Hwang Hee-chan (26), who plays for Wolverhampton in the English Premier League, became a hot topic during the Lunar New Year holidays.
Hwang Hee-chan started in the 2022-2023 EPL round 21 away match against Manchester City on the 22nd and was replaced after playing 45 minutes in the first half. The team lost 0-3, but regardless of his performance, Hwang Hee-chan drew attention through the jacket he wore on the ground.
Wolverhampton is owned by China’s Fuxing Group. Naturally, in the process of running the club, the owner’s influence often enters and the Chinese color is revealed.
Ahead of the Manchester City game, jackets with a picture of a rabbit were given to the team in time for the Lunar New Year in Korea and the Chinese New Year.
The Wolverhampton players lined up on the ground had Chinese names and Chinese greetings written on their backs.
However, Hwang Hee-chan was alone wearing a jacket with the name ‘Hangeul’ clearly written on it.
Hwang Hee-chan posted this on his personal Instagram and posted a message and a picture called ‘Hangeul’, and kept Korean pride unlike the club’s focus on the Chinese New Year, saying ‘Chinese New Year’.
In the strange war of nerves between Korea and China over the recent Lunar New Year, Hwang Hee-chan did not lose his pride as a Korean national team member.
Hwang Hee-chan’s ‘My Way’ is in line with his entire soccer life.
After his professional debut, Hee-Chan Hwang faced many twists and turns in the club and national team, but he overcame them with perseverance and is now in a position to compete with prominent players on the world’s best stage.
In 2020, when he conquered the Austrian league and moved to German Bundesliga’s emerging power RB Rahefzig, he had difficulty adapting to limited opportunities to participate, but he proved his worth by renting to Wolverhampton the following year and then completely transferring.
Last season, he left a strong impression with 5 goals and 1 assist in 30 games, and his status was instantly upgraded from a loanee to a complete transfer player. He believed in his own skills and rewarded the club for giving him a chance with a great play. Although Witch Girl has yet to report a goal this season, he is slowly improving his performance.
Even in the national team, Hwang Hee-chan showed himself standing up quickly after falling down several times.
From the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games to the group stage, he was criticized for his unpredictable performance and excessive play, but he showed his ‘strong heart’ temperament in big games.
In the quarterfinal match against Uzbekistan, Korea scored a penalty kick in the second half of extra time against 3-3. After a bloody battle, Korea was able to advance to the semifinals and continue its journey to the gold medal.
Hwang Hee-chan later contributed to the gold medal in the final match against Japan with a goal like gold. Korea scored an additional goal with a header in the first half of extra time, leading 1-0. Considering that Korea lost a goal in the second half of extra time and was chased 2-1, Hwang Hee-chan’s goal played a decisive role in winning the match.
Even at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Hwang Hee-chan made an anti-war drama. He missed the first and second games of the group stage due to a hamstring injury, but was substituted in the second half of the match against Portugal, which he had to win unconditionally, and scored the winning goal to lead Korea to the round of 16. 메이저놀이터
The scoring process was also honest like Hwang Hee-chan. In the counterattack situation in the second half of extra time, while Son Heung-min rushed the ball towards the Portuguese camp, Hwang Hee-chan followed from the other side and rushed at terrifying speed. He dug into the box at the perfect timing, broke Portugal’s offside line, finished Son Heung-min’s wonderful pass with a perfect shot, and gave Korea a ticket to the round of 16.
Immediately after the Qatar World Cup, a total of 3 institutions (Mapo Elderly Care Integration Center, Bun-dong 3 Danji General Social Welfare Center, Eunpyeong Elderly Care Integration Center) through the Senior Citizens Living Alone Support Center and a total of 6 institutions (Dharma School, It received a big round of applause for donating 200 pieces of winter padding worth a total of 30 million won to local Sanggye Forest Regional Children’s Center, Yeomgwang Regional Children’s Center, San Regional Children’s Center, etc.).
In addition, along with national representatives born in 1996, such as Kim Min-jae, Baek Seung-ho, and Hwang In, a total of 40 million won was donated to each of the two places, 20 million won each.
Even in the new year 2023, Hwang Hee-chan does not stop. Hwang Hee-chan’s powerful run and ‘go straight’ are needed not only for his team, Wolverhampton, which is in danger of falling in the relegation zone, but also for the Korean national soccer team, which welcomes a new coach.
‘Bull”s honest and energetic straight forward continues.