For Um Won-sang (24, Ulsan), 2022 was a year of joy and despair.
Although he lifted the championship cup wearing the uniform of the Tiger Corps Ulsan Hyundai, it is because he was not invited to the World Cup in Qatar, which he had dreamed of. It was even more disappointing because he consistently wore the Taegeuk mark last year.
Still, there is no time to be disappointed with the young blood who will be responsible for the future of Korean soccer. In the new year of the year of the cat, you should look higher. Eom Won-sang, who met at a club in Cheongdam-dong, Seoul, where the fan meeting was held at the end of 2022, said, “Even though I did well in 2022, there was no mourning, but the fans’ regret was my trophy.” I am full of only wanting to become a better soccer player.”
Pledge to upgrade in 2023… “I won’t even fight”
Eom Won-sang’s determination is well revealed in his actions, not words.
I started exercising on the 12th of last month, even before the World Cup ended. Even with his performance in 2022, which was perfect for anyone to see, he found what he lacked.
Eom Won-sang said, “It is obviously true that he showed the best record (12 goals, 6 assists) and performance since his professional debut,” but said, “I saw a part where I could do a little better.” It is a pity about the physical, which is one of the most important factors for a soccer player. Although Um Won-sang is rather small in size (171 cm, 63 kg), he commanded the K-League with his fast feet reaching 34.4 km per hour as a weapon. His run, which cleverly avoided the fierce pressure and physical fights of the defenders, was excellent. 스포츠토토
However, Um Won-sang wanted to build a strong body that would not budge even if he bumped into opponents in the new year. Looking back on the entire season, he explained that the uneven performances were ultimately caused by the burden of physical fights. Eom Won-sang said, “A player’s confidence comes from his physical,” and “I want to build a body that won’t get hurt even if I bump into an opponent.” At the same time, he said, “Rather than growing in size, the goal is to grow the muscles in the body so that you don’t lose speed and don’t break down even if you bump into an opponent. Also, to prevent injury, you need to make your body stronger. It’s easier said than done, but he has to be successful as a footballer.”
■“2 consecutive wins in the K-League and a starter for the national team” Hunt for two rabbits
Eom Won-sang pushes himself, but the emergence of a formidable rival also had an effect. Unfortunately, the speed racers who symbolized Ulsan in the past joined as rival teams.
Lee Dong-jun (25, Jeonbuk), who left for Berlin, Germany in 2021 and returned, and Kim In-seong (34, Pohang), who returned from Part 2 to Part 1, are the main characters. Lee Dong-jun and Kim In-seong recorded 36 km and 35.8 km per hour respectively in the past, but if you look at these records, they were faster than Eom Won-sang.
Eom Won-sang said, “There are probably many things that fans compare the two players to me,” and added, “Both Dong-jun and In-seong showed a lot of things in Ulsan. Still, I have no desire to lose at speed. I have to win to win Ulsan. My first goal this year is 2 K-League 1 wins in a row.”
Born in January 1999, he is determined to show quick feet like a rabbit and sharp shooting like a tiger this year.
If Um Won-sang overwhelms his rivals and gives Ulsan another championship cup, he may be one step closer to another goal. It is a soccer team that will start competing on a blank page in March. The Korea Football Association is in a position to appoint a successor to former manager Paulo Bento, who did not choose Eom Won-sang, by the end of February.
Eom Won-sang said, “All the players will be thinking of getting their eyes painted by the new coach.” I will show it as a result, not a vague will.” Then he said, “Looking back at the World Cup in Qatar, I fought to get into the 26th. In the new year, I want to compete with the best 11 players. In 2022 and 2023, which ended in pain, I want to end with a smile.”