Seoul captain Ilyuchenko highly praised his new partner, Hwang Eui-jo.
The Korea Professional Football Federation held the ‘Hana 1 Q K-League 2023 Opening Media Day’ at The-K Hotel in Yangjae-dong, Seoul at 1:00 pm on the 20th, providing a venue for 12 teams to strengthen their resolve. The event was attended by managers and captains of 12 teams, including last season’s champions Ulsan Hyundai, Jeonbuk Hyundai, Pohang Steelers, and Incheon United.
A battle of nerves erupted from the beginning of the event. Last season’s champions Ulsan and Jeonbuk strengthened their desire to win each other, and the mid-ranking teams expressed their desire to advance to the Final A. Each of the 12 teams had different goals, but it was difficult to rank them in terms of their aspirations.
Among them, Seoul made a special resolution. Seoul, who failed to advance to Final A last season and fell to Final B and struggled for relegation, ended the season in ninth place without accumulating points in the middle of the season. It was a year when Seoul lost its pride, having even won the K-League in the past.
Dreaming of a new leap this season, Seoul is also the team that has made the most recruitment in the winter transfer market. Ahead of this season, not only offensive resources such as Im Sang-hyeop, but also defensive resources such as Lee Si-young and Park Soo-il were recruited to strengthen their power evenly across the air and defense.
Above all, the most talked about recruitment was Hwang Eui-jo. Hwang Ui-jo, who played for Seongnam in the K-League in the past and went to the overseas stage in earnest through J-League Gamba Osaka, played a leading role in the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games gold medal and participated in the 2022 Qatar World Cup, growing into a striker representing Korea. However, he seldom got a chance at Olympiacos in Greece, and he came to Seoul in the form of a short-term loan ahead of this season and added strength.
The reason why Hwang Eui-jo is expected is also because of the combination with Ilyuchenko in Seoul. Last season, Ilyuchenko, who recorded 9 goals and 1 assist in all competitions in Seoul, was the highest scorer in the team. Ilyuchenko, the captain and key striker, will now team up with national striker Hwang Eui-jo.
Ilyuchenko took his luck by saying about Hwang Ui-jo, “He is a good person and a great quality player.” “Hwang Eui-jo is quickly adapting to the current team. His recruitment will be a win-win for both the team and himself. I hope our team will achieve good results with his ability.” 먹튀검증
He also wished for good luck when he returned to Olympiacos, his original team, at the end of the lease, saying, “I hope Hwang Ui-jo will perform well this season and produce good results when he returns to Europe.” From the standpoint of Seoul, the combination of Hwang Ui-jo and Ilyuchenko can be said to be the most anticipated highlight of this season.