Hwang Sun-hong

Hwang Sun-hong (born 14 July 1968) is a South Korean former football player and current manager of the South Korea national under-23 football team. He was the most notable South Korean striker in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Hwang Sun Hong
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Hwang in 2016
Personal information
Full name Hwang Su Hong
Date of birth (1968-07-14) 14 July 1968 (age 53)
Place of birth Yesan, Chungnam, South Korea
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
Seoul Yongmoon Middle School
Seoul Yongmoon High School
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1990 Konkuk University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1992 Bayer Leverkusen II 24 (16)
1992–1993 Wuppertaler SV 9 (3)
1993–1998 Pohang Steelers 52 (26)
1998–1999 Cerezo Osaka 36 (30)
2000 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 0 (0)
2000Kashiwa Reysol (loan) 0 (0)
2000–2002 Kashiwa Reysol 34 (12)
2002 Jeonnam Dragons 0 (0)
Total 155 (87)
National team
1996 South Korea U23 (WC) 4 (0)
1988–2002 South Korea 103 (50)
Teams managed
2008–2010 Busan IPark
2011–2015 Pohang Steelers
2016–2018 FC Seoul
2019 Yanbian Funde
2020 Daejeon Hana Citizen
2021– South Korea U23
*Club domestic league appearances and goals
Hwang Sun-hong
Hangul
황선홍
Hanja
黃善洪
Revised RomanizationHwang Seon-hong
McCune–ReischauerHwang Sŏn-hong

Club careerEdit

After graduating from Konkuk University, Hwang decided not to enter the K League and left for Germany to begin his professional career.[1] During a season, he played for the reserve team of Bayer Leverkusen, scoring 16 goals in the Oberliga Nordrhein, Germany's third division at the time.[2]

Next season, Hwang joined 2. Bundesliga side Wuppertaler SV, but he appeared only nine games due to a cruciate ligament injury.[3]

Hwang joined POSCO Atoms (currently Pohang Steelers) after returning to South Korea in June 1993.[4] He won two Asian Club Championships with Pohang, although he failed to win the K League title.[5] He also scored in eight consecutive matches in 1995, setting a record in the K League.[6]

Hwang spent much of his career in the J1 League and enjoyed his most prolific season with Cerezo Osaka. In the 1999 J1 League, he scored 24 goals during 25 appearances, becoming the top goalscorer. He is the first South Korean footballer to become the top scorer in a foreign league.[7] He was also nominated for the Asian Footballer of the Year award in that year.[8] In late 2003, having finally retired, Hwang has now turned his attention to coaching.

International careerEdit

An unknown college player, Hwang was suddenly selected for the South Korea national football team for the 1988 AFC Asian Cup by the manager Lee Hoe-taik.[9] He scored his first and second goal against Japan and Iran respectively in the tournament.

Hwang was included in the national team for the 1990 FIFA World Cup after his outstanding performances including seven goals in qualifying campaign. In the competition, however, he had difficulty in showing teamwork, and couldn't prevent South Korea's three defeats.[10]

Hwang showed poor performance by scoring only one goal in qualifiers of the 1994 FIFA World Cup, but his form was regained in the friendly matches just before the World Cup.[11] However, his left knee was injured in the last friendly against Honduras before the tournament, worrying his manager Kim Ho.[12] In the first game against Spain, he had two chances to score, but missed both.[13] He apologized to his teammates after the first game,[14] but his poor performance was continued by missing several opportunities against Bolivia.[15] He scored a goal in the last group game against the defending champions Germany, but the game ended in a 3–2 defeat. He was severely blamed for his inexact shots against Bolivia by South Korean fans, and suffered from social anxiety disorder after South Korea was eliminated in the group stage.[3]

In contrast with fans' criticism, Hwang was consistently chosen as a striker of the national team by managers. In the 1994 Asian Games, he scored eleven goals in five games, becoming the top goalscorer of the tournament.[16]

