Lee Geun-ho’s earnest words, “I just really want to play soccer”

Lee Geun-ho, who is trying to fly again, met the best club. Ansan Greeners (Ansan). Lee Geun-ho is full of thoughts to play ‘soccer’ to his heart’s content, which he has not been able to do in Ansan.

On the 6th, the 5th Media Camp of the 2023 K-League Winter Field Training was held at the Seogwipokal Hotel in Seogwipo, Jeju-do. From 4:00 pm, an interview with Ansan coach Lim Jong-heon and the Ansan team was held. Lee Geun-ho, who is expected from the team this season, also appeared on the field.

Lee Keun-ho made his name known with the Pohang Steelers, and went through top teams in the K-League, such as Jeonbuk Hyundai and Jeju United. However, due to repeated injuries, the time away from the pitch took longer than expected. So, Ansan is a precious home for Lee Geun-ho. Lee Geun-ho only looks forward to the moment he steps on his arena again.

Q. Are you getting ready for 2023?

“I’m not in a hurry. Since I took a long break, I prepare hard by focusing on lifting my body. These days, I play practice games for 45 minutes each. I think I can start playing right away.”

Q. It seems that you had a lot of worries in the process of deciding to transfer to Ansan.

“First of all, I was out of the season last year due to an injury. I was just rehabilitating, but Ansan coach Lim Jong-heon said he wanted me. I was grateful that he said that to me, who hadn’t even returned yet. He reached out his hand during the hardest times.”

“Looking at it, April 2021 was the last game I played. I played for Gimcheon Sangmu and got hurt. After that, I missed two seasons. I should have gone safely… I was in a hurry. It was very difficult. But it gradually got better. I had fun training in Ansan and the coach was considerate, so I’m overcoming the hard times.”

Q. Did you get rid of the trauma of the injury?

“I was very traumatized. My nerves were in my knees, not the ball. I used to think that when I did this move, I wondered if my knees would be strained. As I did that, it happened again. Concentrating on soccer, I gradually forgot about the pain. The trauma is naturally disappearing.”

Q. As good as the club you went through is, the team expects you. Director Lim Jong-heon also has high expectations for Lee Geun-ho.

“A lot of people around me talk about that. But more than that, I just really want to play soccer. I want to go into the stadium and play온라인바카라. I just desperately prepare.”

Q. I really want to play soccer.

“When I was injured, I hardly watched soccer. When I watch soccer, I want to play soccer.

“These days, I don’t do anything other than what I need to exercise. I eat breakfast in the morning and exercise, and in the afternoon I do treatment and massage. I spent about two months like that. I had very little personal time. To be good at football, I put all my focus on football and do my best. I don’t really want to go on vacation.”

Q. How did you hold yourself back during difficult times?

“My parents were very upset. They were sad. They don’t show it, but I think my mother was crying a lot. It hurt my heart. So, if I don’t do it here, I thought that I might not be able to play soccer in the future. I prepared like that. “

Q. Coach Lim Jong-heon praised Lee Geun-ho as a ‘rare type of striker in Korea’.

“I think it’s been about 2 months since I actually met the director, but in those 2 months, I almost felt like a father. Our relationship has deepened. He cares for me. So, I also want to do everything the director says. To be honest, the director There are things I play for. In fact, the striker position I play for can be filled by a foreign player. Nevertheless, the coach is trying to use an injured player. It won’t be easy, but he trusted me. I have to repay the coach now. I want to dedicate myself to the team even more.”

Q. If so, what will be your personal goals for this season?

“Originally, my goal was to increase my playing time as much as possible. However, as I had a lot of meetings with the manager and gradually started playing the game, I became greedy. I want to score a lot and help a lot. My goal is 20 attack points. I think I can do it if I play the game. I’m a link type so I can do a lot of assists.”

Q. How would it feel to come back and score a goal?

“I haven’t imagined it yet, but I think my heart will be touched. After that, I have to score 10 more goals. Then I can say that I have succeeded in making a comeback.”

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