Kwon Chang-hoon leaves Suwon, relegated to Division 2, and transfers to rival Jeonbuk
Kwon Chang-hoon (30, photo), who was the star player of Suwon in the professional soccer K-League 1 (first division league), transferred to rival club Jeonbuk. It is another shock to the fans of Suwon, which was relegated to the second division for the first time in 28 years since its founding. Kwon Chang-hoon qualified as a free agent (FA) after the end of the 2023 season.
Jeonbuk Club announced on the 7th, “We have recruited Kwon Chang-hoon, the best star who has been recognized for his soccer skills from an early age.” At the same time, “Kwon Chang-hoon currently needs some rehabilitation time, but ‘the real is how to recognize the real.’ He said, “The player’s ability is so outstanding that I believe he will make a comeback in Jeonbuk.”
Kwon Chang-hoon is from Suwon’s youth team, Maetan High School, and made his professional debut in Suwon in 2013 and played until 2016. He advanced to the European stage in 2017 and played three years in Dijon (France) and two years in Freiburg (Germany). Kwon Chang-hoon, who returned to Suwon in 2021, played for Gimcheon Sangmu for military service the following year and returned to Suwon in June last year after being discharged from the military. However, due to an injury sustained during his time as Gimcheon Sangmu, he was unable to play in a single game after returning to Suwon last season.
Midfielder Kwon Chang-hoon was the first member of the Suwon youth team to be selected for the national team, and was the first member of the Suwon youth team to advance to the European first division. He has been on the elite course through national teams at all age groups, including under-17, under-20 and under-23. He has played in 144 games in the K League, scoring 21 goals and providing 10 assists. He played 43 A matches, including the match against Ghana in the group stage of the 2022 Qatar World Cup, and scored 12 goals.
Kwon Chang-hoon said through Jeonbuk Club, “After much consideration, I decided to go to Jeonbuk. “It was a really important decision in my soccer life.” It is said that the process of deciding to transfer to a rival club was not easy when his former team Suwon was relegated to the second division. Kwon Chang-hoon also posted on his Instagram, “I would like to apologize to Suwon fans. “I have consistently received the support of Suwon fans throughout my career, so I feel great responsibility and feel sorry for not being able to help the team when it was in trouble,” he said. “I will not forget the undeserved love you have given me and will live my whole life with gratitude.” left behind 19가이드03