Pohang Steelers, who celebrated their 50th anniversary, added a player scheduled to be inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame.
On the 22nd, Pohang announced that it would additionally induct Kim Kwang-seok, Hwang Jin-seong, Shin Hwa-yong, and Hwang Ji-soo, who have played in more than 200 games for more than 10 years.
Pohang, which inducted 13 players into the Club Hall of Fame for the first time as a professional football team at the time of its 40th anniversary in 2013, added depth by inducting additional players in 10 years.
Central defender Kim Kwang-seok, who joined as a trainee in 2002, played with Pohang for the longest period among all club players for 19 years until 2020. He played 385 K-League games and recorded 9 points and 5 assists. He is the holder of the most appearances in his career. He retired from Incheon United this year, ending his 21-year career as a player.
Born in Pohang, Hwang Jin-seong, who was loved as ‘Hwang Kaka’ by comparison to Brazilian legend Kaka for his brilliant technique and accurate left-footed kicking ability, scored 47 points and 58 assists in 279 matches for 11 years from 2003 to 2013. He recorded the most offensive points (105) and most assists in the club’s career. He was selected in the 2012 K-League Best 11.
For 13 years from 2004 to 2016, Goalkeeper Shin Hwa-yong from Pohang was called ‘Hwayongshin’ and played 287 K-League games. He achieved the most appearances and the most scoreless games (94) by a goalkeeper in the club’s career. He was selected in the 2009 K-League Best 11.
Hwang Ji-soo, a “one-club man,” who was called “Hwangtoso” in comparison to Italy’s militant central midfielder Gennaro Gattuso, scored 6 points and 12 assists in 스포츠토토 320 games for 14 years from 2004 to 2017. After his retirement, he has been working as the coach of the Pohang Under-18 (U-18) team.
In the 2013 Hall of Fame, the late POSCO Honorary Chairman Tae-joon Park was awarded in the contributor category, the late first coach Han Hong-ki and coach Lee Hoi-taek were awarded in the leadership category, and Park Gyeong-hun, Lee Heung-sil, Choi Soon-ho, Gong Moon-bae, Lee Young-sang, Park Tae-ha, Hwang Seon-hong, Hong Myung-bo, Rade, Kim Ki-dong was dedicated. This time, Kim Kwang-seok, Hwang Jin-seong, Shin Hwa-yong, and Hwang Ji-soo were selected to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the foundation.
Pohang decided to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the 15th round of Jeonbuk Hyundai, which will be held at Steel Yard on the 29th, a substitute holiday for Buddha’s birthday. Prior to the game, Hall of Fame inductees will be invited and a dedication ceremony will be held.