“It was a short time, but it was a choice for the future and for myself.”
National striker Hwang Eui-jo (31) wears the FC Seoul uniform. It is a return to the K-League after 6 years.
Seoul announced on the 5th that it had recruited Hwang Ui-jo, who played for Olympiacos (Greece). The contract period has not been disclosed, but he joins the team on a six-month short-term lease. It is the first time in six years that Hwang Ui-jo has played in the K-League since 2017 when he left Seongnam FC and advanced to Gamba Osaka (Japan).
In an interview released by the club, Hwang Eui-jo said, “I will do my best for six months. It’s a short time, but he wants to help the team. I will work hard to become a team that lives up to the reputation of the team called Seoul,” he said. “It is a choice for the future and myself.”
It was probably the best choice for Hwang Ui-jo. After Hwang Eui-jo left Bordeaux (France) and moved to Nottingham Forest (England) in August of last year, his position has narrowed. He was immediately loaned to Olympiacos by the same owner, but he rarely gets a chance to play. He played in 12 official matches for Olympiacos, registering just one assist.
Hwang Eui-jo tried to move to a team that could compete in Europe, but there was a realistic barrier. FIFA regulations allow a player to play official matches for only two clubs in a season, but as Hwang Eui-jo has already played for two teams, he has nowhere to go in Europe. It was possible to transfer only to teams that operate the season as a spring and autumn system (spring-fall league), such as the K-League, American Professional Soccer (MLS), and J-League (Japan). Hwang Ui-jo, who received interest from several MLS clubs along with Seoul, chose the K-League to minimize the adaptation period.
Hwang Eui-jo, who was reunited with director Ahn Ik-soo in Seongnam, said, “At the time, he was a scary director as a rookie. He was very soulful and learned a lot. He wants to learn a lot in good teaching in the future,” he said. He also conveyed his excitement about playing at the Sangam World Cup Stadium. Hwang Eui-jo said, “Playing soccer in Seoul and meeting fans while playing games in Sangam are exciting and exciting things.”
Hwang Eui-jo, who joined Seongnam in 2013 after attending Poongsaeng High School and Yonsei University, is a striker who scored 35 goals and 8 assists in 140 K-League games until 2017. Hwang Eui-jo, who joined Bordeaux in the summer of 2019, was recognized for his firepower on the European stage, scoring 6 goals in the 2019-2020 season, 12 goals in the 2020-2021 season, and 11 goals in the 2021-2022 season. 슬롯사이트
The Seoul club said, “This transfer is the result of the club and the players coming together for the development of Korean football.” (Joining Hwang Eui-jo) is expected to take Seoul and the K-League to the next level.” Hwang Ui-jo will join the second winter battery training in Seoul, which will be held in Kagoshima, Japan from the 6th, and team up with fellow strikers such as Ilyuchenko.