“FC Seoul is a choice for the future. We will improve our performance a lot over the next six months.”
This is the determination of striker Hwang Eui-jo (31), who returned to the professional soccer K-League “briefly” after six years of playing overseas.
The Seoul team left for Kagoshima, Japan, the second overseas training ground ahead of the 2023 season, via Incheon International Airport on the morning of the 6th.
Hwang Eui-jo, who had been on loan from Nottingham Forest (England) for a short term of six months, joined the team ahead of the training in Kagoshima.
Hwang Eui-jo, who played for Nottingham on loan to Olympiacos (Greece), lost his position in the team and was looking for a new team.
There were several options, such as an American Professional Football (MLS) club, but Hwang Eui-jo chose a short-term six-month lease to Seoul.
It is a choice that shows the will to challenge the European stage again from the second half of this year.
Hwang Ui-jo, who met with reporters at the departure hall of Incheon International Airport, said, “I don’t know what the situation will be like in six months. I think we’ll only know after that.” I hope that I can improve my performance a lot over the next six months and get good results.”
When asked, “Please tell me the goal of the attack point,” he declined to say anything.
Hwang Eui-jo played in 12 official games for Olympiacos and only contributed one assist.
Hwang Eui-jo said, “I didn’t think of a goal like that because I think the first thing is to melt into the team as quickly as possible and to improve the performance a lot,” he said. “But as a striker, I want to score as many goals as possible.”
It is said that Hwang In-beom, a fellow national team member who ate rice at Olympiacos, gave Hwang Eui-jo a lot of advice about going to Seoul along with Na Sang-ho and Ki Sung-yong.
Hwang In-beom, like Hwang Eui-jo, also has experience living in Seoul on short-term rental.
Hwang In-beom, who played for Russia’s Rubin Kazan, obtained a temporary free agent qualification in the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last year, played in Seoul from April, and returned to Europe by joining Olympiacos in the second half of the year.
Hwang Eui-jo said, “In-beom said that receiving the support of many fans at the Seoul World Cup Stadium is a great motivation in itself.” said.
The existence of Seoul coach Ahn Ik-soo is one of the reasons why Hwang Eui-jo chose Seoul.
Director Ahn is Hwang Eui-jo’s first professional stage director. When Hwang Eui-jo made his debut at Seongnam Ilhwa (now Seongnam FC) in 2013, the Seongnam command tower was coach Ahn.
The previous day, the Seoul club released a scene on YouTube where Hwang Eui-jo went to the Seoul clubhouse ‘Champions Park’ and met the players. 메이저사이트
Director Ahn showed intense ‘affection’ by kicking Hwang Eui-jo and hitting him in the back of the head.
Ahn is well known for being very strict with his squad and coaching staff.
Hwang Eui-jo laughed, saying, “As everyone knows, the coach is a scary person, but in reality, he is a very nice and warm person.
He continued, “I think I will have to play for six months while playing with the mindset of a really rookie.”
Director Ahn said, “Hwang Ui-jo himself will be thinking more (about what kind of performance he should produce)” and “It will take a lot more effort because it has to be shown within six months. Ui-jo will play a role to meet that expectation.” that,” he said.