Choi Soon-ho (Hangul:최순호; Hanja:崔淳鎬 ; born 10 January 1962 in Cheongju) is a South Korean football manager and former professional football player. He is known as one of the most prominent players in Korean football history.
|Full name||Choi Soon-ho|
|Date of birth||10 January 1962|
|Place of birth||Cheongju, South Korea|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder / Forward|
|1979–1981||South Korea U20||10||(6)|
|2006–2008||Ulsan Hyundai Mipo|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 December 2016|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 Aug 2007
|Revised Romanization||Choe Sun-ho|
Han Hong-ki, the former Pohang Steelworks FC manager, wanted Choi will grow as a versatile player by utilizing his great tactical intelligence. He played as a playmaker, and moved wide scope in the field. Choi was noted for his speed, ball control, passing skills and vision.
In September 1980, Choi was named in the South Korea squad for the 1980 AFC Asian Cup. He scored 7 goals including 2 goals against Kuwait, and a hat-trick against United Arab Emirates in the group stage. South Korea met Kuwait again at the final. His team lost to Kuwait in the final, but he became the youngest top goalscorer at age 18 in the history of AFC Asian Cup.
In November 1980, Choi was named in the South Korea national under-20 football team squad for the 1980 AFC Youth Championship. He scored 4 goals and won the championship. In the same year, Choi was named in the South Korea under-20 squad for the 1981 FIFA World Youth Championship. He had 2 goals and 2 assists against Italy and defeated them 4–1.
Choi was selected for the South Korea squad for the 1986 FIFA World Cup. He had 1 goal and 8 assists in 8 matches of the qualification. This record means contributing more than half of team's 17 goals. He scored a goal against Italy in the group stage.
Choi had 100 appearances, 23 goals and 19 assists in the K League. He won two K League titles.
After the 1981 World Youth Championship, Juventus F.C. was interested in Choi. Their interest lasted for five years until 1986 World Cup, but Pohang Steelworks consistently rejected their offer.
|Pohang Steelworks||1983||K League||2||2||—||—||2||2|
|Pohang Steelworks||1991||K League||16||0||—||—||16||0|
|South Korea national football team|
- Results list South Korea's goal tally first.
|August 25, 1980||Chuncheon, South Korea||Indonesia||1 goal||3-0||1980 Korea Cup|
|September 16, 1980||Kuwait City, Kuwait||Malaysia||1 goal||1-1||1980 AFC Asian Cup|
|September 19, 1980||Kuwait City, Kuwait||Qatar||1 goal||2-0||1980 AFC Asian Cup|
|September 21, 1980||Kuwait City, Kuwait||Kuwait||2 goals||3-0||1980 AFC Asian Cup|
|September 24, 1980||Kuwait City, Kuwait||United Arab Emirates||3 goals||4-1||1980 AFC Asian Cup|
|April 24, 1981||Kuwait City, Kuwait||Thailand||2 goals||5-1||1982 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|March 21, 1982||Seoul, South Korea||Japan||1 goal||3-0||Friendly match|
|June 11, 1982||Gwangyang, South Korea||Bahrain||1 goal||3-0||1982 Korea Cup|
|November 21, 1982||New Delhi, India||South Yemen||2 goals||3-0||1982 Asian Games|
|April 19, 1984||Singapore, Singapore||Bahrain||1 goal||1-0||1984 Summer Olympics qualification|
|April 22, 1984||Singapore, Singapore||New Zealand||1 goal||2-0||1984 Summer Olympics qualification|
|June 6, 1985||Daejeon, South Korea||Thailand||1 goal||3-2||1985 Korea Cup|
|June 8, 1985||Gwangju, South Korea||Bahrain||2 goals||3-0||1985 Korea Cup|
|June 15, 1985||Seoul, South Korea||Iraq||2 goals||2-0||1985 Korea Cup|
|July 30, 1985||Jakarta, Indonesia||Indonesia||1 goal||4-1||1986 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|December 14, 1985||Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico||Algeria||1 goal||2-0||1985 Mexico Tournament|
|June 10, 1986||Puebla, Mexico||Italy||1 goal||2-3||1986 FIFA World Cup|
|September 20, 1986||Busan, South Korea||India||1 goal||3-0||1986 Asian Games|
|October 3, 1986||Seoul, South Korea||Indonesia||2 goals||4-0||1986 Asian Games|
|June 19, 1988||Suwon, South Korea||Zambia||1 goal||4-0||1988 Korea Cup|
|October 26, 1988||Tokyo, Japan||Japan||1 goal||1-0||Friendly match|
|May 27, 1989||Seoul, South Korea||Malaysia||1 goal||3-0||1990 FIFA World Cup qualification|
South Korea U20
- AFC Asian Cup Top scorer: 1980
- AFC Asian Cup Team of the Tournament: 1980
- Korean Football Best XI: 1980
- AFC Youth Championship Most Valuable Player: 1980
- AFC Youth Championship Top scorer: 1980
- K League 1 Best XI: 1984
- K League 30th Anniversary Best XI: 2013
Ulsan Hyundai Mipo
- "아시아 靑少年축구 한국代表팀 결단식" (in Korean). Kyunghyang. 26 November 1980.
- "[선수의 역사] 시대를 앞섰던 스트라이커, 최순호" (in Korean). Footballist. 12 May 2017.
- "[권순일의 '내 사랑 스포츠']세계적인 축구클럽 유벤투스의 6년 구애를 뿌리친 한국선수는?" (in Korean). Dong-A Ilbo. 17 April 2011.
- "# 최순호" (in Korean). K League. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
- "최순호 CHOI Soonho MF" (in Korean). KFA. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
- "Asian Nations Cup 1980". RSSSF. 16 December 2010.
- "Chin Aun gets the vote too". New Straits Times. 2 October 1980.
- "80最優秀선수 李榮武 蹴球기자단 選定…27일표창" (in Korean). Kyunghyang. 21 January 1981.
- "韓國, 21年만에단독優勝 金錫垣절묘한어시스트…崔淳鎬헤 딩" (in Korean). Dong-A Ilbo. 2 March 1981.
- "崔淳鎬 4게임서 4골 最多득점┈守備補完이 課題" (in Korean). Kyunghyang. 2 March 1981.
- 슈퍼리그 84大長征 회심의 골인「대우王冠」빛나다 (in Korean). Dong-A Ilbo. 12 November 1984.
- "한국 축구 레전드 베스트11 발표" (in Korean). YTN. 31 May 2013.
- "[스포츠토토 한국축구대상] (5) 내셔널리그" (in Korean). Sports Chosun. 29 November 2007.
- "울산미포, 내셔널리그 수상식 5개 부문 수상" (in Korean). Newsis. 25 November 2008.
- "울산미포조선, 고양 KB 꺾고 대통령배 우승" (in Korean). Sportalkorea. 27 March 2008.