[임성일의 맥] Park Ji-sung, when everyone is’no way’,’enterprising turtle’, Jeonbuk Hyundai

Park Ji-sung, the eternal captain of Korean football, transforms into a K-League administrator. He joined hands with Jeonbuk Hyundai, the strongest K-League. (Provided by Jeonbuk Hyundai) © News1

Park Ji-sung (40), the eternal captain of Korean football, joined hands with Jeonbuk Hyundai, who won the K-League’s fourth consecutive victory. With a business card called’adviser’, he will act as a multidisciplinary adviser who can help the club develop.

Jeonbuk said on the 19th, “Ji-Sung Park plays a part-time advisor between the UK and Korea. Member Park acts as a technical director for certain areas, including transfers and recruitment, fostering and scouting, and presentation of training systems for players from professional and youth teams. It will also be combined.”

It was a surprise announcement. It is a well-known fact that Park Ji-Sung is undergoing an administrative process, but there was little expectation that the stage to focus on would be in Korea.

In November 2017, he was elected as the head of the youth strategy headquarters of the Korea Football Association and took the first step as an administrator, but resigned after about a year, and the companionship was not long. Park Ji-seong, who had been away from him for a while, was not easy to guess that he would appear in a position in Korean football again. It’s safe to say that the speculation that it might be related to the K-League was close to zero. It was Jeonbuk’s drastic driving force that made that “no way” a reality, and at the center is the new command tower, director Kim Sang-sik.

Director Kim Sang-sik contacted Commissioner Park Ji-sung, who was staying in the UK last year, and told him and the club’s plans. Director Kim said, “In order for the club to develop and to upgrade to the next level, we needed a person who could help with it. Doesn’t it happen by itself just by shouting’To the world beyond Asia’ with words alone?” I wanted to move, so I contacted (to Park Ji-sung),” he told the story behind the scenes.

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Of course, I didn’t expect’let’s do it’ right away, it’s a good suggestion, but now, the answer came out saying that it would be difficult due to various circumstances. Director Kim Sang-sik conveyed his sincerity to Park, saying, “Time doesn’t matter. It’s not that we should come right now. It’s our goal to come to the Jeonbuk Hyundai Club anytime.”

Although he was a junior, he was polite. Since I wasn’t trying to take on the role of’face madam’ in terms of shit, I really thought that the experience of a character named Park Ji-sung was necessary for the development of the club, so I put my effort into it.

There was no sign of’OK’, but after confirming the possibility and seeing the possibility, coach Kim Sang-sik decided to start in earnest after consulting with club staff. The reported team was also dubious at first, but later decided to actively pursue it, and it has grown into a’focused business‘ that interests not only General Manager Baek Jong-kwon and CEO Heo Byung-gil but also owner Eui-sun Eui-sun. And he succeeded in producing unexpected results.

There are many reactions that the attempts before the sacrament are surprising. The idea of ​​attracting Park Ji-sung to the club, who has never played in the K-League as a player, is exceptional. Park Ji-sung is not the hometown where he was born and has no connection with Jeonbuk Hyundai. Regarding, the mind that director Sang-sik Kim had is quite attractive.

Director Kim said, “Everything is the same. All wonderful people are afraid and can’t even approach because they will have a lover. If you get rejected, you’ll get ahead of your fears,” he said. “It’s not even 200 or 300 years old. I wanted to try it once. Whether it was killing or becoming rice, it couldn’t be done without practicing it,” he recalled. That challenge paid off.

Director Kim Sang-sik said, “I was convinced that I would have approached it. (Park Ji-sung) didn’t know how to say it,” he laughed out loud and said, “I’m not Park Ji-sung who can just make it happen just because I said’Let’s do it together.” He expressed his gratitude to the club, who did not spare support, saying, “It was possible because the club actively took care of this work.”

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Jeonbuk Hyundai is now leading the K-League. It started late, but now it’s faster than any other club. (Provided by Jeonbuk Hyundai) © News1

Until 2000, the club called Jeonbuk was just such a team in the provinces that had played the lower part. Until then, Jeonju was the town of yangban and a city reminiscent of bibimbap and bean sprout soup.

Choi Kang-hee, the current coach of Shanghai Sunhwa, who took the lead in Jeonbuk in the summer of 2005, recalled the time and said, “It was really frustrating at that time. The players were very motivated and the fans weren’t responding. No matter how good the game played and won,’it was cut off~~ “I was worried about whether a professional soccer team could be located here, where I clapped my hands.”

Jeonju, which was close to the wasteland in the soccer world, is now the hottest football city. And Jeonbuk Hyundai, which reached the top of the K-League for the first time since its founding in 2009, stood out as the most winning club that has won eight times, including four consecutive victories. Jeonbuk, which is mentioned as the winning team whenever ACL is held, is now looking beyond Asia to the world.

An official in the professional football field said, “Which club do you think is leading the K-League now? Now Jeonbuk Hyundai.”

“Even when Jeonbuk just arrived at the championship, previous leading clubs looked at Jeollabuk-do. From’I can win a year or two, but how long it will last,’ he said, “It will not be easy to get down,” he said. “There was a gaze at the boundary between envy and envy,” he said. “But now Jeonbuk is receiving envy and envy from other teams.”

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Manager Kim Sang-sik said, “Jeonbuk is a team that always has to challenge to win. I have confidence in winning. But losing 9 and 10 is not an easy task. You may not be able to win someday.” , We must be reborn as a real prestigious club that runs healthy and robustly in any situation.”

Jeonbuk Hyundai continues to overturn everyone’s’no way’. Departure was late, but now it is faster than anyone else. Jeonbuk, a’progressive turtle,’ equipped with boldness, has also begun to advance.

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