Hong Jeong-ho, who first played at the Allianz Arena
Hong Jeong-ho, who first played at the Allianz Arena, says Kim Min-jae’s transfer to Bayern Munich “It wasn’t a place to go to win, I’m really proud of it”
“The opposing team was not going to Allianz Arena to win.”
Jeonbuk Hyundai veteran Hong Jung-ho (34) is the first Korean to advance to the big leagues as a center back. He moved from Jeju United to Augsburg in the German Bundesliga in 2013 and played a total of three seasons from the 2015-2016 season.
Since he was the team’s main defender, Hong also played in away matches against Bayern Munich. He stepped on the grass of Allianz Arena in 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 seasons in a row. In the 2015-2016 season, he was listed on the starting list, but his participation was canceled due to an injury while warming up just before the game.
Hong Jung-ho knows the greatness and grandeur of the mega club called Bayern Munich because he has played in person. Bayern Munich at the time when Hong Jung-ho played was stronger than it is now. Pep Guardiola, now considered the best master of all time, took the helm, and the members were more colorful. So for Hong, Bayern Munich comes as a bigger team. 스포츠토토
Hong Jung-ho said, “In fact, the opposing team going to Allianz Arena was not going to win. It would be really nice to win, but it was a natural expedition to lose. Augsburg, where I was, also entered the first half with the idea of holding out. Even the coach gave up if he lost a point. “I remember it as a difficult and difficult place,” he said, recalling his memories of the Munich expedition.
Still, Hong Jung-ho has won the Bayern Munich expedition in May 2015. At that time, Hong Jung-ho played as a starter and contributed to a 1-0 scoreless victory by blocking Bayern Munich’s attackers, which Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Mueller, Mario Goethe, and Thiago Alcantara held out. Hong Jung-ho also does not forget the game. “It’s a really tough place, but I remember Augsburg winning once,” he said with a smile.
As much as he knows better than anyone else, Hong Jung-ho considers Kim Min-jae’s transfer to Bayern Munich special. He said, “I’m so proud. It’s amazing that a Korean player goes to one of the best teams in the world. In particular, I think it is more difficult to go as a defender,” he said, praising Kim Min-jae’s transfer.
Hong Jung-ho, who entered the German stage 10 years ago, said, “I don’t think Min-jae went first because I did well. “It’s just because Min-jae received good reviews,” he said. “Now European scouts seem to be paying attention to Asian and Korean players. I think Min-jae’s role is big. “I hope that many Korean defenders will go to Europe in the future to gain good experiences and show their skills,” he said. Kim Min-jae humbly said he was leaving a footprint incomparable to him in Europe.
Hong Jung-ho worked with Kim Min-jae in 2018 to build Jeonbuk’s defensive lineup. Jeonbuk, where the two players held out from the back, won the K League 1 overwhelmingly at the time. Hong Jung-ho, who remembers Kim Min-jae’s second year, said, “What is really amazing about Min-jae is that he went through stages to Bayern Munich. I went to Germany via Korea, China, Turkiye and Italy. “It means that he has grown every year,” he said. “Minjae will continue to grow.” There is still a possibility of development. “I think he will show a better performance,” he said, optimistic about his junior’s life in Germany.
Kim Min-jae now lives in a new environment called Germany. Hong Jung-ho, who has been in Germany for three years, said, “In my case, I had (former) Ja-cheol and (G) Dong-won, so I created synergy and held out well.” Min-jae is a player who has already adapted to life in Europe. be more adaptable than anyone else. “Personally, it’s my first season, but I don’t think there will be any adaptation problems,” he said, expressing his expectations.