The K-league is often criticized for a lack of producing (or importing) natural goal-scorers as a lot of clubs down the years have deployed rather more precautionary tactics than a Gung-ho, cavalier style of play. We at 48 Shades Tower decided to have a look back at some of those names and stars that had the potential to swell a crowd and strike fear into a defence merely by appearing on a teamsheet. So where better to look than that all too precious a gem in football, the consistent and prolific striker.
In the K-league there are two players who share the the record for number of goals scored in consecutive matches, they are….
Hwang Sun Hong – Pohang Steeers – Aug 19th 1995 ~ Oct 4th 1995 – 8 Matches
It’s sometimes hard to remember that before Hwang Sun Hong was managing Pohang Steelers to a league and cup double that he was indeed a pretty prolific striker with a career total of 71 goals in 131 league games and a pretty incredible 50 goals in 103 international games. He plied his trade in Germany, Korea and Japan and it was in the latter that he would score a ridiculous 30 goals in 36 games with Cerezo Osaka. He made 52 appearances in total for Pohang Steelers between 1993 and 1998 during which time he won an FA Cup, a League Cup and the Asian Champions League twice.
Kim Do Hoon – Jeonbuk Hyundai – June 17th 2000 ~ July 16th 2000 – 8 Matches
Sharing the record with Hwang is current Ulsan Hyundai manager Kim Do Hoon, who has a career total of 112 goals in 252 league appearances and found the net 30 times in 72 appearances for his country. Do Hoon played in both Japan and Korea and had an almost 50% goals to game ratio with every club he played. He finished his career at Seongnam FC where he bagged 42 goals in only 83 matches. Over the span of his career he lifted the FA Cup with Jeonbuk before going on to win the League and League Cup with Seongnam.
There is a collection of players who hold the record in 2nd place with the one and only Joo Min Kyu amazingly having completed the feat with two separate clubs….not bad for a guy who used to be a midfielder. With goals in 7 consecutive matches we have…
Ahn Jung Hwan (Busan)
Lee Dong Gook (Jeonbuk)
Joo Min Kyu (Sangju Sangmu & Seoul E-Land)
Kim Dong Chan (Daejeon)
Jonathan (Suwon Bluewings)