Each Japanese player in the K-League 1 has their own story.
So far, there are 10 players from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) in the 2023 K League 1. There are 4 Japanese and 4 Australian nationals each, and Ikromzon Alibayev (Gangwon FC) from Uzbekistan and Hosam Ayesh (FC Seoul) from Syria have been recruited. Among them, the stories of Japanese players are interesting.
# ‘Hyundai Derby?’ This year, ‘Amano Derby!’
Amano Jun (31, Jeonbuk Hyundai) was loaned to Ulsan Hyundai from Yokohama F. Marinos last year. Amano led the attack with his unique left-footed kick and passing ability, and added strength to the league championship. He recorded double-digit offensive points with 9 goals and 1 assist while playing 30 games.
This season, he wears a Jeonbuk uniform. In regards to the transfer to a rival team, Ulsan coach Hong Myung-bo strongly criticized him, calling him “the worst Japanese player I’ve ever met.” Amano also said, “Director Hong’s remarks are regrettable. I didn’t lie and Ulsan’s proposal was late.”
Coincidentally, the two teams will face off in the opening game at 2:00 pm on the 25th at Ulsan Munsu Stadium. Hyundai Derby was reborn as Amano Derby. Attention is focusing on whether Amano, who won Ulsan for the first time in 17 years, will be able to lift the championship trophy again in Jeonbuk beyond Ulsan.
After losing Amano, Ulsan recruited Esaka Ataru (30). Esaka is an attacking midfielder from the Japanese national team. It’s a different style from Amano. Along with his basic passing ability, his strength is his activity. Based on his mobility, he travels all over the midfield. He also has the advantage of using both feet freely. 메이저사이트
Although he is new to the K-League, there is no problem in adapting. An official from Ulsan said, “We have coaching staff who can speak Japanese, including coach Hong and coach Seigo Ikeda, so we are communicating well. In addition, Kim Young-kwon and Jung Seung-hyun have also played in Japan in the past, so they are helping me a lot.”
He continued, “I share a room with Jung Seung-hyun during the training camp, and when I was in Ulsan, I took him to a restaurant. Esaka himself is also grateful and is expressing his will to integrate into the team sooner.” You have to overcome the inevitable comparison with Amano.