Ahn with Dalian Shide in 2009
|Date of birth||27 January 1976|
|Place of birth||Paju, Gyeonggi, South Korea|
|Height||178 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Second striker / Attacking midfielder|
|1998–2002||Busan Daewoo / Busan I'Cons||54||(27)|
|2000–2002||→ Perugia (loan)||30||(5)|
|2004–2005||Yokohama F. Marinos||34||(16)|
|2007||Suwon Samsung Bluewings||15||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
|Revised Romanization||An Jeonghwan|
Ahn Jung-hwan (Hangul: 안정환; Hanja: 安貞桓; born 27 January 1976 in Paju, Gyeonggi) is a South Korean former football player. He made world headlines by scoring the winning golden goal for South Korea against Italy in the 2002 FIFA World Cup second round, and earning him dismissal from the Italian club Perugia.
After starting his professional career with K League's Busan Daewoo Royals, Ahn joined Serie A's AC Perugia in 2000–01, on loan. In a 2013 interview, he claimed to have been ostracised at the club, and bullied by his captain, Marco Materazzi.
In the 2002 FIFA World Cup, he scored an extra-time header in the round of 16 game against Italy that sent the South Koreans through to the quarter-finals. The next day, Perugia owner Luciano Gaucci cancelled his contract and was quoted as saying, "I have no intention of paying a salary to someone who has ruined Italian football." Gaucci stated that his decision was not due to the goal, alleging comments by Ahn about the Italian nation. South Korean national manager Guus Hiddink criticised the decision.
Perugia later took back what they had said, and offered to outright buy Ahn's contract, but the player rejected it, saying "I will no longer discuss my transfer to Perugia, who attacked my character instead of congratulating me for a goal in the World Cup."
During the World Cup in 2002, Ahn also scored the late equaliser in South Korea's match with the United States. After scoring the goal he performed a goal celebration with his teammates, mimicking the movements of compatriot Kim Dong-sung. Four months earlier, during the 2002 Winter Olympics, speedskater Kim was disqualified for "cross tracking" American skater Apolo Ohno in their 1500 m short track event. Because of the disqualification, Ohno won the gold medal even though he had finished second to Kim. Ahn's celebration was a form of protest against the ISU's decision, which many Koreans felt was biased.
Ahn then attempted to secure a permanent move to another European club but failed and returned to Asia, joining J. League Division 1's Shimizu S-Pulse. After one season, he moved to another J. League team, Yokohama F. Marinos. After this successful spell in Japan, he returned to Europe to play for French team FC Metz in July 2005. He scored 2 Ligue 1 goals (Round 1 & 18) in 16 outings.
On 16 January 2006, Ahn was invited to train with Blackburn Rovers but twice failed to show up, one of the dates being on his birthday. In February he secured a 17-month deal with MSV Duisburg in Germany. He scored two goals (Round 31 and 32) in 12 outings. However, the German club was relegated from the Bundesliga, as Ahn saw a move to Heart of Midlothian of the Scottish Premier League fall through. On 31 August 2006, he was released by Duisburg, and returned to South Korea in January 2007, joining Suwon Samsung Bluewings on a one-year deal.
Previously, Ahn was selected for South Korea's 2006 FIFA World Cup squad in Germany, and came off the bench to score the winner in Korea's 2–1 opening match win over Togo, after coming from a goal down at halftime. Thus, he became Asian football career leader in goals scored in the World Cup, with three.
On 14 March 2007, Ahn scored his first goal of the season against Daejeon Citizen, with a first-half pass from Lee Kwan-woo. He went on to score a hat-trick in a 4–0 win, in only his third game of the season. He was quoted after the match: "I felt good before the game and I knew I was ready. It feels wonderful to have a great game and make the Suwon fans happy."
After the 2006 World Cup, new South Korea manager Pim Verbeek announced his new 23-man squad for the 2007 AFC Asian Cup, and Ahn was left out. Verbeek then said that his decision was not based on personal issues, as the player was clubless.
In 2008, Ahn returned to the Daewoo Royals, now renamed Busan I'Park. In 2008, he steadily improved his game and overall performances and, for the first time in 22 months, was recalled to the national team for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifications match against Jordan.
According to reports, Ahn's agent investigated the possibility of a move to several Major League Soccer sides, but there were no teams interested in using a Designated Player slot to sign him. He has also been linked with Australian A-League club Sydney FC.
In March 2009, Ahn signed a three-month contract with Chinese Super League side Dalian Shide. He became the key player in the club and scored his first CSL goal on 18 April 2009. He extended his contract to December 2010 with Dalian Shide in June, despite that J-League club Oita Trinita had an intention to sign him. Ahn was promoted to team captain in season 2010.
