A young, rising South Korean international midfielder with talent and potential, Inbeom Hwang was acquired by Whitecaps FC via transfer in January 2019, and was signed through 2020 with club options for 2021 and 2022 as a Young Designated Player.
‘15-’18: Prior to his move to Vancouver, Hwang had spent the entirety of his young career in the South Korean first and second divisions, appearing in over 100 matches and earning Best XI selections in each of his three seasons in the K League 2. Hwang came through the youth system of his hometown club Daejeon Citizen FC before joining the first team in 2015. He made 81 starts in 88 league appearances for Daejeon, scoring 15 goals, while competing in K League 1 in 2015 and K League 2 from 2016 through 2018. ‘18: Hwang also had a stint with K League 2 side Asan Mugunghwa F.C. in 2018 as part of his mandatory military conscription, scoring a goal in 13 starts and 18 league appearances, before returning to his parent club to finish the year.
After featuring for his national side at the U-17, U-20, and U-23 levels, including capturing the gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games, Hwang made his senior international debut for South Korea in September 2018. Hwang opened his men’s national team account with a goal versus Panama in the following month, and quickly became a regular member of the South Korea roster in the last part of the year.
Spotted for his talent at an early age, Hwang attended Yuseong Middle School before joining Daejeon’s U-18 side at Chungnam Mechanical Technical High School. As captain of his high school team, he made the 2014 Adidas K League Junior Season Best XI before moving up to his club’s first team in 2015.
Born and bred in South Korea’s fifth-largest metropolis, Hwang is affectionately called by his hometown fans as the Son of Daejeon... He scored his first professional goal in only his second start for Daejeon, becoming the youngest goalscorer in club history at only 18 years and 253 days old... Following South Korea U-23's gold medal win at the 2018 Asian Games, Hwang donated his winnings to Daejeong’s academy setup where he developed in his youth... He considers former South Korea national team captain, and Newcastle United centre midfielder Ki Sung-yueng as his role model.