Meet the number one player of South Korea who played the longest minutes in FIFA World Cup.
South Korea is considered as the number one most appeared country of Asia in FIFA World Cup. They had a total of nine appearances in World Cup history in the year 1954, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 and the recently completed World Cup. Their national football team had also achieved the highest attainment of an Asian country in the history of World Cup when they played against Brazil in the semi-final match of the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
Discussing South Korea national football team’s history specifically on its player who played the longest minutes for their team in FIFA World Cup, only distinct name will appear on the record, Myong-Bo Hong.
Hong appeared for four times in the year 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002 in which he had captained the seven of his 26 matches he competed scoring with two goals during the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the first round of the tournament against Spain and Germany.
For a total of 1406 minutes in the FIFA World Cup pitch, Myong-Bo is regarded as the player who ran the longest minutes in World Cup.
Considering his total appearances for his national team, Myong-Bo Hong had played for a total of 138 matches including the two bouts in the 2000 South Korea Olympic.
Myong-Bo started his youth soccer career in Korea University in the year 1987 up to 1991.
Starting his senior career, Hong had joined to Pohang Steelers in 1992 up to 1997 for a total of 110 appearances with 14 goals. Next is with Bellmare Hiratsuka in 1997-1998 with 42 appearances. From 1999-2001, he played for Kashiwa Reysol for 72 times with seven goals.
For a total of 19 matches played in the year 2002, Hong had returned to his first senior career team, Pohang Steelers. And his last football club joined was the American-based club, LA Galaxy in which he appeared 38 times with no goal in the year 2003 up to 2004.
After his soccer playing career, Hong switches to managing their U-20 and U-23 South Korea National Football Team in the year 2009 up to 2012.
Handling more senior national team, Hong managed their national team for the 2014 FIFA World Cup where they played against Russia with a draw score of 1-1 in the first round. Another match is their loss against Algeria with a final score of 4-2, and another loss to the other European country, Belgium, with a final score 1-0.
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