|Full name||Hwang Hee-chan|
|Date of birth||26 January 1996|
|Place of birth||Chuncheon, Gangwon, South Korea|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
(on loan from RB Leipzig)
|2009–2012||Pohang Jecheol Middle School|
|2012–2015||Pohang Jecheol High School|
|2015–2020||Red Bull Salzburg||86||(28)|
|2015–2016||→ FC Liefering (loan)||31||(15)|
|2018–2019||→ Hamburger SV (loan)||20||(2)|
|2021–||→ Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan)||6||(4)|
|2011–2012||South Korea U17||7||(7)|
|2013–2014||South Korea U20||12||(6)|
|2015–2018||South Korea U23||22||(5)|
* 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
|Revised Romanization||Hwang Huichan|
Hwang Hee-chan (Korean: 황희찬; 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.
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. 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.
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.
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. In the following high school division of the National School League, he became the top scorer and the MVP with Pohang's title.
Red Bull Salzburg
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. 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. 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. On 12 April, Hwang scored a goal against Lazio, leading a 4–1 victory to proceed to the semi-finals. 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. On 31 August 2018, Hwang joined Hamburger SV on a loan deal until the end of 2018–19 season.
During the 2019–20 season, Hwang drew plaudits alongside Salzburg's attacking players Erling Haaland and Takumi Minamino. 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, and winning two penalty kicks. Hwang's playing style has been described as energetic with accurate passing and an eye for dribbling. In all competitions, Hwang had a remarkable season scoring 16 goals and providing 22 assists in 40 appearances.
On 8 July 2020, Hwang signed for RB Leipzig on a five-year contract. 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. He helped Leipzig to reach the 2021 DFB-Pokal Final by scoring against VfL Wolfsburg and Werder Bremen, though he was a substitute. However, he failed to score in his first German Bundesliga season.
Loan to Wolverhampton Wanderers
On 29 August 2021 Hwang joined Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers on a season long loan. On 11 September, Hwang scored Wolves' second goal away to Watford on his debut as a second-half substitute in a 2–0 win. 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.
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.
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.
- As of match played 23 October 2021
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|FC Liefering (loan)||2014–15||Austrian 2. Liga||13||2||—||—||—||13||2|
|2015–16||Austrian 2. Liga||18||11||—||—||—||18||11|
|Red Bull Salzburg||2015–16||Austrian Bundesliga||13||0||1||0||—||—||14||0|
|Hamburger SV (loan)||2018–19||2. Bundesliga||20||2||1||0||—||—||21||2|
|Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan)||2021–22||Premier League||6||4||0||0||1||0||—||7||4|
- As of match played 12 October 2021
|South Korea U17||2011||4||2|
|South Korea U20||2013||6||5|
|South Korea U23||2015||2||0|
- Scores and results list South Korea's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Hwang goal.
|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|
Red Bull Salzburg
- Austrian Bundesliga: 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2019–20
- Austrian Cup: 2015–16, 2016–17, 2019–20
South Korea U23
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