Hwangui Cho Kyu-seong, who has been away from Europe for a while, will we meet in the K-League?
As the possibility of a head-to-head match in the K-League between Hwang Ui-jo and Cho Kyu-seong, two strikers competing for the starting position in the national team, is drawing attention from soccer fans.
Hwang Ui-jo is in an urgent situation to find a team he can play right now. Hwang Eui-jo signed a contract with Premier League Nottingham Forest from Girondins Bordeaux in France Ligue 1 in August last year. However, immediately after that, the owner moved on loan to Olympiacos in Greece.
As it showed a proven performance in France, one of Europe’s top five leagues, it was expected that it would adapt smoothly to Greece, which has a low league status, but things have been twisted since then. Hwang Eui-jo, who suffered from setbacks in preparation for the season due to delays in transfer negotiations, had difficulty improving his physical condition and fell into a slump. Hwang Ui-jo played only 12 official matches (3 starting matches) at Olympiacos this season and scored only one assist and did not score a single goal. Recently, he was pushed out of the main competition altogether.
In the end, Hwang Ui-jo left Olympiacos after half a year and is looking for a new team. But at least for this season, I can no longer play in Europe. According to FIFA rules, a player can only play in official matches for a maximum of two teams in a season. Since Hwang Eui-jo had already played two matches with Bordeaux before transferring, he will not be able to play with Nottingham, his original team, if he leaves Olympiacos.
Hwang Eui-jo has received several offers from Japan’s J-League and American professional soccer (MLS) clubs, but it is known that he is considering going to the K-League on a short-term loan considering returning to Europe as a priority. Currently, K-League FC Seoul, which is aiming to reinforce the offensive line, is being discussed as the most active and promising candidate for Hwang Eui-jo.
National team midfielder Hwang In-beom, who currently plays with Hwang Eui-jo at Olympiacos, left Rubin Kazan (Russia) last year and signed a short-term three-month contract with Seoul to maintain his game sense and condition, and then entered the Greek league again. Like Hwang In-beom, Hwang Ui-jo is expected to go through a short-term contract of 5 to 6 months and return to Nottingham this summer when the European transfer market opens up or pursue another transfer to another European club.
Hwang Ui-jo played for Seongnam FC until 2017 before entering the overseas stage. If Hwang Eui-jo wears the Seoul uniform, it will be a return to the K-League after six years. Seoul, which has received less than expected results for the past three years, is in a state of massive recruitment, shouting ‘reconstruction of the famous family’ for the new season. In particular, the key topic is reinforcement of offense, which ranked 11th out of 12 teams with 43 points in 38 league matches last season. If foreign player Willian and veteran Im Sang-hyeop are added to the attacking team, which previously relied on Ilyuchenko, and Hwang Ui-jo, the national team’s main striker, are added, it is literally building the strongest window in the K-League.
If Hwang Eui-jo returns to the K-League, above all, the competition for the top scorer with his national teammate and competitor Cho Kyu-seong is expected to be a big highlight in the K-League next season. Following last year’s K-League top scorer, FA Cup championship and MVP, Cho Kyu-seong had the best year ever by scoring multiple goals for the first time in the history of a Korean player in the World Cup against Ghana at the Qatar World Cup. Also, after the World Cup, Kyu-Sung Cho became the best beneficiary of the World Cup, with his social media following rapidly increasing and receiving tremendous attention from domestic and foreign media.
On the other hand, Hwang Eui-jo could not laugh at the World Cup. Hwang Ui-jo, who had been an immovable main striker throughout Bentu Lake, fell into a severe slump ahead of the World Cup and performed sluggishly in the finals, not scoring a single goal. Hwang Eui-jo was pushed to the bench after the first game against Uruguay, and Cho Kyu-seong, who was originally expected to be a backup, became the main striker, filling the vacant spot for Hwang Ui-jo, so the contrast was mixed. After the World Cup, coach Paulo Bento stepped down from the command tower, and the national team’s ‘one-top competition’ between Hwang Eui-jo and Cho Kyu-seong has returned to the starting point.
Cho Kyu-sung was in the spotlight after the World Cup, and rumors of him advancing to Europe were strongly discussed. In the winter transfer market, several famous European clubs, such as Scotland’s Celtic and Germany’s Mainz, were on the list, but with the persuasion of Jeonbuk, who could not lose their main striker, Cho Kyu-seong chose to stay. Celtic, which had been rumored to sign Cho Kyu-sung, recently recruited another Korean striker, Oh Hyun-kyu, from Suwon. 토토사이트
It has been confirmed that Cho Kyu-sung will start this season in the K-League, and similarly to Hwang Ui-jo, he will aim to advance to Europe again this summer in the transfer market at the earliest. Depending on how the duo of ‘Hwang-eui Jo Kyu-seong’ shows in the K-League next season, not only will they compete for the national team under the new command tower system, but also who will advance to a better European club this summer can change their fate.
Jeonbuk and Seoul are traditionally famous houses and rivals representing the K-League. Both teams are clearly motivated to make up for the disappointing results of last season. In addition, the rivalry between the two star strikers competing for the starting position in the national team is expected to be a box office factor that can further increase the interest of soccer fans next season.
If you add Ju Min-gyu (Ulsan), another native scorer who showed proven performance in the K-League, and Seung-Woo Lee (Suwon FC) from Europe, the K-League is a native striker after a long time since the late 1990s, when Lee Dong-guk, Ahn Jung-hwan, and Ko Jong-soo were active. It is expected that it will be good to look forward to the ‘renaissance’ era of the world.