Posted January. 12, 2005 23:01,
Dreaming of becoming the Korean version of Real Madrid.
Champions of the K-league in 2004, Suwon Samsung brought Kim Nam-il, a star player during the 2002 World Cup from the Chunnam Dragons through a trade. It was a two-for-one deal, giving away Cho Byung-gook, the defender who makes goals, and troublemaker Koh Jong-soo.
Suwon, which received the spotlight from the press by bringing in Coach Cha Bum-geun, is now ready to be called the Korean version of Real Madrid after bringing Song Jong-gook, a star player during the 2002 World Cup and who played in the Netherlands league with Feyenoord and Kim Nam-il, aboard. The Spanish Primera Ligas Real Madrid is a team made up of world-famous players like Zinedine Zidane from France, David Beckham from England, and Ronaldo from Brazil. Suwon plans to become a world-famous team representing Korea by bringing in star coaches and star players.
Kim Nam-il, the star player of the 2002 World Cup will definitely bring popularity to the team with his tough guy type appearance and parlance. Also, as a defensive midfielder, he also possesses offensive ability, and it is forecasted that he will surely improve Suwons competency.
Suwon said, The coaching staff, including Coach Cha Bum-geun, strongly hoped to recruit Kim Nam-il. The trade was a win-win choice which also helped the Chunnam Dragons to improve their defense with Cho Byung-gook, a defender on the Korean national team, and to raise Koh Jong-soo, who is born in the region, as their franchise star. Ahn Ki-hun, the head of Suwon Samsung, said, To become a popular team, it is important to bring up a teams competency. Also, star players like Song Jong-gook and Kim Nam-il are essential to satisfy the fans.
In the meanwhile, Song Jong-gook, who returned to the K-league after playing in the Netherlands for 27 months, said, Suwon is the team that I always wanted to play with since I was young. I hope to contribute to Suwons development to become a world-level football club, during a press interview.