“You seem to want to play dynamic and aggressive soccer. I want to learn more.”
Park Jin-seop (28, Jeonbuk Hyundai) shared his impressions of meeting South Korea national soccer team coach Jürgen Klinsmann in person.
Jeonbuk Hyundai defeated Gwangju FC 2-0 in the 37th round of the Hana OneQ K League 2023 at Jeonju World Cup Stadium at 2 p.m. on Friday.토토사이트
With the win, Jeonbuk regained fourth place with 57 points (16 wins, 9 draws, and 12 losses). They are now just one point behind third-place Gwangju (58 points). The standings of both teams will not be known until the final 38 rounds are completed.
Jeonbuk didn’t let a crisis get in the way of their victory. Ahn Hyun-beom opened the scoring with a header in the 18th minute of the first half, and Song Min-gyu added a lucky goal in first-half stoppage time. Jeonbuk continued to defend well against Gwangju’s organized attacks to complete the clean sheet.
Defensive midfielder Park Jin-seop also contributed with a full-time performance. He said, “Many fans came to see us. I wanted to repay them with a win, and I’m glad I was able to do that,” he smiled.
Park Jin-seop is known as the protagonist of “Human Victory. He overcame twists and turns to achieve every soccer player’s dream: the Taeguk mark.
A striker in college, Park began his career in 2017 with unemployed team Daejeon Korail in the National League (now the K3 League). The following year, he moved to the K League 2 Ansan Greeners, where he switched positions to defensive midfielder and had a turning point in his career.
The rest is history. Park excelled at Daejeon Hana Citizen, earning a spot in the K League 2 Best 11, and last year he joined Jeonbuk for the K League 1 stage. He was immediately named to the Best 11, and as a wildcard, won gold at the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games.
He also made his A-match debut. Park Jin-seop came on for Park Yong-woo in the second 45 minutes of the match against Singapore on Sept. 16 and played about four minutes of added time.
“Since coming to Jeonbuk, I’ve been in a lot of good situations. As I played with good players, I improved myself a lot. Good situations kept coming my way. I’m so grateful to my teammates. I also want to say thank you to the coaching staff for teaching me,” he said, giving credit to his teammates.
He added: “I never imagined it. I didn’t know if it was real, and I actually came in with a few minutes left. So I didn’t really prepare for it. “My first thought was, ‘Finally, my dreams are coming true,'” he said. A lot of things went through my mind,” he smiles.
When asked about his human victory, Park said, “I’m so grateful. The fans know my soccer story since I was a kid, and they’ve been supporting me a lot in that regard. That makes me feel even more responsible to do a better job,” he said, adding that he didn’t shed any tears.
What advice did his teammates with national team experience give him? “They congratulated me a lot more than they gave me advice. (Baek) Seung-ho, (Kim) Jin-soo, and (Hong) Jung-ho congratulated me too much. Since I was new to the national team, Jin-soo helped me adjust a lot. Thanks to him, I was able to settle in a little easier.”
On what kind of coach Jürgen Klinsmann is, Park said, “I think he wants to play very dynamic and aggressive soccer. He seems to want to get the most out of his players. Even though it was a short call-up, I felt like I wanted to learn more if I could go to the next one.”
He said he sees a lot of similarities with Jeonbuk coach Dan Petrescu. Park said, “I feel like I have a similar personality to Coach Petrescu. Both Coach Petrescu and Coach Klinsmann are completely autonomous in their lives. And on the field, I think we have a lot of similarities in terms of wanting the players to perform to the best of their abilities.”
Now Park just needs to increase his presence on the national team. “I don’t want to play minutes for the national team, I just want to play. That’s my biggest goal right now. Rather than thinking about playing time, I think I need to be picked first and go to the national team,” he said, looking forward to what’s next.