Hwang Eui-jo, who returned to the K-League after six years with a loan transfer to FC Seoul, expressed his feelings about his return.
On the 6th, Hwang Eui-jo departed with the FC Seoul team through Incheon International Airport. He is scheduled to leave for Kagoshima, Japan, join the team immediately, and start winter training.
Hwang Eui-jo, who played for K-League Seongnam FC and transferred to Japan’s J-League Gamba Osaka in 2017, scored 9 goals in 7 matches at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games, taking the lead in winning Korea’s gold medal and emerging as a national striker. did.
Afterwards, based on his performance in the Asian Games, Hwang Eui-jo achieved his dream of advancing to Europe by transferring to Girondins de Bordeaux, French professional football league 1 in 2019. He immediately acted as the team’s signature striker, scoring a total of 29 goals, including 6 goals in the 2019-2020 season, 12 goals in the 2020-2021 season, and 11 goals in the 2021-2022 season.
After the team was relegated, Hwang Eui-jo, who went out to find a new team, moved the team to Nottingham Forest, a promoted team in the English Premier League, and continued his career by loaning to Olympiacos (Greece) with the same owner.
However, at Olympiacos, he scored less than expected in 12 matches and 1 goal, and on November 4, he did not get a chance to play for three months with the last match against Nantes in the UEFA Europa League.
Hwang Ui-jo, who was looking for a new opportunity, found it difficult to transfer to another team in Europe according to FIFA rules that prevent him from playing for three different teams in one season.
In the end, Hwang Ui-jo chose to return to Korea after 6 years.
Hwang Eui-jo, who met reporters at the airport that day, said, “I thought a lot about the future. It was true that there were proposals from various teams, including the United States, and I worried a lot, but I was still happy to go to Europe (to FC Seoul) and look good. I thought it would be an opportunity to show my best. I think it will be a good choice both as a team and as an individual.”
Olympiacos teammate Hwang In-beom also played in Seoul for a while before finding a new team due to the situation of his former team, Rubin Kazan (Russia). What kind of conversation did you have with Hwang In-beom?
He said, “I think I decided to leave the team and talked.
He emphasized, “He told me a lot that just playing in Sangam and having a lot of fans would be a good motivation as a player. I want to show a good figure without disappointing the fans.”
As for the situation after the six-month lease, he seemed to be sparing his words. Hwang Eui-jo said, “Nottingham allowed me to rent for 6 months. 안전놀이터 I don’t know what will happen after 6 months. I think we will know after that.”
Hwang Eui-jo, who also talked with fellow Seoul players, said, “(I) contacted each other after the decision was made, and (Ki) Sung-yong hyung talked on the phone afterwards. Seong-yong hyung shared a lot of experiences, , As a senior I respect, he helped me make a decision by telling me a lot of stories,” he said.
Seoul head coach Ahn Ik-soo was Hwang Eui-jo’s first mentor during his time in Seongnam. In the video released by Seoul, director Ahn Ik-soo welcomed Hwang Ui-jo. Regarding this, Hwang Ui-jo said, “Didn’t you remember your rookie days (laughs). Everyone seems to know that you are a scary coach.” “he said.
Regarding his comeback after 6 years, he said, “I think it will have changed a lot from before. There are many good players and many teams with good tactics.” So, I will help the team get to the right place.”