Seol Ki-hyeon

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Seol Ki-Hyeon
설기현
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Personal information
Full name Seol Ki-Hyeon or Seol Ki-Hyun
Date of birth (1979-01-08) 8 January 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth Jeongseon, Gangwon, South Korea
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Winger / Striker
Club information
Current team
Incheon United
Number 9
Youth career
1997–2000 Kwangwoon University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Royal Antwerp 25 (10)
2001–2004 Anderlecht 72 (18)
2004–2006 Wolverhampton Wanderers 69 (8)
2006–2007 Reading 30 (4)
2007–2010 Fulham 18 (1)
2009 Al-Hilal (loan) 7 (1)
2010 Pohang Steelers 16 (7)
2011 Ulsan Hyundai 29 (3)
2012– Incheon United 70 (11)
National team
1999 South Korea U-20
1999–2000 South Korea U-23 21 (8)
2000–2009 South Korea 83 (19)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 May 2012.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12:00, 18 November 2009 (UTC)
Seol Ki-hyeon
Hangul 설기현
Hanja 薛琦鉉
Revised Romanization Seol Gi-Hyeon
McCune–Reischauer Sŏl Ki-Hyŏn
This is a Korean name; the family name is Seol.

Seol Ki-Hyeon or Seol Ki-Hyun (Korean: 설기현; born 8 January 1979 in Jeongseon, Gangwon) is a South Korean professional footballer who currently plays for Incheon United. He is also the first South Korean footballer to score in the history of the UEFA Champions League, during his time at RSC Anderlecht.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

At the end of his time as a college player in Korea, the young striker was advised to join the J League in Japan, but chose instead to try and establish his career in Europe.

After one successful season with Royal Antwerp (2000–01), he moved to Anderlecht. He played in the UEFA Champions League, and in the Belgian Super Cup, he scored a hat-trick in the space of 12 minutes.

Wolverhampton Wanderers[edit]

In 2004, Seol moved to England, joining Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers. He made over 30 appearances by the end of the 2004–05 season, scoring a few goals too. The Wolverhampton coach at the time, Glenn Hoddle, preferred Seol as one of his first-choice strikers, using him in a wide, supporting role to the main strikers.

Disappointed with the failure of Wolves to win promotion from The Championship, Seol sought a move to the Premier League following the 2006 FIFA World Cup, despite having two years of his contract left. He was reported as saying "At this stage, I'm frustrated not to be in the Premiership. I think there will be some good news after the World Cup."[1]

Reading[edit]

Seol eventually joined newly promoted Premier League club Reading on 12 July 2006 for a fee of £1 million (rising to £1.5 million based on certain criteria).[2] He scored his first Premiership goal as Reading won 2–1 at Sheffield United on 16 September 2006.[3] He scored his second goal for Reading against West Ham United, proving to be only goal of the match.[4] His third goal for Reading, his first at home, came on 18 November 2006 in the 2–0 win against Charlton Athletic.[5] He scored his fourth goal against Blackburn, the last game of the season.

Fulham[edit]

Seol Ki-Hyeon training for Fulham F.C.

Seol left Reading for Fulham on 31 August 2007 for an undisclosed fee on a three-year contract, with Liam Rosenior going the other way.[6] Reading boss Steve Coppell admitted that strained relations between him and Seol led to the move.[7] At the time of his Fulham career, Seol wrote on his blog on the club's official website, where he has "been living in Sutton in Surrey for a few months now with his family. There’s actually a big Korean community nearby".[8] He did not score his first goal for Fulham until 16 August 2008 against Hull City, despite Fulham eventually losing 2–1.[9] Seol signed an initial 6-month loan move to Al-Hilal in Saudi Arabia with a view to a permanent move on 14 January 2009[10] Seol stated he desired to stay at Fulham to win his place in the squad,[11] and he went on to score his second goal for the club against FK Vetra in the Europa League.[12] In January 2010, to increase first-team football playing time and to improve his chance to be included in the Korean last-23 in 2010 FIFA World Cup, Seol engaged in loan talks with the Hong Kong First Division Club South China[13] but no deal was agreed. It was announced on 15 January that Seol Ki-Hyeon's contract with Fulham had been cancelled by mutual consent.[14]

K-League Stint[edit]

Pohang Steelers[edit]

On 17 January 2010, he completed a move to Pohang Steelers. His first tournament for Pohang Steelers was the 2010 Lunar New Year Cup in Hong Kong. He got 7 goals in K-League and He was top goalscorer of regular league in Pohang.

Ulsan Hyundai[edit]

On 16 February 2011, he agreed a one-year contract with K-League side Ulsan Hyundai FC to be a regular in the starting lineup. He fired Ulsan to victory in the 2011 K-League Cup by scoring in the final against Busan I'Park.

Incheon United[edit]

On 24 January 2012, Seol joined Incheon United after refusing a contract extension with Ulsan.

International career[edit]

Seol plays for South Korea internationally. He played in his first World Cup in front of his home crowd, South Korea being co-hosts with Japan for the 2002 finals. Seol was a key member of the South Korea squad during the tournament, memorably scoring the equalising goal against Italy in the knock-out stages.[15]

Personal life[edit]

He married Yoon Mi in 2002. In-Woong, their son, was born in that same year. In 2005, daughter Soo-A was born.

Honours[edit]

Seol was voted by Reading fans as the official Player of the Month for August[16] and September 2006. Seol played in all three of the Royals' Premiership games in August when he helped to create three of the four goals scored.