Ahn officially announced his retirement on 30 January 2012. He departed football knowing that many people viewed him as one of South Korea's greatest-ever players.
Ahn is sometimes called "the Lord of the Ring" by Korean fans. He married former Miss Korea Lee Hye-won (Hangul: 이혜원) in 2001 and got this nickname by kissing his wedding ring after every goal he scores.
Other than football, Ahn is noted for his model-like looks and has appeared in numerous make-up ads. The Korean media often states the similar facial appearance between the footballer and actor Cha In-pyo. Both view the statement as a compliment.
Club career statistics
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|South Korea||League||KFA Cup||League Cup||Asia||Total|
|1998||Busan Daewoo Royals||K League||17||5||-||-||16||8||-||-||33||13|
|Italy||League||Coppa Italia||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Japan||League||Emperor's Cup||League Cup||Asia||Total|
|2002||Shimizu S-Pulse||J. League Division 1||10||3||3||2||1||0||1||2||15||7|
|2004||Yokohama F. Marinos||J. League Division 1||25||12||1||1||1||0||4||3||31||14|
|France||League||Coupe de France||Coupe de la Ligue||Europe||Total|
|South Korea||League||KFA Cup||League Cup||Asia||Total|
|2007||Suwon Bluewings||K League||15||0||1||0||10||5||-||-||26||5|
|2008||Busan IPark||K League||19||4||1||0||8||2||-||-||28||6|
|China PR||League||FA Cup||CSL Cup||Asia||Total|
|2009||Dalian Shide||Chinese Super League||26||6||-||-||-||26||6|
National team statistics
|Korea Republic national team|
- K League player of the year: 1999
- K-League's best eleven: 1998, 1999
- AFC footballer of the year nomination: 2002
- Results list South Korea's goal tally first.
||12 June 1999||Seoul||Mexico||1 goal||1–1||1999 Korea Cup|
||20 December 2000||Tokyo||Japan||1 goal||1–1||Friendly match|
||16 May 2002||Busan||Scotland||2 goals||4–1||Friendly match|
||10 June 2002||Daegu||United States||1 goal||1–1||2002 FIFA World Cup|
||18 June 2002||Daejeon||Italy||1 goal||2–1 (2–1 a.e.t.)||2002 FIFA World Cup|
||20 November 2002||Seoul||Brazil||1 goal||2–3||Friendly match|
||31 May 2003||Tokyo||Japan||1 goal||1–0||Friendly match|
||4 December 2003||Tokyo||Hong Kong||1 goal||3–1||2003 East Asian Cup|
||14 February 2004||Ulsan||Oman||2 goals||5–0||Friendly match|
||9 June 2004||Daejeon||Vietnam||1 goal||2–0||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
||23 July 2004||Jinan||United Arab Emirates||1 goal||2–0||2004 AFC Asian Cup|
||27 July 2004||Jinan||Kuwait||1 goal||4–0||2004 AFC Asian Cup|
||12 November 2005||Seoul||Sweden||1 goal||2–2||Friendly match|
||13 June 2006||Frankfurt||Togo||1 goal||2–1||2006 FIFA World Cup|
||16 August 2006||Taipei||Chinese Taipei||1 goal||3–0||2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
- "South Korea World Cup hero Ahn Jung-Hwan recalls racist slurs during time with Perugia in Italy". The Daily Telegraph (London). 16 January 2013. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
- "Hiddink condemns 'childish' Perugia". BBC News. 20 June 2002. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
- "Jung-Hwan set to wait for Hearts". BBC Sport. 16 May 2006. Retrieved 3 June 2012.
- 안정환, 21개월만에 대표팀 승선 (in Korean). Daum.net. 20 May 2008.
- "MLS Player Watch". washingtonpost.com. 1 December 2008. Retrieved 3 June 2012.
- "Czech it out: Sydney's new coach to look abroad after disappointing year". smh.com.au. 27 March 2009. Retrieved 3 June 2012.
- 徐弘带队欢迎安贞焕加盟 实德先租三个月 (in Chinese). sports.qq.com. 20 March 2009. Retrieved 28 March 2010.
- 安贞焕两球李凯头球建功 中超第5轮大连3:1杭州 (in Chinese). titan24.com. 18 April 2009. Retrieved 28 March 2010.
- "South Korean World Cup legend Ahn Jung-Hwan bids emotional farewell after announcing his retirement". Goal.com. 31 January 2012.
- "Ahn Jung-Hwan: I Want To Stay In China". goal.com. 25 April 2009. Retrieved 28 March 2010.
- Ahn Jung-hwan at kleague.com
- National Team Player Record
- Ahn Jung-hwan – FIFA competition record
- Ahn Jung-hwan at National-Football-Teams.com
- Official website
- Ahn Jung-hwan at cafe.daum.net
|K-League Most Valuable Player