HONG Myong-Bo

Date of birth12 February 1969
Place of birthSeoul
NationalityKorean (KOR)
Weight73 kg
Height1.81 m
PositionDefender

A long standing veteran of three World Cup campaigns, the 2002 competition looks as though it may be his last. He left the domestic league to play in Japan for Kashiwa Reysol before returning. He missed much of the warm up matches leading up to the competition as a serious injury ruled him out. A return to fitness led to a recall into the squad and his great experience is sure to be used at the finals. He is excellent in the air and his distribution from the back is exceptional. He is likely to be the starting sweeper and he is the most capped South Korean player of all time.

The Republic's captain scored the winning penalty in the shoot-out with Spain in Gwangju which meant Korea had become the first Asian country to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup.

He played in all seven of Korea's games in the 2002 World Cup finals and was third in the Golden Ball awards for the tournament's best player as well as being selected for FIFA's All-Star squad.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
Pohang Steelers
Bellmare Hiratsuka
Kashiwa Reysol
LA Galaxy 04 Nov 2002

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1995-96 Rest of the World Representative 1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
30 Aug 1995 Americas v Rest of the World L 5-1 REPRESENTATIVE


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1989-90 Korea Republic FIFA World Cup 3
1989-90 Korea Republic International Friendly 1
1989-90 Korea Republic Rothmans Tournament 2
1990-91 Korea Republic Asian Games 6
1
1990-91 Korea Republic International Friendly 3
1990-91 Korea Republic Marlboro Dynasty Cup 3
1
1
1990-91 Korea Republic Presidents Cup 1
1990-91 Korea Republic Reunification Match 1
1992-93 Korea Republic Dynasty Cup 3
1
1
1992-93 Korea Republic FIFA World Cup 7
1
1
1992-93 Korea Republic International Friendly 2
1992-93 Korea Republic Presidents Cup 4
1993-94 Korea Republic Asian Games 3
1993-94 Korea Republic FIFA World Cup 8
3
1993-94 Korea Republic International Friendly 5
2
1994-95 Korea Republic International Friendly 3
1
1994-95 Korea Republic Kirin Japan Cup 2
1
1994-95 Korea Republic Marlboro Dynasty Cup 1
1995-96 Korea Republic AFC Asian Cup 5
2
1
1995-96 Korea Republic Friendship Tounament (UAE) 3
1995-96 Korea Republic International Friendly 5
1996-97 Korea Republic FIFA World Cup 1
1996-97 Korea Republic International Friendly 1
1
1996-97 Korea Republic Korea v China Annual Match 2
1
1996-97 Korea Republic Optus World Series 2
1997-98 Korea Republic Dynasty Cup 2
1997-98 Korea Republic FIFA World Cup 10
1
1997-98 Korea Republic International Friendly 2
1
1997-98 Korea Republic Korea v China Annual Match 2
1997-98 Korea Republic Nike World Tour 1
1998-99 Korea Republic International Friendly 2
1998-99 Korea Republic Korea Cup 3
1
1999-00 Korea Republic AFC Asian Cup 5
1
1999-00 Korea Republic Annual Match 1
1999-00 Korea Republic CONCACAF Gold Cup 2
2000-01 Korea Republic FIFA Confederations Cup 3
2000-01 Korea Republic Friendship Tounament (UAE) 4
2000-01 Korea Republic International Friendly 2
1
2000-01 Korea Republic New Year Tournament 2
1
2001-02 Korea Republic FIFA World Cup 7
