Choi Sung-kuk

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Choi.
Choi Sung-Kuk
최성국
Choi Sung-Kuk.jpg
Personal information
Full name Choi Sung-Kuk
Date of birth (1983-02-08) 8 February 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Seoul, Republic of Korea
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Forward, Winger
Youth career
2001–2002 Korea University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i 84 (10)
2005 Kashiwa Reysol (Loan) 8 (0)
2007–2010 Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 49 (7)
2009–2010 Gwangju Sangmu (army) 48 (13)
2011 Suwon Bluewings 12 (1)
Total 201 (31)
National team
2002–2003 South Korea U-20 (8)
2003–2004 South Korea U-23 27 (4)
2003–2011 South Korea 26 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 November 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 February 2011
Choi Sung-kuk
Hangul 최성국
Hanja 崔成國
Revised Romanization Choe Seong-Guk
McCune–Reischauer Ch'oe Sŏngguk

Choi Sung-Kuk (born 8 February 1983) is a South Korean football Forward.

He was part of the South Korea 2004 Olympic football team, who finished second in Group A, making it through to the next round, before being defeated by silver medal winners Paraguay. He was also capped for South Korean U-20 team at 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship.

A member of Korea's squad for the 2007 AFC Asian Cup, he scored a goal in the opening match against Saudi Arabia.

Club career[edit]

Ulsan[edit]

Choi joined Ulsan Hyundai, the K-League giant in 2003. Ulsan placed second in the league that season. In 2005, he was loaned out to J. League side Kashiwa Reysol, but after a 5-month disappointing spell, he returned to Ulsan. Following his return, Ulsan won the league that year. Choi also became the top scorer for the Hauzen Cup, which is the Korean League Cup. It seemed definite that Choi would become Ulsan's icon, but he moved to Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma, which made many Ulsan supporters extremely angry at the board.

Seongnam[edit]

Choi helped Seongnam become the runner-up that season. However, after his disappointing 2008 season Choi announced he would join the army in 2009, which angered many Seongnam fans. He moved to Gwangju Sangmu, the army team at the beginning of the 2009 season. There, his partnership with Kim Myung-Joong was the core of Gwangju's surprising performance.

In late 2010, he returned to Seongnam and participated in the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup. He scored in the quarterfinal against United Arab Emirates side Al-Wahda.

Suwon[edit]

Choi moved to Suwon Samsung Bluewings prior to the 2011 season.

Match-fixing scandal in June 2011

Choi was implicated in a match-fixing scandal while playing for the military team, Sangmu. He denied his involvement when media reports raised the allegations about throwing matches, but soon admitted it as the scandal deepened. Consequently, he was tentatively dropped from his team.

It was officially announced in August 2011 that he would not be able to play in the all league systems in South Korea permanently.

Rabotnički[edit]

On 16 January 2012, it was announced that Choi would join Macedonia side FK Rabotnički[1] It was to be his first club in Europe of his career. However, his move fell through after the Football Federation of Macedonia rejected the player's registration after K-League revealed Choi had been banned from playing professional football in any league by FIFA.[2] As of 16 March 2012, Choi Sung-Kuk future football career is in doubt.

Club career statistics[edit]

As of 25 July 2011
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
South Korea League KFA Cup League Cup Asia Total
2003 Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i K-League 27 7 0 0 - - 27 7
2004 19 1 4 3 0 0 - 23 4
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup Asia Total
2005 Kashiwa Reysol J. League Division 1 8 0 0 0 4 0 - 12 0
South Korea League KFA Cup League Cup Asia Total
2005 Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i K-League 16 1 1 0 0 0 - 17 1
2006 22 1 1 0 13 8 4 4 40 13
2007 Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 27 3 0 0 1 0 8 3 36 6
2008 18 4 2 0 8 3 - 28 7
2009 Gwangju Sangmu 26 9 0 0 2 0 - 28 9
2010 22 4 3 1 2 0 - 27 5
Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 7 1
2011 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 12 1 1 1 0 0 6 0 19 2
Total South Korea 193 31 12 5 26 11 21 8 252 55
Japan 8 0 0 0 4 0 - 12 0
Career total 201 31 12 5 30 11 21 8 264 55

International career statistics[edit]

[3][4]

Korea Republic national team
Year Apps Goals
2003 4 1
2004 4 0
2005 3 0
2006 3 0
2007 7 1
2008 3 0
2009 0 0
2010 1 0
2011 1 0
Total 26 2

International goals[edit]

Results list South Korea's goal tally first.
Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
27 September 2003 South Korea Incheon  Oman 1 goal 1–0 2004 AFC Asian Cup qualification
11 July 2007 Indonesia Jakarta  Saudi Arabia 1 goal 1–1 2007 AFC Asian Cup

References[edit]

  1. ^ Choi Sung-Kuk arrived at Rabotnicki at MacedonianFootball.com, 16 January 2012
  2. ^ "Fifa bans South Korea's Choi Sung-Kuk in wake of match-fixing scandal". Goal.com. 16 March 2012. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Choi Sung-kuk at National-Football-Teams.com
  4. ^ http://www.kfa.or.kr/eng_renew/koreateam/km_match_list.asp?k_team_type=1

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Cho Won-Hee
Suwon Samsung Bluewings captain
2011
Succeeded by
Yeom Ki-Hun