‘Corporal’ Cho Young-wook (Gimcheon Commerce) is retiring early, just one week after being promoted.
Cho played a revolutionary role in Korea’s 2-1 win over Japan in the men’s football quarterfinals at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games at the Huanglong Sports Center in Hangzhou, China on Sunday.
Playing as a frontline striker, Cho struggled with Japan’s intense pressure. However, he was able to capitalize on his chances. In the 11th minute of the second half, with the score tied 1-1, he collected a poorly cleared ball from a Japanese defender and slotted it home.
Cho Young-wook has established himself as a de facto frontline striker in this tournament. Despite the presence of frontline strikers Park Jae-yong (Jeonbuk Hyundai) and Ahn Jae-joon (Bucheon FC), Cho Young-wook was the main striker. He wasn’t a target man, but he synergized with the second line through link-up play. He was in and out of the starting lineup, but he did his job up front.
Hwang Seon-hong has been labeled the “weakest” forward line of the tournament, and Cho Young-wook was a welcome addition to the lineup. Cho has been a fixture on the age-group squad. He played 85 games for his age group before the final, but this will be the last time he will play for his age group. It was a fitting end to his career.
Five years ago, there was a similar story to Cho’s. It was Hwang In-beom (Tsubena Zbezda). Hwang In-beom, who was a star midfielder in the tournament, was also a soldier. He was serving in the Asan Mugunghwa Army and was honored with an early discharge as a private.온라인바카라
Moreover, he was promoted from private to corporal on the 1st of this month. He was granted early retirement as a ‘corporal’. He will not be promoted to sergeant and will return to civilian life.