Korea Republic’s No18 at the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup, Hwang Sunhong has gone down as one of the best strikers in Taeguk Warriors history. He represented his country for almost 14 years and scored 50 goals, second behind the legendary Cha Bumkun (58).
At the only Confederations Cup held in Korea Republic, Sunhong scored two of his side’s three goals at the tournament. The hosts suffered a 5-0 rout at the hands of eventual champions France in the Opening Match, which scuppered their chances of qualifying to the knockout rounds, because even though they won their following games 2-1 and 1-0 against Mexico and Australia respectively, they finished in third place on goal difference. Nevertheless, the striker’s winning goal against the Socceroos, flicking it over Mark Schwarzer from the narrowest of angles, was a thing of beauty.
By the time the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan™ came around, Sunhong was a senior player in the squad. It was the perfect way to say goodbye to the national team, as the Taeguk Warriors completing a breakthrough tournament in fourth place, with Sunhong scoring his team’s first goal at that tournament against Poland as well as taking the first penalty in the quarter-final shoot-out against Spain.