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Hong Myung-Bo (born February 12, 1969 in Seoulmarker) is a former South Koreanmarker footballer who, along with Cha Bum Kun, is often considered among the greatest Asian footballers ever. Hong was a member of the Korean national team in four World Cups, and was the first Asian player to play in four consecutive World Cup finals tournaments. He played as either a centre-back or at full-back. He retired from playing following the end of the 2004 Major League Soccer season, having finished his career with the Los Angeles Galaxy. He was chosen among the "FIFA 100", Pelé's selection of the 125 greatest living footballers in the world. He was also the recipient of the 2002 FIFA World Cup Bronze Ball. No other Asian player has achieved this feat.

He currently manages the Korea Republic national under-20 football team, and led the team in the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

National team

1990 World Cup

Hong's first appearance at a World Cup final was at the 1990 World Cup in Italy. Hong played in all of Korea's matches against Belgium, Spain, and Uruguay, all three of which Korea lost.

1994 World Cup

Hong's individual talent was most notably showcased during the 1994 World Cup group stage. With Korea trailing 2-0 against Spain with only 5 minutes to go, Hong made the score 2-1 and shortly after he created the second for winger Seo Jung-Won to equalize the memorable match.

Two weeks later, Korea found themselves trailing 3-0 at half time against Germany – the defending World Champions at the time, which included the likes of Jürgen Klinsmann, Jürgen Kohler, Matthias Sammer, Rudi Völler and Lothar Matthäus. Hong created the first Korean goal for striker Hwang Sun Hong to put into the net, then scored the second himself, but the Koreans were unable to catch and tie the heavily favored Germans.

1998 World Cup

Hong's third appearance at World Cup was 1998 France World Cup. Hong played all three games of Korea against Mexico, Netherlands and Belgium. Korea got eliminated at the first round with 1 draw (Belgium) and 2 losses (Mexico and Netherlands).

2002 World Cup

Hong captained the Korean national team to a historic fourth place finish in the 2002 World Cup. The Technical Study Group voted him as the third best player of the tournament (Bronze Ball award), the first ever Asian to be named in the top 3 players in a World Cup. Leader of the Korean defensive trio alongside Kim Tae-Young and Choi Jin-Cheul, he ended his international career after the 2002 World Cup as the all-time leader in appearances for the South Korean national team, with 135 caps.

Post-playing career

In September 26, 2005, after retirement as a player, Hong returned to the national team as an assistant coach. Helping the manager Dick Advocaat, he took part in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and worked with the next manager Pim Verbeek in the Asian Cup 2007. After the retirement of Pim Verbeek, he was one of the candidates to become the next manager.He is currently the manager for Korea Republic national under-20 football team. Under his guidance the Korea Republic national under-20 football team reached the quarter finals of the tournament, but were eliminated due to a 2-3 defeat to Ghana national under-20 football team.

Personal life

Hong married Soo-mi Cho, five years younger than him, in 1997 and has two sons, with one attending Korea International School. Hong also has two younger siblings. He is known for his reticence and charisma.

Club career statistics



International goals

Results list Korea Republic's goal tally first.


Honours

Individual honours

External links



1992 Pohang Steelers K-League 29 1 - 8 0 - 37 1
1993 11 1 - 1 0 - 12 1
1994 17 4 - 0 0 - 17 4
1995 24 1 - 7 0 - 31 1
1996 29 7 ? ? 5 0 ? ?
1997 0 0 ? ? 6 0 ? ?

1997 Bellmare Hiratsuka J. League Division 1 10 0 3 1 0 0 ? ? 13 1
1998 32 0 2 0 0 0 - 34 0
1999 Kashiwa Reysol J. League Division 1 28 5 4 2 5 2 - 37 9
2000 29 2 2 0 2 0 - 33 2
2001 15 0 0 0 3 0 - 18 0

2002 Pohang Steelers K-League 19 0 ? ? 0 0 -

2003 Los Angeles Galaxy Major League Soccer 25 0 2 0
2004 13 0 0 0 -
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# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. August 3, 1990 Beijing, Chinamarker 1 1-1 (6-5 PSO) 1990 Dynasty Cup
2. September 23, 1990 Beijing, Chinamarker 1 7-0 1990 Asian Games
3. August 24, 1992 Beijing, Chinamarker 1 1-1 1992 Dynasty Cup
4. May 13, 1993 Beirutmarker, Libanonmarker 1 3-0 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification
5. October 19, 1993 Dohamarker, Qatarmarker 1 2-2 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification
6. June 5, 1994 Bostonmarker, USAmarker 1 1-2 Friendly match
7. June 17, 1994 Dallasmarker, USAmarker 1 2-2 1994 FIFA World Cup
8. June 27, 1994 Dallasmarker, USAmarker 1 2-3 1994 FIFA World Cup
9. September 11, 1994 Gangneung Stadium, Gangneungmarker, South Koreamarker 1 1-0 Friendly match
10. August 8, 1996 Ho Chi Minh Citymarker, Vietnammarker 1 4-0 1996 AFC Asian Cup qualification

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