National team striker Hwang Eui-jo (31) returned to the K-League for a while.
On the 5th, FC Seoul officially announced that it had recruited Hwang Eui-jo from Olympiacos in Greece. The term and terms of his contract were reportedly a short-term loan of six months.
The reason Hwang Eui-jo, who left Seongnam FC in 2017 and advanced to the European stage through the J-League in Japan, returned to the K-League after six years because he needed a place to play.
Hwang Eui-jo, who joined Seongnam in the 2013 season and became a professional player, played 140 K-League games until the 2017 season, scoring 35 goals and 8 assists, growing into a national team player. At the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games, he became the top scorer with 9 goals in 7 matches and gave Korea a gold medal.
Hwang Eui-jo in crisis, had no place to play in Europe
Hwang Ui-jo, who joined Girondins Bordeaux in France in the summer of 2019 and succeeded in advancing to Europe, scored a total of 29 goals, including 6 goals in the 2019-2020 season, 12 goals in the 2020-2021 season, and 11 goals in the 2021-2022 season, establishing himself as a leading striker.
Hwang Eui-jo, whose skills were verified in France, signed a contract with Premier League club Nottingham Forest, and immediately transferred to Greek Olympiacos, owned by the same owner, on loan.
However, Hwang Eui-jo’s sluggishness began in Greece, which is rated one notch lower than France. He has appeared in 12 matches for Olympiacos this season, scoring one assist and no goals at all. In the end, he was pushed out of the main competition.
In the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which was expected to be a breakthrough, Korea advanced to the round of 16, but Hwang’s performance did not go unnoticed. Rather, he missed the decisive scoring opportunity in the first leg against Uruguay, and even the opportunity to play was reduced.
Hwang Eui-jo, who finished the World Cup empty-handed, had a narrower position at Olympiacos, and his transfer to another team in Europe was also blocked by FIFA regulations, which allowed a player to play official matches for only two teams in a season. .
However, FIFA has an exception rule that allows players to play in official matches if the league schedule is different. Hwang Eui-jo, who needed a place to play right away to recover his sense of the game, chose the K-League, which is operated in a spring and autumn system unlike Europe and is the stage he is most familiar with.
Moreover, Seoul’s head coach Ahn Ik-soo is also a team with an ‘old teacher’ who boldly selected Hwang Eui-jo, who was a rookie at the time when he was leading Seongnam 10 years ago, as the main striker.
Hwang Eui-jo was also motivated by the fact that national team midfielder Hwang In-beom, whom he plays for Olympiacos, left Rubin Kazan (Russia), signed a short-term three-month contract with Seoul, played in the K-League, and then advanced to Greece.
Hwang Eui-jo revealed the background of returning to the K-League, saying, “I played in Seoul for a short period of six months.” 메이저놀이터
From the standpoint of Seoul, Hwang Eui-jo’s joining is reassuring. Seoul, which scored 43 goals last season and ranked second among the 12 teams with the lowest score after Seongnam (37 goals), has solved the big task of strengthening its offensive power.
It is noteworthy whether Hwang Eui-jo, who has returned with the determination of ‘Cheolchi’, will be called back to the European stage using his performance in Seoul as a stepping stone.