Hwang Sun-hong (born July 14, 1968) is a South Korean football former player and current manager. A dangerous striker who excelled in putting the ball into the net, Hwang was South Korea's most consistent forward for much of the past decade.
|Full name||Hwang Sun-hong|
|Date of birth||July 14, 1968|
|Place of birth||Yesan, South Korea|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|1991–1992||Bayer Leverkusen II||?||(16)|
|2000||Suwon Samsung Bluewings||0||(0)|
|2000||→ Kashiwa Reysol (loan)||0||(0)|
|1996||South Korea U23 (WC)||4||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
|Revised Romanization||Hwang Seon-hong|
At club level, Hwang initially boycotted K League draft system with Hong Myung-bo as a youngster to play in Europe – where he joined 2. Bundesliga outfit Wuppertaler SV during the season of 1992–93, he scored three goals in nine appearances until he injured his knee.
After his brief stint in Europe as a player, Hwang returned to his country in June 1993. He was drafted in 1993 by the newly formed club Wansan Puma, which was formerly the Chonbuk Buffalo, then traded to Pohang Steelworks for eight players. He played in Pohang for six seasons and became a club legend. In the 1995 season campaign, he established the record by scoring goals in 8 consecutive matches and in 1998, he won Asian Club Championship with the Steelers.
Hwang also spent much of his career in the J1 League and enjoyed his most prolific season with Cerezo Osaka in 1999 with 24 goals in 25 matches, making him the top scorer in the J1 League charts. He was arguably one of Asia's finest finishers in recent times, and was short-listed for the prestigious AFC Asian Player of the Year award in 1999.
In late 2003, having finally retired, Hwang has now turned his attention to coaching.
During most of the last two decades, Hwang was regarded as a Korean goalscoring sensation. He made his international debut against Japan on December 6, 1988 and led the South Korea national team from the 1990 World Cup to the 2002 World Cup though his career suffered a blip when an injury forced him to miss the 1998 tournament because Jiang Jin, a Chinese goalkeeper, had severely injured him in France. His absence due to injury played a major part in the team's poor showing in France 98.
Hwang was first selected for South Korea national team on November 7, 1988. He made his international debut and scored his first international goal on December 6, 1988 in an Asian Cup match against Japan. Following outstanding performances in qualifying campaign, he was included in the South Korea squad for the 1990 World Cup.
Hwang became a prominent striker in the national team after the 1990 World Cup. Therefore, he was again called up for the 1994 World Cup squad with high expectations for good performances. But, contrary to expectations, he wasn't able to show what he really could do in competitions. He scored a goal in the last Group C match against Germany, but missed many goal scoring opportunities in a match against Bolivia. South Korea were eliminated in the group stage by the failure to secure a win against Bolivia.
Despite his disappointing results in the 1994 the World Cup campaign, Hwang consistently played for the national team and gained a reputation as a prolific goal scorer. Particularly noteworthy was his performance in the Hiroshima Asian Games qualifier against Nepal on October 1, 1994, in which he scored 8 goals, the highest single-game score in international play in South Korean football history. Hwang was South Korea's outstanding player in the 2001 Confederations Cup, scoring against Mexico and Australia.
Even as he approached his mid-30s, Hwang remained a highly effective striker who could always get himself into good scoring positions. He was an important part of the 2002 World Cup squad, where his wiliness and vast international experience lent a steady hand to Guus Hiddink's young players. By scoring the opening goal in the first group match against Poland, Hwang helped South Korea achieve their first ever victory in the World Cup.
The veteran Korea striker ended his international career after the 2002 World Cup. Prior to the 2002 World Cup Hwang had made 97 appearances for the South Korea national football team, scoring an impressive 49 goals, an average of 1 goal every 2 matches.
In 2005, Hwang was appointed as assistant coach of Jeonnam Dragons and started his coaching career. Mr. Hwang received Best Coach Award from FA Cup.
On December 4, 2007, he signed a three-year contract with Busan IPark and became manager of Busan.
