Gangwon FC midfielder Shin Min-woo, 25, has a strong desire to wear the Taeguk mark, especially since he hasn’t been selected for the age-group national team since he started playing football. The same is true for Min-woo, who is leaving for Gimcheon Sangmu after a brief separation from Gangwon for military service.
Speaking to reporters in the mix zone after Gimcheon’s 2-1 home win in the second leg of the Hana One Q K League 2023 Promotion Playoffs (PO) against Gimpo FC at Gangneung Sports Complex on the 9th, Min-woo said, “My goal is to grow to the next level and wear the Taeguk mark. If I show improvement, I think the day will definitely come when I will be able to wear the Taeguk-mark,” he said.
Since making his professional debut in 2020 in a Gangwon jersey, Min-seong-woo has grown steadily every year and has become such an indispensable core that he was described as an “irreplaceable resource” last season and again this season. A regular starter from the start of the season, he was briefly sidelined by injury in the middle of the campaign, but soon returned to anchor the midfield.
In fact, Min played 3.050 minutes this year, the second most of any player in the Gangwon squad after starting centre-back Kim Young-bin (32), who played 3,783 minutes. In each of his appearances, he was constantly moving around the pitch, doing the dirty work and leading the build-up from the back. In 37 games, Min-woo added two offensive points (two goals and two assists).
“It’s such a blessing to be able to play as a player,” said Minwoo. In my first year, because of the U-22 rules, I would play 20 minutes and then leave, or I would be on the bench, or I would be completely off the roster, and when I was in that situation, I wanted to play as much as I could because I felt like I was really struggling,” he said. “Last year, I was able to do that by playing every game full-time, and this year, I played almost every game except for a little bit in the summer when I was out with an injury. I feel like I played a lot of matches well, so I’m happy.”월카지노
In the second leg of the promotion PO, Shin Min-woo also contributed to the victory with his solid defence in the centre. In the 84 minutes he played before being substituted, he attempted 66 passes and completed 56, made one tackle, three interceptions, three clearances, two shot blocks and three blocked shots, according to Bipro Eleven, the official supplementary data provider of the real K League.
“Before the game, the manager and coach told me, ‘If you think this is your last game in a Gangwon jersey, you can play harder and play better,'” said Min-woo. “For me, today was my last game in Gangwon because I won’t be able to wear a Gangwon jersey for 18 months due to my military enlistment, so those words hit home even more. I really tried my best and played hard so that I wouldn’t have any regrets.”
In fact, after being named one of the 17 finalists for the second round of the 2023 Armed Forces Sports Specialist Programme in June, Min-woo is now taking a break from Gangwon, where he has played for four years. He will continue his career in Gimcheon for 18 months. As a military team, Gimcheon can only focus on training, as there are limited activities that can be carried out outside of normal working hours. As a result, there are many cases of players ‘stepping up’ to improve their skills and realise their full potential.
One such example is Cho Kyu-sung (25). His physicality improved noticeably in Gimcheon, and his overall game improved, including his decision-making, link-up play, and post-play. He eventually earned the Taeguk-mark, and after leaving the army, he participated in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, scoring two goals. Last summer, he made his dream European debut. He now plays as the main striker for Mittwilan.
“When I passed the meritocracy in June this year, I had only 30 months from then until I was discharged from the army, so I made a specific plan. “It’s too long to go into details, but my goal is to improve physically and improve my kicking power. That will be my main focus,” he said, showing his determination to improve in Gimcheon. “The coach taught me how to kick for an hour every training session. Now that I’ve got the hang of it, I’m determined to master it over the next 18 months in Gimcheon.”
Like Cho Kyu-sung, Min-woo also expressed his ambition to grow further in Gimcheon and earn the Taekwondo mark. “My goal is to make up for the deficiencies in Gimcheon and grow to the next level,” he said, adding, “I’m really greedy for the Taekwondo mark. I don’t think it’s the last goal for me as a footballer, but I think it’s the beginning. I haven’t even started as a footballer yet,” he said, adding, “No matter what position I play in Gimcheon, I will show what I can do well, and if I improve to the next level, I think the day will definitely come when I will wear the taegeuk mark.”
“I would like to thank the fans for their support this season. I think this year was the hottest in my four years of playing in Gangwon,” he said. “During the season, we had more than 10,000 people come to our home games, and I was sorry that we didn’t win each time. Fortunately, we had more than 10,000 fans at our last home game, so I’m happy that we were able to stay and give back to our fans. He also thanked the fans for wishing him goodbye at the end, saying, “I will definitely come back in good health. He continued, “I hope that when I return to Gangwon after my military service, he will still be there. I’ve learnt so much from him, so I want to come back and learn from him,” he added.