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Song Chong-Gug
송종국
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Personal information
Full name Song Chong-gug
Date of birth (1979-02-20) 20 February 1979 (age 38)
Place of birth Danyang, South Korea
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1997–2000 Yonsei University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 Busan I'cons 34 (4)
2002–2005 Feyenoord 53 (2)
2005–2010 Suwon Bluewings 95 (2)
2010 Al-Shabab 7 (2)
2011 Ulsan Hyundai 13 (0)
2011 Tianjin Teda 14 (1)
Total 216 (11)
National team
1997–1999 South Korea U-20 11 (0)
2000 South Korea U-23 2 (0)
2000–2007 South Korea 60 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 November 2011 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 June 2010 (UTC)
Song Chong-gug
Hangul 송종국
Hanja 宋鐘國
Revised Romanization Song Jong-guk
McCune–Reischauer Song Chongguk

Song Chong-Gug (송종국; born 20 February 1979 in Danyang, Chungcheongbuk-do) is a retired South Korean football player who last played for Tianjin Teda F.C. in the Chinese Super League.

Career[edit]

From 2001 to 2002, Song played in the K-league for his hometown team Busan I'cons, now known as Busan I'Park, before he became famous.

In 2002 Song became a superstar virtually overnight when he played in 2002 FIFA World Cup, and contributed greatly to Korea's victories against Poland, Portugal, Italy, and Spain.

Song was a virtually unknown to most South Korea fans before 2001. Song had made his international debut against Macedonia in June 2000 under Huh Jung-Moo, Hiddink's predecessor, but had not yet developed well. When Guus Hiddink arrived to take over the reins, he received mass criticism from the Korean public when he chose the inexperienced Song in Korean starting line-up for the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup, to replace the popular but injured captain Hong Myung Bo for the tournament. Under Guus Hiddink's expert guidance Song developed into a key player that was always one of the first names to go on Hiddink's team sheet during the 2002 World Cup.

One of the reasons Hiddink rated Song so highly was his uncanny ability to shut down opposing players - against the highly fancied Portugal, Song was deployed as a wingback and successfully marked a (although injured) Luís Figo out of the game during Korea's group match, greatly reducing the threat to Korea's defence. Ironically, Song started his professional career as a right winger and Luís Figo was his greatest idol.

After the 2002 World Cup, Song left Korea to play for Dutch giants Feyenoord. He was a defender for Feyenoord most of the time, but played a couple of matches on the midfield. Song spent about three years in Rotterdam, playing in 53 matches, and scoring two goals and seven assists. When Feyenood hired a new manager, Song never managed to impress him.

After leaving Feyenoord, Song returned to Korea in 2005 to play in the K-league with Suwon Samsung Bluewings.

Song has had a left ankle injury, which prevented him from making a comeback in 2005. Although Song was not able to recover as fast as he hoped, and only was able to play in late March 2006, prospect of his recovery was enough to guarantee his place in the South Korean squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

He signed for Saudi Arabian side Al-Shabab Riyadh in the summer of 2010 and decided to start a new experience in the Saudi Professional League.

He joined to Ulsan Hyundai on 8 February 2011, signing a one-year contract.[1] Having made 13 league appearances for Ulsan, he had his contract canceled by mutual consent on 5 July 2011.

He joined Chinese outfit Tianjin Teda the next day, signing a one-and-half-year contract. However, Song was released by Tianjin in the end of the 2011 league season.

Personal life[edit]

In 2003, Song married Kim Jung-Ah to the surprise of many of his fans after dating Kim since April 2001. Before the marriage, he had been linked with multiple celebrities including Lee Jin, a member of a Korean girl band Fin.K.L..[2] He presented a bigger surprise three years later by getting divorced. On 17 December 2006, he married actress and model Park Yun-Soo after an 18-month relationship.[3] The wedding was held privately in front of 100 family and friends. Song became a father six months after the wedding.[4] In October 2015, Song divorce his wife.

Club career statistics[edit]

As of 18 November 2011

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
South Korea League KFA Cup League Cup Asia Total
2001 Busan I'cons K-League 25 2 10 0 -
2002 9 2 1 0 -
Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Europe Total
2002-03 Feyenoord Eredivisie 18 1 3 0 6 0
2003-04 25 1 1 0 3 0
2004-05 10 0 0 0 4 0
South Korea League KFA Cup League Cup Asia Total
2005 Suwon Samsung Bluewings K-League 9 0 0 0 11 1 2 0 22 1
2006 23 0 4 0 4 0 - 31 0
2007 24 0 2 0 9 0 - 35 0
2008 23 2 1 0 6 0 - 30 2
2009 9 0 1 0 2 0 5 0 17 0
2010 7 0 1 0 3 0 6 0 17 0
Saudi Arabia League Crown Prince Cup League Cup Asia Total
2010-11 Al-Shabab Riyadh Saudi Premier League 7 2 3 0
South Korea League KFA Cup League Cup Asia Total
2011 Ulsan Hyundai K-League 13 0 1 0 5 0 - 19 0
China PR League FA Cup CSL Cup Asia Total
2011 Tianjin Teda Chinese Super League 14 1 2 0 - - 16 1
Total South Korea 142 6 10 0 51 1 13 0
Netherlands 53 2 4 0 13 0
Saudi Arabia 7 2 3 0
China PR 14 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 16 1
Career total 216 11 29 0

International career statistics[edit]

[5]

Korea Republic national team
Year Apps Goals
2000 2 0
2001 14 1
2002 22 2
2003 3 0
2004 8 0
2005 0 0
2006 8 0
2007 3 0
Total 60 3

International goals[edit]

Results list South Korea's goal tally first.
Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
11 February 2001 United Arab Emirates Dubai  United Arab Emirates 1 goal 4-1 2001 Dubai Tournament
19 January 2002 United States Pasadena  United States 1 goal 1-2 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup
29 June 2002 South Korea South Korea  Turkey 1 goal 2-3 2002 FIFA World Cup

Honours[edit]

Suwon Bluewings

Tianjin Teda

Filmography[edit]

Variety shows[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
South Korea Yang Hyun-Jung
K-League Rookie of the Year
2001
Succeeded by
South Korea Lee Chun-Soo
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Lee Kwan-Woo
Suwon Samsung Bluewings captain
2008
Succeeded by
Kwak Hee-Ju