Ahn Jung-hwan

This is a Korean name; the family name is Ahn.
Ahn Jung-hwan

Ahn with Dalian Shide in 2009
Personal information
Date of birth (1976-01-27) 27 January 1976
Place of birth Paju, Gyeonggi, South Korea
Height 177 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Second striker / Attacking midfielder
Youth career
1995–1997 Ajou University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2002 Busan Daewoo / Busan I'Cons 54 (27)
2000–2002Perugia (loan) 30 (5)
2002–2003 Shimizu S-Pulse 38 (14)
2004–2005 Yokohama F. Marinos 34 (16)
2005–2006 Metz 16 (2)
2006 MSV Duisburg 12 (2)
2007 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 15 (0)
2008 Busan IPark 19 (4)
2009–2011 Dalian Shide 65 (18)
Total 283 (88)
National team
1997–2010 South Korea 71 (17)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Ahn Jung-hwan
Hangul 안정환
Hanja 安貞桓
Revised Romanization An Jeonghwan
McCune–Reischauer An Chŏnghwan

Ahn Jung-hwan (Hangul: 안정환; Hanja: ; born 27 January 1976 in Paju, Gyeonggi) is a South Korean former football player and television personality. He made world headlines by scoring the winning golden goal for South Korea against Italy in the 2002 FIFA World Cup second round, and earning him dismissal from the Italian club Perugia.

Ahn also played for clubs in Japan, France, Germany and China, as well as being selected for South Korea in two more World Cups, in 2006 and 2010. After his retirement as a football player, he restarted his career as a television show host (JTBC's Please Take Care of My Refrigerator and many others) and also as a football commentator.[1]


Ahn is sometimes called "the Lord of the Ring" by Korean fans. He married former Miss Korea Lee Hye-won (Hangul: 이혜원) in 2001[2] and got this nickname by kissing his wedding ring after every goal he scores. Ahn has a daughter and a son named, Ahn Lee Won and Ahn Li Hwan.[3]

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.

Football career

After starting his professional career with K League's Busan Daewoo Royals, Ahn joined Serie A's Perugia on loan in 2000–01. In a 2013 interview, he claimed to have been ostracised at the club, and bullied by his captain, Marco Materazzi.[4]

In the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Ahn scored an extra-time header in the round of 16 game against Italy that sent the South Koreans through to the quarter-finals. 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. South Korean national manager Guus Hiddink criticised the decision.[5] Gaucci later took back what he had said, and attempted to take up 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.[6]

Ahn then attempted to secure a permanent move to another European club but failed and returned to Asia, joining J1 League's Shimizu S-Pulse. After one season, he moved to another J1 League team, Yokohama F. Marinos. After this successful spell in Japan, he returned to Europe to play for French team FC Metz in July 2005. He scored 2 Ligue 1 goals (Round 1 & 18) in 16 outings.

Ahn with MSV Duisburg in 2006

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 MSV Duisburg in Germany. He scored two goals (Round 31 and 32) in 12 outings. However, the German club was relegated from the Bundesliga, as Ahn saw a move to Heart of Midlothian of the Scottish Premier League fall through.[7] On 31 August 2006, he was released by Duisburg, and returned to South Korea in January 2007, joining Suwon Samsung Bluewings on a one-year deal.

Previously, Ahn was selected for South Korea's 2006 FIFA World Cup squad in Germany, and came off the bench to score the winner in Korea's 2–1 opening match win over Togo, after coming from a goal down at halftime. Thus, he became Asian football career leader in goals scored in the World Cup, with three.

On 14 March 2007, Ahn scored his first goal of the season against Daejeon Citizen, with a first-half pass from Lee Kwan-woo. He went on to score a hat-trick in a 4–0 win, in only his third game of the season. He was quoted after the match: "I felt good before the game and I knew I was ready. It feels wonderful to have a great game and make the Suwon fans happy."

