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Sunday, 7 June 2015

Koihime Musou Girls and Famous Koreans, X-tra LARGE Edition! (Part VIII): Huangfu Song and Hwangbo Kwan

Hwangbo Kwan (Hangul/Hanja: 황보관/皇甫官; born March 1st 1965 in Daegu) is a South Korean football manager and former football player in the position of Attacking Midfielder. Same case as Jegal Sung-ryeol, Kwan holds two-syllable surname: Hwangbo or Huangfu in Chinese. He is a member of Yeongcheon Hwangbo Clan (영천 황보씨/永川皇甫氏), originated at Yeongcheon City, Northern Gyeongsang Province.

Kwan started his football career in 1988 when he represented Korean Republic National Soccer Team. A year later, he joined Yukong Elephants in K-League (present-day Jeju United FC) and made 171 appearances with 44 goals until 1995. The last football club he joined before his retirement is Oita Trinita in J-League, where he made 54 appearances with 27 goals until 1998. In the 1990 FIFA World Cup at Italy, he recorded a 114 km/h shot on goal against Spain in Stadio Friuli, Udine. However, Korean Republic lost 1-3 against Spain and ineligible to proceed to the second round.

After his retirement from soccer, Kwan focused on managerial duties when he managed Oita Trinita for 12 years (1999-2011) before he become the manager of FC Seoul which is formerly known as Anyang LG Cheetahs. However, he stepped down as FC Seoul Manager due to poor performance in K-League 2011 season.

On May 25th 2011, Kwan appointed to Korean Football Association (KFA) as Technical Committee Chairman. During his tenure, Korean Republic Football Team placed in third place during 2011 AFC Asian Cup and narrowly qualified to 2014 World Cup. Unfortunately, he stepped down in July 23rd 2014 after team's poor performance in the World Cup which resulted in an extremely hostile reaction from fans, who threw toffees at them upon their return from Brazil.

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