Hong Myung-Bo is a former South Korean football player who used to play prominently during the 1990s and early 2000s. He is considered a legend in Korean football and became the first Asian player to feature in four successive World Cup finals. Myung-Bo was a versatile defender who could play either as a centre-back or as a full-back and was named by Pele in his list of 125 greatest living footballers.
In his professional club football career Hong Myung-Bo featured for Pohang Steelers and Kashiwa Reysol among others and pulled down the curtain on his career at Los Angeles Galaxy in the MLS.
Hong Myong-Bo made his international debut for South Korea in 1990 and went on play in 135 international matches for his nation, scoring 9 goals. He made his first World Cup appearance at the 1990 World Cup finals in Italy and played in all of his naton’s matches. He produced excellent performances at the 1994 World Cup finals and scored against Spain and Germany.
He also featured at the 1998 World Cup finals in France and was the captain of the Korean side that reached the semi-finals of the 2002 World Cup finals. He won the Bronze Ball at the competition as he was adjudged as the third best player in the competition and retired after that competition ended. He is currently the all time most capped South Korean footballer.