Han Kyo-Won: Jeonbuk’s short tempered, but exciting and mercurial talent

Jeonbuk Motors’ exciting winger Han Kyo-Won is currently midway through an eight match suspension. On May 23rd, just five minutes into Jeonbuk’s K-League match against Incheon United, Han Kyo-Won punched Incheon’s Park Dae-Han twice, his second punch connecting with the Incheon Player’s head in what appeared to be an unprovoked attack.

Han has since apologized for the assault, but the ban may have other repercussions for his reputation and career as well as the suspension that he is currently serving, the fines he received, and the community service that his club is making him do in order to atone for the off-the-ball incident.

It is a pity that Han Kyo-Won has ruined his reputation in such a way as before the match against Incheon he was one of the K-League’s most exciting players. In the 2014 season, he scored twelve goals and was an ever-present in the Jeonbuk side that strolled to the league title. Many of the goals that he has scored have been spectacular, involving volleys, mazy dribbles, or feints to create space for a shot.

Before moving to Jeonbuk, Han Kyo-Won played for three seasons at Incheon United, he only scored fifteen times in that period, but his impressive play impressed Jeonbuk enough for them to sign him at the start of the 2014 season.

He made his international debut for South Korea in their friendly victory against Venezuela, just after the misery of their group stage exit in the 2014 World Cup. Since his debut, he has been consistently in the national set-up, making eight appearances for the national team in friendly matches and in the 2015 AFC Asian cup where he played in some of the group stage matches as well as in South Korea’s semi-final triumph against Iraq.

His one international goal came in a friendly match against Jordan where he got on the end of a Cha Du-Ri cross to score the only goal of the game. Until his suspension he was a regular starter this season, helping Jeonbuk gain a large lead at the top of the K-League. Han Kyo-Won has picked up many yellow cards in his career, in the 2013 season he accumulated 8 yellow cards, a high number for a winger.

However, his red card against Incheon was the first of his career, and hopefully when he comes back from his suspension he will use his talent to rebuild his reputation in Korea.


Written by Steven Price

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