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Seol Ki-hyun

Seol Ki-Hyeon or Seol Ki-Hyun (; born 8 January 1979 in Jeongseon, Gangwon-do (South Korea)) is a South Korean professional Association footballer who currently plays for Incheon United. Seol Ki-hyun is also the first South Korean footballer to score in the history of the UEFA Champions League, during Seol Ki-hyun time at RSC Anderlecht.

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Seol Ki-hyun biography


Seol Ki-Hyeon or Seol Ki-Hyun (; born 8 January 1979 in Jeongseon, Gangwon-do (South Korea)) is a South Korean professional Association footballer who currently plays for Incheon United. Seol Ki-hyun is also the first South Korean footballer to score in the history of the UEFA Champions League, during Seol Ki-hyun time at RSC Anderlecht.

Club career

Early career

At the end of Seol Ki-hyun time as a college player in Korea, the young striker was advised to join the J League in Japan, but chose instead to try and establish Seol Ki-hyun career in Europe.

After one successful season with Royal Antwerp FC (2000–01), Seol Ki-hyun moved to R.S.C. Anderlecht. Seol Ki-hyun played in the UEFA Champions League, and in the Belgian Super Cup, Seol Ki-hyun scored a hat-trick in the space of 12 minutes.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

In 2004, Seol moved to England, joining Football League Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C.. Seol Ki-hyun made over 30 appearances by the end of the 2004-05 in English football season, scoring a few goals too. The Wolverhampton coach at the time, Glenn Hoddle, preferred Seol as one of Seol Ki-hyun first-choice strikers, using Seol Ki-hyun in a wide, supporting role to the main strikers.

Disappointed with the failure of Wolves to win promotion from The Championship, Seol sought a move to the Premier League following the 2006 FIFA World Cup, despite having two years of Seol Ki-hyun contract left. Seol Ki-hyun was reported as saying "At this stage, I'm frustrated not to be in the Premiership. I think there will be some good news after the World Cup."

Reading

Seol eventually joined newly promoted Premier League club Reading on 12 July 2006 for a fee of £1 million (rising to £1.5 million based on certain criteria). Seol Ki-hyun scored Seol Ki-hyun first Premiership goal as Reading won 2–1 at Sheffield United F.C. on September 16, 2006. Seol Ki-hyun scored Seol Ki-hyun second goal for Reading against West Ham United, proving to be only goal of the match. Seol Ki-hyun third goal for Reading, Seol Ki-hyun first at home, came on 18 November 2006 in the 2–0 win against Charlton Athletic F.C.. Seol Ki-hyun scored Seol Ki-hyun fourth goal against Blackburn, the last game of the season.

Fulham

Seol left Reading for Fulham on 31 August 2007 for an undisclosed fee on a three-year contract, with Liam Rosenior going the other way. Reading boss Steve Coppell admitted that strained relations between Seol Ki-hyun and Seol led to the move. Seol Ki-hyun did not score Seol Ki-hyun first goal for Fulham until August 16, 2008 against Hull City A.F.C., despite Fulham eventually losing 2-1.
Seol signed an initial 6 month loan move to Al-Hilal in Saudi Arabia with a view to a permanent move on the 14th January 2009 Seol stated Seol Ki-hyun desires to stay at Fulham to win Seol Ki-hyun place in the squad, and Seol Ki-hyun went on to score Seol Ki-hyun second goal for the club against FK Vetra in the Europa League. In January 2010, to increase first-team football playing time and to improve Seol Ki-hyun chance to be included in the Korean last-23 in 2010 FIFA World Cup, Seol engaged in loan talks with the Hong Kong First Division League Club South China AA but no deal was agreed. It was announced on 15 January that Seol Ki-Hyeon's contract with Fulham had been cancelled by mutual consent.

K-League Stint

Pohang Steelers

On January 17, 2010, Seol Ki-hyun completed a move to Pohang Steelers. Seol Ki-hyun first tournament for Pohang Steelers was the 2010 Lunar New Year Cup in Hong Kong. Seol Ki-hyun got 7 goals in K-League and Seol Ki-hyun was top goalscorer of regular league in Pohang.

Ulsan Hyundai

On 16 February 2011, Seol Ki-hyun has agreed a one-year contract with K-League side Ulsan Hyundai FC to be a regular in the starting lineup. Seol Ki-hyun carried Ulsan to 2011 K-League Cup Winner by scoring in 2011 K-League Cup Final against Busan I'Park.

Incheon United

On 24 January 2012, Seol joined Incheon United after refusing a contract extension with Ulsan.

International career

Seol plays for South Korea national football team internationally. Seol Ki-hyun played in Seol Ki-hyun first World Cup in front of Seol Ki-hyun home crowd, South Korea being co-hosts with Japan for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Seol was a key member of the South Korea squad during the tournament, memorably scoring the equalising goal against Italy national football team in the knock-out stages.

Personal life

Seol Ki-hyun married Yoon Mi in 2002. In-Woong, their son, was born in that same year. In 2005, daughter Soo-A was born.

Honours

Seol was voted by Reading fans as the official Player of the Month for August and September 2006. Seol played in all three of the Royals' Premiership games in August when Seol Ki-hyun helped to create three of the four goals scored.

Club

R.S.C. Anderlecht
- Belgian Pro League: 2003–04 Belgian First Division

Al-Hilal FC
- Crown Prince Cup: 2008–09

Ulsan Hyundai FC
- K-League Cup: 2011 K-League Cup

Individual

- Nominee for Ballon d'Or : Ballon d'Or 2002

Club career statistics



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International goals


Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seol_Ki-Hyeon

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