Hwang also played for the South Korean under-23 team as an over-aged player in the 1996 Summer Olympics. He contributed to a victory by winning a crucial penalty in the first game against Ghana,[17] but he quit the tournament due to his injury during the first half of the second game.[18]

Hwang looked forward to the 1998 FIFA World Cup to make up for his failure in the 1994 World Cup, but he was injured by a Chinese goalkeeper Jiang Jin in a friendly just before the World Cup.[19] He was disappointed to be excluded from the line-up during the tournament.[3]

In the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup, Hwang won the Bronze Shoe award after scoring in two victories against Mexico and Australia.[20]

Hwang was still an important part of South Korea even at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, although he approached his mid-30s. He scored the winning goal in the first match against Poland, helping South Korea to achieve their first-ever victory in the FIFA World Cup.[21] In the second match against the United States, his head was injured, but he won a penalty after wrapping a bandage around his head. In the penalty shoot-out of the quarter-final match against Spain, he came forward as South Korea's first kicker, and succeeded in scoring.

Hwang made 103 appearances and 50 goals for South Korea alongside six operations due to injuries.[22][3] He ended his international career after the 2002 World Cup.

Managerial careerEdit

In 2005, Hwang was appointed as assistant coach of Jeonnam Dragons and started his coaching career. He received Best Coach Award from the 2006 Korean FA Cup.[23] On 4 December 2007, he signed a three-year contract with Busan IPark and became manager of Busan.

On 9 November 2010, he returned to his former team Pohang Steelers as manager. In first coaching year at the Pohang, he guided the team to the second place in the regular season. A sound knowledge of coaching, player training, and club training analysis and observation - as a coach, the Pohang Steelers became the FA Cup champions in 2012. The success of the organization under the careful, meticulous, and successful guidance of Hwang continued as the Pohang defended their FA Cup title for another year in 2013 and became K League 1 champions in that year. He received the K League Manager of the Year Award.

On 21 June 2016, he was appointed as manager of FC Seoul. On 30 April 2018, he resigned as Seoul manager with responsibility for poor performance.[24][25] On 14 December 2018, Hwang was appointed as manager of Yanbian Funde. However, he left the club after Yanbian Funde was disqualified for the 2019 China League One due to owing taxes in February 2019.[26][27]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bayer Leverkusen II 1991–92 Oberliga Nordrhein 24 16 24 16
Wuppertaler SV 1992–93 2. Bundesliga 9 3 ? ? 9 3
Pohang Steelers 1993 K League 0 0 1 0 1 0
1994 K League 14 5 0 0 14 5
1995 K League 24 11 2 0 26 11
1996 K League 13 10 0 0 5 3 ? ? 18 13
1997 K League 0 0 1 0 1 0 ? ? 2 0
1998 K League 1 0 0 0 2 2 ? ? 3 2
Total 52 26 1 0 11 5 ? ? 64 31
Cerezo Osaka 1998 J1 League 11 6 ? ? 0 0 11 6
1999 J1 League 25 24 ? ? 2 3 27 27
Total 36 30 ? ? 2 3 38 33
Suwon Samsung Bluewings 2000 K League 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Kashiwa Reysol 2000 J1 League 6 1 ? ? 1 0 7 1
2001 J1 League 21 10 ? ? 4 0 25 10
2002 J1 League 7 1 ? ? 0 0 7 1
Total 34 12 ? ? 5 0 39 12
Jeonnam Dragons 2002 K League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 155 87 1 0 19 8 ? ? 175 95

InternationalEdit

Source:[28][22]

Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
South Korea
1988 5 2
1989 12 8
1990 17 6
1993 6 1
1994 17 16
1995 3 1
1996 10 8
1998 8 3
1999 5 0
2000 2 0
2001 7 2
2002 11 3
Career total 103 50
Results list South Korea's goal tally first.
List of international goals scored by Hwang Sun-hong
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 6 December 1988 Doha, Qatar 1   Japan 1–0 2–0 1988 AFC Asian Cup
2 11 December 1988 Doha, Qatar 3   Iran 2–0 3–0 1988 AFC Asian Cup
3 23 May 1989 Seoul, South Korea 6   Singapore 1–0 3–0 1990 FIFA World Cup qualification
4 2–0
5 27 May 1989 Seoul, South Korea 7   Malaysia 2–0 3–0 1990 FIFA World Cup qualification
6 3–0
7 5 June 1989 Singapore 8   Malaysia 1–0 3–0 1990 FIFA World Cup qualification
8 14 August 1989 Los Angeles, United States 11   United States 2–0 2–1 1989 Marlboro Cup
9 16 October 1989 Singapore 14   North Korea 1–0 1–0 1990 FIFA World Cup qualification
10 25 October 1989 Singapore 16   Saudi Arabia 2–0 2–0 1990 FIFA World Cup qualification
11 4 February 1990 Ta' Qali, Malta 18   Norway 1–0 2–3 Friendly
12 27 July 1990 Beijing, China 23   Japan 1–0 2–0 1990 Dynasty Cup
13 25 September 1990 Beijing, China 29   Pakistan 1–0 7–0 1990 Asian Games
14 2–0
15 7–0
16 23 October 1990 Seoul, South Korea 34   North Korea 1–0 1–0 Friendly
17 28 October 1993 Doha, Qatar 40   North Korea 2–0 3–0 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification
18 26 February 1994 Los Angeles, United States 42   Colombia 2–0 2–2 Friendly
19 4 May 1994 Changwon, South Korea 44   Cameroon 2–1 2–1 Friendly
20 11 June 1994 Duncanville, United States 46   Honduras 2–0 3–0 Friendly
21 27 June 1994 Dallas, United States 49   Germany 1–3 2–3 1994 FIFA World Cup
22 13 September 1994 Seoul, South Korea 51   Ukraine 2–0 2–0 Friendly
23 1 October 1994 Hiroshima, Japan 53     Nepal 2–0 11–0 1994 Asian Games
24 3–0
25 4–0
26 6–0
27 7–0
28 9–0
29 10–0
30 11–0
31 5 October 1994 Hiroshima, Japan 54   Oman 2–0 2–1 1994 Asian Games
32 11 October 1994 Hiroshima, Japan 56   Japan 2–1 3–2 1994 Asian Games
33 3–2
34 31 October 1995 Seoul, South Korea 60   Saudi Arabia 1–0 1–1 Friendly
35 19 March 1996 Dubai, United Arab Emirates 62   United Arab Emirates 2–3 2–3 1996 Dubai Tournament
36 30 April 1996 Tel Aviv, Israel 65   Israel 4–0 5–4 Friendly
37 5–0
38 23 November 1996 Suwon, South Korea 66   Colombia 1–0 4–1 Friendly
39 2–0
40 4 December 1996 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 68   United Arab Emirates 1–0 1–1 1996 AFC Asian Cup
41 7 December 1996 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 69   Indonesia 2–0 4–2 1996 AFC Asian Cup
42 3–0
43 1 April 1998 Seoul, South Korea 71   Japan 2–1 2–1 Friendly
44 22 April 1998 Belgrade, FR Yugoslavia 74   FR Yugoslavia 1–0 1–3 Friendly
45 27 May 1998 Seoul, South Korea 77   Czech Republic 1–2 2–2 Friendly
46 1 June 2001 Ulsan, South Korea 88   Mexico 1–0 2–1 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup
47 3 June 2001 Suwon, South Korea 89   Australia 1–0 1–0 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup
48 20 March 2002 Cartagena, Spain 94   Finland 1–0 2–0 Friendly
49 2–0
50 4 June 2002 Busan, South Korea 98   Poland 1–0 2–0 2002 FIFA World Cup

HonoursEdit

PlayerEdit

Pohang Steelers

South Korea

Individual

ManagerEdit

Busan IPark

Pohang Steelers

FC Seoul

Individual

See alsoEdit

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