Seol Ki-Hyeon (born 8 January 1979), also known as Seol Ki-Hyun, is a South Korean former professional footballer who played as a forward, and who currently is the interim manager of Sungkyunkwan University. He is also the first South Korean footballer to score in the history of the UEFA Champions League, during his time at R.S.C. Anderlecht.
|Date of birth||8 January 1979|
|Place of birth||Jeongseon, Gangwon, South Korea|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 1 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Winger / Striker|
|2009||→ Al Hilal (loan)||7||(1)|
|1999||South Korea U-20||12||(7)|
|1999–2000||South Korea U-23||27||(10)|
|2017||South Korea (interim assistant coach)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
|Revised Romanization||Seol Gi-hyeon|
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Media
- 5 Career statistics
- 6 Honours
- 7 References
- 8 External links
At the end of his time as a college player in Korea, the young striker was advised to join the J League in Japan, but chose instead to try and establish his career in Europe.
After one successful season with Royal Antwerp (2000–01), he moved to Anderlecht. He played in the UEFA Champions League, and in the Belgian Super Cup, he scored a hat-trick in the space of 12 minutes.
In 2004, Seol moved to England, joining Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers. He made over 30 appearances by the end of the 2004–05 season, scoring a few goals too. The Wolverhampton coach at the time, Glenn Hoddle, preferred Seol as one of his first-choice strikers, using him in a wide, supporting role to the main strikers.
Disappointed with the failure of Wolves to win promotion from The Championship, Seol sought a move to the Premier League following the 2006 FIFA World Cup, despite having two years of his contract left. He was reported as saying "At this stage, I'm frustrated not to be in the Premiership. I think there will be some good news after the World Cup."
Seol eventually joined newly promoted Premier League club Reading on 12 July 2006 for a fee of £1 million (rising to £1.5 million based on certain criteria). He scored his first Premiership goal as Reading won 2–1 at Sheffield United on 16 September 2006. He scored his second goal for Reading against West Ham United, proving to be only goal of the match. His third goal for Reading, his first at home, came on 18 November 2006 in the 2–0 win against Charlton Athletic. He scored his fourth goal against Blackburn, the last game of the season.
Seol left Reading for Fulham on 31 August 2007 for an undisclosed fee on a three-year contract, with Liam Rosenior going the other way. Reading boss Steve Coppell admitted that strained relations between him and Seol led to the move. At the time of his Fulham career, Seol wrote on his blog on the club's official website, where he has "been living in Sutton in Surrey for a few months now with his family. There's actually a big Korean community nearby". He did not score his first goal for Fulham until 16 August 2008 against Hull City, despite Fulham eventually losing 2–1. Seol signed an initial 6-month loan move to Al-Hilal in Saudi Arabia with a view to a permanent move on 14 January 2009 Seol stated he desired to stay at Fulham to win his place in the squad, and he went on to score his second goal for the club against FK Vetra in the Europa League. In January 2010, to increase first-team football playing time and to improve his chance to be included in the Korean last-23 in 2010 FIFA World Cup, Seol engaged in loan talks with the Hong Kong First Division Club South China but no deal was agreed. It was announced on 15 January that Seol Ki-Hyeon's contract with Fulham had been cancelled by mutual consent.
On 17 January 2010, he completed a move to Pohang Steelers. His first tournament for Pohang Steelers was the 2010 Lunar New Year Cup in Hong Kong. He got 7 goals in K-League and He was top goalscorer of regular league in Pohang.
On 16 February 2011, he agreed a one-year contract with K-League side Ulsan Hyundai FC to be a regular in the starting lineup. He fired Ulsan to victory in the 2011 K-League Cup by scoring in the final against Busan I'Park.
On 24 January 2012, Seol joined Incheon United after refusing a contract extension with Ulsan.
Seol played in his first World Cup in front of his home crowd, South Korea being co-hosts with Japan for the 2002 finals. He was a key member of the squad during the tournament, memorably scoring the equalizer against Italy in the knock-out stage.
He married Yoon Mi in 2002. Their son, In-Woong (Luke)was born in that same year. In 2005, daughter Soo-A was born.
Seol was sponsored by sportswear company Nike and appeared in Nike commercials. In a global Nike advertising campaign in the run-up to the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan, he starred in a "Secret Tournament" commercial (branded "Scopion KO") directed by Terry Gilliam, appearing alongside football players such as Thierry Henry, Ronaldo, Edgar Davids, Fabio Cannavaro, Francesco Totti, Ronaldinho, Luís Figo, and Hidetoshi Nakata, with former player Eric Cantona the tournament "referee".
