Park Dong-hyuk (26, Chonbuk), a defender for South Koreas national football team that is on a hard expedition path, is suffering from heartache. He does not appear except for meals. He does not even hang around with his teammates.
This is because he blames himself for a mistake that caused the team to give up a goal to Uzbekistan on June 3. Park Dong-hyuk tried to receive the ball from the midfield and pass it on to the goalkeeper with a header, but missed it, and this had led to a goal for the opponent.
Netizens are reproaching Park Dong-hyuk with personal attacks such as Did you make the mistake because you tried to look at Su-ae (an actress) who was in the stands? Sympathetic opinions such as, Anyone can make a mistake. Let us not blame Park Dong-hyuk, are a minority. This is similar to the case where Park Jae-hong (27, Chonnam), who played as a defender in the March 26 match against Saudi Arabia when the team lost 0-2, was hurt by so much criticism that he had to close his homepage.
In short, Park Dong-hyuk is suffering form defenders woes. No matter how good he played for the rest of the game, a defensive player suddenly becomes the enemy with a single mistake. This is exactly the opposite of strikers who become heroes with a single goal even if he has been performing badly for the rest of the game. The fact that Park Joo-young became a national hero when he shot a goal right before the final whistle after Korea had been playing a poor game against Uzbekistan proves this.
Experts say, Soccer is not played by a single player, but by 11. In other words, it is true that Park Dong-hyuk made a crucial mistake, but this was because there was a problem in the entire defensive line. A lack of organized play with midfield was also a reason. Park Joo-young may not have been able to score the goal without help from Kim Doo-hyun (23, Suwon) and Chung Kyung-ho (25, Sangmu).
For defensive players, nothing happens when the team wins, but they have to suffer the consequences when they lose. They are desperately in need of encouragement and applause.