Pak Kwang-ryong

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Pak Kwang-Ryong
SC Wiener Neustadt vs. SKN St. Pölten 2018-05-31 (141).jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1992-09-27) 27 September 1992 (age 27)
Place of birth Pyongyang, DPR Korea
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
SKN St. Pölten
Number 19
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Kigwanch'a ? (?)
2010–2011 Wŏlmido ? (?)
2010–2011 Kigwanch'a ? (?)
2011 Wil 0 (0)
2011–2016 Basel 14 (1)
2012–2016 Basel U-21 12 (6)
2013Bellinzona (loan) 17 (7)
2013Vaduz (loan) 5 (2)
2014–2015Vaduz (loan) 37 (10)
2015–2016Biel-Bienne (loan) 26 (10)
2016–2017 Lausanne 39 (10)
2017– SKN St. Pölten 33 (5)
National team
2010– North Korea U23 3 (3)
2009– North Korea 39 (14)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 December 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 October 2019
Pak Kwang-ryong
Chosŏn'gŭl
박광룡
Hancha
朴光龍[1]
Revised RomanizationBak Gwangnyong
McCune–ReischauerPak Kwangnyong

Pak Kwang-Ryong (Hangul: 박광룡; born 27 September 1992 in Pyongyang) is a North Korean professional footballer who plays as a striker for SKN St. Pölten in the Austrian Football Bundesliga.

Career[edit]

Pak originally played for Kigwanch'a SC of Sinŭiju,[2] before joining FC Wil 1900 in Switzerland. He joined FC Basel on 27 June 2011 from Wil.[3] He played for the club in the Uhrencup during July 2011 and scored a goal in the 2–1 win against West Ham United on 13 July 2011.[4] Pak made his first team league debut as a substitute on 16 July 2011 in the 1–1 away draw against BSC Young Boys.[5]

Because he was born in 1992 he was eligible to play for the newly formed Basel Under-19 team in the 2011–12 NextGen series. He scored his first goal for them during the team's first game against Tottenham Hotspur F.C. on 17 August 2011.[6]

On 14 September 2011 Pak became the first North Korean to play in the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League campaign, coming on the field in the 92nd minute. On his 19th birthday, 27 September 2011, Pak came on as a substitute in the 81st minute of FC Basel's 3–3 away draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford in another UEFA Champions League match. At the end of the 2011–12 season he won the Double, the League Championship title[7] and the Swiss Cup,[8] with Basel.

Pak could not gain a place in the first team during the 2012–13 season but played regularly in their U-21 side, scoring six goals in twelve matches. On 11 January 2013, Basel announced that some of their youngsters would be loaned out to lower league clubs and Pak signed a deal with Bellinzona, so that he could gain playing experience in the Challenge League.[9]

On 20 June 2013, Basel announced that they would loan Pak to the Liechtensteiner club Vaduz in the Swiss Challenge League to gain more playing experience. Following the transfer of Raúl Bobadilla to Augsburg in the Bundesliga, and the injury to Marco Streller, Basel decided to recall the striker to their squad.[10] Pak played just one more game for Basel before he was again loaned to Vaduz from January 2014 until the end of the season. Playing in all 18 games, he scored 9 goals and Vaduz finished the 2013–14 Swiss Challenge League season as winners and were promoted. Pak's loan was renewed for the following Swiss Super League season.

In February 2014, he was named North Korea's Male Footballer of the Year for 2013.[2]

At the end of the 2014–15 season, Basel did not renew Pak's contract. On 1 July 2015, he joined Biel-Bienne as a free agent. On 4 January 2016, Biel-Bienne annulled their contract with Pak who then signed with Lausanne.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