Club[edit]

Belgium Anderlecht

Saudi Arabia Al Hilal

South Korea Ulsan Hyundai

Individual[edit]

Club career statistics[edit]

As of 24 January 2012
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Belgium League Belgian Cup League Cup Europe Total
2000–01 Royal Antwerp First Division 25 10 2 1 - - 27 11
2001–02 Anderlecht First Division 20 3 0 0 - 3 1 23 4
2002–03 32 12 3 0 - 8 1 43 13
2003–04 19 3 1 0 - 6 1 26 4
2004–05 1 0 0 0 - 1 0 2 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2004–05 Wolverhampton Wanderers Championship 37 4 2 1 1 1 - 40 6
2005–06 32 4 2 0 2 0 - 36 4
2006–07 Reading Premier League 27 4 4 0 0 0 - 31 4
2007–08 3 0 0 0 0 0 - 3 0
2007–08 Fulham Premier League 12 0 2 0 1 0 - 15 0
2008–09 4 1 0 0 2 0 - 6 1
Saudi Arabia League Crown Prince Cup League Cup Asia Total
2008–09 Al-Hilal Premier League 7 0 5 0 5 1 7 0 24 1
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2009–10 Fulham Premier League 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 1 5 1
South Korea League KFA Cup League Cup Asia Total
2010 Pohang Steelers K-League 16 7 0 0 0 0 2 0 18 7
2011 Ulsan Hyundai 34 5 4 2 7 2 - 45 9
2012 Incheon United 40 7 0 0 - - - 40 7
2013 K.L. Classic - - - - - - - - -
Total Belgium 97 28 6 1 - 18 3 121 32
England 117 13 10 1 7 1 2 1 136 16
Saudi Arabia 7 0 5 0 5 1 7 0 24 1
South Korea 90 19 4 2 7 2 2 0 103 23
Career total 311 60 25 4 19 4 29 4 384 72

International goals[edit]

Results list South Korea's goal tally first.
Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
5 April 2000 South Korea Seoul  Laos 3 goals 9–0 2000 AFC Asian Cup qualification
9 April 2000 South Korea Seoul  Myanmar 2 goals 4–0 2000 AFC Asian Cup qualification
7 October 2000 United Arab Emirates Dubai  Australia 1 goal 4–2 2000 LG Cup
11 February 2001 United Arab Emirates Dubai  United Arab Emirates 1 goal 4–1 2001 Dubai Tournament
26 May 2002 South Korea Suwon  France 1 goal 2–3 Friendly match
18 June 2002 South Korea Daejeon  Italy 1 goal 1–1 (2–1 a.e.t.) 2002 FIFA World Cup
20 November 2002 South Korea Seoul  Brazil 1 goal 2–3 Friendly match
14 February 2004 South Korea Ulsan  Oman 1 goal 5–0 Friendly match
31 July 2004 China Jinan  Iran 1 goal 3–4 2004 AFC Asian Cup
26 May 2006 South Korea Seoul  Bosnia-Herzegovina 1 goal 2–0 Friendly match
2 September 2006 South Korea Seoul  Iran 1 goal 1–1 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification
6 September 2006 South Korea Suwon  Chinese Taipei 2 goals 8–0 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification
6 February 2008 South Korea Seoul  Turkmenistan 2 goals 4–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
5 September 2009 South Korea Seoul  Australia 1 goal 3–1 Friendly match

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Seol Ki-hyun looking to Premier League". Korea Herald. 20 July 2006. Archived from the original on 1 July 2012. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Seol signs but Reading insist Sidwell stays". Daily Mail. 6 July 2006. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Holt, Sarah (16 September 2006). "Sheff Utd 1–2 Reading". London: BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 April 2007. 
  4. ^ Warren, Dan (1 October 2006). "West Ham 0–1 Reading". London: BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 April 2007. 
  5. ^ "Reading 2–0 Charlton". London: BBC Sport. 18 November 2006. Retrieved 27 April 2007. 
  6. ^ "Rosenior signs as Seol departs". readingfc.co.uk. 1 September 2007. Archived from the original on 15 April 2012. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Coppell reveals Seol exit reason". London: BBC Sport. 11 September 2007. Retrieved 13 September 2007. 
  8. ^ "Seol's Blog". Fulham Official Website. 16 October 2007. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  9. ^ May, John (16 August 2008). "Hull City 2–1 Fulham". London: BBC. Retrieved 14 September 2009. 
  10. ^ Seol Moves to Saudi Club
  11. ^ "Seol to return to Fulham". Sky Sports. 
  12. ^ "FK Vetra 0–3 Fulham". BBC. 30 July 2009. Retrieved 20 April 2010. 
  13. ^ "續斟薛琦鉉 – 南華足球隊 – 南華足球隊blog" (in Mandarin). Yahoo! Blog. 11 January 2010. Archived from the original on 10 July 2012. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 
  14. ^ "Best Of Luck". Fulham F.C. 15 January 2010. Archived from the original on 17 February 2010. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 
  15. ^ "Korea's golden moment". London: BBC Sport. 18 June 2002. Retrieved 2 January 2008. 
  16. ^ "Seol voted as Reading player of the month". Asian Football Conference. 6 September 2006. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 
  17. ^ "European Footballer of the Year ("Ballon d'Or") 2002". Retrieved 26 April 2011. 

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