Jeju United legend Koo Ja-cheol, who set a record of 100 appearances in the K-League, announced that he would focus on team victory rather than individual records.
Koo Ja-cheol was replaced by Han Jong-moo in the 15th minute of the Hana 1 Q K-League 1 2023 3rd round away match against Incheon United held at the Incheon Soccer Stadium on the 12th, and made his 100th appearance in the K-League. However, the team lost 0-1 and the light faded.
Koo Ja-cheol, who wore a Jeju uniform as the third pick in the 2007 K-League draft, made his K-League debut in April of that year by starting against Incheon in the fourth round of the Samsung Hauzen Cup 2007 held at Incheon Munhak Stadium.
Since then, Koo Ja-cheol has established himself as a legend of Jeju and a star of Korean soccer.
Koo Ja-cheol, who led Jeju to second place in the K-League in 2010 and was the top scorer in the 2011 AFC (Asian Football Confederation) Asian Cup, successfully entered the big league by transferring to Wolfsburg in the German Bundesliga.
In 2012, he won a bronze medal as captain of the London Olympic team, and also wore the captain’s armband at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. He also participated in the 2018 World Cup in Russia and announced his retirement from the national team after the 2019 Asian Cup.
Koo Ja-cheol, who has played a total of 211 matches in the Bundesliga alone and holds the 2nd place record for the most appearances in the Korean Bundesliga following Cha Bum-geun (308 matches), headed to the Qatar League in 2019 and also played an active part in the Middle East.
Koo Ja-cheol, who announced his return to Jeju in March last year, failed to produce satisfactory results due to injuries and ups and downs.
He even set a record of 100 appearances in the K-League against Incheon, his professional debut opponent, but expressed regret rather than joy. Koo Ja-cheol said, “My personal record is not important because I lost. What is important to me now is the victory that the fans want.” 베팅룸 토토
Koo Ja-cheol also reaffirmed his determination to go one step further for the injured teammates.
Currently, Jeju’s captain Choi Young-joon, as well as Yeon Je-woon, Lim Chae-min, Lee Chang-min, and Jeon Seong-jin, are on the injured list, leading to a team slump.
Koo Ja-cheol said, “I also had a difficult moment due to an injury. The strength to overcome this is the team spirit. If we come together as one, we can still make a difference. I will take the lead by example and do everything in my power to win.” promised.