Footballer Seol Ki Hyeon To Retire After 27 Professional Years
luvsmiling, March 4, 2015, 8:29 a.m.
Seol Ki-hyeon, who was part of the national football team that miraculously reached the semifinals in the 2002 World Cup, is retiring after 27 years in the game. Seol's agency GSEN said Tuesday he will start a new career as interim manager of the Sungkyunkwan University football team.
He hopes to get a Level 1 coaching certificate from the Korea Football Association this year to work as full-time coach of the team. Seol's current coaching license only allows him to coach full-time up to secondary school.
Seol began his professional career in 2000 in Antwerp, Belgium while still a student at Kwangwoon University. He played for Anderlecht from 2001 to 2004 and Wolverhampton in England's second-tier Championship from 2004 to 2006, before finally making it into the English Premier League when he moved to Reading in 2006.
He then joined Fulham in 2007, where he spent three seasons. "It was a tough journey from a player at the bottom of the Belgian league to the Premier League," Seol said. "I don't think I would dare to go through it again."
Seol returned to Korea and began his K-League career at the age of 31 in 2010 with Pohang Steelers. With Pohang in 2010, Ulsan Hyundai in 2011, and Incheon United from 2011 to 2014, he recorded 25 goals and 20 assists.