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 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.
|Full name||Ahn Jung-hwan|
|Date of birth||27 January 1976|
|Place of birth||Paju, Gyeonggi, South Korea|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|?–1990||Namseoul Middle School|
|1991–1993||Seoul Technical High School|
|1998–2002||Busan Daewoo Royals||54||(27)|
|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)|
|1997||South Korea Universiade|
|* 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 won a silver medal in the tournament. 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. The next year, in 1999, he was named the K League Most Valuable Player by leading Busan's runners-up in the K League. 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. He scored five goals in 30 appearances including 13 starts for two Serie A seasons, 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.
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. 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. 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.
Return to EuropeEdit
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. 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. 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.
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. 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. 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.
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.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Busan 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|
|South Korea U20||1994||4||2|
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 (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|
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|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|
|2016–2019||Please Take Care of My Refrigerator||JTBC||Presenter|
|2016–2017||My Little Television||MBC||Presenter|
|1 Percent of Friendship||KBS2||Cast|
|2020||4 Wheeled Restaurant (Season 4)||tvN||Cast|
|2019–2021||Let's Play Soccer||JTBC||Host|
|2021||Let's Play Basketball||JTBC||Cast|||
|2021||National Bang Bang Cook Cook||MBN||Cast|||
|2021||Why Is Classical (Season2)||theLIFE||Host|||
|2021||Let's Play Soccer 2||JTBC||Host|||
Busan Daewoo Royals
Yokohama F. Marinos
South Korea Universiade
- K League 1 Best XI: 1998, 1999
- K League 1 Most Valuable Player: 1999
- Korean Fans' Footballer of the Year: 2003
|SBS Entertainment Awards||2013||Best Challenge Award||Law of the Jungle in Himalayas||Won|||
|MBC Entertainment Awards||2014||Special Award in a Variety Show||Dad! Where Are We Going?||Won|||
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