On November 9, 2010, he returned to his former team Pohang Steelers as manager. In first coaching year at the Steelers, he guided the team to a 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 . And, the success of the organization under the careful, meticulous, and successful guidance of Hwang continued as the Pohang Steelers defended their title for another year in 2013 and became and K League champions in 2013. Hwang received K League Manager of the Year Award
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.
|Wuppertaler SV||1992–93||2. Bundesliga||9||3||—||9||3|
|Pohang Steelworks||1993||K League||0||0||—||1||0||1||0|
|Cerezo Osaka||1998||J1 League||11||6||0||0||0||0||11||6|
|Suwon Samsung Bluewings||2000||K League||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||0|
|Kashiwa Reysol||2000||J1 League||6||1||0||0||1||0||7||1|
|Jeonnam Dragons||2002||K League||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|South Korea U23||1996||4||0|
- Results list South Korea's goal tally first.
|December 6, 1988||Doha, Qatar||Japan||1 goal||2–0||1988 AFC Asian Cup|
|December 11, 1988||Doha, Qatar||Iran||1 goal||3–0||1988 AFC Asian Cup|
|May 23, 1989||Seoul, South Korea||Singapore||2 goals||3–0||1990 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|May 27, 1989||Seoul, South Korea||Malaysia||2 goals||3–0||1990 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|June 5, 1989||Singapore||Malaysia||1 goal||3–0||1990 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|August 14, 1989||Los Angeles, USA||United States||1 goal||2–1||1989 Marlboro Cup|
|October 16, 1989||Singapore||North Korea||1 goal||1–0||1990 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|October 25, 1989||Singapore||Saudi Arabia||1 goal||2–0||1990 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|February 4, 1990||Ta'Qali, Malta||Norway||1 goal||2–3||Friendly match|
|July 28, 1990||Beijing, China||Japan||1 goal||2–0||1990 Dynasty Cup|
|September 25, 1990||Beijing, China||Pakistan||3 goals||7–0||1990 Asian Games|
|October 23, 1990||Seoul, South Korea||North Korea||1 goal||1–0||Friendly match|
|October 28, 1993||Doha, Qatar||North Korea||1 goal||3–0||1994 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|February 26, 1994||Los Angeles, USA||Colombia||1 goal||2–2||Friendly match|
|May 4, 1994||Changwon, South Korea||Cameroon||1 goal||2–1||Friendly match|
|June 11, 1994||Duncanville, USA||Honduras||1 goal||3–0||Friendly match|
|June 27, 1994||Dallas, USA||Germany||1 goal||2–3||1994 FIFA World Cup|
|September 13, 1994||Seoul, South Korea||Ukraine||1 goal||2–0||Friendly match|
|October 1, 1994||Hiroshima, Japan||Nepal||8 goals||11–0||1994 Asian Games|
|October 5, 1994||Hiroshima, Japan||Oman||1 goal||2–1||1994 Asian Games|
|October 11, 1994||Hiroshima, Japan||Japan||2 goals||3–2||1994 Asian Games|
|October 30, 1995||Seoul, South Korea||Saudi Arabia||1 goal||1–1||Friendly match|
|March 19, 1996||Dubai, UAE||United Arab Emirates||1 goal||2–3||1996 Dubai Tournament|
|April 30, 1996||Tel Aviv, Israel||Israel||2 goals||5–4||Friendly match|
|November 23, 1996||Suwon, South Korea||Colombia||2 goals||4–1||Friendly match|
|December 4, 1996||Abu Dhabi, UAE||United Arab Emirates||1 goal||1–1||1996 AFC Asian Cup|
|December 7, 1996||Abu Dhabi, UAE||Indonesia||2 goals||4–2||1996 AFC Asian Cup|
|April 1, 1998||Seoul, South Korea||Japan||1 goal||2–1||Friendly match|
|April 22, 1998||Belgrade, FR Yugoslavia||Yugoslavia||1 goal||1–3||Friendly match|
|May 27, 1998||Seoul, South Korea||Czech Republic||1 goal||2–2||Friendly match|
|June 1, 2001||Ulsan, South Korea||Mexico||1 goal||2–1||2001 FIFA Confederations Cup|
|June 3, 2001||Suwon, South Korea||Australia||1 goal||1–0||2001 FIFA Confederations Cup|
|March 20, 2002||Cartagena, Spain||Finland||2 goals||2–0||Friendly match|
|June 4, 2002||Busan, South Korea||Poland||1 goal||2–0||2002 FIFA World Cup|
- Asian Games Top scorer: 1994
- K League 1 Best XI: 1995
- J1 League Top scorer: 1999
- J.League Best XI: 1999
- FIFA Confederations Cup Bronze Shoe: 2001
- K League 30th Anniversary Best XI: 2013
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