A perfect debut.
Park Jae-yong (23) of Jeonbuk Hyundai,메이저놀이터 a professional soccer player, scored the winning goal in the round 25 match of the Hana 1 Q K League 1 against Incheon United at the Jeonju World Cup Stadium on the 6th. He tasted his goal in his first K-League 1 game and predicted his performance.
Park Jae-yong drew attention as a next-generation striker. A graduate of Anyang Technical High School, he was first nominated by FC Anyang in the professional soccer K League 2 (2nd division), then spent two years at Incheon National University and joined last year. In his first year at the club, he scored 2 goals in 19 appearances. He drew attention this year by posting 6 goals and 1 assist in 18 K-League 2 games. In his second year as a pro, he moved to Jeonbuk, one of the best teams in the K-League. With the departure of Cho Kyu-seong (Mitwillan), Jeonbuk chose Park Jae-yong as a replacement in the summer transfer market.
Following the same path as Cho Kyu-sung, he was nicknamed ‘the second Cho Kyu-sung’. Cho Kyu-seong also graduated from Anyang Technical High School and received the priority nomination of Anyang. It is also the same that he moved to Jeonbuk after developing his skills in college and spreading his wings in the K-League 2. Park Jae-yong took over the number 10 that Cho Kyu-seong wore during his time in Jeonbuk.
On the 3rd, he made his unofficial debut in a friendly match against Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in the third round of the Coupang Play Series. Park Jae-yong, who started the game, moved diligently throughout the first half. He fearlessly clashed with players playing in Europe.
Three days later, he was also on the starting list against Incheon. Even though it was difficult to play properly due to heavy rain at the start of the game, he did not miss the opportunity. In the 14th minute of the first half, Kyo-Won Han’s shot missed in the penalty box and headed for Jae-Yong Park. After trapping with his right foot, he quickly tried a right-footed shot and split the net. Even after the opening goal, he used his height of 193 cm to help fight for supremacy. K-League 2 players immediately finished adapting to the game tempo, which feels the biggest difference from K-League 1. He boasted a vigorous activity until he was replaced in the 36th minute of the second half.
Park Jae-yong said, “Coach Dan Petrescu always tells me to fight and run a lot. He asked me to do it actively, so I try to do it well.”
Park Jae-yong, who was also on the final list for the Hangzhou Asian Games, must continue his momentum. After emphasizing, “I really want to win the gold medal in the Asian Games,” he reaffirmed his determination, saying, “I will focus on the K-League match and the Korea Football Association (FA) Cup for now.”