After the 2006 World Cup, new South Korea manager Pim Verbeek announced his new 23-man squad for the 2007 AFC Asian Cup, and Ahn was left out. Verbeek then said that his decision was not based on personal issues, as the player was clubless.

In 2008, Ahn returned to the Daewoo Royals, now renamed Busan I'Park. In 2008, 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.[8]

According to reports,[9] Ahn's agent investigated the possibility of a move to several Major League Soccer sides, but there were no teams interested in using a Designated Player slot to sign him. He has also been linked with Australian A-League club Sydney FC.[10]

In March 2009, Ahn signed a three-month contract with Chinese Super League side Dalian Shide.[11] He became the key player in the club and scored his first CSL goal on 18 April 2009.[12] He extended his contract to December 2010 with Dalian Shide in June, despite that J-League club Oita Trinita had an intention to sign him. Ahn was promoted to team captain in season 2010.

Ahn officially announced his retirement on 30 January 2012. He departed football knowing that many people viewed him as one of South Korea's greatest-ever players.[13]

Career History

Time Title
1994 Teenage Representative [14]
1997 Universiade Soccer National Team[14]
1997 East Asian Championship Competition National Team [14]
1997~1997 16th French World Cup National Team[14]
1998~2000.03 Busan Dae Woo Royals[14]
1999 Korea Cup National Team [14]
2000.07 Busan Icons [14]
2000 North, Central American Gold Cup National Team[14]
2000.07~2002.08 AC Perugia (Italy)[14]
2002 17th World Cup National Team[14]
2002.09~2003.12 Shimizu S-Pulse[14]
2004.01~2005 Yokohama F-Marinos[14]
2004 AFC Asian Cup National Team[14]
2005~2006 FC Metz (France)[14]
2006~2006.09 MSV Duisburg (Germany)[14]
2006 18th German World Cup National Team[14]
2007.01~2007.11 Suwon Samsung Blue Wings[14]
2008.01~2009.01 Busan I Park[14]
2009.03~2011.10 Dalian Shide FC (China)[14]
2009.06 Korean Railroad Construction Honorary Ambassador[14]
2010.06 19th Republic of South African World Cup National Team[14]
2012.04 K League Honorary Ambassador

President of Lee Hye Won Life Style Company [14]

2014~ MBC Soccer Commentator [14]

Club statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
South Korea League KFA Cup League Cup Asia Total
1998Busan Daewoo RoyalsK League175--168--3313
2000Busan I'Cons138--72--2010
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
2000–01PerugiaSerie A15410---164
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup Asia Total
2002Shimizu S-PulseJ1 League103321012157
2004Yokohama F. MarinosJ1 League25121110433114
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
2005–06MetzLigue 1162------162
Germany League DFB-Pokal Other Europe Total
2006–072. Bundesliga0000-
South Korea League KFA Cup League Cup Asia Total
2007Suwon BluewingsK League15010105--265
2008Busan IParkK League1941082--286
China PR League FA Cup CSL Cup Asia Total
2009Dalian ShideChinese Super League266---266
Total South Korea 8831305124--14255
Italy 30530----335
Japan 7230866211119749
France 162------162
Germany 122-----122
China PR 651800---6518
Career total 2838814657261111365131

National team statistics

Korea Republic national team




International goals

Results list South Korea's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
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 (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



Year Title Role Network Notes
2013 Law of the Jungle in Himalayas Himself SBS cast
2014 World Cup Special Drawing Dream Himself MBC presenter
2014–2015 Dad! Where Are We Going? Himself MBC cast
2015 Cheongchun FC Hungry Eleven Himself KBS2 cast
2015 Guide Himself tvN cast
2015–present The Human Condition Himself KBS2 cast
2016 Future Diary Himself MBC cast
2016–present Please Take Care of My Refrigerator Himself JTBC presenter
2016–present Cook Representative Himself JTBC presenter
2016–present My Little Television Himself MBC presenter
2016–present Flower Crew Himself SBS cast


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Preceded by
Ko Jong-soo
K-League Most Valuable Player
Succeeded by
Choi Yong-soo
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