While domestic Taegeuk warriors who played an active part in the World Cup in Qatar have been slow to advance to the European leagues, players who dropped from the national team just before the World Cup and ‘preliminary members’ will step on the European stage first.
The Portimonense club of the Portuguese League announced on its homepage on the 26th (Korean time), “We have recruited Park Ji-soo, a former Korean national team defender.” The club did not disclose the contract period, but according to local media, Park Ji-soo is known to have signed a contract for 1 year and 6 months until next summer.
It is said that former coach Paulo Bento, who directed Korea’s advance to the round of 16 at the World Cup in Qatar, played a role in Park Ji-soo’s trip to Portugal. Park Ji-soo said at the press conference after joining, “Coach Bento was a Portuguese league player, and his nationality was Portugal, so I was familiar with him. I haven’t heard anything personally, but (Bento coach) said he had a phone call with Portimonense’s coach. Thank you,” he said.
Park Ji-soo was consistently selected for the national team ahead of the Qatar World Cup in the trust of coach Bento. However, he suffered an ankle injury in an evaluation match with Iceland right before the final list was announced and had the misfortune of falling off the horse. It is known that coach Bento, who highly rated Park Ji-soo, helped him to go to Europe.
Park Ji-soo, who made his professional debut in the K-League Incheon, played in an overseas league for the first time by joining Guangzhou Hengda in China in 2019 after passing through Gyeongnam FC. He returned to the K-League to serve military service at Kimcheon Sangmu and played for Suwon FC and Sangmu under a rental status, then became a free agent (FA) status this winter.
Portimonense is showing defensive anxiety by conceding 10 goals in the last 5 games, so Park Ji-soo is expected to be given ample opportunities. 카지노
Oh Hyun-gyu (22), a ‘preliminary member’, transferred to the prestigious Celtic in Scotland as expected the day before. On the 25th, Celtic announced on the club website that they had signed a five-year contract with Oh Hyun-gyu. Details of the contract were not disclosed, but the transfer fee was known to be 3 million euros (approximately 4 billion won). Oh Hyun-gyu became the third Korean player to wear a Celtic uniform after Ki Sung-yueng (2009-2012) and Cha Doo-ri (2010-2012).
Celtic, which showed interest in Oh Hyun-kyu even before the opening of the World Cup in Qatar, did not show interest even though he did not play in the World Cup. Celtic sent love calls to Oh Hyun-kyu four or five times, and eventually signed the contract by offering a transfer fee three times higher than the initial offer of 1 million euros (approximately 1.3 billion won).
Oh Hyun-gyu said, “I am really excited and happy to come to the city I saw in the movie. It’s really like a dream. I think the days ahead will be filled with happy things,” he said, expressing his anticipation by saying, “I want to meet the fans in a good way as soon as possible and score a goal.” Celtic coach Angie Postecoglu said, “I am delighted to bring Oh Hyun-kyu. He is the striker I really wanted because he would fit well into our team,” he said. “He is a young and talented player and is ready to take the next step in his career.”