Cho Yong-hyung

Cho Yong-Hyung
Personal information
Full name Cho Yong-Hyung
Date of birth (1983-11-03) 3 November 1983
Place of birth Incheon, South Korea
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Shijiazhuang Ever Bright
Number 14
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005-2006 Bucheon SK / Jeju United 47 (0)
2007 Gyeongnam FC 0 (0)
2007 Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 18 (0)
2008–2010 Jeju United 57 (1)
2010–2014 Al Rayyan 80 (2)
2014–2015 Al Shamal 12 (2)
2015– Shijiazhuang Ever Bright 52 (2)
National team
2008–2012 South Korea 42 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 November 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 May 2012
Cho Yong-hyung
Hangul 조용형
Hanja 趙容亨
Revised Romanization Jo Yong-hyeong
McCune–Reischauer Cho Yonghyŏng
This is a Korean name; the family name is Cho.

Cho Yong-Hyung (Hangul: 조용형, born 3 November 1983) is a South Korean footballer who plays for Shijiazhuang Ever Bright in China. He is known for his versatility as he can play as a full-back on either side of the pitch, as well as a centre back and a defensive midfielder.

Cho Yong-Hyung is praised in the K-League for his positional sense and steadiness under pressure.[1] Throughout South Korea, Cho has already become regarded as the successor to Hong Myung-Bo, South Korea’s legendary center half who took part in four FIFA World Cups.[2]

Club career


Cho debuted for Bucheon SK in the 2005 season, where he was voted into the K-League Best XI after a successful season. He continued with the club in the 2006 season when it converted to Jeju United. In 2007, he spent a season at Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma, the most successful K-League club in terms of Championship victories, before transferring back to Jeju United for the 2008 season where he continues to play to this day.

Premier League

In 2010, it was claimed that European interest in Cho had risen. English clubs Aston Villa, Fulham and Newcastle United of the Premier League, had their sights on the South Korean player and would look to sign him in the summer of 2010 after the World Cup.[3]

Qatar Stars League

Cho moved to the Qatar Stars League after the end of the 2010 World Cup to Al Rayyan Sports Club on a 2-year deal, until the end of the 2011-2012 season.[4] After the end of the 2011-2012 season, Cho renewed his contract for one more year which will keep him at the Qatari club until the end of the 2012-2013 season.

International career

Cho made his first appearance for South Korea against Chile on 30 January 2008.[5] Cho was voted best defender at the 2010 East Asian Football Championship.[6] Cho played for South Korea at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.



K-League Best XI: 2005

East Asian Football Championship Best Defender: 2010

Team Titles

Al Rayyan:

Sheikh Jassim Cup: 2012, 2013

Qatar Crown Prince Cup: 2012

Qatar Emir Cup: 2011, 2013

Club career statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Korea Republic League FA Cup K-League Cup Asia Total
2005Bucheon SK
/ Jeju United
2007Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma180101040240
2008Jeju United2401070-320
Qatar League Emir Cup Sheikh Jassem Cup Asia Total
2010–11Al RayyanQatar Stars League20040240
Country Korea Republic 122150350401661
Qatar 61280692
Total 1833503501202353


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