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 HONG Myung-Bo 1992-2000 
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Name: Hong Myung-Bo

Nickname: ''Libero for life'' (referring on his position as a sweeper)


Country: :SUC: Republic of South Korea
Club: Pohang Steelers
Number: 20
Position: *CWP, CB, DMF , SB (Optional)
Side: RF/BS
Age: 23-31 years (12/02/1969)

Height: 181 cm
Weight: 73 kg

Attack: 71
Defence: 84
Balance: 82
Stamina: 87
Top Speed: 78
Acceleration: 77
Response: 88
Agility: 80
Dribble Accuracy: 78
Dribble Speed: 78
Short Pass Accuracy: 83
Short Pass Speed: 82
Long Pass Accuracy: 84
Long Pass Speed: 77
Shot Accuracy: 72
Shot Power: 90
Shot Technique: 73
Free Kick Accuracy: 81
Curling: 72
Header: 77
Jump: 80
Technique: 81
Aggression: 73
Mentality/Tenacity: 88
Keeper Skills: 50
Team Work: 90

Injury Tolerance: B
Form/Condition/Fitness: 7
Weak Foot Accuracy: 6
Weak Foot Frequency: 5
Consistency: 7
Growth type: Standard Lasting

P10: Long Ranger
P16: Extra Attacker
S06: Outside curve
S09: Covering
S10: DF Leader

SPECIAL ABILITIES: Middle Shooting - Covering - D Line Control - Outside

Attack/Defence Awareness Card: Attack Minded


Hong Myung-Bo along with Cha Bum Kun, is often considered among the greatest Asian footballers ever. Hong was a member of the Korean national team in four World Cups, and was the first Asian player to play in four consecutive World Cup finals tournaments. He played as either a centre-back or at full-back. He retired from playing following the end of the 2004 Major League Soccer season, having finished his career with the Los Angeles Galaxy. He was chosen among the "FIFA 100", Pelé's selection of the 125 greatest living footballers in the world. He was also the recipient of the 2002 FIFA World Cup Bronze Ball. No other Asian player has yet achieved this feat.

Hong Myung-Bo was maybe the last remaining classic Libero (SWEEPER) who played this role on international level,a defensive player with a good touch and play-maker abilities who often went over the midfield line.

National team

1990 World Cup

Hong's first appearance at a World Cup final was at the 1990 World Cup in Italy. Hong played in all of Korea's matches against Belgium, Spain, and Uruguay, all three of which Korea lost.

1994 World Cup

Hong's individual talent was most notably showcased during the 1994 World Cup group stage. With Korea trailing 2–0 against Spain with only 5 minutes to go, Hong made the score 2–1 and shortly after he created the second for winger Seo Jung-Won to equalize the memorable match.
Two weeks later, Korea found themselves trailing 3–0 at half time against Germany – the defending World Champions at the time, which included the likes of Jürgen Klinsmann, Jürgen Kohler, Matthias Sammer, Rudi Völler and Lothar Matthäus. Hong created the first Korean goal for striker Hwang Sun Hong to put into the net, then scored the second himself, but the Koreans were unable to catch and tie the heavily favored Germans.

1998 World Cup

Hong's third appearance at World Cup was 1998 France World Cup. Hong played all three games of Korea against Mexico, Netherlands and Belgium. Korea got eliminated at the first round with 1 draw (Belgium) and 2 losses (Mexico and Netherlands).

2002 World Cup

Hong captained the Korean national team to a historic fourth place finish in the 2002 World Cup. He scored the winning penalty to secure a 5–3 shootout victory in the quarter final against Spain after a goalless draw. The Technical Study Group voted him as the third best player of the tournament (Bronze Ball award), the first ever Asian to be named in the top 3 players in a World Cup. Leader of the Korean defensive trio alongside Kim Tae-Young and Choi Jin-Cheul, he ended his international career after the 2002 World Cup as the all-time leader in appearances for the South Korean national team, with 135 caps.


Individual honours
Selected to FIFA 100: 2004
2002 FIFA World Cup Bronze Ball Award Winner : 2002
2002 FIFA World Cup All-Star Team : 2002
Asian Cup Best Eleven: 2000
J-League Best Eleven: 2000
K-League Best Eleven: 1996, 1995, 1994, 1992
Major League Soccer All-Star Team: 2003
K-League Champions: 1992
Korean FA Cup Champions: 1996
Korean FA Cup Runners-up: 2002
K-League Cup Champions: 1993
K-League Cup Runners-up: 1997
AFC Asian Club Championship Champions: 1997
J. League Cup Champions: 1999


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