- As of 27 August 2015
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Belgium||League||Belgian Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|2000–01||Royal Antwerp||First Division||25||10||2||1||-||-||27||11|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Saudi Arabia||League||Crown Prince Cup||League Cup||Asia||Total|
|2008–09||Al Hilal||Premier League||7||0||5||0||5||1||7||0||24||1|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|South Korea||League||KFA Cup||League Cup||Asia||Total|
|2010||Pohang Steelers||K League 1||16||7||0||0||0||0||2||0||18||7|
- Results list South Korea's goal tally first.
|5 April 2000||Seoul||Laos||3 goals||9–0||2000 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|9 April 2000||Seoul||Myanmar||2 goals||4–0||2000 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|7 October 2000||Dubai||Australia||1 goal||4–2||2000 LG Cup|
|11 February 2001||Dubai||United Arab Emirates||1 goal||4–1||2001 Dubai Tournament|
|26 May 2002||Suwon||France||1 goal||2–3||Friendly match|
|18 June 2002||Daejeon||Italy||1 goal||1–1 (2–1 a.e.t.)||2002 FIFA World Cup|
|20 November 2002||Seoul||Brazil||1 goal||2–3||Friendly match|
|14 February 2004||Ulsan||Oman||1 goal||5–0||Friendly match|
|31 July 2004||Jinan||Iran||1 goal||3–4||2004 AFC Asian Cup|
|26 May 2006||Seoul||Bosnia and Herzegovina||1 goal||2–0||Friendly match|
|2 September 2006||Seoul||Iran||1 goal||1–1||2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|6 September 2006||Suwon||Chinese Taipei||2 goals||8–0||2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|6 February 2008||Seoul||Turkmenistan||2 goals||4–0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|5 September 2009||Seoul||Australia||1 goal||3–1||Friendly match|
Seol was voted by Reading fans as the official Player of the Month for August and September 2006. Seol played in all three of the Royals' Premiership games in August when he helped to create three of the four goals scored.
- Crown Prince Cup: 2008–09
- "Seol Ki-hyun looking to Premier League". Korea Herald. 20 July 2006. Archived from the original on 22 June 2006. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
- "Seol signs but Reading insist Sidwell stays". Daily Mail. 6 July 2006. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
- Holt, Sarah (16 September 2006). "Sheff Utd 1–2 Reading". BBC Sport. London. Retrieved 27 April 2007.
- Warren, Dan (1 October 2006). "West Ham 0–1 Reading". BBC Sport. London. Retrieved 27 April 2007.
- "Reading 2–0 Charlton". BBC Sport. London. 18 November 2006. Retrieved 27 April 2007.
- "Rosenior signs as Seol departs". readingfc.co.uk. 1 September 2007. Archived from the original on 15 April 2012. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
- "Coppell reveals Seol exit reason". BBC Sport. London. 11 September 2007. Retrieved 13 September 2007.
- "Seol's Blog". Fulham Official Website. 16 October 2007. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
- May, John (16 August 2008). "Hull City 2–1 Fulham". London: BBC. Retrieved 14 September 2009.
- Seol Moves to Saudi Club
- "Seol to return to Fulham". Sky Sports.
- "FK Vetra 0–3 Fulham". BBC. 30 July 2009. Retrieved 20 April 2010.
- "續斟薛琦鉉 – 南華足球隊 – 南華足球隊blog" (in Chinese). Yahoo! Blog. 11 January 2010. Archived from the original on 10 July 2012. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
- "Best Of Luck". Fulham F.C. 15 January 2010. Archived from the original on 17 January 2010. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
- "은퇴' 설기현 "모든 분들께 감사하다, 좋은 지도자 되겠다"". www.xportsnews.com. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
- "Korea's golden moment". BBC Sport. London. 18 June 2002. Retrieved 2 January 2008.
- "A lighter shoe, cooler kits, a faster ball, a Secret Tournament – every touch counts". NikeBiz. Nike. Archived from the original on 2 June 2002. Retrieved 21 July 2012.
- Cozens, Claire (3 April 2002). "Cantona hosts World Cup with a difference". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 July 2012.
- "Seol voted as Reading player of the month". Asian Football Conference. 6 September 2006. Archived from the original on 31 December 2013. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
- "European Footballer of the Year ("Ballon d'Or") 2002". Retrieved 26 April 2011.
- Seol Ki-hyeon – K League stats at kleague.com (in Korean)
- Seol Ki-hyeon – National Team Stats at KFA (in Korean)
- Fulham profile at Archive.today (archived 3 September 2007)
- Seol Ki-hyeon at National-Football-Teams.com
- Profile at alhilal.com
- Seol Ki-hyeon at Soccerbase
- Seol Ki-hyeon – FIFA competition record
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