National striker Hwang Eui-jo (31), who briefly returned to the K-League 1 after playing in the European stage, picked Suwon Samsung, Seoul’s rivals, and Jeonbuk Hyundai and Ulsan Hyundai, who have formed a Yanggang composition for several years, as the opponents he most wants to win.
At the 2023 K-League Winter Media Camp press conference held at the HJ Convention Center in Gangdong-gu, Seoul on the 22nd, Hwang Eui-jo said, “Even when I was in Seongnam FC, the super match (Seoul and Suwon) was always a game I was looking forward to.” I want to win the match against We are a team that can compete well with them.”
Hwang Eui-jo, who was playing on loan to Olympiacos (Greece) as a member of England’s Nottingham Forest, failed to continue his performance in Bordeaux, France, and lost in the main competition. When he was put in a situation where he could only transfer to a league operated by the spring and autumn system, he joined Seoul on a short-term lease for six months. It has been 6 years since they went overseas starting with Gamba Osaka (Japan) in 2017. Seoul, which has been in the K-League 1 Final B for the past three years, is highly evaluated for the new season thanks to Hwang Eui-jo’s addition.
Hwang Eui-jo, who joined the team earlier this month and worked with his teammates from training in Kagoshima, Japan, said, “I think that 80 to 90% of the body is completed by continuing to digest practice games while training.” I’m not worried that there won’t be any,” he expressed his confidence.
Hwang Eui-jo reunited with head coach Ahn Ik-soo, who was the head coach when he debuted at Seongnam Ilhwa (now Seongnam FC) in 2013 in Seoul. When coach Ahn ordered “one goal per game,” saying, “I have to score a goal in every game, shouldn’t I look like Uijo?”, he said, “I want to score in many games, if not every game, and win as many games as possible.” I hope I become a player who leaves good memories for people.” Then he said, “Whether it’s a league or a team, whenever I go to a new place, I always aim for double-digit goals. I want to aim for double-digit goals in Seoul as well.” 안전놀이터
Regarding the confrontation with Cho Kyu-seong (Jeonbuk), a junior who pushed him away at last year’s World Cup in Qatar and became the national team’s main striker, he predicted, “I have never played against Kyu-seong before, so it will be an interesting match.”
Hwang Eui-jo and Seoul have been together for six months. After that, the future is unknown. Hwang Eui-jo said, “I want to create an opportunity to challenge a good stage by showing good skills in Seoul for six months.” He added, “It’s not something I can do, so I think I should do my best in my role as a player and see what happens next.”
Director Ahn said, “Euijo’s consent will be needed, but it is my hope that we continue to be together and complete the direction Seoul should go,” but said, “Uijo’s other goals must also be considered.”