1
2001-02 Korea Republic International Friendly 8
2002-03 Korea Republic International Friendly 1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
04 Feb 1990 Norway v Korea Republic L 3-2 ROTHMANS TOURNAMENT
10 Feb 1990 Malta v Korea Republic W 1-2 ROTHMANS TOURNAMENT
15 Feb 1990 Iraq v Korea Republic D 0-0 International Friendly
12 Jun 1990 Belgium v Korea Republic L 2-0 FIFA World Cup Finals group E
17 Jun 1990 Korea Republic v Spain L 1-3 FIFA World Cup Finals group E
21 Jun 1990 Korea Republic v Uruguay L 0-1 FIFA World Cup Finals group E
27 Jul 1990 Korea Republic v Japan W 2-0 MARLBORO DYNASTY CUP
31 Jul 1990 China PR v Korea Republic W 0-1 MARLBORO DYNASTY CUP
03 Aug 1990 China PR v Korea Republic D 1-1 Marlboro Dynasty Cup Final
06 Sep 1990 Korea Republic v Australia W 1-0 International Friendly
09 Sep 1990 Korea Republic v Australia W 1-0 International Friendly
23 Sep 1990 Korea Republic v Singapore W 7-0 Asian Games A
25 Sep 1990 Pakistan v Korea Republic W 0-7 Asian Games A
27 Sep 1990 China PR v Korea Republic W 0-2 Asian Games A
01 Oct 1990 Korea Republic v Kuwait W 1-0 Asian Games Quarter-final
03 Oct 1990 Korea Republic v Iran L 0-1 Asian Games Semi-final
05 Oct 1990 Korea Republic v Thailand W 1-0 Asian Games 3rd place
11 Oct 1990 Korea DPR v Korea Republic L 2-1 REUNIFICATION MATCH
23 Oct 1990 Korea Republic v Korea DPR W 1-0 International Friendly
09 Jun 1991 Korea Republic v Indonesia W 3-0 PRESIDENTS CUP A
22 Aug 1992 Japan v Korea Republic D 0-0 DYNASTY CUP
24 Aug 1992 Korea DPR v Korea Republic D 1-1 DYNASTY CUP
26 Aug 1992 China PR v Korea Republic W 0-2 DYNASTY CUP
25 Apr 1993 Korea Republic v Iraq D 1-1 International Friendly
28 Apr 1993 Korea Republic v Iraq D 2-2 International Friendly
09 May 1993 Korea Republic v Bahrain D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Asia group D
11 May 1993 Lebanon v Korea Republic W 0-1 FIFA World Cup Asia group D
13 May 1993 India v Korea Republic W 0-3 FIFA World Cup Asia group D
15 May 1993 Hong Kong v Korea Republic W 0-3 FIFA World Cup Asia group D
05 Jun 1993 Korea Republic v Hong Kong W 4-1 FIFA World Cup Asia group D
07 Jun 1993 Korea Republic v Lebanon W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Asia group D
13 Jun 1993 Korea Republic v Bahrain W 3-0 FIFA World Cup Asia group D
19 Jun 1993 Korea Republic v Egypt L 1-2 PRESIDENTS CUP Group A
23 Jun 1993 Korea Republic v China PR W 3-0 PRESIDENTS CUP
26 Jun 1993 Korea Republic v Czechoslovakia (rcs) W 1-0 PRESIDENTS CUP
28 Jun 1993 Korea Republic v Egypt L 0-1 PRESIDENTS CUP Final
26 Sep 1993 Korea Republic v Australia W 1-0 International Friendly
16 Oct 1993 Iran v Korea Republic W 0-3 FIFA World Cup Asia final round
19 Oct 1993 Iraq v Korea Republic D 2-2 FIFA World Cup Asia final round
22 Oct 1993 Korea Republic v Saudi Arabia D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Asia final round
25 Oct 1993 Japan v Korea Republic L 1-0 FIFA World Cup Asia final round
28 Oct 1993 Korea Republic v Korea DPR W 3-0 FIFA World Cup Asia final round
26 Feb 1994 Colombia v Korea Republic D 2-2 International Friendly
04 May 1994 Ecuador v Korea Republic L 2-1 International Friendly
05 Jun 1994 Ecuador v Korea Republic L 2-1 International Friendly
11 Jun 1994 Korea Republic v Honduras W 3-0 International Friendly
