Gwangju FC goal scorer Heo Yul (22), who is in his third year as a professional, was humble but full of confidence. It’s worth it. Gwangju, led by coach Lee Jeong-hyo, is the team receiving the most attention in K-League 1 this season. Despite being inferior in both power and environment, the promoted team continues to make waves throughout the season.굿모닝토토 주소
Gwangju defeated leader Ulsan Hyundai 1-0 in the 34th round of ‘Hana One Q K League 1 2023’ held at home on the 21st. Coach Lee, who scored 3 points from the first game of the final round, immediately kept his promise, saying, “I want to send off the Final A (1st to 6th), which has made a big comeback.”
Heo Yul’s share in Gwangju’s upward trend is also significant. As a striker, 3 goals and 3 assists in 29 games are not many, but his contribution and influence within the team cannot be simplified into numbers. The Korea Professional Football League’s Technical Research Group (TSG) also highly evaluated Heo Yul, selecting him as the ‘Young Player of the Month’ in September. This is the first time that he, wearing the Gwangju uniform as a priority nomination in 2020, has received this award.
However, Heo Yul is not satisfied with today. “Our goal was not to remain,” he said in a recent interview. “Everyone has longed for a high place,” he said. “By achieving good results, confidence was built, and each player was able to grow.”
In Heo Yul’s opinion, Gwangju’s strength lies in its ‘team’. Gwangju soccer, which is strong no matter who you meet, was not born suddenly. Director Lee has put in all his sincerity and cultivated it to get to where it is today. Last year, they succeeded in promotion through an overwhelming race in K League 2, and this season’s performance also originated from there. “Grown individuals work as a team. The players make up for each other’s shortcomings and take advantage of each other’s strengths. “Our performance showed that we helped each other and cooperated to avoid repeating mistakes.”
Maybe that’s why the part that Heo Yul gets pointed out the most by Coach Lee is team play. Attacks that require creativity are left to the player’s discretion, but the Gwangju bench does not tolerate deviations from the established defensive position pattern. From time to time, some of the national teams at each level heard coach Lee’s nagging, and Heo Yul, who hopes to participate in next year’s Paris Olympics, is no exception.
“Just like a team that gets better as we play, I am also growing well. I received a lot of advice and my proactiveness definitely improved compared to last year. As I played with defense in mind, offense naturally followed. “After team training, I practice shooting separately to tire out my body as much as possible.”
Heo Yul’s dream, which yearns for growth and development, is big and strong. His acquaintances say, “He is looking at Europe.” Although I recently received love calls from overseas, mainly from the Japanese J-League, I turned them all down, thinking, “If it’s not Gwangju, it’s only Europe.”
In that respect, performance is more important at the Paris Olympics and Gwangju. In particular, if Gwangju continues its current pace, it will be able to participate in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League in the 2024-2025 season. There are still many opportunities left for Heo Yul to prove his competitiveness.