“This is Kim Kwang-seok who fought hard on the ground for 20 years.”
On the 22nd, Incheon United held a retirement ceremony for ‘Big Brother’ Kim Kwang-seok at the Incheon Soccer Stadium, where the home match between Suwon FC and Hana 1 Q K League 1 2023 Round 8 was held.
Kim Kwang-seok 토토사이트took off the soccer boots he had worn for 21 years. A veteran of veterans, he joined the Pohang Steelers in 2002 and stepped on the professional stage in 2003. In the 2021 season, he hit the ground wearing an Incheon uniform. Having been on the pitch for 21 years until last year, he scored 11 goals and 5 assists in 451 K-League matches. He is a ‘living witness’ of the K-League.
At the retirement press conference before the game, Kim Gwang-seok said, “I don’t know what to do because you overdo it. He wasn’t a good player, but he thinks, ‘Can I get a warm welcome and leave?’ I didn’t know that his retirement ceremony would be like this. There are so many good players, so I wasn’t just a mediocre, flashy player. I want to say thank you for holding a big retirement ceremony.”
15 minutes before kickoff, a full-fledged retirement ceremony was held. Incheon played a 2-minute video featuring Kim Gwang-seok. In the video, phrases such as ‘a senior who serves as an example to juniors at the training ground’ are included.
After that, Kim Kwang-seok stepped on the ground with his family. Incheon supporters lifted a balloon with Kim Gwang-seok’s uniform number ‘3’. A plaque of appreciation from Jeon Jeon-soo, CEO of Incheon, was delivered, and ‘No. 3’ was made of pure gold and captain Oh Ban-seok handed it over to Kim Gwang-seok.
Choi Soon-ho, the general manager of Suwon FC, also joined the celebration. When he was coach of the Pohang Steelers, he worked together with Kim Kwang-seok.
Kim Gwang-seok, holding the microphone, said, “I am Kim Kwang-seok, who fought hard on the ground for 20 years,” and said, “Thank you for commemorating a player who is nothing. Please give a lot of support to our players. I hope the number 3 will remain as a good memory.”
At the same time, he laughed, saying, “I’m sorry for Suwon FC, but I hope we win 3-0,” and finished his retirement ceremony with a poem.
Choi Soon-ho, general manager of Suwon FC, congratulated him on his retirement and Kim Gwang-seok’s new start.