Baek Seung-ho said, “I started playing soccer after watching the Korea-Japan World Cup, but I scored 20 years later.”
“I started playing soccer while watching the 2002 World Cup. Just 20 years later, he made his debut this year and scored a goal.”
South Korea, which had the round of 16 at the 2022 Qatar World Cup at 974 Stadium in Doha, Qatar, lost 1-4 to Brazil at 10 p.m. on the 5th (local time). As a result, Bento failed to advance to the quarterfinals of the away game for the first time in history.
South Korea’s only goal was scored by Baek Seung-ho. When the defender cleared Lee Kang-in’s free kick, he received it from outside the penalty box and hit it into the net. Baek Seung-ho missed all of the group stages and scored a goal after playing as a surprise substitute in the second half. It was my debut goal before my World Cup debut. Baek Seung-ho’s question and answer met in the joint coverage area below.
-How do you feel about the game?
The players who have played since the group stage have made a lot of efforts by showing really good games. It’s a shame that I fell from the round of 16. He was so good, ran hard, and prepared well. I’m sorry that I fell from the round of 16 like this.
– It’s our debut goal before the World Cup debut
I started playing soccer while watching the 2002 World Cup. Just 20 years later, he made his debut this year and scored a goal. The hard times pass by and I am grateful to my parents.
-If you think back to the goal scene,
If we have a chance, let’s shoot with confidence. Luckily it fell in front and it was deflected. I think I was lucky.
– He also played against Brazil in June. What kind of thoughts pass by?
World Cup, I knew it was one of the best teams in the world, and I said let’s be as calm and confident as possible because I’ve experienced it once, but I’m really grateful that I scored a goal.
HJ: Is there any regret that your debut was against Brazil?
No. Rather than that, he did a great job in the group stage and came to the round of 16. I’m so grateful to my teammates for allowing me to play such a game. Not everyone can do it with Brazil. I want to say thank you to the players who made this opportunity and worked hard.
-What did you talk about with the coach and the players in the locker room?
Unfortunately, I think I showed that I can do it if I really don’t give up. Everyone seems to have run without regrets. “We played a good game and unfortunately fell, but everyone had a hard time playing without regret.” We’ve shown you hope that we can continue to do it, so I think we said that we should prepare well and show our development.
– The director’s future has been decided. Did you talk to the players?
– What kind of development should we pursue for the next four years?
If we prepare our own colors and prepare well for four years, there are a lot of good players and many players playing in good teams, so I think we can make better results if we prepare with a unified philosophy.
-What do you think the goal against Brazil will mean in your personal career?
I think it’ll be an unforgettable day in my life and it’ll be a turning point. I feel like I should gain a lot of confidence and work harder while trying harder. Since this is not the end, I think it’s a big thing that I need to show more improvement.
-Jeonbuk players scored many goals. Did I talk about that with Jo Kyu Sung?
He’s a hard-working player and it feels good to score a goal and show good performance. I am also grateful to Jeonbuk. We will work hard and show better performances.
-If you meet a team like Brazil in the World Cup, do you feel like you can do it?
Yes, the soccer ball is round and the result is not known before that. Although I lost a little bit today, I showed my hope before that I could develop more and do it again in the future. I think we should try and prepare to win next time with our own philosophy.