Gangwon FC coach Choi Yong-soo hid his toenails ahead of the 2023 season. What kind of scenario are you writing to write a drama that Gangwon has advanced to Final A for 2 years in a row?
At the 2023 K-League Winter Field Training Media Camp press conference held at the Songjeong Hotel in Busan on the 10th, coach Choi Yong-soo listed the top 6 teams that are likely to advance to Final A this season. Among the mentions of Ulsan, Jeonbuk, Incheon, Pohang, Jeju, and Seoul, Gangwon was not named.
Coach Choi said, “It is a cold judgment that our team’s power last year was not enough to go to the top split.” However, coach Choi, who took the helm of Gangwon in November 2021 and saved a team that was in danger of relegation, showed his leadership by leading Gangwon to Final A last season. At the press conference on this day, coach Choi hid his toenails by acting ‘extremely’.
Since the 1st, the Gangwon team has been continuing their quenching with the second battery training at the Busan captain. Most of the players showed good movements in the morning training in Gijang World Cup Village on the 10th. Dino, Han Young Han, Jihoon Kang, and Kwangyeon Lee who returned from injury seemed to be concentrating on raising their senses. In particular, the guidance effect of physical coach Nelsong Santos (Portugal), who was recruited this season, is expected. Nelson Santos, who started his coaching career in 2005, holds a professional license, the highest level among football coaching licenses provided by the European Football Federation (UEFA). This qualification is required to become a manager of the English Premier League. In addition, Choi Eun-seong, a member of the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup and legendary goalkeeper who was recruited this season, is in charge of Gangwon’s goalkeeper coach and is instructing Yoo Sang-hoon, Lee Gwang-yeon, and Cho Min-gyu.
Ahead of this season, coach Choi’s sharpest claws are expected to be newly recruited Alibayev (Uzbekistan) and Yoo In-soo. Coach Choi also expressed his anticipation at a press conference on the 10th, saying, “Currently, Gangwon’s midfield lacks creative game management, but Alibayev will read the game and oil it.” Alibayev also said in an interview with the players that day, “The coach gave me a mission to record more than 15 attack points.” 스포츠토토
The role of left and right defenders in Gangwon is very important. On this day, Yoo In-soo said, “Gangwon needs to form a five-back when defending and a five-top when attacking, so it’s a position that needs physical strength.” Yoo In-soo, who uses both feet freely, is a resource that can play as both flank defense as well as central midfielder, so expectations are high on how he will perform in Gangwon’s counterattack soccer.
Veteran defender Yoon Seok-young played left and right center backs along with Lim Chang-woo last season, but showed several threats in counterattack situations and contributed to scoring. They are expected to improve not only their defense but also their offense this season. Yoon Seok-young said, “The coach ordered us (Lim Chang-woo) to own more balls and to participate in attacks more this year than last year.”
It is not wrong to say that ‘Compared to other teams this season, Gangwon is a bit weak’. However, coach Choi wrote a drama about advancing to the Final A through excellent mercenary skills in Gangwon, which suffered from a rope injury last season. Attention is focusing on whether Coach Choi, who said, “I want to show that I don’t play football as a player,” will be able to overturn the game of Final A 6 this season, which has become solid.