Choi Young-jun, the captain of professional soccer’s K League 1 Jeju United, has reached the 300-match milestone in his K League career.
Jeju announced on Wednesday that “Choi Young-jun celebrated his 300th career K League game appearance with a stellar performance and a thrilling victory that fans have been waiting for.”
Jeju defeated Suwon Samsung 2-0 in the 34th round of the Hana OneQ K League 1 2023 on April 22 at Jeju World Cup Stadium thanks to back-to-back goals from Kim Gun-woong in the third minute and Yuri Jonatan in the 25th minute. With the win, ninth-place Jeju (10W8D16L-38 points) escaped a winless streak (one draw and six losses) in its last seven matches. At the same time, they extended their lead over 10th-placed Suwon FC (8W8D18L-32P) in the relegation zone (10th-12th) to six points. It was also the first win under acting head coach Chung Jo-guk.
After the game, acting head coach Chung said, “When you need courage, you need faith. We believed in each other. Today’s victory was the result of all the members of Jeju coming together as one,” he said, citing the ‘one team’ as the driving force behind the victory.
Captain Choi Young-jun also spoke to the players before the game, saying, “We can overcome the current crisis if we unite and focus all our capabilities. Let’s do our best with the determination to go to war with the pride of Jeju,” he said, encouraging his teammates.카지노사이트
Choi helped Kim Gun-woong score in the fourth minute of the first half with a heel pass that caught the opponent off guard. He also played the role of a “voice leader” on the field, encouraging his teammates with his loud voice. “Even after being substituted for Kim Seung-seop in the 28th minute of the second half, Choi continued to play until the end as the 12th player with the fans applauding and cheering from the bench,” the club explained.
Afterward, Choi said through the club, “It was a game that both teams were eager to win, and the Jeju fans were even more eager. But in order for that to have a happy ending, you have to be confident. Today, Jeju showed their confidence by not being afraid to make mistakes, and we were able to give our fans a victory. I am very happy.”
Choi started the game and reached the milestone of 300 career K League appearances. He told the club, “The team always comes first. I don’t need to shine. The best thing I can do is to run one step further than the opponent so that my teammates and teammates can shine even more. No star shines alone. I can only shine when my team and teammates shine,” he said, emphasizing the importance of one team.