Huh Jung-moo

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Huh Jung-moo
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Personal information
Full name Huh Jung-moo
Date of birth (1955-01-13) January 13, 1955 (age 63)
Place of birth Jindo, Jeonnam, South Korea
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1974–1977 Yonsei University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1980 Korea Electric Power FC
1978–1980 → Navy FC
1980–1983 PSV Eindhoven 77 (11)
1984–1986 Hyundai Horangi 36 (4)
National team
1973–1974 South Korea U-20 ? (?)
1974–1986 South Korea 101 (30)
Teams managed
1989–1990 South Korea (trainer)
1991–1992 POSCO Atoms (assistant)
1993–1995 Pohang Atoms
1993–1994 South Korea (assistant)
1995 South Korea
1996–1998 Chunnam Dragons
1998–2000 South Korea
2001–2004 Yongin Football Center
2004 South Korea (assistant)
2005–2007 Chunnam Dragons
2008–2010 South Korea
2010–2012 Incheon United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Huh Jung-moo
Revised RomanizationHeo Jeong-mu
McCune–ReischauerHŏ Chŏng-mu

Huh Jung-moo (Korean: 허정무, Hanja: 許丁茂, born January 13, 1955 in Jindo, Jeonnam, South Korea) is a former Korean football player and coach. He is the current vice-president of the Korea Football Association.

Football career[edit]

Huh played for PSV Eindhoven and Hyundai Horangi as midfielder. Because of his tough and energetic playing style, he was nicknamed as Jindogae, the hunter dog breed originated from his hometown Jindo Island. Huh joined PSV Eindhoven on August 1980.[1] He played until May 1983 for 3 seasons.[2] As one of rare Korean players in Europe in 1980s, he was often compared with Cha Bum-kun who had been playing in Bundesliga of Germany. He was a member of Korean squad in the 1986 FIFA World Cup. In the match against Argentina, he left a famous photo that he appeared to be kicking Maradona whose face twisted with pain. In the match against Italy, he scored 1 goal.

Managerial career[edit]

Huh has previously coached the South Korea national football team twice before, as well as running the Pohang Atoms and the Chunnam Dragons. His team won the Korean FA Cup in 2006 and 2007.

His first term as the coach of the national team was temporary. In 1998, he was appointed for the second time. Then he picked up some nameless young players and give them important positions instead of established stars, inviting harsh criticism against him. After failures in the 2000 Summer Olympics and 1998 Asian Games, he was replaced by Guus Hiddink.

Since Hiddink's incredible success in the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Korea Football Association began hiring foreign managers, including Humberto Coelho, Jo Bonfrere, Dick Advocaat, and Pim Verbeek. They failed to match Hiddink's success, however.

Meanwhile, the criticized "nameless players" picked by Huh became stars. Park Ji-sung, once the most unpopular player while Huh was coach, turned into the most successful player in Asia. Lee Young-pyo and Seol Ki-hyeon also rose in prominence. The success of Huh's former apprentices and that of himself in Chunnam Dragons made him revalued as a candidate for head coach. Huh was re-appointed in December 2007 after leading candidates Mick McCarthy and Gérard Houllier both rejected the job.

Huh got the team qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. In November 2009, Huh won the AFC Coach of the Year Award after leading the national team to 27 consecutive games without a loss.




PSV Eindhoven

Ulsan Hyundai FC



Pohang Steelers

Jeonnam Dragons


South Korea

International goals[edit]

Results list South Korea's goal tally first.
Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
December 20, 1974 Bangkok  Thailand 1 goal 1-1 (3-1 a.e.t.) 1974 King's Cup
May 22, 1974 Seoul  Burma 1 goal 1-0 1974 President's Cup
November 4, 1976 Tokyo  Japan 1 goal 2-1 Korea-Japan Annual Match
February 14, 1977 Singapore  Singapore 1 goal 4-0 Friendly match
February 20, 1977 Manama  Bahrain 1 goal 1-1 Friendly match
July 16, 1977 Kuala Lumpur  Libya 3 goals 4-0 1977 Merdeka Cup
July 17, 1977 Kuala Lumpur  Malaysia 1 goal 1-1 1977 Merdeka Cup
September 3, 1977 Seoul  Thailand 2 goals 3-1 1977 President's Cup
December 4, 1977 Busan  Hong Kong 1 goal 5-2 1978 FIFA World Cup qualification
September 13, 1978 Daegu  Bahrain 1 goal 3-1 1978 President's Cup
December 12, 1978 Bangkok  Kuwait 1 goal 2-0 1978 Asian Games
December 25, 1978 Manila  Macau 1 goal 4-1 1980 AFC Asian Cup qualification
December 29, 1978 Manila  China PR 1 goal 1-0 1980 AFC Asian Cup qualification
September 8, 1979 Seoul  Sudan 1 goal 8-0 1979 President's Cup
September 16, 1979 Incheon  Bangladesh 3 goals 9-0 1979 President's Cup
April 6, 1985 Seoul    Nepal 2 goals 4-0 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification
July 30, 1985 Jakarta  Indonesia 1 goal 4-1 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification
November 3, 1985 Seoul  Japan 1 goal 1-0 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification
June 10, 1986 Puebla  Italy 1 goal 2-3 1986 FIFA World Cup


  1. ^ "허정무 화란 필립스 PSV 입단 확정" (in Korean). Donga Ilbo. 7 August 1980.
  2. ^ "허정무 친정 PSV 방문 '과거 활약 재조명'" (in Korean). Sports Chosun. 3 May 2014.

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