Former coach Park Jong-hwan died with the consolation of soccer players. Lee Sang-yoon, a commentator for the Professional Football Federation who attended the funeral, shed tears.
A funeral ceremony for the late former coach Park Jong-hwan, the “semi-final myth” who died on the night of the 7th, was held at the Jongno Football Center in Seoul on the 10th as the president of the Korea Football Association. 스포츠토토
Park made a new history by taking the helm of the national team in the 1980s and the K-League in the 1990s. In particular, he led the semifinals of the 1983 Mexico World Youth Championship (the predecessor of the International Football Federation U-20 World Cup). It was the first semi-final of the FIFA-hosted tournament in the history of Korean soccer. Chung Mong-kyu, chairman of the Korea Football Association (KFA), and Huh Jung-moo, chairman of Daejeon Hana Citizen, who attended the funeral, recalled, “He presented and realized the standards of Korean soccer by presenting ‘bee soccer’ on the world stage in the past.”
Former coach Park challenged the K League by taking the helm of Ilhwa Chunma, a professional team founded in 1989. In particular, he has achieved a feat of reaching the top of the K League for three consecutive years since 1993. It was the first three-game losing streak in K-League history.
Commentator Lee Sang-yoon, who played as a member of Ilhwa Chunma at the time, met with reporters after the funeral and said, “When I was in the draft, the director selected me. In fact, I heard from people around me that “the coach is strong,” and on the other hand, I wanted another team, he recalled. “But the coach I’ve been with myself, he was really affectionate and a coach who grew me up.”
He continued, “I think there are many people around me who remember me as a player that the coach didn’t like. I thought I was a ‘bad duckling’ myself. I didn’t do anything well, so I felt like I was the only one who hated it, but looking back, he gave me a lot of affection and made me a “soccer player Lee Sang-yoon.” “I won’t forget the director’s words,” he said with tears in his eyes.
Commentator Lee Sang-yoon said of his three-game losing streak, “The coach always wanted the players to show their fighting spirit and personal skills. In particular, he emphasized the appearance of “One Team,” he said, looking back and saying, “I think we can grow only when the coach treats the players, the passion and mental that he emphasized.” I’ll always keep that word in my heart. Many of the students in the field must also remember the director’s lesson, he said, once again praying for the repose of the deceased.