Entered as a ‘trainee’ and spent 20 years in the K-League… The echo left by ‘Legend’ Kim Kwang-seok

K-League ironman Kim Gwang-seok retires. As he left, he delivered a short but important message to his juniors, “Don’t get hurt.”

Incheon United, led by coach Cho Seong-hwan,메이저사이트 drew 2-2 against Suwon FC in the 8th round of the Hana One Q K League 1 2023 held at the Incheon Soccer Stadium at 7:00 pm on the 22nd. In the 18th minute of the first half, Incheon scored the first goal with a chip shot by Chun Seong-hoon. In the 41st minute of the second half, Yun Bitgaram succeeded in equalizing the game for Suwon FC.

Two hours before kick-off, at 5:00 PM, Kim Kwang-seok’s press conference was held in the press conference room at the Incheon Soccer Stadium.

Kim Kwang-seok ends his career as a player from this season and works as an Incheon scout. After his 20 seasons and 451 games, he opened the beginning of his second life. Incheon offered him a position after deciding to retire, and he agreed after much thought. Incheon CEO Jeon Jeon-soo and director Cho Seong-hwan’s advice worked.

The record he left corresponds to the 9th most appearances in the K-League. It was an icon of his self-care. When asked for advice for juniors who want to continue their careers for a long time, he said, “I hope you don’t get hurt. That’s the way to a long run. Rather than advice like ‘what to eat’ or ‘what to do’, a sincere person sees the light. A person who doesn’t get hurt will get a chance someday. catch,” he said.

Kim Kwang-seok joined Pohang Steelers in 2002 as a trainee. At the age of 17, he started playing his football late and practiced and practiced eagerly to seize the opportunity. He jumped from 10 to 20 games each season to 34 in 2011. His prime had come.

He said, “These days, when I came in, I left after a year. At the time, I tried to keep the team for 2-3 years. There were opportunities in the R-League or the 2nd Division League, but it’s a pity that the players now have to debut right away. Friends who have to leave after a year there is,” he said. At the same time, he laughed, saying, “I was born with the times. If it was now, it would be a release.”

After the press conference, a retirement ceremony for Kim Kwang-seok was held just before kick-off. Incheon supporters held a ‘3’-shaped balloon in their hands, which was Kim Kwang-seok’s number.

Kim Kwang-seok greeted his fans like this. “This is Kim Gwang-seok, who has fought hard on the field for 20 years. Thank you for being so welcoming to a mediocre player.

As he said, he struggled with himself for 20 years. He struggled to make his professional debut as a late player, struggled to become a starting pitcher despite few opportunities, and struggled to continue his active career by renewing his contract every year after he turned 35.

Kim Gwang-seok fought for a long time and won, leaving behind the pitch that was his battlefield. The retirement ceremony resonated because it was Kim Kwang-seok, and the advice resonated because he was him.

Following that, Kim Yeon-soo, who received the number 3, met <Best Eleven> after the match with Suwon FC and said, “I originally wanted number 23, but now I am used to number 3 and have no intention of changing it.” At the same time, he said, “The advice that Kwang-seok and his brother give is helpful for defense. He keeps looking around and helps him check the position of the striker.”

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