12 March 2024

Joo Min-gyu was allowed, but Lee Seung-woo was not… K-League star with mixed feelings

By pestfood.com

The two K-League stars, Joo Min-kyu (Ulsan HD) and Lee Seung-woo (Suwon FC), had mixed feelings.

Coach Hwang held a press conference on Wednesday to announce the roster of the March A-match series for the Korean national soccer team at the soccer center in Sinmun-ro, Seoul, and only one of them was selected. Joo Min-gyu is about to make his A-match debut in his mid-30s.

“Jo Min-gyu was selected for the national team for the first time, setting a new record as the oldest player ever. He was selected for the national team at the age of 33 years and 333 days. Song Jeong-hyun (then Jeonnam Dragons), who joined the team in October 2008, broke the record of being selected for the first time at the age of 32 years and 131 days.

If Joo Min-gyu plays in the match against Thailand on Monday, he will also set a record of making his A-match debut (33 years, 343 days) as the oldest player in history. The previous record of his debut match is Han Chang-hwa (32 years, 168 days) who played in the match against Turkey at the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland, the first World Cup tournament in Korea’s history.

Joo Min-kyu is currently the best striker in the K League.

He scored 22 goals for Jeju United in the 2021 season to become the top scorer in the K-League 1 for the first time in his career. With 17 goals in the 2022 season, he scored the same goal as Cho Kyu-sung (then of Jeonbuk Hyundai), but he ranked second due to a lot of playing time. Showing his beastly instinct in the 2023 season, he scored 17 goals, successfully recapturing the top scorer in two seasons. Thanks to Joo’s performance, Ulsan has secured two consecutive K-League 1 championships in the 2022 and 2023 seasons.

Despite such a strong performance, Joo Min-kyu had no connection with the national team.

“Honestly, I’m lying if I didn’t expect it. I was looking forward to it and disappointed, but I didn’t have time to settle down or get drunk. It was important to calm down. I felt that I am a very happily loved player. I will play hard for the fans who support me,” he said.

“If you score more goals at the stadium and follow the instructions given by Coach Hong Myung-bo, you will be able to better understand the situation from the outside,” he said. “Good things will happen if you focus on Ulsan.” he did not let go of hope. 룸알바

As soon as the 2024 season began, Joo Min-gyu scored a goal. In February, he scored a total of three goals with multiple goals in the first leg of the round of 16 against Banpo Re Gofu and a wedge shot just before the end of the second leg, bringing Ulsan to the quarterfinals of the AFC Champions League. He increased his speed and activity by losing body fat during the winter training, and proved his worth by fully understanding coach Hong Myung-bo’s tactics.

On top of that, Joo Min-gyu was chosen by coach Hwang and got the opportunity to prove his true worth in the national team. Of course, this was due to changes in the physical condition and performance of the existing national team’s front-line players.