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Hong Myung-Bo
Personal information
Full name Hong Myung-Bo
Date of birth February 12, 1969 (1969-02-12) (age 40)
Place of birth    Seoul, Republic of Korea
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Sweeper
Club information
Current club Korea Republic U-20 (manager)
Youth career
1987-1991 Korea University
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1992–1997
1997–1998
1999–2002
2002
2003–2004
Pohang Steelers
Bellmare Hiratsuka
Kashiwa Reysol
Pohang Steelers
Los Angeles Galaxy
Career
110 (14)
  42   (0)
  76   (9)
  19   (0)
  38   (0)
285 (23)   
National team2
2000
1990–2002
Korea Republic Olympic Team
Korea Republic
    2   (0)
136 (10)
Teams managed
2005–2007
2007–2008
2009–
Korea Republic (Assistant Manager)
Korea Republic U-23 (Assistant Manager)
Korea Republic U-20

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 19:18, 10 February 2007 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 19:18, 10 February 2007 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Hong Myung-Bo
Hangul 홍명보
Hanja 洪明甫
Revised Romanization Hong Myeong-bo
McCune–Reischauer Hong Myŏng-bo

Hong Myung-Bo (born February 12, 1969 in Seoul) is a former South Korean 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 yet achieved this feat.

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

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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

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Korea Republic League Korean FA Cup League Cup Asia Total
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 ? ?
Japan League Emperor's Cup J. League Cup Asia Total
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
Korea Republic League Korean FA Cup League Cup Asia Total
2002 Pohang Steelers K-League 19 0 ? ? 0 0 -
USA League Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2003 Los Angeles Galaxy Major League Soccer 25 0 2 0
2004 13 0 0 0 -
Total Korea Republic 129 14 27 0
Japan 114 7 11 3 10 2 135 12
USA 38 0 2 0
Career Total 281 21

International goals

Results list Korea Republic's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. August 3, 1990 Beijing, China  China PR 1 1-1 (6-5 PSO) 1990 Dynasty Cup
2. September 23, 1990 Beijing, China  Singapore 1 7-0 1990 Asian Games
3. August 24, 1992 Beijing, China  Korea DPR 1 1-1 1992 Dynasty Cup
4. May 13, 1993 Beirut, Libanon  India 1 3-0 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification
5. October 19, 1993 Doha, Qatar  Iraq 1 2-2 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification
6. June 5, 1994 Boston, USA  Ecuador 1 1-2 Friendly match
7. June 17, 1994 Dallas, USA  Spain 1 2-2 1994 FIFA World Cup
8. June 27, 1994 Dallas, USA  Germany 1 2-3 1994 FIFA World Cup
9. September 11, 1994 Gangneung Stadium, Gangneung, South Korea  Ukraine 1 1-0 Friendly match
10. August 8, 1996 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam  Chinese Taipei 1 4-0 1996 AFC Asian Cup qualification

Honours

Individual honours

External links

Awards
Preceded by
France Lilian Thuram
FIFA World Cup Bronze Ball
2002
Succeeded by
Italy Andrea Pirlo

Simple English

Hong Myung-Bo
Personal information
Full name Hong Myung-Bo
Date of birth 12 February 1969 (1969-02-12) (age 42)
Place of birth    Seoul, South Korea
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1992-1997
1997-1998
1999-2001
2002
2003-2004
Pohang Steelers
Bellmare Hiratsuka
Kashiwa Reysol
Pohang Steelers
Los Angeles Galaxy
National team
1990-2002 Korea Republic

Hong Myung-Bo (born 12 February 1969) is a former South Korean football player. He has played for Korea Republic national team.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupLeague CupTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Korea RepublicLeague Korean FA Cup K-League CupTotal
1992Pohang SteelersK-League291-80371
1993111-10121
1994174-00174
1995241-70311
199629750347
1997006060
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J. League CupTotal
1997Bellmare HiratsukaJ. League 11003100131
19983202000340
1999Kashiwa ReysolJ. League 12854252379
20002922020332
20011500030180
Korea RepublicLeague Korean FA Cup K-League CupTotal
2002Pohang SteelersK-League19000190
United StatesLeague Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup League CupTotal
2003Los Angeles GalaxyMajor League Soccer25020272
200413000130
CountryKorea Republic 1291427015614
Japan 114711310213512
United States 38020400
Total 2812113337233126

International career statistics

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Korea Republic national team
YearAppsGoals
1990202
199110
199231
1993182
1994144
199550
1996161
1997120
199880
199950
2000110
200170
2002160
Total13610

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