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|Full name||Hong Myung-Bo|
|Date of birth||February 12, 1969|
|Place of birth||Seoul, South Korea|
|Height||1.82 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|Current club||South Korea U-23 (manager)|
|2003–2004||Los Angeles Galaxy||38||(0)|
|2000||South Korea Olympic||2||(0)|
|2005–2007||South Korea (Assistant Manager)|
|2007–2008||South Korea U-23 (Assistant Manager)|
|2009||South Korea U-20|
|2009–2012||South Korea U-23|
|2012-||Anzhi Makhachkala (Assistant Manager)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:18, 10 February 2007 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
|Revised Romanization||Hong Myeong-bo|
Hong Myung-Bo (Korean: 홍명보, Hanja: 洪明甫) (born February 12, 1969 in Seoul) is a South Korean former footballer who, along with Cha Bum-Kun, is often considered one of the greatest Asian footballers of all time. 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 final tournaments.
Hong often played as a centre-back but also played at the full-back position. He was often touted to be the best sweeper in Asia at that time. He was often cited as the "Korean Libero" by the media due to his ability to play deep into the midfield and strike a long distance ball. He retired as a player 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 managed the South Korea national under-20 football team in 2009, and led the team to the quarterfinals in the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Since being appointed in 2009, he has worked as head coach of the under-23 football team. Under his guidance, the South Korean national football team was able to receive the bronze in the 2012 London Olympics, which set up a record by obtaining the first medal ever for South Korea in Olympic football as well as being the first Asian team in 44 years to win a medal at that event.
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. He scored the winning penalty to secure a 5–3 shootout victory in the quarter final against Spain after a goalless draw. 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 
On 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 resign of Pim Verbeek, he was one of the candidates to become the next manager. The Korea Football Association announced, on 19 February 2009, it had appointed him as the South Korea national under-20 football team. Under his guidance the team reached the quarter finals of the tournament, but were eliminated due to a 2–3 defeat to Ghana national under-20 football team. He also served an assistant coach for under-23 football team under Park Seong-Hwa. In October 2009, he took over the coaching duties at under-23 football team. He led his team into third place in the 2010 Asian Games.On August 10, 2012, Hong Myung Bo coached the U-23 Men's Olympic team to a 2-0 win over Japan to secure the bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
Personal life 
Hong married Soo-mi Cho, five years younger than he was, in 1997 and has two sons, called Hong Seong-Min and Hong Jeong-Min, 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|
|Korea Republic||League||FA Cup||K-League Cup||Asia||Total|
|Japan||League||Emperor's Cup||J. League Cup||Asia||Total|
|1997||Bellmare Hiratsuka||J. League 1||10||0||3||1||0||0||?||?||13||1|
|1999||Kashiwa Reysol||J. League 1||28||5||4||2||5||2||-||37||9|
|Korea Republic||League||FA Cup||K-League Cup||Asia||Total|
|United States||League||Open Cup||League Cup||North America||Total|
|2003||Los Angeles Galaxy||Major League Soccer||25||0||2||0|
National team statistics 
|Korea Republic national team|
- Results list South Korea's goal tally first.
|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||North Korea||1||1–1||1992 Dynasty Cup|
|4.||May 13, 1993||Beirut, Lebanon||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, 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|
- Selected to FIFA 100: 2004
- 2002 FIFA World Cup Bronze Ball Award Winner : 2002
- 2002 FIFA World Cup All-Star Team : 2002
- Asian Cup Best Eleven: 2000
- J-League Best Eleven: 2000
- K-League Best Eleven: 1996, 1995, 1994, 1992
- Major League Soccer All-Star Team: 2003
- K-League Champions: 1992
- Korean FA Cup Champions: 1996
- Korean FA Cup Runners-up: 2002
- K-League Cup Champions: 1993
- K-League Cup Runners-up: 1997
- AFC Asian Club Championship Champions: 1997
- J. League Cup Champions: 1999
- Hong Myung-Bo at kleague.com
- National Team Player Record KFA (Korean)
- Hong Myung-Bo – FIFA competition record
- Hong Myung-Bo at National-Football-Teams.com
- International Appearances & Goals rsssf.com