Hwang Hee-chan

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Hwang Hee-chan
FC RB Salzburg gegen Wolfsberger AC (10. August 2019) 27.jpg
Hwang with Red Bull Salzburg in 2020
Personal information
Full name Hwang Hee-chan[1]
Date of birth (1996-01-26) 26 January 1996 (age 25)
Place of birth Chuncheon, Gangwon, South Korea
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Wolverhampton Wanderers
(on loan from RB Leipzig)
Number 26
Youth career
2009–2012 Pohang Jecheol Middle School
2012–2015 Pohang Jecheol High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2020 Red Bull Salzburg 86 (28)
2015–2016FC Liefering (loan) 31 (15)
2018–2019Hamburger SV (loan) 20 (2)
2020– RB Leipzig 20 (0)
2021–Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan) 6 (4)
National team
2011–2012 South Korea U17 7 (7)
2013–2014 South Korea U20 12 (6)
2015–2018 South Korea U23 22 (5)
2016– South Korea 41 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:25, 16 October 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 October 2021
Hwang Hee-chan
Hangul
Hanja
Revised RomanizationHwang Huichan
McCune–ReischauerHwang Hŭich'an

Hwang Hee-chan (Korean황희찬; Hanja黄喜燦; born 26 January 1996) is a South Korean professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers, on loan from Bundesliga club RB Leipzig, and the South Korea national team. Hwang is nicknamed the "Bull" (Hwangso) in South Korea due to his aggressive playing style and surname.[3]

Early life[edit]

Hwang Hee-chan was born in Chuncheon, but his entire family moved to Bucheon right after his birth. They lived there until he was eleven years old.[4] He started to play football in Singok Elementary School in Uijeongbu. In 2008, he scored the most goals in both Hwarangdaegi Tournament and Dongwon Youth Cup, which were South Korean national youth competitions. His performance also continued in South Korean national under-12 team. He scored 22 goals in Kanga Cup, which was the highest record in history of the tournament. With outstanding performances in these competitions, he was awarded the grand prize of the Cha Bum-kun Football Award, given to the greatest youth footballers in South Korea.[5]

After graduating from Singok Elementary School, he entered Pohang Jecheol Middle School and started to play in the school's football club, the Pohang Steelers under-15 team. In 2011, his team won the middle school division of the Korean National School League, hosted by Korean FA, and Hwang received the MVP award of the competition.[6]

Subsequently, he joined Pohang Jecheol High School and the Pohang Steelers under-18 team. In the 2013 K League Junior, contested between youth teams of K League clubs, he scored 12 goals in 12 games for his team, helping his high school to win the league.[7] In the following high school division of the National School League, he became the top scorer and the MVP with Pohang's title.[8]

Club career[edit]

Red Bull Salzburg[edit]

In December 2014, Pohang Steelers intended to sign forward Hwang Hee-chan as a homegrown player, however he signed with an Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg eventually.[9] On 3 November 2016, Hwang came off the bench and scored a brace in a Europa League match for Salzburg against Ligue 1 side Nice, contributing to his team's first Europa win of the campaign.[10] He failed to score in his first Austrian Bundesliga season.

During the 2017–18 season Salzburg had their best ever European campaign. They finished top of their Europa League group, for a record fourth time, before beating Real Sociedad and Borussia Dortmund thus making their first-ever appearance in the quarter-finals of UEFA Europa League.[11] On 12 April, Hwang scored a goal against Lazio, leading a 4–1 victory to proceed to the semi-finals.[12] On 3 May 2018, Hwang played in the second away match of the semi-final, when Salzburg defeated Marseille by 1–2 but lost on aggregate 3–2.[13] On 31 August 2018, Hwang joined Hamburger SV on a loan deal until the end of 2018–19 season.[14]

During the 2019–20 season, Hwang drew plaudits alongside Salzburg's attacking players Erling Haaland and Takumi Minamino.[15] The trio were particularly praised for their exploits in the Champions League, where Hwang was involved in eight goals by recording three goals and three assists,[16] and winning two penalty kicks.[17][18] Hwang's playing style has been described as energetic with accurate passing and an eye for dribbling.[19] In all competitions, Hwang had a remarkable season scoring 16 goals and providing 22 assists in 40 appearances.[20]

RB Leipzig[edit]

On 8 July 2020, Hwang signed for RB Leipzig on a five-year contract.[21] On 12 September, he scored a goal and created an assist against Nürnberg in the first round of the 2020–21 DFB-Pokal, where he made his debut.[22] He helped Leipzig to reach the 2021 DFB-Pokal Final by scoring against VfL Wolfsburg and Werder Bremen, though he was a substitute.[23][24] However, he failed to score in his first German Bundesliga season.

