Gimcheon Kwon Chang-hoon, brushed aside regrets at the first World Cup in his life and spent his later years splendidly!
In November of last year,안전놀이터 Kwon Chang-hoon was called by former coach Paulo Bento (Portugal) to join the national soccer team and participate in the 2022 Qatar World Cup. In the meantime, he was able to wash away the disappointment of repeatedly falling from the horse due to injury even though he played an active part in the national team for each age group. In particular, as he was unable to step on the World Cup stage due to a right Achilles tendon rupture ahead of the 2018 Russian Championship, which was very active in Dijon, France, the trip to Qatar was all the more thrilling. He overcame a severe injury to the extent that the aftermath still lingers and reached the stage of his dreams.
Kwon Chang-hoon, who has been a great referee for four years, even tasted the joy of advancing to the round of 16 in his first World Cup appearance in his life. However, he was not satisfied with his own performance. He started in the second group match against Ghana, but he was substituted without much performance. Instead, Lee Kang-in (22, Valencia), who stepped on the pitch, assisted Cho Kyu-seong (25, Jeonbuk Hyundai)’s pursuit goal with a bladed cross, further highlighting Kwon Chang-hoon’s sluggish performance.
Kwon Chang-hoon, who met Sports Dong-a in Changwon, Gyeongsangnam-do, where the first winter training in Gimcheon is in full swing, said, “Personally, I don’t think I could show as much as I prepared for four years.” He continued, “Above all, the team’s priority was to do well, so I didn’t care about the playing time. There was a good result by gathering strength to go in one direction without being disturbed.”
The World Cup is over. Now I have to do what I have to do as a soldier and professional athlete. He is the oldest in Gimcheon, who is about to be discharged on June 26 this year. Although he will leave the team during the 2023 season, it is his will to do his best to re-promote Kimcheon to K-League 1 (Part 1).
Kwon Chang-hoon, who joined the team belatedly after receiving basic military training after the World Cup and taking a reward vacation, promised to devote himself to the team until he was discharged in a personal meeting with coach Seong Han-soo and Kim Cheon. He emphasized, “I don’t think you have to do anything special just because you’ve become a senior,” but emphasized, “I think it’s necessary to take the lead when the atmosphere is down.”
Unlike last year, which fell short of expectations, this year, the ups and downs should be reduced as much as possible. Kwon Chang-hoon was constantly called up to the national team, but in the K-League, he showed poor condition from the beginning of the season, only giving 2 assists in 36 games. He said, “As a player, I will stick to the basics,” and “I always had the trauma of injury. He pledged that he wants to help the team as much as possible so that he can promote right away by managing well and performing well this year.”