“I want to say thank you to my teammates who really tried their best to reach the goal.”
The South Korean Asian Games football team, led by Hwang Sun-hong (55), won the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games final 2-1 against Japan at the Huanglong Sports Center Stadium in Hangzhou, China, on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET.
With the victory, Korea won its first three consecutive Asian Games titles and sixth overall, joining Incheon 2014 and Jakarta-Palembang 2018.
It wasn’t easy for captain Paik Seung-ho (26, Jeonbuk).바카라사이트 In his six games at the tournament, Baek made just three errors, two of which led to goals. As the defensive line protector and link between defense and offense for Hwang Seon-hong, Baek Seung-ho’s role is one where his mistakes are more noticeable than his good performances. That’s why his three mistakes look so big.
After the quarterfinal match against Uzbekistan, Baek Seung-ho said, “I said I was going to do my best, but this situation happened. I don’t have anything to say today,” he said, bowing his head.
There were articles about Seung-ho’s mistakes, critical articles. “They keep saying it was a mistake, but I want to ask what I can do about it,” he said, “I was working hard today, but I committed a foul and another shot came my way, and I couldn’t avoid it.
Shortly after winning the final against Japan, Baek showed tears in his eyes. As the captain of the team, the gold medal must have meant something else to him.
“I want to say thank you to the coach for believing in me and selecting me, and then to the coaching staff, and then to my teammates for believing in each other until the end and really trying their best to reach the goal,” Baek Seung-ho said after the game.
“We wanted to win so badly, and we were all preparing so hard, and we were so happy to get the result, so I think it was an expression of that,” he said, explaining the roar after the game.
After the game, Baek Seung-ho stayed in his coach Hwang Sun-hong’s arms for a while. “Before the tournament, the coach must have had a lot of trouble and a lot of things to worry about, but I think he really struggled in the middle of the tournament as well. He also said nice things to me, saying, ‘I struggled. That’s what he was talking about.”
Baek Seung-ho said, “I kept crying. I think I just kept crying after the game and stayed like that,” he said.
“The coach told me to trust him and captain like this, but I was more excited than worried. I also had a lot of fun. Now, in the middle of the way, I felt a lot of pressure and a lot of responsibility as I went up one by one. Thankfully, the coach, the staff, and the players were very supportive, so I think I had more fun than hard work.”
Baek Seung-ho said, “(This tournament) is a turning point. It was a good experience for me to get the result in the end. I was doing my best and things just went against me. The first two mistakes were my fault. The third one, I was kind of upset about. I’m still upset and I’m sorry for the team, but it’s been talked about a lot now… Mentally, I was fine,” he recalled.
“I think I learned a lot and grew as a person,” he added.