COACH KIM EUN-JOONG “THE CHALLANGE IS TO FIND SUWON FC’S COLOR WE WANT LIVING PLAYERS.”

Finding a new team color composed of ‘living players’. This is the task of coach Kim Eun-joong, who became the head coach of Suwon FC in the 2024 season of professional soccer K League 1.Coach Kim Eun-joong, who was appointed as the coach of Suwon FC in December last year, has been leading the first winter camp in Gyeongju, Gyeongbuk since the 14th.Coach Kim Eun-joong, who met with Yonhap News at the Gyeongju Smart Air Dome, a training site, on the 25th, was studying the players with sharp eyes and concentrating on planning the season. In the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup, the top priority for coach Kim Eun-joong, who wrote the legend of reaching the semifinals against the world’s best teams with ‘realistic soccer’, is to find the ‘color’ of Suwon FC. Coach Kim said, “It is important to first find the color that suits our team according to the composition of the players, and prepare and attack according to the opposing team’s strategy.” He added, “No matter how good the content is, if you can’t win the game, it’s not fun for the fans. Winning soccer.” “I will do it,” he declared.

After reaching the semifinals at the FIFA U-20 World Cup, coach Kim Eun-joong traveled around the K-League as a member of the Korea Professional Football League’s Technical Research Group (TSG), learning firsthand the game preparation process of strong teams and their opponent’s strategy. After a conversation with Suwon FC general manager Choi Soon-ho and confirming that the two had similar football philosophies, Coach Kim began his first career as a professional coach at Suwon FC. Coach Kim’s theory is that player development is especially urgent for civic clubs. Coach Kim said, “We are in a position where we cannot buy the players we want by paying a lot of money like corporate teams do. In that case, we need to nurture young players who show potential .”However, rather than pursuing immediate results, you need to be patient and wait. Coach Kim explained, “If you take the time to nurture them, they will become important resources a few years later, and the team will receive that much strength. The general manager and I had a consensus on the direction of the civic club.”

Coach Kim, who gained experience as a playing coach at Daejeon Hana Citizen in 2014 and as a coach at AFC Tubiz, a Belgian fourth division team from 2015 to 2017, has been assisting coach Hak-beom Kim as the coach of the Olympic team since 2017, and will coach the U-20 national team from 2022. As head coach, I mainly spent time with young players. Understanding through conversation is Coach Kim’s strength in leading ‘these days’ players. Coach Kim said, “We can’t lead the team in a coercive way like before. We need to make the MZ generation understand our direction and sometimes say provocative things so that they follow naturally .”Coach Kim, who said, “I have been a professional for 18 years,” expressed his trust in veteran players such as Lee Yong and Yoon Bit-garam, saying, “They definitely have a stronger sense of responsibility 스포츠토토존 than younger players, so they do a good job. I respect them.”

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