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K-League away? If you look at Son Heung-min's schedule, we should stay still"

Gangwon FC Yoon Seok-young, who has accumulated experience in mountain warfare not only in Korea but also in Europe, said that the packed schedule of K-League 1 at the beginning of the 2024 season should be able to be endured.

Gangwon won 3-2 in the 6th round away game of Hana Bank K-League 1 2024 against Jeonbuk Hyundai held at Jeonju World Cup Stadium on the 7th, making it two wins in a row.

Gangwon took the lead with a penalty kick in the 41st minute of the first half. Ten minutes later, a penalty kick was awarded to Kim Tae-hwan, allowing the score to be tied, but consecutive goals by Kang Tu-ji and Lee Sang-heon in the 24th and 28th minutes of the second half gave the team the win. Moon Seon-min scored a chasing goal in the 52nd minute of extra time in the second half, but it was too late.

With this win, Gangwon went on a two-game winning streak and raised its ranking to 5th place (2 wins, 3 draws, 1 loss, 9 points). Gangwon, which has won two games in a row following the Daegu game, is showing results at the beginning of the season that are completely different from last season.

However, for this day's game, Gangwon embarked on a long 5-hour expedition from Gangneung to Jeonju on the 6th, the day before the game. Traveling by club bus showed an unusual travel time in Korea, which has limited space.

Coach Yoon Jeong-hwan also talked about the fact that the lineup did not change before the game, saying, "It took 5 hours to come (to Jeonju). A three-game series is an inevitable situation and the Gangwon players are well adapted to it, so I don't think there will be any major problems." said.

Lee Sang-heon, who scored multiple goals, also said at the post-game press conference, "We came a long way in nearly 5 hours. I am happy to have taken 3 points. I am happy that Gangwon was able to come together as a team and win today." He also emphasized victory in a long expedition.

Yoon Seok-young, whom we met in the mixed zone (joint coverage area), said about the game, "I am very happy that we were able to win in a difficult situation," and about the three-game schedule, "It is difficult. But of course, the young players also have a hard time. As they gain experience and get older, they “I gained know-how through that experience,” he said.

He continued, "And in fact, regarding the fact that there are so many games in Korea, Son Heung-min and players in Europe are playing in much more difficult conditions. I don't think we can make excuses for having a hard time, including the distance to travel in the K-League." expressed his opinion.

Regarding the trip to Jeonju, which took 5 hours, Yoon Seok-young said, "It originally took 5 hours, but 5 hours is not a short time, but I think this is a common occurrence in Europe. All the really great players are doing this now." “I always maintain the best condition, both inside and out,” he said. .

Yoon Seok-young said, "So, I think it would be good for us to think as positively as possible without being stressed out there, and I think we can maintain good condition within that," and said that they had to endure the physical load.

Seokyoung Yoon, born in 1990, is a member of Jeonnam Dragons Youth and was a promising prospect who debuted in Jeonnam in 2009. After playing as a member of the bronze medal team at the 2012 London Olympics, he entered the European stage by transferring to Queen's Park Rangers (first division at the time) led by manager Harry Redknapp in January 2013, half a year later.

Afterwards, Seokyoung Yoon continued his overseas stage experience at Doncaster, Charlton (England), Bronnby (Denmark), and Kashiwa Reysol (Japan). After living on loan at FC Seoul in the summer of 2018, Gangwon in 2019, and Busan I-Park in 2020, he completely transferred to Gangwon in the 2021 season and is writing the last page of his career.

Also, as a member of the national team, Yoon Seok-young was called up to his first national team under coach Cho Kwang-rae in February 2011, and made his debut in the final qualifying match for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil against Iran in October 2012. Seokyoung Yoon was a final member of the 2014 Brazil World Cup and took his first World Cup stage in his life. His last national team match was in September 2018, when he was selected for the two-game series between Costa Rica and Chile in coach Paulo Bento's first schedule, and played against Chile.

Yoon Seok-young recalled his time playing in England and said, "I went back and forth with the national team back then, but traveling by plane was really tiring. So it was really hard. But it's nothing compared to that. I'm thinking about that now, and the European players who are playing for the national team now are really, really good." “I feel like it’s amazing,” he said, showing respect.

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