Korea advanced to the round of 16 after 12 years. Among the numerous heroes, there was one who was as devoted as anyone else, even though he did not have a uniform number. It is Oh Hyeon-gyu (21, Suwon Samsung).
On the 16th, Oh Hyeon-kyu, who met with ‘Sport TV News’, said, “It seems like I’m having a busy time because you paid more attention than I thought” and talked about his busy daily life after returning home.
Coach Paulo Bento did not quickly give the newly called-up a chance. He gave enough time to understand and adapt to the national team’s philosophy. However, Oh Hyun-gyu was different. Following his first call-up, he made his A-match debut against Iceland.
It was an unusual situation. Oh Hyeon-gyu also said, “I didn’t expect it at all. I didn’t know I would debut so quickly, but I’m just grateful that the director gave me a good opportunity.”
It wasn’t just this. After the match against Iceland, coach Bento confirmed Oh Hyun-kyu’s move to Qatar. Prior to the announcement of his final list, he conveyed his will to Oh Hyeon-gyu.
Oh Hyun-kyu said, “After the game, the coach called me separately and said, ‘I want you to go with me.’ said there was
A unique situation arose as he accompanied them as a reserve list. If he did, it would mean that the national team’s plans had gone awry.
Oh Hyun-gyu said, “I was very happy just to be able to go as a reserve player. In fact, changing the roster means that there will be injured players. Then it would have been really uncomfortable, but I was very fortunate and grateful that I did not go in and finished well.” .
To him, he was a little more special than the rest of the World Cup. The Under 20 (U-20) World Cup, which was able to play an active role as a main axis, was canceled due to Corona 19. This tournament was my first World Cup experience. He said, “I was very disappointed that I couldn’t do the U-20 World Cup. I couldn’t step on this stage, but I felt and learned a lot just by being together. It was an opportunity to promise the next time.”
He added, “I also liked Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo, and they are great players. I was fortunate to be in the same group as them and see them at least once.”
A reserve player that may be somewhat unfamiliar to fans. How did Hyungyu Oh spend in Qatar?
He said, “The training was the same. In fact, we went into the stadium and even the locker room together. I think you can think of it as a player who can’t play. I did,” he said, telling the story of helping from the smallest things.
In the process of confirming Korea’s advance to the round of 16, Oh Hyun-gyu played an active role as a scene stealer. He relayed the results of the match between Uruguay and Ghana to players who finished the match, including Son Heung-min, on mobile phones.
Hyungyu Oh said, “I watched the match between Uruguay and Ghana on the bench. I wanted to tell the players quickly because the players in the game didn’t know. In fact, Heung-min hyung was thrilled just by winning the match against Portugal. I think I had to give it to you.” I looked back.
Then, how do players figure out the number of cases? Oh Hyun-gyu laughed, saying, “From the day before the game, we count the number of cases in the restaurant.
The image of Korea gathering at the half-line waiting for the match between Uruguay and Ghana became a hot topic around the world. It was also selected as one of the top 10 World Cup scenes selected by Britain’s ‘Reuters’.
Oh Hyun-gyu said, “I really remember what Heung-min said at that time. He said, ‘I’m proud of everyone and thank you. He said he couldn’t remember” and conveyed the half-line conversation.
Then, he recalled a touching moment, saying, “There was no curse of joy, and we liked each other so much that we even shed tears.” 토토
Korea, which miraculously made it to the round of 16, felt a high wall when it met Brazil, the number 1 player in the FIFA rankings. In particular, the third goal made with a perfect connection pass left a deep impression on not only the fans but also the players.
Hyungyu Oh said, “Unlike other conceded goals, we allowed it with tactically perfect play. Seeing that goal, I was very shocked. I thought, ‘Are Brazilian players really different from us?’ and I started to question myself.” It was an unavoidable loss and he said it was possible because it was Brazil.”
He said that although it was consequential, he also had regrets about his opponent in the round of 16. He said, “After winning Portugal, all the players were very confident. The players also said a lot that they would have risen higher if it had not been for Brazil.”
Lastly, I asked Hyungyu Oh what the uniform without a uniform number meant.
“If you go to the national team, you can always get your number. If you think that way, you will have another chance and you will have to work harder. It gave me a lot of new motivation and stimulation. I think I made a promise.