I think I should buy something delicious and ask my juniors to ask for a penalty kick.”
Yeom Ki-hoon (40, Suwon Samsung), who declared ‘retirement’ last season, was left with regret. This is because he failed to achieve his will before joining the K-League’s first 80 (goal) -80 (assisted) club.
And this season, Yeom Ki-hun decided to play one more year as a ‘playing coach’. The Suwon club announced on social media that “Yeom Ki-hoon’s retirement ceremony will be postponed to next year” 15 days ago. 스포츠토토
After training at Aehyang Stadium in Jeju City on the 26th, Yeom Ki-hoon met with reporters and said, “Thank you for the coach’s suggestion of being a ‘playing coach’. I think I can retire this year without any regrets as I have been given one more year.” He said the support of his family was great. “When I was about to retire, my wife’s words helped me. Rather than feeling regretful about having to play more, she said that it would be better to regret after doing more and say, ‘Oh, I should have retired then’. I thought it was better,” he said.
As I got more time, I also revealed my greed for records. He currently has 77 goals and 110 assists, so he has just three more goals to break the record. Yeom Ki-hoon said, “I was really desperate for my personal record as I was approaching retirement. Team performance was important, but the 80-80 record was eagerly approaching. It’s a record I really want to achieve, so I bought delicious things for my juniors, saying, ‘Please get a penalty kick.’ I guess I’ll have to ask.” He laughed.
In addition to 80-80, they are also aiming to become the sole top scorer for the most free kicks (currently tied for first place with 17). I’m asking him to get some fouls in that area. I really want to score just one goal from a free kick this year, and I think it would be nice if I set all the remaining records and retire.”
Yeom Ki-hun, who debuted as a pro in 2006, played only in Suwon from 2010 after going through Jeonbuk and Ulsan. Suwon has won three championships, but all of them have won the FA Cup, so there is no league championship. Yeom Ki-hoon said, “It’s not easy to win, but I think it will be the best season of my 18 years as a professional player if I win the league and reach an 80-80 record and retire.”