Loan to Wolverhampton Wanderers[edit]

On 29 August 2021 Hwang joined Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers on a season long loan.[25] On 11 September, Hwang scored Wolves' second goal away to Watford on his debut as a second-half substitute in a 2–0 win.[26] He then got his first goals at Molineux on 2 October, as he scored both goals in Wolves' 2–1 win against Newcastle United, both strikes coming from similarly tight angles.[27]

International career[edit]

In the 2012 AFC U-16 Championship, South Korea was eliminated in the quarter-finals, but Hwang became the top scorer of the tournament with five goals including a hat-trick against North Korea.[28][29]

Hwang participated in the 2016 Summer Olympics and scored a goal in a group match against Germany, which was finished as a 3–3 draw.[30]

In a friendly on 28 March 2018, Hwang scored South Korea's second goal against Poland, with the match ending in a 3–2 loss.[31]

In the 2018 FIFA World Cup, he played all of the three group matches for South Korea. He was on the starting line up in the first two games, but faced defeats. He participated in the last game against Germany as a substitute, but went out of the field again after having difficulty in executing team's tactics during 20 minutes. South Korea finally won a victory, but the manager Shin Tae-yong felt guilty for Hwang.[32]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 23 October 2021[33]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
FC Liefering (loan) 2014–15 Austrian 2. Liga 13 2 13 2
2015–16 Austrian 2. Liga 18 11 18 11
Total 31 13 31 13
Red Bull Salzburg 2015–16 Austrian Bundesliga 13 0 1 0 14 0
2016–17 Austrian Bundesliga 26 12 6 2 3[a] 2 35 16
2017–18 Austrian Bundesliga 20 5 3 3 14[b] 5 37 13
2019–20 Austrian Bundesliga 27 11 5 1 8[c] 4 40 16
Total 86 28 15 6 25 11 126 45
Hamburger SV (loan) 2018–19 2. Bundesliga 20 2 1 0 21 2
RB Leipzig 2020–21 Bundesliga 18 0 5 3 3[d] 0 26 3
2021–22 Bundesliga 2 0 1 0 3 0
Total 20 0 6 3 3 0 29 3
Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan) 2021–22 Premier League 6 4 0 0 1 0 7 4
Career total 163 47 22 9 1 0 28 11 214 67
  1. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ Four appearances and two goals in UEFA Champions League, ten appearances and three goals in UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ Six appearances and three goals in UEFA Champions League, two appearances and one goal in UEFA Europa League
  4. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League

International[edit]

As of match played 12 October 2021[34]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
South Korea U17 2011 4 2
2012 3 5
Total 7 7
South Korea U20 2013 6 5
2014 6 1
Total 12 6
South Korea U23 2015 2 0
2016 14 2
2017 0 0
2018 6 3
Total 22 5
South Korea 2016 3 0
2017 6 1
2018 12 1
2019 11 2
2020 2 1
2021 7 1
Total 41 6
Career total 82 24
Scores and results list South Korea's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Hwang goal.[35]
List of international goals scored by Hwang Hee-chan
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 13 June 2017 Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar  Qatar 2–2 2–3 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 27 March 2018 Silesian Stadium, Chorzów, Poland  Poland 2–2 2–3 Friendly
3 22 January 2019 Rashid Stadium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates  Bahrain 1–0 2–1 (a.e.t.) 2019 AFC Asian Cup
4 10 October 2019 Hwaseong Stadium, Hwaseong, South Korea  Sri Lanka 3–0 8–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
5 17 November 2020 BSFZ-Arena, Maria Enzersdorf, Austria  Qatar 1–0 2–1 Friendly
6 9 June 2021 Goyang Stadium, Goyang, South Korea  Sri Lanka 4–0 5–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Red Bull Salzburg

RB Leipzig

South Korea U23

Individual

References[edit]

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