He was the best joker. ‘Pohang Vieri’ Lee Ho-jae (23) led Pohang Steelers’ 2023 season K-League opening game to victory, which marked the 50th anniversary of its founding.
Lee Ho-jae was replaced in the 32nd minute of the second half after losing 1-2 in the 2023 Hana One Q K League 1 home opening game against Daegu held at Pohang Steel Yard on the 26th, and scored an equalizer in the 39th minute of the second half and a come-from-behind goal in extra time in the second half. exploded
Lee Ho-jae, a newcomer who debuted in the K-League in a Pohang uniform in 2021, drew attention because of his family. His father was ‘Cannon Shooter’ Lee Ki-hyeong, the manager of Seongnam FC. It has been a long time since Lee Ho-jae, a former star player, has received attention since Cha Doo-ri, the son of former national team coach Cha Beom-geun. Lee Ho-jae, who started soccer in New Zealand and graduated from Incheon Daegeon High School and Korea University, was not bad. Pohang coach Kim Ki-dong also evaluated, “His good physique and strong shooting power make it difficult for the opposing goalkeeper to block him.” Lee Ho-jae’s height is 1m91.
Among the players, rookie Lee Ho-jae was also admired for his diligent training attitude. However, he needed time to adjust to the professional stage. 안전놀이터 It was the Gwangju expedition on October 3, 2021 that Ho-jae Lee, who was mainly used as a joker in the second half, showed off his strongest presence. He was also substituted in the second half and exploded multiple goals, leading the team to a 3-2 victory. It was the 2023 opener and his déjà vu.
Lee Ho-jae, who lost 3 kg in weight ahead of the 2023 season, is playing with an injury. In January, he was injured during winter training in Hanoi, Vietnam, and was diagnosed with six bone fragments in his ankle. He was very fortunate to have no pain. Pohang coach Kim Ki-dong had high hopes for Lee Ho-jae’s transformation. Director Kim said, “I saw that Ho-jae would be different this year. The preparation process and training attitude were so good since the Vietnam War. He praised, “I started with the expectation that it would be a year to grow one step further. With the multi-goal that day, I would have gained self-confidence.”
Daegu coach Choi Won-kwon said, “Two years ago, when I was talking to senior Lee Ki-hyung separately, I asked him to send Lee Ho-jae to Daegu. He is a very good player. He has skills as well as physical skills. I thought our defenders would be able to block it enough, but he is a threatening player. Didn’t you lose because you couldn’t stop it?”