Osmar (34, FC Seoul), who wore the captain’s armband for the first time in 7 years, revealed the reason for the rebound.
Seoul won 3-1 in the 12th round of the ‘Hanawon Q K League 1 2023’ against Gwangju at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on the 9th.
Ahead of the Gwangju match, Seoul took a change. Ilyuchenko, who was captain all season, put down the armband and Osmar became the new captain. While cruising to second place in the league, attention was focused on the reason for the replacement as the captain suddenly changed.
Seoul coach Ahn Ik-soo revealed that there was a request from Ilyuchenko. Before the game, coach Ahn said, “I had a lot of worries myself in the process of improving my personal condition. He said he wanted to put down the captaincy and focus on improving his performance.” Then he said, “Because he is such a professional player, he went through several trials. But he had a strong will of his own,” he explained the reason for his replacement.
The new captain is Seoul’s ‘living legend’ Osmar. Osmar has been active in the Seoul uniform from 2014 to the present, except for 2018, when he played for Cerezo Osaka (on loan). In 2016, he even lifted the league championship cup as Seoul’s captain. In the match against Suwon Samsung held on the 22nd, Osmar became the most foreign player (255 games) in the history of the Seoul club.
Osmar wore an armband and started in the match against Gwangju. Osmar’s influence continued. He faithfully fulfilled his role as a link between defense and midfield. As Osmar took center stage, Seoul also won a pleasant victory. In a 1-1 situation, Na Sang-ho’s volley and Park Dong-jin’s additional goal won the match. 안전놀이터
Osmar, who met with reporters after the game, said, “I knew Gwangju’s style and expected it to be a tough game. It was important both with and without the ball, but I am satisfied with the victory.”
Regarding the claim, “It is not a big change. Even when he wasn’t captain, he tried to lead the team. The decision was up to Ilyuchenko. I heard that he talked to the coach because he needed to regain his confidence. He hopes to lead the team well himself. He received a lot of congratulations and the players are cheering for him.”
Osmar also revealed a conversation he had with Ilyuchenko after becoming captain. Osmar said, “At first, I was very surprised to hear about the change of captain from the coach, and I had a conversation with Ilyuchenko. He said that Ilchenko was the best decision for the team. He thought it was right to focus on his current condition.”