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Cho Won-hee
South Korean footballer

Cho Won-hee

Cho Won-hee
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Intro South Korean footballer
Is Athlete Football player Association football player
From South Korea
Field Sports
Gender male
Birth 17 April 1983, Seoul
Age 39 years
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Biography

Cho Won-hee (Hangul: 조원희, born 17 April 1983) is a South Korean footballer who plays for Suwon Samsung Bluewings as a midfielder.

Club career

As a child, Cho often played as a forward. Later, when he was picked for South Korean U20 squad, he also played as a left winger. In 2001, Cho was planning to play football at university as many other Korean footballers do, but he failed to do so, so he signed with Ulsan Hyundai, one of the most successful clubs in the K-League. In 2003, Cho decided to join Gwangju Sangmu Phoenix, the army team to finish his army duty and to play first team football. There, he was quite impressive, and after his 2-year-duty at Gwangju, he moved to Suwon Samsung Bluewings, a team that was nicknamed "Real Suwon" for its cash-splashing signings. He originally played as a right wingback or right fullback at the Big Bird Stadium, competing for regular with Song Chong-Gug, but in 2007, after a long-term injury of defensive midfielder Kim Nam-Il, he changed his position to defensive midfielder. Throughout the 2007 season, he was not very impressive, and many fans were especially concerned with his rough passing. However, next season, he showed his quality with improved passing and sight, and became a first team regular. After lifting the league trophy with Suwon, he became free agent.

Wigan Athletic

Cho was linked with several European clubs, including German giant Schalke 04 and French side AS Monaco. After trialing with AS Monaco in January 2009, Cho sought another trial with Wigan Athletic after it was revealed that AS Monaco had all of their non-EU player slots filled. He impressed during a trial with the club, and after being granted a work permit, Cho was allowed to join Wigan Athletic on 6 March 2009 with 2 years 6 months contract. Cho played his first reserve game in a 2–2 draw against Liverpool reserves, notching an assist. Cho received a calf injury in a friendly against Iraq where he was kicked in the leg. He nearly missed the remainder of the season, but managed to fully recover so as to make his Premier League debut for Wigan in the final match of the 2008–09 season against Stoke City. So far, Cho has made one appearance as a starter and four as a substitute. He scored a beautiful goal against Norwich City in a pre-season friendly at Carrow Road.

Suwon Bluewings (loan)

He joined Suwon Bluewings on a one-year loan in January 2010. He returned to Wigan Athletic after his loan expired.

Guangzhou Evergrande

On 13 February 2011, Cho joined Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande on a free transfer, which made him the second Korean player to play for Guangzhou F.C. after Park Ji-Ho. He was the only player to appear in all 30 Super League games for Guangzhou in the 2011 season. On 30 May 2012, Cho suffered a rib fracture in the Round of 16 of 2012 AFC Champions League which Guangzhou Evergrande beat F.C. Tokyo 1–0. He lost his position to Kim Young-Gwon and was replaced by Kim in the 30-man squad which was submitted for the next stage of the Champions League after Kim transferred to Guangzhou in August. He won the league in the 2011 and 2012 season for Guangzhou Evergrande.

Wuhan Zall

On 28 November 2012, Wuhan Zall officially announced they had signed Cho on a free transfer.

Gyeongnam FC

On February 2014, Cho was loaned to Gyeongnam FC

Omiya Ardija

On 4 July 2014, Cho moved to Omiya Ardija to the end of the season.

Seoul E-Land FC

On 5 February 2015, Cho signed for a new team Seoul E-Land FC.

International career

Cho scored his first international goal in his debut game against Iran on 12 October 2005. His shot deflected off an opposing defender and became one of the few goals scored within a minute. This goal is guessed to be the fastest goal South Korean National Team has ever scored, if the unrecorded games in the 50s and the 60s are not counted. Although Cho impressed as a right-back in his first game, he did not make an appearance in the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

International goals

Results list South Korea's goal tally first.
Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
12 October 2005 South Korea Seoul  Iran 1 goal 2–0 Friendly match

Club career statistics

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
2002 Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i K-League 1 0 0 0 - 1 0
2003 Gwangju Sangmu Bulsajo K-League 23 2 0 0 - - 23 2
2004 10 0 0 0 11 0 - 21 0
2005 Suwon Bluewings K-League 20 0 2 0 9 0 31 0
2006 23 0 2 0 4 0 - 29 0
2007 14 0 2 0 5 0 - 21 0
2008 25 1 1 0 10 0 - 36 1
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2008–09 Wigan Athletic Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 0
2009–10 4 0 0 0 0 0 - 4 0
South Korea League KFA Cup League Cup Asia Total
2010 Suwon Bluewings K-League 20 1 6 0 - 26 1
China PR League FA Cup CSL Cup Asia Total
2011 Guangzhou Evergrande Chinese Super League 30 0 2 0 - - 32 0
2012 17 0 2 0 - 7 0 26 0
2013 Wuhan Zall 29 0 0 0 - - 29 0
South Korea League KFA Cup League Cup Asia Total
2014 Gyeongnam FC K League Classic 12 0 0 0 - - 12 0
Total South Korea 148 4 7 0 45 0 200 4
England 5 0 0 0 0 0 - 5 0
China PR 76 0 4 0 0 0 7 0 87 0
Career total 229 4 11 0 45 0 7 0 292 4

Honours

Suwon Samsung Bluewings
  • South Korea K-League: 2008
  • South Korea FA Cup: 2010
  • South Korea Hauzen Cup: 2008
Guangzhou Evergrande
  • China Chinese Super League: 2011, 2012
  • China Chinese FA Cup: 2012
  • China Chinese FA Super Cup: 2012
Individual
  • 2008 K-League Best XI

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