Han Kwang-song

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Han Kwang-song
Han Kwang-song vs Lebanon, 2019.jpg
Han with North Korea in 2019
Personal information
Date of birth (1998-09-11) 11 September 1998 (age 22)
Place of birth Pyongyang, North Korea
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Forward
Youth career
0000–2013 Chobyong
2013–2014 TecnoFutbol CF
2014–2015 Chobyong
2015–2017 ISM Academy
2017 Cagliari
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017–2020 Cagliari 12 (1)
2017–2018Perugia (loan) 17 (7)
2018–2019Perugia (loan) 19 (4)
2019–2020Juventus U23 (loan) 17 (0)
2020 Juventus 0 (0)
2020–2021 Al-Duhail 10 (3)
National team
2014–2015 North Korea U17 9 (4)
2016 North Korea U19 3 (1)
2017– North Korea 10 (1)

Korean name
Chosŏn'gŭl
Hancha
Revised RomanizationHan Gwang-seong
McCune–ReischauerHan Kwang-sŏng
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 August 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 November 2019

Han Kwang-song (Korean한광성; Hanja韓光成; born 11 September 1998) is a North Korean footballer who plays as a forward for the North Korea national team.

Club career[edit]

Cagliari[edit]

2017: Debut year[edit]

Han Kwang-song joined Cagliari at academy level in 2017, after a successful trial period.[1] Han became the first North Korean to play in the Serie A in a 3–1 away win over Palermo, on 2 April 2017, appearing as a substitute for Marco Sau in the 86th minute.[2] He scored his first goal for the club in a 3–2 home defeat to Torino on 9 April with the final goal of the game 5 minutes into stoppage time, thereby becoming the first North Korean to score in Serie A.[2][3] On 13 April 2017, Han signed a contract extension to continue to play for Cagliari until 2022.[4] He played a total of five league games, scoring once.[5]

2017–18: First loan to Perugia[edit]

On 7 August 2017, he was loaned to Serie B team Perugia.[6] He debuted for the club in the Coppa Italia third-round game against Benevento, which Perugia won 4–0.[7] On 27 August 2017, Han scored a hat-trick on his Serie B debut for Perugia in a 5–1 win over Virtus Entella.[8]

Han scored seven league goals for Perugia in 17 games during the 2017–18 season,[5] before returning to Cagliari on 1 February 2018.[9]

2018: Return from loan[edit]

Han's first game as a starter for Cagliari, and in Serie A, came on 27 February in a 5–0 home defeat against Napoli.[10] He played seven league games in the 2017–18 season.[5]

2018–19: Second loan to Perugia[edit]

On 15 August 2018, Han joined on loan to Perugia for a second time.[11] Initially unable to play due to an injury,[12] Han scored his first seasonal goal against Ascoli in a 0–3 away win.[13] He ended the 2018–19 season with four goals in 20 league games.[5]

2019–2020: Loan to Juventus[edit]

On 2 September 2019, Han secured a deadline day move to Juventus on a two-year loan from Cagliari, with an obligation to purchase at the end of the term.[14] The Serie A champions moved him to their reserve team playing in Serie C: Juventus U23.[15] On 26 October 2019, Han was called-up to the first team for the Serie A game against Lecce,[16] becoming the first Asian player to be called-up for Juventus.[17] Han scored one goal and made two assists in 20 appearances for Juventus U23.[18]

Al-Duhail[edit]

2020–21: Qatar Stars League champion[edit]

On 2 January 2020, Juventus bought Han from Cagliari for €3.5 million, before selling him to Qatari side Al-Duhail six days later for €7 million.[19][20] He made his debut for Al-Duhail in the Qatar Cup semi-finals on 10 January, in a 2–0 win over Al-Sailiya, coming on as a substitute for Edmilson Junior in the 83th minute.[21] He lost the final 4–0 to Al Sadd seven days later.[22] Han made his Qatar Stars League debut on 24 January, in a 3–1 win over Al-Arabi.[23]

Han's first goals for Al-Duhail came on 6 February, scoring a brace against Muaither in the Emir of Qatar Cup quarter-finals; his side won 4–0.[24] On 11 February, Han debuted in the Asian Champions League against Persepolis, helping his side win 2–0.[25] Han's first league goal came on 22 February, scoring the maiden goal of the match against Al-Wakrah.[26] He scored in the following two consecutive games, on 27 February and 7 March, against Al-Shahania and Al-Sailiya respectively.[5]

Han scored five goals in 14 domestic games, and played two Asian Champions League games.[5] He helped his side win the Qatar Stars League.[27] Due to the sanctions against North Korea, which prevents North Koreans from working abroad, Han was released by Al-Duhail and was due to return to his country.[28][better source needed]

International career[edit]

Han (right) with North Korea against Lebanon at the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers

Han made his senior debut for North Korea on 6 June 2017, in a friendly against Qatar.[29] He played in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers,[30] helping North Korea qualify to the final tournament.[31] Han was called up for the final squad,[32] playing against Saudi Arabia – against whom he was sent off – and Lebanon in the group stage.[33][34] His first international goal came on 14 November 2019, in a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Turkmenistan.[35]

Style of play[edit]

An ambidextrous player, Han's main characteristics are his dribbling, eye for goal and vision of the game.[36]

Personal life[edit]

Han is subject to the politics of the North Korean government; he cannot give interviews, and it is alleged that most of his salary is sent to the government.[37] Due to United Nations (UN) sanctions, which prohibit North Korean citizens from working abroad due to the country's nuclear programme,[38] Han cannot play overseas.[39] Indeed, the UN cited his transfer from Juventus to Al-Duhail as a violation of their international sanctions.[38]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 21 August 2020[5]
Club Season League National Cup[a] Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Cagliari 2016–17 Serie A 5 1 0 0 5 1
2017–18 Serie A 7 0 0 0 7 0
Total 12 1 0 0 12 1
Perugia (loan) 2017–18 Serie B 17 7 2 0 19 7
2018–19 Serie B 19 4 0 0 1[b] 0 20 4
Total 36 11 2 0 1 0 39 11
Juventus U23 (loan) 2019–20 Serie C 17 0 3[c] 1 20 1
Juventus 2019–20 Serie A 0 0 0 0
Al-Duhail 2019–20 Qatar Stars League 10 3 2 2 2[d] 0 2[e] 0 16 5
Career total 75 15 4 2 2 0 6 1 87 18
  1. ^ Includes the Coppa Italia and the Emir of Qatar Cup
  2. ^ Appearance(s) in the Serie B promotion play-offs
  3. ^ Appearance(s) in the Coppa Italia Serie C
  4. ^ Appearances in the AFC Champions League
  5. ^ Appearance(s) in the Qatar Cup

International[edit]

As of match played 19 November 2019[40]
National team Year Apps Goals
North Korea 2017 2 0
2018 1 0
2019 7 1
Total 10 1
As of goal scored on 14 November 2019[40]
Scores and results list Han's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each North Korea goal.
List of international goals scored by Han Kwang-Song
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1 14 November 2019 Köpetdag Stadium, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan  Turkmenistan 1–3 1–3 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification [35]

Honours[edit]

Al-Duhail

North Korea U16

References[edit]

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