‘Legend’ Koo Ja-cheol challenges a valuable record against Incheon, where he announced the start

a legend of Korean soccer and the K-League, challenges a meaningful record.

Jeju will play Hana One Q K League 1 2023 Round 3 away 메이저놀이터 match against Incheon United on the 12th at 4:30 pm at the Incheon Soccer Stadium.

Jeju and Incheon, which were considered candidates for the K-League quarterfinals this season, do not have a win either. It’s the beginning, but it’s not a pleasant situation.

While a fierce match is predicted, Koo Ja-cheol is attracting attention. This is because we are ahead of a meaningful record, not a name value. Currently, Koo Ja-cheol is recording 9 goals and 20 assists in 99 K-League matches. If he participates on this day, he will step on the 100 game mark. In addition, if the scoring cannon is operated, you can also join the 10-10 (10 goals-10 assists) club.

The fact that the opponent is Incheon is also different. Incheon is Koo Ja-cheol’s K-League debut opponent. After wearing a Jeju uniform in 2007, he started in the Samsung Hauzen Cup match (1-0 win) held at Incheon Munhak Stadium in April of that year. Even before his professional debut, Koo Ja-cheol was active full-time and made his mark.

Since then, Koo Ja-cheol has grown into a signboard for not only Jeju but also Korean football. In 2010, he led Jeju to the K-League runner-up. In the 2011 Asian Cup, he won the top scorer. Using this as a stepping stone, he moved to Wolfsburg in the German Bundesliga. At the 2012 London Olympics, he won a bronze medal as captain. He also wore the captain’s armband at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. After the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the 2019 Asian Cup in Qatar ended with the return of the Taegeuk mark.

He left many footprints on the overseas stage as well. He went through Wolfsburg, Augsburg, and Mainz, and recorded 28 goals and 17 assists in a total of 211 matches in the Bundesliga alone. This is the second highest number of appearances in the Korean Bundesliga behind Cha Bum-geun (98 goals, 5 assists in 308 games). Afterwards, even after transferring to Al Garrafa SC (Qatar) in August 2019, he returned to the K-League via Al Khor SC (Qatar).

Koo Ja-cheol said, “The opportunity has come to set a record of 100 K-League appearances against Incheon, where he made his professional debut,” but “I don’t think he will play unconditionally. The team is also an important battleground aiming for the first win of the season.”

Koo Cha-jeol said, “Thorough preparation is necessary,” and “Choi Young-joon collapsed due to an injury, but the players are united as one. I am also more focused on winning the team than on records.”