I got rid of the sadness of ‘+1’. She made her dream come true by making it to Europe. This is the story of Oh Hyeon-gyu (22, Celtic), a “prospect” for the Korean men’s soccer team.
On the 25th (hereinafter referred to as Korean time), Celtic announced the recruitment of Oh Hyun-kyu through the club’s official channel. Suwon Samsung, now a former team in the professional soccer K League 1, also said, “Oh Hyun-gyu, who was in charge of the team attack, will advance to Europe. Following Kwon Chang-hoon and Jung Sang-bin, this is the third trip to Europe from youth. He cheers for a new future and great performance.” The club did not reveal the details of the contract, but according to multiple foreign media on the 26th, the transfer fee is around 3 million euros (approximately 4 billion won). It is expected that it will be used as a major resource as a considerable amount has been exchanged.
Oh Hyeon-gyu is a big player who dreams. He is famous for being from Suwon Youth. When he was a ball boy, the photo of his longing eyes for his professional brothers who were celebrating goals is still a scene that is talked about. The expression ‘I want to run like that’ is excellent. It became a reality in 2019. Although he belonged to Maetango, he signed a semi-professional contract with Suwon and became a professional player faster than others. He played 11 games in his debut season.
After that, he solved the military service problem by serving in the military in the 2020-2021 season of Sangmu. Adapting from his management, building his body, etc., he has the appearance of a professional player. After returning to the original team Suwon in the 2022 season, he became the team’s top scorer (13 goals) and scored the winning goal to confirm the team’s stay in the second leg of the promotion playoff against FC Anyang, becoming a symbol of a successful youth.
I went to the World Cup, the dream of all soccer players. Although not an official member. As the 27th member of the 26-man roster, ‘+1’, he accompanied the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Although he was unable to participate in the game, he grew up a notch by watching the performance of world-class players up close. I have another dream to play as an official member of the 2026 World Cup in North and Central America. 스포츠토토
◆Achieving a dream I
was sweating with my Suwon colleagues through winter training, promising the next one. Meanwhile, an offer from Europe came in. At first, it seemed difficult. Suwon was in a position that they could not give up a key player ahead of the start of the season. However, the club changed its attitude due to continued love calls and the player’s will to advance to Europe. For players, Europe is a dream stage as big as the World Cup. Oh Hyeon-gyu also longed for a wider sea. He could not play in the World Cup, but another dream came true sooner than expected. As the saying goes, “If you achieve your dream, it becomes someone’s dream.” Oh Hyun-kyu, who used to dream, has now become someone’s dream and goal.
It’s not just ‘Europe’. He established a foundation for further growth by establishing a relationship with a prestigious club called Celtic. Celtic is a club representing Europe beyond Scotland. Senior players of the national team, Ki Sung-yueng and Cha Doo-ri, established themselves at Celtic and advanced to the top five European leagues. Oh Hyun-gyu’s dream really begins now.