17 Jun 1994 Spain v Korea Republic D 2-2 FIFA World Cup Finals Group C
23 Jun 1994 Korea Republic v Bolivia D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Finals Group C
27 Jun 1994 Germany v Korea Republic L 3-2 FIFA World Cup Finals Group C
11 Sep 1994 Korea Republic v Ukraine W 1-0 International Friendly
13 Sep 1994 Korea Republic v Ukraine W 2-0 International Friendly
19 Sep 1994 Korea Republic v United Arab Emirates D 0-0 International Friendly
05 Oct 1994 Korea Republic v Oman W 2-1 Asian Games Group C
07 Oct 1994 Korea Republic v Kuwait L 0-1 Asian Games Group C
11 Oct 1994 Japan v Korea Republic W 2-3 Asian Games Quarter-final
19 Feb 1995 China PR v Korea Republic D 0-0 MARLBORO DYNASTY CUP
05 Jun 1995 Korea Republic v Costa Rica W 1-0 KIRIN JAPAN CUP
10 Jun 1995 Korea Republic v Zambia L 2-3 KIRIN JAPAN CUP
12 Aug 1995 Korea Republic v Brazil L 0-1 International Friendly
31 Oct 1995 Korea Republic v Saudi Arabia D 1-1 International Friendly
13 Mar 1996 Croatia v Korea Republic L 3-0 International Friendly
19 Mar 1996 United Arab Emirates v Korea Republic L 3-2 FRIENDSHIP TOURNAMENT (UAE)
23 Mar 1996 Morocco v Korea Republic D 2-2 FRIENDSHIP TOURNAMENT (UAE)
25 Mar 1996 Korea Republic v Egypt D 1-1 FRIENDSHIP TOURNAMENT (UAE)
30 Apr 1996 Israel v Korea Republic W 4-5 International Friendly
16 May 1996 Korea Republic v Sweden L 0-2 International Friendly
05 Aug 1996 Korea Republic v Guam W 9-0 AFC Asian Cup Group 1
08 Aug 1996 Korea Republic v Taiwan W 4-0 AFC Asian Cup Group 1
11 Aug 1996 Vietnam v Korea Republic W 0-4 AFC Asian Cup PRE group 1
25 Sep 1996 Korea Republic v China PR W 3-1 KOREA v CHINA ANNUAL MATCH 1st leg
23 Nov 1996 Korea Republic v Colombia W 4-1 International Friendly
26 Nov 1996 China PR v Korea Republic W 2-3 KOREA v CHINA ANNUAL MATCH 2nd leg
04 Dec 1996 United Arab Emirates v Korea Republic D 1-1 AFC Asian Cup Group A
07 Dec 1996 Indonesia v Korea Republic W 2-4 AFC Asian Cup Group A
11 Dec 1996 Kuwait v Korea Republic L 2-0 AFC Asian Cup Group A
16 Dec 1996 Iran v Korea Republic L 6-2 AFC Asian Cup Quarter-final
18 Jan 1997 Korea Republic v Norway W 1-0 OPTUS World Series
22 Jan 1997 Australia v Korea Republic L 2-1 OPTUS World Series
02 Mar 1997 Thailand v Korea Republic W 1-3 FIFA World Cup Asia 1st round group 6
10 Aug 1997 Korea Republic v Brazil L 1-2 Nike World Tour
30 Aug 1997 Korea Republic v China PR D 0-0 KOREA v CHINA ANNUAL MATCH 2nd leg
06 Sep 1997 Korea Republic v Kazakhstan W 3-0 FIFA World Cup Asia 2nd round group B
12 Sep 1997 Korea Republic v Uzbekistan W 2-1 FIFA World Cup Asia 2nd round group B
28 Sep 1997 Japan v Korea Republic W 1-2 FIFA World Cup Asia 2nd round group B
04 Oct 1997 Korea Republic v United Arab Emirates W 3-0 FIFA World Cup Asia 2nd round group B
11 Oct 1997 Kazakhstan v Korea Republic D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Asia 2nd round group B
18 Oct 1997 Uzbekistan v Korea Republic W 1-5 FIFA World Cup Asia 2nd round group B
09 Nov 1997 United Arab Emirates v Korea Republic W 1-3 FIFA World Cup Asia 2nd round group B
04 Mar 1998 Korea Republic v China PR W 2-1 DYNASTY CUP
07 Mar 1998 Korea Republic v Hong Kong W 1-0 DYNASTY CUP
01 Apr 1998 Korea Republic v Japan W 2-1 International Friendly
18 May 1998 Korea Republic v Jamaica D 0-0 International Friendly
