“I heard boos, but the Jeonbuk fans chanted my name with more than that, and it gave me strength.”
Jeonbuk Hyundai midfielder Amano Jun came on as a 20th-minute substitute against Ulsan Hyundai in the 16th round of the Hana OneQ K League 1 2023 at Jeonju World Cup Stadium on 3 March, assisting Cho Kyu-sung’s first goal and contributing to the team’s 2-0 win. It was Amano’s comeback game. It was Amano’s first appearance in over a month after he was sidelined with an injury against FC Seoul on the 5th of last month.
After the game, Amano said, “I joined the team training two days ago. I was in constant communication with the acting coach. He said I could play up to 30 minutes. I think it’s good that I was able to change the flow of the game after my introduction.” “I was injured in the Seoul game and set my comeback goal for the Ulsan game. I was ready for it,” he said. 스포츠토토
On the day, Ulsan fans booed Amano. Amano played for Ulsan last season. It was their second meeting this season, but the boos were still there. So did the Ulsan players. Ulsan midfielder Park Yong-woo made one intentional foul on Amano. There were several other nervous exchanges afterwards. “I thought, ‘Does Park Yong-woo hate me?'” says Amano. “As soon as I entered, I heard boos from the Ulsan fans, but more than that, the Jeonbuk fans were chanting my name, which gave me strength.”
Amano set up Cho Kyu-sung’s header in the 38th minute with a flicker of movement and a precise cross. It was Cho’s first goal in three months. Amano said, “When I have the ball with my left foot, my fellow forwards move well. I think the goal came because Cho Kyu-sung moved at a good time. Even before (the cross), I thought I would go in unconditionally,” Amano smiled.
Sitting in seventh place, Jeonbuk needs to rebound. For that to happen, Amano’s performance will be crucial. “Due to my injury, I didn’t perform up to expectations. I will work harder in the future and help Jeonbuk rebound,” Amano said.