Hwang Sun-hong

This is a Korean name; the family name is Hwang.
Hwang Sun-hong
Personal information
Date of birth (1968-07-14) July 14, 1968
Place of birth Yesan, Chungnam, South Korea
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
FC Seoul (manager)
Youth career
1987–1990 Konkuk University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991 Bayer Leverkusen (Amateur)
1992 Wuppertaler SV 9 (3)
1993–1998 Pohang Steelers 52 (26)
1998–1999 Cerezo Osaka 36 (30)
2000–2002 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 0 (0)
2000–2002Kashiwa Reysol (Loan) 34 (12)
2002 Chunnam Dragons 0 (0)
Total 131 (71)
National team
1996 South Korea U23 (Wild card) 2 (0)
1988–2002 South Korea 103 (50)
Teams managed
2008–2010 Busan IPark
2011–2015 Pohang Steelers
2016– FC Seoul

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

Hwang Sun-hong
Hangul 황선홍
Hanja 黃善洪
Revised Romanization Hwang Seon-hong
McCune–Reischauer Hwang Sŏn-hong

Hwang Sun-hong or Hwang Seon-hong (born July 14, 1968) is a South Korean football former player and current manager of FC Seoul.

During most of the last two decades, Hwang was regarded as a Korean scoring sensation. He made his international debut against Japan on December 6, 1988 and led the Korean 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 a Chinese player had severely injured him in France.[1][2]

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, and his absence due to injury played a major part in the team’s poor showing in France 98. Hwang was South Korea’s outstanding player in the 2001 Confederations Cup, scoring against Mexico and Australia, as well as against Germany in the 1994 World Cup. He was arguably one of Asia's finest finishers in recent times, and was short-listed for the prestigious Asian Player of the Year award in 2002.

Hwang participated at the 1996 Summer Olympics as wild card player.[3]


Club career

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. He was drafted in 1993 by the newly formed club Wansan Puma, which was formerly the Chonbuk Buffalo, then traded to Posco Atoms 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.

In late 2003, having finally retired, Hwang has now turned his attention to coaching.

International career

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.

2002 World Cup

Even as he approached his mid-30's, 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.

Managerial career

In 2005, Hwang was appointed as assistant coach of Chunnam Dragons and started his coaching career. Mr. Hwang received Best Coach Award from FA Cup.

Busan IPark

On December 4, 2007, he signed a three-year contract with Busan I'Park and became manager of Busan.

Pohang Steelers

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

FC Seoul

On 21 June 2016, he was appointed as manager of FC Seoul.[4]

Club statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal DFB Ligapokal Total
1991–92Bayer LeverkusenBundesliga0000
1992–93Wuppertaler SV2. Bundesliga9393
Korea Republic League FA Cup League Cup Total
1993POSCO Atoms /
Pohang Atoms /
Pohang Steelers
Japan League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Total
1998Cerezo OsakaJ1 League1160000116
Korea Republic League FA Cup League Cup Total
2000Suwon Samsung BluewingsK-League00001010
Japan League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Total
2000Kashiwa ReysolJ1 League61001071
Korea Republic League FA Cup League Cup Total
2002Chunnam DragonsK-League00000000
Country Germany 9393
Korea Republic 5226101256531
Japan 704200737745
Total 131710019815179

National team statistics


Korea Republic national team

International goals

Results list South Korea's goal tally first.
Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
December 6, 1988 Qatar Doha  Japan 1 goal 2–0 1988 AFC Asian Cup
December 11, 1988 Qatar Doha  Iran 1 goal 3–0 1988 AFC Asian Cup
May 23, 1989 South Korea Seoul  Singapore 2 goals 3–0 1990 FIFA World Cup qualification
May 27, 1989 South Korea Seoul  Malaysia 2 goals 3–0 1990 FIFA World Cup qualification
June 5, 1989 Singapore Singapore  Malaysia 1 goal 3–0 1990 FIFA World Cup qualification
August 14, 1989 United States Los Angeles  United States 1 goal 2–1 1989 Marlboro Cup
October 16, 1989 Singapore Singapore  North Korea 1 goal 1–0 1990 FIFA World Cup qualification
October 25, 1989 Singapore Singapore  Saudi Arabia 1 goal 2–0 1990 FIFA World Cup qualification
February 4, 1990 Malta Ta'Qali  Norway 1 goal 2–3 Friendly match
July 28, 1990 China Beijing  Japan 1 goal 2–0 1990 Dynasty Cup
September 25, 1990 China Beijing  Pakistan 3 goals 7–0 1990 Asian Games
October 23, 1990 South Korea Seoul  North Korea 1 goal 1–0 Friendly match
October 28, 1993 Qatar Doha  North Korea 1 goal 3–0 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification
February 26, 1994 United States Los Angeles  Colombia 1 goal 2–2 Friendly match
May 4, 1994 South Korea Changwon  Cameroon 1 goal 2–1 Friendly match
June 11, 1994 United States Duncanville  Honduras 1 goal 3–0 Friendly match
June 27, 1994 United States Dallas  Germany 1 goal 2–3 1994 FIFA World Cup
September 13, 1994 South Korea Seoul  Ukraine 1 goal 2–0 Friendly match
October 1, 1994 Japan Hiroshima    Nepal 8 goals 11–0 1994 Asian Games
October 5, 1994 Japan Hiroshima  Oman 1 goal 2–1 1994 Asian Games
October 11, 1994 Japan Hiroshima  Japan 2 goals 3–2 1994 Asian Games
October 30, 1995 South Korea Seoul  Saudi Arabia 1 goal 1–1 Friendly match
March 19, 1996 United Arab Emirates Dubai  United Arab Emirates 1 goal 2–3 1996 Dubai Tournament
April 30, 1996 Israel Tel Aviv  Israel 2 goals 5–4 Friendly match
November 23, 1996 South Korea Suwon  Colombia 2 goals 4–1 Friendly match
December 4, 1996 United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi  United Arab Emirates 1 goal 1–1 1996 AFC Asian Cup
December 7, 1996 United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi  Indonesia 2 goals 4–2 1996 AFC Asian Cup
April 1, 1998 South Korea Seoul  Japan 1 goal 2–1 Friendly match
April 22, 1998 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Beograd  Yugoslavia 1 goal 1–3 Friendly match
May 27, 1998 South Korea Seoul  Czech Republic 1 goal 2–2 Friendly match
June 1, 2001 South Korea Ulsan  Mexico 1 goal 2–1 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup
June 3, 2001 South Korea Suwon  Australia 1 goal 1–0 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup
March 20, 2002 Spain Cartagena  Finland 2 goals 2–0 Friendly match
June 4, 2002 South Korea Busan  Poland 1 goal 2–0 2002 FIFA World Cup



Pohang Steelers


Busan IPark
Pohang Steelers
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