27 May 1998 Korea Republic v Czech Republic D 2-2 International Friendly
04 Jun 1998 Korea Republic v China PR D 1-1 KOREA v CHINA ANNUAL MATCH 1st leg
13 Jun 1998 Korea Republic v Mexico L 1-3 FIFA World Cup Finals group E
20 Jun 1998 Netherlands v Korea Republic L 5-0 FIFA World Cup Finals group E
25 Jun 1998 Belgium v Korea Republic D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Finals group E
28 Mar 1999 Korea Republic v Brazil W 1-0 International Friendly
05 Jun 1999 Korea Republic v Belgium L 1-2 International Friendly
12 Jun 1999 Korea Republic v Mexico D 1-1 Korea Cup
15 Jun 1999 Korea Republic v Egypt D 0-0 KOREA CUP
19 Jun 1999 Korea Republic v Croatia D 1-1 KOREA CUP
15 Feb 2000 Canada v Korea Republic D 0-0 CONCACAF Gold Cup Group D
17 Feb 2000 Korea Republic v Costa Rica D 2-2 CONCACAF Gold Cup Group D
26 Apr 2000 Korea Republic v Japan W 1-0 ANNUAL MATCH
04 Oct 2000 United Arab Emirates v Korea Republic L 1-1 (2-3) FRIENDSHIP TOURNAMENT (UAE)
13 Oct 2000 Korea Republic v China PR D 2-2 AFC Asian Cup Group B
19 Oct 2000 Korea Republic v Indonesia W 3-0 AFC Asian Cup Group B
23 Oct 2000 Korea Republic v Iran W 2-1 AFC Asian Cup Quarter-final
26 Oct 2000 Korea Republic v Saudi Arabia L 1-2 AFC Asian Cup Semi-final
29 Oct 2000 Korea Republic v China PR W 1-0 AFC Asian Cup 3rd place
20 Dec 2000 Japan v Korea Republic D 1-1 International Friendly
24 Jan 2001 Korea Republic v Norway L 2-3 NEW YEAR TOURNAMENT
27 Jan 2001 Korea Republic v Paraguay W 1-1 (6-5) NEW YEAR TOURNAMENT 3rd place
08 Feb 2001 Morocco v Korea Republic D 1-1 Friendship Tounament (UAE)
11 Feb 2001 United Arab Emirates v Korea Republic W 1-4 FRIENDSHIP TOURNAMENT (UAE)
14 Feb 2001 Denmark v Korea Republic L 2-0 FRIENDSHIP TOURNAMENT (UAE)
25 May 2001 Korea Republic v Cameroon D 0-0 International Friendly
30 May 2001 Korea Republic v France L 0-5 FIFA Confederations Cup Group A
01 Jun 2001 Korea Republic v Mexico W 2-1 FIFA Confederations Cup Group A
03 Jun 2001 Korea Republic v Australia W 1-0 FIFA Confederations Cup Group A
13 Mar 2002 Tunisia v Korea Republic D 0-0 International Friendly
20 Mar 2002 Finland v Korea Republic W 0-2 International Friendly
26 Mar 2002 Turkey v Korea Republic D 0-0 International Friendly
20 Apr 2002 Korea Republic v Costa Rica W 2-0 International Friendly
27 Apr 2002 Korea Republic v China PR D 0-0 International Friendly
16 May 2002 Korea Republic v Scotland W 4-1 International Friendly
21 May 2002 Korea Republic v England D 1-1 International Friendly
26 May 2002 Korea Republic v France L 2-3 International Friendly
04 Jun 2002 Korea Republic v Poland W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Finals Group D
10 Jun 2002 Korea Republic v USA D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Finals Group D
14 Jun 2002 Portugal v Korea Republic W 0-1 FIFA World Cup Finals Group D
18 Jun 2002 Korea Republic v Italy W 2-1 FIFA World Cup Finals 2nd round
22 Jun 2002 Korea Republic v Spain W 0-0 (5-3) FIFA World Cup Finals quarter-final
25 Jun 2002 Korea Republic v Germany L 0-1 FIFA World Cup Finals semi-final
29 Jun 2002 Korea Republic v Turkey L 2-3 FIFA World Cup Finals 3rd place
20 Nov 2002 Korea Republic v Brazil L 2-3 International Friendly


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.