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Hwang Hee-chan: I started playing football after 2002 World Cup

The 22-year-old forward Hwang Hee-chan is indeed one of the most promising players in South Korea.

Hwang joined Red Bull Salzburg in the middle of 2016/17 season; he soon secured his place on the pitch, recording 13 goals and four assists in 36 games and helped team to appear in the UEFA Europa League’s semi-final for the first time ever in the following season.

It was thus no wonder Shin Tae-yong named ex-Pohang Steelers star in World Cup squad. Hwang also wanted to contribute to the national team.

“Salzburg have played with two forwards, the formation of which I’m more comfortable with. However, I can confidently play as a target striker if instructed so,” said Hwang in the interview with media after the training on May 26.

“I joined the national team during the World Cup qualifiers. After having appeared in ten matches, I’ve been adjusted. I feel how significant it is as a national team player, and am learning how to help the team.”

He also mentioned what inspired him to become a football player. “I started playing football after 2002 World Cup.” In the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Korea reached the semi-final for the first time ever as an Asian country.

“I want to put in a good performance in both friendlies ahead of World Cup.”

South Korea will play against Honduras and Bosnia and Herzegovina in Korea next week to prepare for the World Cup.