Cho Won-hee

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Cho Won-hee
조원희
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Personal information
Full name Cho Won-hee
Date of birth (1983-04-17) 17 April 1983 (age 34)
Place of birth Seoul, South Korea
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Suwon Samsung Bluewings
Number 8
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i 1 (0)
2003–2004 Gwangju Sangmu (army) 33 (2)
2005–2008 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 82 (1)
2009–2011 Wigan Athletic 5 (0)
2010 Suwon Bluewings (loan) 20 (1)
2011–2012 Guangzhou Evergrande 47 (0)
2013–2014 Wuhan Zall 29 (0)
2014 Gyeongnam FC (loan) 12 (0)
2014 Omiya Ardija 4 (0)
2015 Seoul E-Land 37 (5)
2016– Suwon Samsung Bluewings 0 (0)
National team
2002–2003 South Korea U20 10 (1)
2006 South Korea U23 3 (0)
2005–2009 South Korea 36 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 January 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 October 2012
Cho Won-hee
Hangul 조원희
Hanja 趙源熙
Revised Romanization Jo Won-hui
McCune–Reischauer Cho Wŏn-hŭi
This is a Korean name; the family name is Cho.

Cho Won-hee (Hangul조원희, Korean pronunciation: [tɕo.wʌn.ɦi]; born 17 April 1983) is a South Korean footballer who plays for Suwon Samsung Bluewings as a midfielder.

Club career[edit]

As a child, Cho often played as a forward. Later, when he was picked for South Korean U20 squad, he also played as a left winger. In 2001, Cho was planning to play football at university as many other Korean footballers do, but he failed to do so, so he signed with Ulsan Hyundai, one of the most successful clubs in the K-League. In 2003, Cho decided to join Gwangju Sangmu Phoenix, the army team to finish his army duty and to play first team football. There, he was quite impressive, and after his 2-year-duty at Gwangju, he moved to Suwon Samsung Bluewings, a team that was nicknamed "Real Suwon" for its cash-splashing signings. He originally played as a right wingback or right fullback at the Big Bird Stadium, competing for regular with Song Chong-Gug, but in 2007, after a long-term injury of defensive midfielder Kim Nam-Il, he changed his position to defensive midfielder. Throughout the 2007 season, he was not very impressive, and many fans were especially concerned with his rough passing. However, next season, he showed his quality with improved passing and sight, and became a first team regular. After lifting the league trophy with Suwon, he became free agent.

Wigan Athletic[edit]

Cho was linked with several European clubs, including German giant Schalke 04 and French side AS Monaco. After trialing with AS Monaco in January 2009,[1] Cho sought another trial with Wigan Athletic after it was revealed that AS Monaco had all of their non-EU player slots filled. He impressed during a trial with the club,[2] and after being granted a work permit, Cho was allowed to join Wigan Athletic on 6 March 2009 with 2 years 6 months contract. Cho played his first reserve game in a 2–2 draw against Liverpool reserves, notching an assist.[3] Cho received a calf injury in a friendly against Iraq where he was kicked in the leg. [4] He nearly missed the remainder of the season, but managed to fully recover so as to make his Premier League debut for Wigan in the final match of the 2008–09 season against Stoke City.[5] So far, Cho has made one appearance as a starter and four as a substitute. He scored a beautiful goal against Norwich City in a pre-season friendly at Carrow Road.

Suwon Bluewings (loan)[edit]

He joined Suwon Bluewings on a one-year loan in January 2010.[6] He returned to Wigan Athletic after his loan expired.

Guangzhou Evergrande[edit]

On 13 February 2011, Cho joined Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande on a free transfer,[7] which made him the second Korean player to play for Guangzhou F.C. after Park Ji-Ho. He was the only player to appear in all 30 Super League games for Guangzhou in the 2011 season. On 30 May 2012, Cho suffered a rib fracture in the Round of 16 of 2012 AFC Champions League which Guangzhou Evergrande beat F.C. Tokyo 1–0. He lost his position to Kim Young-Gwon and was replaced by Kim in the 30-man squad which was submitted for the next stage of the Champions League after Kim transferred to Guangzhou in August. He won the league in the 2011 and 2012 season for Guangzhou Evergrande.

Wuhan Zall[edit]

On 28 November 2012, Wuhan Zall officially announced they had signed Cho on a free transfer.[8]

Gyeongnam FC[edit]

On February 2014, Cho was loaned to Gyeongnam FC

Omiya Ardija[edit]

On 4 July 2014, Cho moved to Omiya Ardija to the end of the season.

Seoul E-Land FC[edit]

On 5 February 2015, Cho signed for a new team Seoul E-Land FC.

International career[edit]

Cho scored his first international goal in his debut game against Iran on 12 October 2005. His shot deflected off an opposing defender and became one of the few goals scored within a minute. This goal is guessed to be the fastest goal South Korean National Team has ever scored, if the unrecorded games in the 50s and the 60s are not counted. Although Cho impressed as a right-back in his first game, he did not make an appearance in the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

International goals[edit]

Results list South Korea's goal tally first.
Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
12 October 2005 Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul, South Korea  Iran 1–0 2–0 Friendly

Club career statistics[edit]

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
2002 Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i K-League 1 0 0 0 - 1 0
2003 Gwangju Sangmu Bulsajo K-League 23 2 0 0 - - 23 2
2004 10 0 0 0 11 0 - 21 0
2005 Suwon Bluewings K-League 20 0 2 0 9 0 31 0
2006 23 0 2 0 4 0 - 29 0
2007 14 0 2 0 5 0 - 21 0
2008 25 1 1 0 10 0 - 36 1
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2008–09 Wigan Athletic Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 0
2009–10 4 0 0 0 0 0 - 4 0
South Korea League KFA Cup League Cup Asia Total
2010 Suwon Bluewings K-League 20 1 6 0 - 26 1
China PR League FA Cup CSL Cup Asia Total
2011 Guangzhou Evergrande Chinese Super League 30 0 2 0 - - 32 0
2012 17 0 2 0 - 7 0 26 0
2013 Wuhan Zall 29 0 0 0 - - 29 0
South Korea League KFA Cup League Cup Asia Total
2014 Gyeongnam FC K League Classic 12 0 0 0 - - 12 0
Total South Korea 148 4 7 0 45 0 200 4
England 5 0 0 0 0 0 - 5 0
China PR 76 0 4 0 0 0 7 0 87 0
Career total 229 4 11 0 45 0 7 0 292 4

Honours[edit]

Suwon Samsung Bluewings
Guangzhou Evergrande
Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ Korea's Cho In Monaco Trial
  2. ^ "Cho Won-hee impresses Wigan". Sky Sports. 18 February 2009. Retrieved 6 March 2009. 
  3. ^ "Cho gets Wigan green light". Sky Sports. 6 March 2009. Retrieved 6 March 2009. 
  4. ^ Wigan's Cho out for season
  5. ^ "Britannia given Potters treat". Sky Sports. 16 May 2009. Retrieved 16 May 2009. 
  6. ^ "Cho agrees Korea return". Sky Sports. 4 January 2010. Retrieved 14 January 2010. 
  7. ^ 恒大官方宣布签强力亚洲外援 前韩国国脚曾踢英超 (in Chinese). sina. 13 February 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  8. ^ 武汉卓尔宣布恒大名将加盟 两年合约锁定赵源熙 (in Chinese). sohu. 28 November 2012. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kwak Hee-Ju
Suwon Samsung Bluewings captain
2010
Succeeded by
Choi Sung-Kuk
Preceded by
Mei Fang
Wuhan Zall captain
2013
Succeeded by
Wu Yan