Ahn jung Hwan
and earning him dismissal from the Italian club Perugia.
Ahn also played for clubs in Japan, France, Germany and China, as well as being
have been ostracised at the club, and bullied by his captain, Marco Materazzi.
against Italy that sent the South Koreans through to the quarter-finals. The next day,
Perugia owner Luciano Gaucci cancelled his contract and was quoted as saying, "I have no
intention of paying a salary to someone who has ruined Italian football." Gaucci stated that
his decision was not due to the goal, alleging comments by Ahn about the Italian nation.
South Korean national manager Guus Hiddink criticised the decision.
Perugia later took back what they had said, and offered to outright buy Ahn's contract, but
the player rejected it, saying "I will no longer discuss my transfer to Perugia, who attacked
my character instead of congratulating me for a goal in the World Cup."
During the World Cup in 2002, Ahn also scored the late equaliser in South Korea's match
with the United States. After scoring the goal he performed a goal celebration with his
teammates, mimicking the movements of compatriot Kim Dong-sung. Six months earlier,
during the 2002 Winter Olympics, speedskater Kim was disqualified for "cross tracking"
American skater Apolo Anton Ohno in their 1500 m short track event. Because of the
disqualification, Ohno won the gold medal even though he had finished second to Kim. Ahn's
celebration was a form of protest against the ISU's decision, which many Koreans
felt was biased.
Ahn then attempted to secure a permanent move to another European club but failed and
to another J. League team, Yokohama F. Marinos. After this successful spell in Japan, he
1 goals (Round 1 & 18) in 16 outings.
On 16 January 2006, Ahn was invited to train with Blackburn Rovers but twice failed to
show up, one of the dates being on his birthday. In February he secured a 17-month deal
with MSV Duisburg in Germany. He scored two goals (Round 31 and 32) in 12 outings.
released by Duisburg, and returned to South Korea in January 2007,