Hwang Eui-jo (31, FC Seoul) is smiling more widely these days. It was burdensome because I had not scored a goal for a while, but I am enjoying the taste of the goal more thrillingly than ever. His first K-League comeback goal came against Daegu FC (3-0 win), which singer Lim Young-woong watched on the 8th, and his first field goal was against Suwon Samsung (3-1 win) in the “Super Match” on the 22nd. He scored his first goal as a penalty kick in front of 45,000 spectators with the ‘Lim Young-woong effect’, and made a valuable second goal in the ‘Super Match’ with 30,000 spectators. Many soccer fans must find the stadium to see if the score can be fired.
Hwang Eui-jo met메이저놀이터with the Hankook Ilbo at GS Champions Park in Guri, Gyeonggi Province on the 20th and honestly confessed about the goal silence. He said, “I wanted to show my influence at first when I came to FC Seoul, and I wanted to show how I play with the ball.”
He also revealed his thoughts on goal greed. Hwang Ui-jo said, “I have never given up my desire to score goals because attack power is what is expected of a striker. showed a sense of responsibility. At the same time, about scoring the first return goal with a penalty kick in the match against Daegu, he emphasized, “After scoring, it felt like something was blocked.
He ended his three-year career in Bordeaux (France) in August of last year and moved to Nottingham Forest in the English Premier League (EPL). Hwang Ui-jo, who was immediately transferred on loan to Olympiacos by the same owner, was pushed out of the main competition without being able to score as he did in France, and struggled without getting a chance to play. Eventually, after playing for Seongnam FC (2017), he returned to the domestic league after six years.
He urgently needed to find a goal sense. Hwang Ui-jo said, “All of the players on the team try to help me (to score a goal). (B) Sang-ho, other foreign players, many strikers, and other team members try to give me the ball when scoring. Thanks. We are running with one heart.” “Of course, I am a striker, so I am greedy for goals, but I am aiming for the team to win,” he said with strength.
He also said that meeting with the newly appointed football team coach Jürgen Klinsmann was comforting. Hwang Ui-jo was called up to the national team last month and played warm-up games against Colombia and Uruguay. Unfortunately, he did not score a goal.
“Coach Klinsman stood by the players and thought a lot about everyone during training and games. I heard a lot of advice about scoring, such as ‘Goals are scored when you play’.”
Hwang Eui-jo has been working well with Na Sang-ho recently. In the ‘Super Match’ with Suwon this time, they got along well and scored one goal each. Hwang Ui-jo took care of his juniors first, saying, “I feel good because (I) mutual is good. It is the result of my own efforts. The more he scores, the more chances I will have.”
The two often get together at Hwang Ui-jo’s house, where he lives alone. Even on days off when there are no matches, they became close friends by “going to cafes or eating”. For Na Sang-ho, who dreams of playing on the European stage, life with Hwang Ui-jo must be more than a good experience.
After the match against Suwon on the 22nd, Na Sang-ho met with reporters and said, “(Hwang) Eui-jo is an example for the team, so the juniors can bring good synergy, and I can show good performances through him.” In addition, Na Sang-ho said, “I want to imitate the mental part.” “he said.
Hwang Ui-jo also laughed at Na Sang-ho after the match, saying, “I think it’s about the experience (I want to be followed). In a way, I’m not young, so I’ve experienced a lot, but I think that’s the part.”
Hwang Eui-jo also mentioned Lee Seung-woo (Suwon FC, 25). It is said that he had a phone call with Lee Seung-woo ahead of the game against Suwon FC on the 29th. Hwang Ui-jo said, “I contacted him the other day, and (Lee) Seung-woo seems to be showing a good game recently.” I will become a player. I often say to (Lee) Seung-woo, ‘I hope you can play the way you want’. I have never worried about him.”
Hwang Ui-jo is on the side of no luck if his team is not lucky. The reason he ended his life at Bordeaux last year was because the team was relegated from the first division. Although he moved to Nottingham Forest, this team is also currently facing a relegation crisis with 19th place in the EPL rankings (6 wins, 9 draws, 17 losses, 27 points). His contract with Seoul expires in two months and he may have to return to Nottingham Forest.
Regarding this, Hwang Eui-jo emphasized, “It was a situation where I was able to move in good conditions after playing in France, and I was worried. But I do not regret the choice. It was the best choice I could make at that time.” He continued, “It just didn’t go well. I don’t want to think that my choice was wrong. It’s important to challenge a higher stage with a good image in the future.”
Then, he remembered the time when he was active in France and took his heart. Hwang Eui-jo confided, “He experienced a lot while playing in France for over three years.” “I grew a lot myself, and I thought every moment about how to play soccer better. no see.”
Hwang Ui-jo said he had to be recognized by the coach and fans to get a chance to play in France. He said, “At the time, it was unfamiliar for Asians to play in the French league, so we wanted to show that Asian players could also play well.” I wanted to create a good image, so I worked hard in every game,” recalling his life in France, where he worked diligently in his own way.
At the same time, he also revealed his future, which will be decided in June. Hwang Eui-jo said, “I am communicating with Nottingham Forest through my agent,” but also opened up the possibility of challenging other European leagues, saying, “The EPL is every player’s dream. But if there is an opportunity to play in Europe, I want to try anywhere.”
Right now, his biggest goal is to rank first in Seoul’s league. Seoul beat Suwon this time and is currently in second place in the league (5 wins, 1 draw, 2 losses, 16 points). “I want to help the team fight in the best position. And I want to build good memories with my teammates. More than anything, my goal is to hear that Seoul has become a good team.”