FC Seoul’s Hwang Eui-jo, whose short-term loan deal is set to expire, expresses his gratitude to the club.
FC Seoul won the Hana OneQ K League 2023 Round 19 “Super Match” against Suwon Samseong 1-0 on Thursday with a goal from Willian at Suwon World Cup Stadium바카라.
Seoul secured its second SuperMatch win of the season at the Big Bird in front of 19,513 fans, the second-largest crowd of the season and Suwon’s largest home SuperMatch attendance since the COVID-19 pandemic.
Suwon remained in last place (W2 D3 L14 P9), while Seoul moved into second place in real time (W9 D5 L4 P32) with the three points.
Hwang Eui-jo, who played his final game for Seoul on the day, played the full game but was unable to find the back of the net. However, he was able to leave with a smile on his face and the away fans who filled the stands.
In his post-match interview, Hwang said, “I’m very happy. We won when we needed to win, and we got three valuable points in a tough away game. I’m very happy.”
Hwang will leave the team after the end of June. Ahn left the door open by saying, “I don’t think he’s going.”
“I’m still talking to Nottingham,” Hwang said. My contract is up to 30 days. I haven’t really talked to them. Of course, the coach talks about it as a joke even during training, so I’m doing it.”
He had a great time playing in the K League for six months. Looking back, Hwang said, “I went through a tough time at Olympiacos, which was my first time playing soccer. Through this, I grew and thought a lot about becoming a good player again.” “When I came to Seoul, I played soccer with a lot of love that I didn’t deserve. I am grateful to my good teammates, the manager, the coaching staff, and all the staff for their generous love.”
“Above all, the Seoul fans came to every game, home and away. I’m also grateful for the interviews in Korean. I’m also thankful for the media. It was a time when I realized how much Seoul helped me develop.”
As for his most memorable moment, Hwang said, “I remember the home super match a lot, and I also remember the Daegu match where a lot of fans came. All the matches were memorable and happy moments.”
When asked to highlight his goals, Hwang said, “I scored my favorite goals against Incheon and Pohang with my favorite routes, which gave me more confidence. I try to shoot as much as possible on the field. When you do that, your confidence goes up, and those goals are memorable.”
When asked if he has a plan B in case he stays in Seoul, he said, “If Nottingham want to look at other teams, or if the conversation doesn’t go well and they look at other teams, it takes time. Then I will be able to play more in Seoul. I’ve played a whole season. It’s a pre-season period, and if he needs to find a team in that period or something else happens, that’s a possibility.”
When asked if there is such an atmosphere within the team, Hwang said, “There are players who want Kim Joo-sung to play for six more months, and there are players who joke about it. First and foremost, I want to thank the players. They helped me find my confidence and helped me play well. I want to say thank you,” he said.
When asked what he would like to do with the rest of his contract, Hwang said, “I would like to ask for a vacation, I would like to have a good rest for a week, and if the talks go well, I would like to join Nottingham, so I will have to think about it in many ways.”
When asked to assess his physical condition compared to his time in Greece, he said, “I struggled because I didn’t play, so I didn’t feel as good. I think I’ve developed my own style after training a lot in Seoul and playing a lot of matches.”