Hong Deok-young

Hong Deok-Young
Personal information
Full name Hong Deok-Young (홍덕영)
Date of birth May 5, 1921
Place of birth Hamheung, Korea under Japanese rule
Date of death September 13, 2005(2005-09-13) (aged 84)
Place of death Seoul, South Korea
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Manager, Referee / formerly Goalkeeper
Youth career
Korea University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1951–1955 Joseon Textile FC
National team
1947–1954 South Korea
Teams managed
1959–1962 Korea University
1969–1976 Seoul Bank FC
1970–1971 South Korea

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

Hong Deok-young
Medal record
Representing  South Korea
Men's football
Asian Games
1954 Manila Team
This is a Korean name; the family name is Hong.

Hong Deok-Young (Hangul: 홍덕영, Hanja: 洪德永; May 5, 1921 – September 13, 2005) was a South Korean football manager, referee and former football player. He was one of the first South Koreans to be capped for their country at international level.[1]

He was also the goalkeeper of the South Korea national team who appeared at the 1954 World Cup. After retiring, he was an international football referee from 1957 to 1967. In later life, Hong went blind due to complication of diabetes mellitus. He died on September 13, 2005.

Football career

Hong started his football career at Bosung College, before joining Korea University, where he initially played as a defender.[2] When the Korean FA put together a national team in 1946, he made the cut as a goalkeeper. On April 11, 1947, South Korea arrived in Shanghai, where they played five fixtures against the Shanghai amateur football team. Hong participated in these games.[3]

Hong was South Korea's goalkeeper at the 1948. Six years later, he was in goal as South Korea appeared at their first World Cup, in Switzerland. The experience was not a happy one for the Koreans, who lost their two matches 9-0 to Hungary's famous "Magic Magyars" and 7-0 to Turkey. The 16 goals is still the record for the most goals conceded by one goalkeeper in a World Cup Finals tournament.[4]

Managerial career

After Hong retired, he became a referee, and officiated from 1957 to 1967. He also managed the Korea University team. From 1969 onwards, he managed Seoul Bank FC, a now-defunct amateur side, for eight years. In 1971, he was appointed manager of the South Korean national team.

Hong was part of the executive committee of the Korean FA in 1960, 1962, 1967, and 1972-1974. He was also the vice-president of the FA from 1985 to 1986,[5] and a member of the 2002 FIFA World Cup organising committee.


In 1974, Hong received a special award from FIFA for services to refereeing. He was inducted into the Korean football Hall of Fame in 2005.[6]


  1. Centurial history of Korean football (한국축구백년사) (in Korean). KFA. 1986-10-25. p. 287.
  2. Centurial history of Korean football (한국축구백년사) (in Korean). KFA. 1986-10-25. p. 298.
  3. Centurial history of Korean football (한국축구백년사) (in Korean). KFA. 1986-10-25. p. 288.
  4. "Quirky Facts". www.goalkeepersaredifferent.com. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  5. "KFA former presidents" (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2007-07-02. Retrieved 2008-10-10.
  6. 축구 명예의 전당에 홍덕영, 차범근 등 7명 헌액 (in Korean). 2005-03-17. Retrieved 2008-10-10.
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