There is a player who boldly challenged the Chinese second division. This is Noh Dae-sung, a ’00-year-old MF’. Noh Dae-sung even thought about quitting soccer, but after challenging himself to the end, he entered the professional stage of Gearco. It was a ‘compensation’ for those who did not give up. Noh Dae-seong also wrote a record of being the first Korean to go straight from an amateur to a professional in China.
The club he will be joining is Dandong Tianwe FC (Dandung), which was promoted to the Chinese second division ahead of this season. Dandong, located in Liaoning Province, China, is a land that is familiar to Koreans but unfamiliar to them. Above all, it is even more unfamiliar because it is adjacent to North Korea. Still, Noh Dae-sung faithfully spends his days in an unfamiliar environment. He came to Dandong to play soccer, so he is only focusing on the ball. heard the story of Noh Dae-sung.
b11: How long have you been to China?
“It’s been a little over a month now. I really couldn’t get used to it at first, but I’m thankful that the Chinese players take better care of me as time goes on. So far, I think it’s okay. The food goes better than I thought. I can’t eat coriander… Other than that, I’m fine. The weather. is gradually getting warmer. It seems to be about early winter in Korea.”
b11: Dandong is also a border area with North Korea. How’s the vibe?
“With the Yalu River in between, I can see Dandong and North Korea at the same time. Even with my eyes, North Korea is so close. It is enough to cross a bridge. I sometimes hear North Korean words around me. It was amazing to hear it. It seemed to be the same there. Anyway, since I came to China as a professional player, I am focusing on football with all my might.”
b11: I’m curious about the story of Sunmoon University!
“The 2nd and 3rd years received good opportunities and played a lot of games. However, I got injured in the early 4th year, so my performance did not improve as expected. I’m a midfielder. I haven’t shown my true self much yet.”
b11: How was the Chinese second division transfer process?
“At first, like most people, I was aiming for a Korean professional team. But it was not easy to get a spot. I even thought of giving up soccer during such a difficult time. Because there was no team to go to. “I have to go.” I was even prepared for that in my heart. However, Choi Jae-young, the head coach of Sunmoon University, looked out for the way to the end, and I had good results like now. I came here thinking that it was my ‘last chance’ in China, and fortunately I got the last chance. Football I think I would have regretted it a lot if I had given up.”
b11: Director Choi Jae-young, who tried to take responsibility for his students until the end, must be very memorable.
“I learned a lot from coach Choi Jae-young, how to play on the pitch and how important confidence is. I learned a lot about the authenticity of football, attitude on and off the pitch, and about being human – I am deeply grateful.”
b11: How good is Dandong on the pitch?
“The season started in April, so I don’t have a clear feeling yet. However, I recently had a warm-up match with the Chinese Olympic team, and we drew 1-1. I don’t think the individual skills of the players are bad. However, their stamina and tactics are strong. I feel like I need to gather and improve. I feel like my teammates recognize me. This is one of the reasons why I think I did a good job persevering until the end. Dandong’s soccer infrastructure is neither good nor bad, it’s normal? There’s nothing wrong with playing soccer. I plan to go to Korea for field training in April before the season begins.” 온라인바카라
b11: Are there any other foreign players on the team?
“All of them are Chinese players. I’m the only Korean. Now we only communicate in simple English, but I’m still figuring it out with my eyes. “
b11: What is the Dandong coaching staff ordering?
“As a team, it’s a style that emphasizes forward pressure. Personally, I get orders to ask for a forward pass. I think that if more trust is secured between the players and me, better play will come out. At first, it seemed like the Chinese players were trying to keep them in check. They didn’t talk to me very well (laughs). But after training a few times, they started joking around a lot and asked me to go out to eat first. Another reason why I was able to get together with the players quickly is because I took the lead. I ran in front unconditionally and talked as much as I could during training. I can’t speak Chinese, but I did it in Korean on purpose.”
b11: I think I gained trust quickly because I showed an active image.
“What coach Choi Jae-young often said was, ‘If you are a midfielder, you have to talk a lot.’ He also said, ‘You have to have leadership.’ I think it’s helpful even if you come here. Even if you shout at the Chinese players in Korean, they also understand everything with a second glance. Because everything they say in soccer is the same. And the players subtly know how to speak Korean. First of all, even a few swear words With dogs (laughs). Where did you learn the words ‘oppa’ and ‘pretty’? I personally felt the influence of K-drama and K-pop. Even the coach speaks Korean. He shouts ‘quickly’.”
“To win as a team, and as an individual, to do well in the role the team needs. In terms of stats, I want to score 7 goals and 7 assists. And above all, I want to quickly establish myself as the center of the team. I want to be the core of Dandong. I’m putting more than 90% of my energy into it these days. The reason it’s not 100% is that overdoing it puts a strain on my muscles. I hope the 2023 season works out well.”