archived from the original on 3 June 2010.
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- "'안정환 해트트릭' 수원, 4골로 대전 '초토화'" (in Korean). OSEN. 14 March 2007. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
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- 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.
- "South Korean World Cup legend Ahn Jung-Hwan bids emotional farewell after announcing his retirement". Goal.com. 31 January 2012.
- "[올림픽] 이탈리아 언론, 안정환 성화 봉송에 관심" (in Korean). Yonhap. 10 February 2018. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
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- "[SBS연예대상] 오종혁-안정환, 베스트챌린지상 "정글 식구들 감사"" (in Korean). SBS. 30 December 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2019.
- Bae, Seon-yeong (29 December 2014). "안정환 홍은희, MBC 방송연예대상 특별상 수상" (in Korean). Tenasia.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Ahn Jung-Hwan.|
- Ahn Jung-hwan – K League stats at kleague.com (in Korean)
- Ahn Jung-hwan – National Team Stats at KFA (in Korean)
- Ahn Jung-hwan – FIFA competition record
- Ahn Jung-hwan at National-Football-Teams.com
- Ahn Jung-hwan at J.League (in Japanese)
- Official website
- Ahn Jung-hwan at cafe.daum.net
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