Japanese midfielder Amano Jun (32, photo), who has just landed a new home in Jeonbuk Hyundai in professional football, seemed shocked. The manager, who had joined forces with the same team last year to win the league for the first time in 17 years, expressed his disappointment to the extent of using the words ‘shock’ and ‘regret’ for intensively criticizing him, even using the expression ‘worst’.
At the media camp held at the Jeonbuk Clubhouse in Wanju, Jeonbuk Province on the 12th, Amano said, “I felt that Jeonbuk was strong while fighting against Jeonbuk as part of Ulsan Hyundai last year. He is delighted to be a part of this team,” he said. Amano played in 30 games last year, scoring 9 goals and 1 assist, making a great contribution to Ulsan’s league championship.
It was a big topic that such Amano immediately transferred to Jeonbuk, Ulsan’s biggest rival. However, Ulsan coach Hong Myung-bo met with reporters on the 11th and expressed his dissatisfaction with the process of Amano moving the team, and criticized him intensely, saying, “It was the worst Japanese player I have ever met.” In the process, direct accusatory expressions such as ‘I transferred for money’ and ‘I lied’ were poured out from director Hong, and attention from Amano was poured out at the media camp that day.
Amano seemed very disappointed with Director Hong’s remarks. Amano said, “I think coach Hong is the mentor who brought me to the K-League and a comrade who won Ulsan’s first championship in 17 years. “I still respect him,” he said. “But I was shocked and disappointed that he made such a statement through the media.” He continued, “I said that I was a liar and that I chose money to transfer, but it is completely different from the truth.”
According to Amano, he has already expressed his desire to stay in Ulsan since last summer. He communicated this with coach Hong and coach Seigo Ikeda, the same Japanese coach. However, Ulsan did not make a formal proposal to Amano until mid-November. At that time, Jeonbuk had already contacted him first, and his mind was leaning toward Jeonbuk. 바카라
Amano said, “Ulsan has never made a place with sincerity. So I accepted that I had no intention of signing a contract.” However, Jeonbuk made a formal offer and set up a meeting a day later. I was quite perplexed by the temperature difference between the Ulsan club and coach Hong.” He also revealed the reason why he changed his mind to Jeonbuk, saying, “Jeonbuk had already completed the lease-related adjustments with the original team, Yokohama Marinos, before the end of last season.”
Amano is now destined to meet Ulsan players and coach Hong as enemies. Amano said, “I transferred because I knew very well what this decision meant. I am determined to play against Ulsan,” he said. “This year, as a Jeonbuk player, I will challenge the treble with coach Kim Sang-sik.”
Jeonbuk’s coaching staff and the entire team are the same in terms of determination. He was determined to regain the league title lost to Ulsan last season. Jeonbuk coach Kim Sang-sik said, “Ulsan is the biggest obstacle to our championship challenge,” and promised, “I will prepare thoroughly and bring the championship trophy without fail.