“I am proud of Gwangju, which is increasingly being recognized in the K League 1 We are looking higher.”

Gwangju Jeong Ho-yeon

“I just thought it would be nice to play in the K-League. After meeting coach Lee Jeong-hyo in Gwangju, I dreamed a bigger dream, an unimaginable dream.”

Professional soccer K League 1 Gwangju FC Jeong Ho-yeon’s eyes sparkled with dreams, hope, and a desire for growth.

Ho-yeon Jeong met with reporters after winning 2-1 in the away game against FC Seoul in the 16th round of the Hana Bank K League 1 2024 held at Seoul World Cup Stadium on the 2nd and said, “I have an unimaginable dream.”

Jeong Ho-yeon, who entered the K-League stage through Gwangju in 2022, played 34 games in 2023, scoring 2 goals and providing 4 assists.

Last year, he won a gold medal at the Hangzhou Asian Games and was recognized as the most brilliant ‘divine star’ by winning the K-League Young Player Award.

Jeong Ho-yeon, who joined the A team temporarily led by coach Hwang Seon-hong in March as a defensive midfielder, was not included in the A-match call-up list in June led by interim coach Kim Do-hoon.

Jeong Ho-yeon said, “There are still many areas in which we need to grow. We will not continue to settle but move forward.”

Jeong Ho-yeon’s eyes were focused on something more than just the A team in front of her.

Jeong Ho-yeon said, “There have been a lot of changes since joining Gwangju. When no one was interested in me, the team continued to believe in me, so I was given an opportunity,” and added, “I am grateful and meaningful that I was able to grow while playing as a player.”

He added, “Before, I thought it would be nice to only play in the K-League, but after meeting coach Lee Jeong-hyo in Gwangju, I dreamed an unimaginable dream.”

Ho-yeon Jeong is director Jeong-hyo Lee’s ‘favorite disciple.’

Coach Lee Jeong-hyo shows Jeong Ho-yeon a video of the world’s best midfielders, including Martin Odegaard (Arsenal), Phil Foden, and Rodri (Manchester City).

It clearly points out why these players move to that space and why they do not move to other spaces.

This is to develop the ability to recognize and utilize space.

Jeong Ho-yeon said, “The coach asks me to play a lot and secure space. I was originally a player who only liked attacking, but now I keep thinking and learning about how I can create better space for my teammates.” said.

He said, “Watching overseas soccer games, I compare myself to those players. I imagine if I were in that situation, I would be able to play like that.” He continued, “I still feel inadequate in situations where the opponent is pressing hard. I take the coach’s advice well.” “I plan to,” he added.

‘Dreaming’ Jeong Ho-yeon said, “Director said, ‘Go after your value is recognized.’ He said that it would be better to go when called by a place that accurately recognizes your value, rather than blindly telling you to come.” Director Lee Jeong-hyo’s advice. He also hinted.

For now, focus only on the team performance in front of you.

Gwangju, which finished in third place last year and also won a ticket to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (ACL), suffered seven consecutive losses early this season and stumbled.

Gwangju, which recorded its first victory in 4 games against Seoul on the 2nd, rose to 7th place (19 points).

Jeong Ho-yeon said, “I feel proud that Gwangju is gradually being recognized in K-League 1,” and said, “The reality of our team is that we are not stopping there, but are looking higher.”

Jeong Ho-yeon, who recently played as a defensive midfielder, said, “When I play as an attacking midfielder, I make short passes and move forward, but when I play as a defensive midfielder, I seem to be able to see farther. I make passes that can change faster and go further in one go. “I’m studying,” he said, explaining the change. 고스톱

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