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Ki-hyeon Seol




Date of birth





Korea Republic

Comfortable out wide or in a forward role, Seol rejected a move to Japan’s J-League in order to try and establish a career in Europe with Royal Antwerp, joining the Belgian side after leaving Kwangoon University in 2000.

Shortly after, Anderlecht snapped him up and introduced him to Champions League football during a three year stay in Brussels, which also saw him compete for his host country in the 2002 World Cup finals, Seol playing in all six games and scoring against Italy en route to the semi-finals.

He arrived in England with Wolves and, after another World Cup tournament, he made a £1million transfer to Madejski Stadium in 2006.

His impact was immediate; on his debut Seol crossed the ball into Dave Kitson, leading to the club’s first ever Premier League goal at home to Middlesbrough – and spectacular strikes of his own at Sheffield United and West Ham saw the Royals start the season like a house on fire.

But this fire blew hot and cold as inconsistency crept in, the goals and assists dried up and Seol found himself a starter on the bench.

After a great start to the campaign, he found himself down the pecking order and in the summer, a move to Fulham materialised with Liam Rosenior swapping places with the South Korean.

His time with the Cottagers consisted of only 12 league appearances, starting only half of them. In 2009, Seol wanted to move on loan but decided to stay in London a bit longer in hope of challenging for a first team place.

Unfortunately it didn’t work out and later in January 2010, Seol switched to the k-League in search of regular first team action.

His wishes came true when he signed for Pohang Steelers, scoring seven goals in 16 appearances – ending the season as the K-league’s top goal scorer.

He swapped clubs a further two times, playing over 100 games between spells with Ulsan Hyundai and Incheon United, retiring in March 2015 to become interim manager of Sungkyunkwan University, aged 36.