Jeju United veteran Koo Ja-cheol showed off his friendship with ‘best friend’ Ki Sung-yong (FC Seoul).
Jeju drew 1-1 in the Hana 1 Q K League 1 2023 round 14 away match against Seoul held at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on the 20th. In the 33rd minute of the second half, Yuri Jonatan took the lead, but five minutes later, Willian equalized.
Jeju, which only earned one point, recorded 24 points, the same as Seoul, with 7 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses, but was pushed out of the number of points and finished in 3rd place.
Two of the older players in the match were Jeju Koo Ja-cheol and Seoul Ki Sung-yong. The two players, who started as central midfielders, faced each other for 87 minutes before Ki Sung-yueng was substituted out in the 42nd minute of the second half.
Koo Ja-cheol and Ki Sung-yong are players representing the K-League and Korean football. After conquering the K-League from the time he was a promising player, he went straight to Europe. Ki Sung-yong went through Scotland, England and Spain, and Koo Ja-cheol played an active part in Germany.
Born in 1989, the 34-year-old players have reached the age of looking forward to retirement. Returning to their home teams, Jeju and Seoul, respectively, they are serving as models for their fellow players as veterans and club legends.
However, once they meet, they become mischievous. Koo Ja-cheol showed off his strong friendship with Ki Sung-yong by saying that he was still joking around.
Koo Ja-cheol, whom we met in the Mixed Zone after the match, said, “I’m happy to be on the pitch with Sung-yong.”
Koo Ja-cheol said, “Me and Seong-yong are both happy in the sense that we looked back on our time before and after the game and created another good time for the fans who supported us in memories, happiness, and back then.”
He added, “I think I have a sense of responsibility and duty to do my best for the fans.”
When asked what kind of conversation we had before the game, “Sung-yong asked, ‘Are you coming in a sweatshirt today?’ I replied, ‘Are you a starter?'” He said.안전놀이터
His skills are still the same, he said. Koo Ja-cheol said, “As expected, I have a lot of room when I have the ball. The transition pass is so great. I think we had a good time running together.”
He said that they continued to talk during the game.
Koo Ja-cheol said, “I didn’t warm up my body, but I kept talking to him during the game. In fact, I went to the hospital in the morning and got an injection. Seong-yong asked me if I was feeling well, saying, ‘Isn’t it too much work?'”
Jeju fell to the bottom of the table at the beginning of the season, but before the match against Seoul, they won 5 consecutive league wins and settled in the top ranks.
Koo Ja-cheol said, “I think I’m doing better thanks to my teammates. In particular, the attitude and efforts of the senior players are exemplary.” Describe your approach.
Finally, he said, “I think the season should end until the last game, just like the first half of soccer is 90 minutes. I think it’s time to focus and work hard to do better because it’s in the middle of the season.”