As of matches played on 16 December 2018.
Club Season League Cup[a] Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Basel 2011–12 Super League 13 1 1 2 3[b] 0 17 3
2012–13 0 0 0 0 1[c] 0 1 0
2013–14 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Totals 14 1 1 2 4 0 19 3
Bellinzona (loan) 2012–13 Challenge League 17 7 0 0 17 7
Vaduz (loan) 2013–14 23 11 0 0 2[c] 0 25 11
2014–15 Super League 19 1 0 0 4[c] 0 23 1
Totals 59 19 0 0 6 0 65 19
Biel-Bienne 2015–16 Challenge League 17 4 1 0 18 4
Lausanne 2015–16 9 6 0 0 9 6
2016–17 30 4 1 1 31 4
Totals 56 14 2 1 58 15
St. Pölten 2017–18 Austrian Bundesliga 15 1 0 0 15 1
2018–19 18 4 1 0 19 4
Totals 33 5 1 0 34 5
Career totals 162 39 4 3 10 0 176 42
Reference:[12]
  1. ^ Appearances in the Swiss Cup and Austrian Cup.
  2. ^ Appearances in the UEFA Champions League.
  3. ^ a b c Appearances in the UEFA Europa League.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list North Korea's goal tally first.[13]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 19 February 2010 Sugathadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka  Kyrgyzstan 2–0 4–0 2010 AFC Challenge Cup
2. 16 March 2012 Dasarath Rangasala Stadium, Kathmandu, Nepal  Palestine 1–0 2–0 2012 AFC Challenge Cup
3. 2–0
4. 16 June 2015 Kim Il-sung Stadium, Pyongyang, North Korea  Uzbekistan 1–0 4–2 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
5. 17 November 2015 Kim Il-sung Stadium, Pyongyang, North Korea  Bahrain 1–0 2–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
6. 6 October 2016 Thống Nhất Stadium, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam  Vietnam 1–0 2–5 Friendly
7. 2–2
8. 10 October 2016 Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila, Philippines  Philippines 1–0 3–1 Friendly
9. 9 November 2016 Mong Kok Stadium, Mong Kok, Hong Kong  Guam 2–0 2–0 2017 EAFF E-1 Football Championship qualification
10. 6 June 2017 Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha, Qatar  Qatar 1–2 2–2 Friendly
11. 10 November 2017 New I-Mobile Stadium, Buriram, Thailand  Malaysia 1–0 4–1 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification
12. 13 November 2017 New I-Mobile Stadium, Buriram, Thailand  Malaysia 4-0 4–1 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification
13. 27 March 2018 Kim Il-sung Stadium, Pyongyang, North Korea  Hong Kong 2–0 2–0 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification
14. 17 January 2019 Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates  Lebanon 1–0 1–4 2019 AFC Asian Cup

Titles and honours[edit]

North Korea

Basel

Vaduz

References[edit]

  1. ^ "瑞士超级联赛冠军签下朝鲜18岁妖人朴光龙". People's Daily. 29 June 2011. Retrieved 20 September 2011.
  2. ^ a b http://naenara.com.kp/en/society/?sport+1+523
  3. ^ FC Basel 1893 (2011). "Stürmer aus Nordkorea für den FCB" (in German). FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
  4. ^ Meister, Remo (2011). "Der FCB gewinnt den Uhrencup" (in German). FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 13 July 2011.
  5. ^ Meister, Remo (2011). "Ein Unentschieden zum Auftakt" (in German). FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 16 July 2011.
  6. ^ Marti, Caspar (2011). "Punkteteilung im ersten Spiel der "Nachwuchs-Champions League"" (in German). FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
  7. ^ Meister, Remo (2012). "Der 15. Meistertitel für den FCB – die Bilanz einer grandiosen Saison". football.ch. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  8. ^ "Matchtelegram FC Basel 1893 5:3 FC Luzern". football.ch. 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2012.
  9. ^ FC Basel 1893 (2013). "Kwang Ryong Pak leihweise zu Bellinzona" (in German). FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  10. ^ FC Basel 1893 (2013). "Kwang Ryong Pak zurück zum FC Basel 1893 / Marco Streller fällt aus" (in German). FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  11. ^ Scahffner, Philippe (2016). "Pak wechselt zum FC Lausanne-Sport" (in German). Fussball Club Biel-Bienne. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  12. ^ "Kwang-Ryong Pak » Club matches". World Football. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  13. ^ "Pak, Kwang-Ryong". National Football Teams. Retrieved 28 January 2017.

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