“Football that can send a message.”
On the 5th, Jeonbuk Hyundai (hereinafter referred to as Jeonbuk) played against FC Seoul (hereinafter referred to as Seoul) in the 11th round of the Hana One Q K League 1 2023 at the Seoul World Cup Stadium located in Seoul. The result of the match was 1-1, a draw. It was the 90th minute when Jeonbuk, in decline, gained a point against Seoul, which was at the top of the league.
These days, Jeonbuk is not the same as it used to be. The period of ruling the K League 1 feels like a story from the distant past. After the opening of the 2023 season, it hovered in the lower ranks until manager Kim Sang-sik left the team. An unconvincing time continues for a team whose goal is to win the league every year. This is also the reason why Brazilian Gustavo was angry at the ‘location of Jeonbuk’.
It is bound to be a more frustrating time for Choi Cheol-soon, a ‘loyal subject’ who has protected the Jeonbuk dynasty for a long time. Being Choi Cheol-soon, who has watched Jeonbuk become the ‘strongest’ in a mediocre club, it’s hard to bear the feeling that the group is falling apart. So Cheolsoon Choi enumerated the things that could be done ‘right now’.
Choi Chul-soon, who finished the Seoul game, said, “I don’t think the game was that good.” “I learned about (the coach’s resignation) through a meeting. I was worried about whether to play,” he said.
Choi Cheol-soon emphasized again and again that the current Jeonbuk should focus on ‘how to express soccer’ rather than winning. Choi Cheol-soon said, “It’s not about winning. It’s about giving fans a message about what kind of soccer to play. It’s not about winning, it’s about playing soccer where victory follows. The league isn’t over yet. We have to think about what message the players will give to the fans.” “We, Jeonbuk, will play football like this in the future, a message. We have to play football that can send a message.”
In recent years, the evaluation that Jeonbuk lost its color was dominant. The purpose was unclear, and the distinctive ‘Dak-Gong (shut up and attack)’ stance had long since disappeared. Therefore, those who watched and supported Jeonbuk had no choice but to doubt what the direction was. Also, the sadness or anger that comes from not keeping the original direction had to fade away in my heart. Choi Cheol-soon, who knows this feeling well, emphasized ‘what message to send through soccer’ rather than victory.
In addition, Choi Cheol-soon also mentioned that 안전놀이터 we should start by understanding the reality that Jeonbuk is facing. Choi Cheol-soon said, “Improvement must be done not alone, but as a team of players. You cannot be number one for the rest of your life. We must accept this position quickly and prepare ourselves by revamping our mentality to see what we will show. “I don’t know if you’re aware of this point, but I’m telling you as steadily as possible. We have to play Jeonbuk-style soccer with color. Also, kicking the ball is good, but to win, you have to have a sense of stability from the defense as much as possible,” he expressed his opinion confidently.
The oldest and one-club man remaining in Jeonbuk, the dynasty’s ‘loyalty’ who remembers the ‘Glory Era’ most clearly. So it is quite natural to start all over again from the story of Choi Chul-soon. Choi Chul-soon knows how to form a team and what to do and what not to do, so he can deliver an accurate message. So, Jeonbuk seems to have to think about how to implement their soccer first. Remodeling became inevitable to maintain the green dynasty.