Kim Young-kwon (Ulsan Hyundai) gets a word from his wife.
Kim Young-kwon won the MVP award at the HinaWonQ K League Awards 2023, held at the Crystal Ballroom on the third floor of Lotte Hotel World in Songpa-gu, Seoul, on April 4.
Born in 1990, Kim made his debut in the K League last year with Ulsan. Kim began his professional career in the J-League in 2010, playing for FC Tokyo. He then played for Omiya (Japan), Guangzhou Hengda (China), and Gamba Osaka (Japan) before moving to Ulsan in 2022. He is a late bloomer in the K League.
His move to Ulsan was largely due to the presence of coach Hong Myung-bo. Hong and Kim worked together at the 2009 U-20 World Cup, the 2012 London Olympics, and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil before reuniting at Ulsan.토토사이트
Kim immediately became the centerpiece of Ulsan’s defense. In his first season, he earned a league best 11 and helped Ulsan win their first title in 17 years. This season, he has been a steady anchor for Ulsan’s defense, scoring one goal in 32 league games. Notably, he completed 2,268 passes this season, which is third in all of K League 1 and first on the team.
As a result, Ulsan has 23 wins, seven draws, and eight losses in 38 league games this season, clinching the title early with three games to go.
After winning the MVP award, Kim tearfully shared a message with his wife. “I think this trophy is the result of my honey’s sweat and hard work. Thank you for raising our children beautifully, and thank you for making me a great soccer player.”
At the press conference after the award ceremony, Kim also spoke about his family. “I try to live a family life, but it’s not easy. I saw my wife struggling with the amount of work she had to do on her own because I was playing soccer and didn’t pay attention to the house, and I cried because I remembered that she was trying to do it without showing it.”
But the MVP’s wife was different. “When I met her after the award, she drove a wedge into my head: ‘I need to do better next year,'” says Kim. I felt more responsible. I’ll have to work harder because my family is at peace when I listen to her,” he laughed.
Kim received a big offer from a Middle Eastern team during the season, but decided to stay. “When the offer came, I wanted to go because I’m a human being,” he says. But after a 2-3 hour meeting with the coach, I decided not to go. I was able to learn about his experience and choices. I have no regrets about not transferring. I’m disappointed about the monetary part, but I can’t trade it for the MVP award,” he said.
“The most important thing is to win the Asian Cup, which I haven’t done yet. I also joined Ulsan with the goal of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (ACL). I want to take advantage of the remaining opportunities this year and go even higher. Finally, I want the fans to think, ‘Kim Young-kwon was serious about the national team,'” he said.